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RE: First 5th wheel advise

First and foremost, avoid anything built by Thor or Forest River. Look for used Carriage Cameo, HitchHikers, Excel, Arctic Fox. These are generally heavier than the currently built trailers, but are better quality. Ken I'd add a pre-'17 KZ Durango 1500 or Durango 2500 to the list. 2017 was when Thor bought them out. Lyle I’m curious as to why to avoid Forest River? They have a poor history of quality control and customer service. Ken
TXiceman 06/30/20 08:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dexter Easy Lube axles

Lift the wheel and pump in grease slowly while rotating it per the Dexter instructions and it works fine. The ones that had problems with blowing seals are the ones that did not follow the instructions. These axles are not the same as the Bearing Buddy on a boat axle. Ken
TXiceman 06/30/20 11:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Storage space vs phoney fireplace.

The big problem with a fireplace is is it does not heat any better or any more than the 1500 Watt ceramic heater. With the ceramic heater I can move it from one end of the trailer to the other. For reference, 1500 Watts is 5100 BTUH and that is all you will get from a 15 amp plug on 120 Volts. Ken
TXiceman 06/30/20 08:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The better 5th wheeler?

Or you can go with a custom built unit from New Horizon....better have deep pockets for the trailer and the Freightliner to tow it. Ken
TXiceman 06/29/20 04:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Radio in a keystone copper canyon

Pull the radio out, being sure to mark any wires disconnected. Head down to Walmart and see what they have that is a close match. It will be a better radio than the one you now have. Ken
TXiceman 06/28/20 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Storage space vs phoney fireplace.

Personally, I'd rather have the storage space rather than fireplace. A 1500 Watt heater puts out the same heat, is smaller and can be stored in a place much smaller than the fireplace. we ahve two heat pumps and mostly run them and if the temp drops below 40 degF, we break out two small ceramic heaters. Run one on 1500 Watts and the other on 750 Watts. Keeps the trailer toasty below 30 degF and then we can run the furnace if needed. Ken
TXiceman 06/26/20 08:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Destinations during this Pandemic scare

We are full timers and are pretty much in non-travel mode for now. I cannot see traveling and adding the additional possibility of exposure. We walk and ride bikes where we are and go to the store fro groceries and other supplies and back to the RV. Getting a lot of books read and trailer projects. Ken
TXiceman 06/24/20 02:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

In the 7 years we have been full time, I can count about 5 times that we have not used the A/C..... Ken
TXiceman 06/24/20 02:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ran over Gator

In October of 2014, a truck dropped two 5 gallon buckets of a liquid off in front of us. They were next lane over but one bozo dodging them clipped one and it rolled in front of our truck and trailer. I could not avoid it and was running 60 mph. It went under the truck and managed to take out the oil filter, lost oil pressure and blew hot oil all over the engine. We could not shut down in the middle of the interstate and had to get over 3 lanes to the shoulder. Buy the time we got over, the engine was history. The truck pulled over right in front of us and we called the police. He got a ticket for failing to properly secure his load and his insurance got to put a new crate motor in the 2 year old truck. We were off the road 3 weeks total and they paid for a rental car, our campsite and the repair. The engine repair bill from Ford was $23,800. You never know what will happen when traveling. no matter how carefull you are. Ken
TXiceman 06/24/20 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: shackle replace

Buc1980, Have Mor/Ryde IS on out 5er and towed for the past 7 years. Great ride. The IS was from the NuWa factory. The IS system is not cheap, but well worth the money, especially if you tow a lot. Ken
TXiceman 06/18/20 09:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Campground pack

To fully enjoy any camping experience, you have to have the Turbo Encapulator properly adjusted and a cooler full of wobbly pop. Or Ken
TXiceman 06/17/20 06:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: shackle replace

Like I noted on the Escapees forum, look at the CRE system with Mpr/Ryde and upgrade your suspension with wet bolts and heavier shackle plates as well. Ken
TXiceman 06/16/20 03:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lp stove not percolating coffee

the front center burner on must RV's is the hottest burner. Not necessarily true. Our stove has the right rear as the largest and hottest burner. The other tow are smaller. Ken
TXiceman 06/15/20 06:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: new fridge

Larger battery pack and an inverter. You need to see if the fridge requires a Modified Sine Wave (MSW) or a Pure Sine Wave (PSW) inverter. Also, you should have a 12 volt DC charge line from the truck going back to keep the RV battery charged while traveling. Ken
TXiceman 06/11/20 05:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: First 5th wheel advise

First and foremost, avoid anything built by Thor or Forest River. Look for used Carriage Cameo, HitchHikers, Excel, Arctic Fox. These are generally heavier than the currently built trailers, but are better quality. Ken
TXiceman 06/01/20 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: replacing weather-stripping on 1999 Carri-Lite slide out

Call Kansas RV Center in Chanute, KS. This is the repair shop that used to build NuWa HitchHikers, They may have the seal you need. Or check on the Lifestyle/Carriage forum on the internet. Ken
TXiceman 05/24/20 08:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

Two couples in one RV is a recipe fro disaster. Better to get two RVs. Ken
TXiceman 05/22/20 05:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Awning tie downs

Awnings are meant to be rolled up before the wind damages them. With the advent of electric awnings, there is really no reason to NOT roll them up. Ken
TXiceman 05/14/20 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2008 Aspen by frontier

First off, are you sure it is a powered awning. It may be just a simple manual awning. Ken
TXiceman 05/10/20 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Cougar 368mbi

Initial look is you need more truck or less trailer. Look at the trucks payload capacity and figure a loaded pin weight for the trailer at something closer to 2600 to 2800 lb. Ken
TXiceman 05/10/20 07:27am Fifth-Wheels
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