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RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

Dog rides in the trailer. No way. No A/C, no heat, loud and lots of vibration. If yo want to see what goes on a trailer while towing, mount a Go-Pro or your cell phone and hit the road. I think you will be shocked by the ride and noise. Ken
TXiceman 06/22/21 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: expedition or tahoe for 33' TT

First forget dry weight and use the trailers GVWR and 12% of this for an estimated tongue weight. Now check your loaded truck weight and see if you are within ratings. Even if you are OK on both GCWR and rear axle GAWR on the truck, that is a long trailer to pull with a short wheelbase and high center of gravity truck. They will probably pull the trailer, but not comfortably. Longer trips will be tiring. Ken
TXiceman 06/22/21 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel Hitch troubleshooting

Look in the owners manual for the hitch. All hitches do require periodic cleaning and maintenance. Ken Wrong - not my Andersen. You mean it never requires any cleaning or checking for tightness and mounting....Good Luck. Ken
TXiceman 06/22/21 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New couch ideas ???

You will find most furniture store furniture will be too large for an RV. Ken
TXiceman 06/17/21 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Moving to a 5th Wheel

As already noted, select a trailer first then the trailer. In any case, I'd get a 1 ton single rear wheel rather than a 3/4 ton truck. A 3/4 ton truck is very limited in payload and rear axle capacity to carry the pin weight. Max trailer for a 3/4 ton truck will be about a 35' lighter weight trailer. Use 20% of the trailers GVWR to estimate the trailer pin weight rather than the brochure fiction weights. Also, you can not go by the truck manufacturer's towing capacity. A 3/4 ton truck will reach it maximum payload capacity long before it reaches it's towing capacity. Get the truck manufacturers towing guide and study it and learn all of the terms. And lastly, ignore the truck and RV sales person on what you can safely tow. If their lips are moving, they are lying. Ken
TXiceman 06/08/21 07:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel Hitch troubleshooting

Look in the owners manual for the hitch. All hitches do require periodic cleaning and maintenance. Ken
TXiceman 05/31/21 01:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: E or F rated tires

If you upgrade the tire to a higher load rating and tire pressure over the E rated tires, you need to make sure that your rims are rated for the higher pressure. Lots of trailers with E rated tires have wheels or rims rated for 80 psig. A G rated tire can run up to 110 PSIG. The pressure or load rating is usually stamped on the back of the wheel mounting flange. Look on the spare rather than pull a wheel. Ken
TXiceman 05/31/21 01:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design Solitude

Seems that the original trailers were pretty good and the customer service was great and they fixed problem. Later on, the QC and service started to suffer. I do not know how things have gone since Winnebago bought them. Ken
TXiceman 05/28/21 01:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

I Have a 40 gallon RDS gravity feed and would have loved to had a larger one, BUT the weight of the extra fuel would have put me over my trucks rear axle weight rating limit. With a 3/4 ton truck, be very careful with your weights to be sure you do mot exceed the axle weight rating. Ken
TXiceman 05/28/21 01:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Nose High

Even with the spring/equalizer suspension, towing nose high can still overload the rear axle. Nose low can overload the front axle. It is best to get the trailer as level as possible and still maintain the required 6" clearance with the bed of the truck. Ken
TXiceman 05/27/21 07:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Washer/Dryer Combo

Thanks for the reply’s. Wow I’ve been checking on the combo washers/dryers and they aren’t cheap! I thought maybe you could buy one for around $800.00 since they are so small but they are more like $1400.00. Might be going to the laundromat for a while yet. lol Check online for units on sale. 2100XC Ken
TXiceman 05/19/21 06:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Washer/Dryer Combo

The vented Splindide 2100XC is great. It does smaller loads than a typical home unit but does a great job. Been full time for over 8 years with our Splindide. Most of the complaints you see are from people that do not read and follow the instructions. You cannot use detergent pods as they have too much detergent for the small washer. You must use a HE rated detergent. We have not used a commercial laundry facility in over 8 years. Ken
TXiceman 05/19/21 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tripod for a new fifth wheel

Gave mine away...tired of hauling it around. Ken
TXiceman 05/15/21 07:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacement axles

With new axles, I'd up grade the weight rating, provided you can get the same wheel lug pattern to match your existing wheels. Also, a great time to upgrade the springs, equalizer and the shackles with wet bolts. Ken
TXiceman 05/13/21 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel or gooseneck?

And Lippert will void the frame warranty with a goose neck adapter. on their 5th wheel frame. Lippert owns Reese and will accept their GooseBox. Other than the air spring in the pin box it is really no different than a rigid adapter as for the stresses on the trailer frame. Ken
TXiceman 04/30/21 04:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solidtude 390RK

Do an in person inspection. What is OK to one may not be your cup of tea. Ken
TXiceman 04/25/21 08:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire life

If just the inside edge is worn, check the other side of the trailer. It may be an over loaded axle. Get your trailer weighed and see what your weights are. Ken
TXiceman 04/25/21 08:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV furniture

The backs are removable on the La-Z-Boy recliners. The Collage series is below the Pinnacle and are pure JUNK. The Collage chairs are slightly smaller than the Pinnacle and are just plain cheap. They will start to fall apart in a few months. We originally bought Collage and after fighting with La-Z-Boy for a year and one repair due to collapsing foam, they refunded out cost against the more expensive Pinnacle series. We have had the Pinnacle recliners for about 2 years and they are doing great. La-Z-Boy is sold through distributors. Find our who is the distributor in your area and check their BBB and reviews. For the SE Texas it is LEBCO and they are horrible. To get satisfaction, I had to go back to the manufacturers main office. Ken
TXiceman 04/17/21 02:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F150 and Reflection 150 series?

.The 20% tongue weight is basically why a fifth wheel tows so well. No reason you can't have 15% or 20% tongue weight on a travel trailer. The big difference on the 5th wheel trailer and a bumper pull, it the pin weight is over the rear axle. The travel trailer, has the pin weight 3 or 4 feet behind the ear axle of the truck. Any side movement on the trailer now has a nice long lever arm to move the rear end of the truck. Increasing tongue weight on the travel trailer will make it more stable, but then you have to make sure you are not over the trucks rear axle rating. Ken
TXiceman 04/14/21 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV furniture

We replaced our recliners with La-Z-Boy recliners. DO NOT buy any of the recliners below the Pinnacle series. The smaller and lighter ones are JUNK. Ken
TXiceman 04/12/21 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
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