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RE: Dumb mistake

I would never knowingly put contaminated fuel into a truck with a $10,000 engine. If water makes it to the injector pump and it eventually grenades you will be looking at a huge repair bill. Better check the price for those diesel engines. Had a new crate 6.7L engine put in the truck in October 2014. Back then the engine was almost $16,000 and the installation at the Ford dealer was $23,800. Fellow here in the park had his 2015, 6.7L Ford take a dump. A remanufactured engine installed is $15,000. No way would I take a chance on that contaminated fuel unless it was run through a proper oil/water separator. Ken
TXiceman 01/16/22 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dumb mistake

Water and diesel engines do not mix, except in the radiator. Just dump the fuel. But dumping will be an issue for the environment. Ken
TXiceman 01/16/22 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

I'm researching now for the inevitable move to a 5er. I'm planning on getting a Reese Goosebox. It allows you to swap out your traditional 5th wheel hitch on your camper with a model that is approved by Lippert to allow you to use a regular gooseneck ball in your bed. No hitch to install, move, store, get in the way... just a regular 2 5/16 hall. It eliminates the traditional hitch in your bed and reduces or completely eliminates the chucking you get from a traditional 5th wheel hitch. The Goose Box is a ball hitch and requires safety chains. And a Goose Box will still chuck if the road conditions are such. Personally, my feelings are that you will be better served by a B&W Turn-Over Ball and use it with a B&W Companion hitch. You can still totally remove the hitch and not have any rails in the truck bed.
TXiceman 01/15/22 03:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch maintenance

About every 2 years and have not found a loose one yet.... Ken
TXiceman 01/09/22 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping on Sand

Due to the salt damage, we no longer camp anywhere salt water...so beach camping is out for me. Ken
TXiceman 01/08/22 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Paperwork

All I carry in the truck is the current license registration and insurance card. As far as I know, that is all that is needed. As noted, commercial vehicle rules do not apply to an RV unless you are actually using it in a commercial capacity. Ken
TXiceman 01/03/22 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Converted to a Bigfoot Hydraulic Autoleveler--Wow!

Out HitcHiker and the Previous Cameo had Big Foot Quadra hydraulic leveling jacks. Great units and so much better than the wimpy Lippert Level-Up systems. Ken
TXiceman 12/21/21 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Aluminum Boat above cab and hood

If you use a dash mounted GPS, the boat may block the signal. Ken
TXiceman 12/21/21 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch security

In a CG, overnight, I lock my tailgate! Much easier to steal, than hitch, very expensive, easy pickins for someone in need, and yes, this, I have heard others tell of their bad experience. Jerry Jerry, I use this - McGard Tailgate Lock to prevent my tailgate from growing legs and wandering away... I too have heard of folks loosing their tailgates.. I use a screw type hose clamp that is positioned so that someone has to hold the tailgate at a certain angle and then another has to get below to loosen the clamp. Cost is one hose clamp. Ken
TXiceman 12/12/21 05:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Whats wrong with this 5th Wheel Tow Vehicle?

Nice truck except the steering wheel is on the wrong side and it needs a TrailerSaver air ride hitch. Ken
TXiceman 12/12/21 05:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch security

A couple of weeks ago, some less than desirable moron tried to steal my tailgate. They punched the lock, got it open and the support straps off and could not get the tailgate since I have the hinge locked. It can be taken off, but it is work and takes two people...one from above and one from below. Thieves are among the lowest form of human life...right there with politicians. Ken
TXiceman 12/12/21 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch security

Hitch stays in the bed and no issues. I do have a tonneau cover to keep it out of sight. The hitch does weigh 280#. Ken
TXiceman 12/11/21 05:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

Personally, i would pass on a Jayco as they are owned by Thor. The Solitude is a Grand design and owned by Winnebago. While the floorplan can be important, I would still not buy a Thor over a Solitude. If it is a great floorplan and is always in the dealer's shop, you are not getting any enjoyment from the RV. Dual pane windows are a big plus to me. Yes, some do fail and need to be repaired, but they provide for better insulation and less noise. Ken
TXiceman 12/11/21 02:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

We make do with the 5er without potty and sleeping access OK. If I absolutely have to have access, I can take the bathroom door off the hinges (really easy) and can squeeze in, then access to the bed through the 2nd sliding bathroom door. The fridge has access if I remove the parrot cage from its travel position. Been using it this way for over 8 years. Where there is a will there is a way to make do. Ken
TXiceman 12/09/21 09:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for small fifth wheel, no bunks

There are plenty of smaller 5ers available that do not have bunks. Just look at the Grand Design Reflection series or Arctic Fox. Ken
TXiceman 12/07/21 08:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do's and don'ts of towing a loaded 12" tandem behind 5vr??

Duke44, I have not seen what you have for a 5er or a truck. Make sure you are within your truck and trailers ratings. Be especially careful of the weight limits on the rear bumper and hitch on the trailer. Most 5ers do not have a hitch on the rear rated to tow or haul much more than a couple of bicycles. Ken
TXiceman 12/04/21 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do's and don'ts of towing a loaded 12" tandem behind 5vr??

In construction I always referred to feet and inches as it can be confusing. Example if someone says cut to 54" and you are used to 5' 4" that is a bit of a problem. Bottom line proper communication is where it's at. I am sure Larry will concur! Actually, it is supposed to written 5'-4". Ken
TXiceman 12/03/21 02:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do's and don'ts of towing a loaded 12" tandem behind 5vr??

Make sure you are legally licensed to tow double in your home state and doubles are allowed in the states you travel through. Also check max overall length laws you will tow through. I would want a rear camera to keep an eye on the utility trailer. Also make sure the hitch on the rear of the 5er is rated for the load you plan to tow as well as a break away system for the trailer. Ken
TXiceman 12/02/21 06:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch What Kind

Just about any 5th wheel set up is hard to reach the handles from the side of the truck. Most people either use a stool or one of the over the wheel step aids. HitchMate Another EXPENSIVE way to solve the problem is to have a towing bed installed. Hauler bed. I am not a fan of the Andersen hitch or the Goose Box. Ken
TXiceman 12/01/21 08:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Surge Protector

I always check the voltage under load before I plug in. How do you check under load before you plug in Unless you have load cell? Ken
TXiceman 11/30/21 03:42pm Fifth-Wheels
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