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RE: GY Endurance or Carlisle Radial Trail HD

The Endurance has a good name, and it is MADE IN AMERICA. Thay would be enough for me. I spent the extra $$ and put 6 Goodyear G614, G rated tires on my trailer and no issues in 3 years. Ken
TXiceman 03/12/22 08:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brakes, dilemma.

All the compass test will tell you is that there is a magnetic field that will cause the needle to swing toward the wheel. Take the current from the brakes, and the magnetic field goes away, and the needle will go back to indicating magnetic Earth north. Make sure the trailer is oriented so that needle will swing away from magnetic north. If you have one that does not swing the needle, the magnet is not connected or the magnet is bad. The breakaway switch will apply the full battery voltage to all the brakes. Start by looking for a broken or loose wire. As for the controller setting, it is specific to your truck and trailer and will often need to be changed as the trailer brakes get some wear. Ken
TXiceman 03/04/22 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Outside Stairs

Our daughter has Solid Step stairs on her RV and they are a pain in the rear. Where they store the unit, if someone is parked next to them, they cannot get the stairs down to get in the trailer. They have to hook up to the truck and pull the rig forward. With the old rig and the regular folding steps, they cold fold them out and get into the rig. For me, they are a deal killer as if there is dirt on them, it is dumped inside the RV. Ken
TXiceman 03/02/22 08:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Transeagle 14ply tires

"Having 3 axles over 2 axles, does not reduce the pin weight. What will reduce pin weight is to move the axles farther forward or add weight to the rear of the trailer." You are the exception with a triple axle RV most are under 20% pin. Do you have a Gen, WD or big battery bank? No generator, only four 6-volt batteries in the front left corner and the washer/drier is just forward of the left front axle and it is not a toy Hauler. Ken
TXiceman 03/01/22 07:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Transeagle 14ply tires

16,500# 5er sure does not have 4,125# on each:B tire. Did you forget to subtract a minimum of 4,125# for the pin and most likely more?I have a 19,000 pound 5er with 3,080 on the pin. I think your calcs are off. Wondering the same , must be that new math . :B Kind of apples/oranges figuring pin/tire weights of double axle, vrs triple. I can carry/tow that 19,000 lb FW with my F250, but not the 16,500. ;) Jerry Jerry, have you had that trailer over the scales? My 19,000# three axle trailer has a pin weight of 4200# or 22% of the GVWR. And we are a bit over 19,000# but it has three Mor/Ryde IS 7000# axles and a 14" high Young's frame (not the 10" or 12" Lippert garbage). Having 3 axles over 2 axles, does not reduce the pin weight. What will reduce pin weight is to move the axles farther forward or add weight to the rear of the trailer. On another subject, I have run Hankook G rated tires on the trailer with zero issues. It now has Goodyear G614 G rated tires and zero issues in over 3 years. Ken
TXiceman 03/01/22 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch or gooseneck for new 5er

Well, we bit the bullet and ordered the BD5. Yikes, $3500 delivered to a local freight company. You will not regret the Trailer Saver. Ken
TXiceman 02/25/22 06:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch or gooseneck for new 5er

The Reese Goose Box still applies the lever arm at a longer distance, just like a hard goose neck adapter. All they have added is an air bag to cushion some of the vertical and chucking load. Go ahead and get the Trailer Saver. We have been using the TS3 for 8 plus years and love it. Ken
TXiceman 02/25/22 04:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Extensive Traveling with a 5th Wheel

The thing that would worry mt on the OPs trailer is the suspension and tires. Look at adding the Mor/Ryde CRE 3000 with wet bolt kits.CLICKY LINK Next would be better tires like Goodyear Endurance. Make sure the brakes and bearing are ready to go as well and enjoy your current trailer. Ken
TXiceman 02/24/22 06:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying a fifth wheel with a tow vehicle.

You have to be careful buying a rig with a tow vehicle. I have often seen rigs with an undersized tow vehicle. Ken
TXiceman 02/23/22 09:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: B.R. AC not blowing cold air

MRE, the RV units are sealed and do not have charging connections. They can be installed, but to be done properly, it is not cheap. A unit losing its charge is not a common failure mode. You need to do further diagnostics before you go down that path. How old are the units? Ken
TXiceman 02/21/22 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

QUOTE from TXiceman: I question the person that would make this statement! Was it lack of skills or their location ( roads/cities/parking lots designed for small autos. Skills “should” be easily accomplished....my 12 or 13 yo daughter’s first driving experience was on a gravel road in the Wyoming mountains with a Ford F 250, long bed, manual tranny, towing a 16 ft. flatbed trailer when going to cut firewood! :W memtb I guess you would be fine hauling a 20,000 lb 5er with your daughter and a 33/4 ton truck. Ken
TXiceman 02/21/22 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: B.R. AC not blowing cold air

Brand and model of A/C and thermostat will help us that do not own that brand of trailer. Next, are you getting power to the bedroom unit, is compressor running, is blower running, is thermostat set correctly? Lots of info needed to help you. Ken
TXiceman 02/21/22 03:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

Understood. My comment is more to make people realize they need plenty of truck. Our DRV is 24k. I have towed in some crazy winds never slowing down and never feeling unsafe. So many people shy away from weight.....I was attempting to emphasize to the op that quality generally comes with additional weight.....and weight is not really a bad thing! As we both can attest to! And as you also mentioned have plenty of truck......another good thing to have! memtb Generally, weight is a sign of better and heavier construction and is good. But with weight comes a bigger truck. I get tired of the people that say they found the perfect trailer and it is a 3-axle toy hauler that only weighs 18,000 lb. dry weight. And then he adds emphatically that there is no way he can drive a long bed truck or a dually. They need to understand that they need to ignore trailer dry weight and look at the trailer GVWR for truck selection data. The truthful and simple solution for them is look for a smaller trailer. Another thing to watch for is if the trailer is designated lite weight or super lite, run away from it unless you will only use it as a weekend trailer a few weekends out of the year. I'll fold up my soapbox and return to eating my oatmeal. Ken
TXiceman 02/21/22 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

AS noted, a 5500 Watt propane fueled generator will go through a 30# propane battle in short order. I'd rather go with a gasoline fueled rig. If you are not RV mounted, I'd rather have two parallel units so that you can save some fuel by only operating one unit if you are at reduced loads. If you need to run the A/C unit(s), you can operate both units. Ken
TXiceman 02/20/22 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

I just know things can weigh MUCH more than a person thinks and suggest you should know your actual weights. I am a mechanical engineer and get some really good chuckles at the internet engineers. Would sure be helpful if you shared your extensive knowledge instead of just laughing at us. I share plenty of information and advice across more than one website. But all too often, these internet engineers come across and tell the unsuspecting that with their 3/4-ton truck, they can safely pull a triple axle 44 ft toy hauler. All they need are air bags and they are good to go. Ken
TXiceman 02/18/22 07:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

I often wonder how many of these experts on braking, tires and stopping have any actual engineering experience. I am a mechanical engineer and get some really good chuckles at the internet engineers. Ken
TXiceman 02/17/22 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

Chuck, thank you for getting the diesel dually to pull the DRV. We see too many with a big DRV hooked to a 1-ton SRW and even a 3/4 ton. The folks are blissfully running down the highway at 75 MPH because the salesman told them that that truck can pull anything we have on the lot. Ken
TXiceman 02/16/22 06:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

I had a 28.5' CarriLite that was really a nice quality rig. My parents traveled the US many times in their 34' HitchHiker Premier. Quality!!! The frame was painted white and made by Young's I believe. Youngs frames were white until Youngs couldn't make them fast enough and that was when lippert with black frames started making HH frames and made youngs paint theirs black so the customers didn't understand the manfacturer. chevman We have a 2013 HitcHiker Champagne with a black Young's frame. It has a sticker identifying it as Young's. NuWa made a big mistake for a couple of years with the troublesome Lippert frames. Also easy to identify with the powder coating and the welding that looks good. Ken Ken
TXiceman 02/15/22 03:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

I really would not put Cardinal and Vilano in the same group as the others listed. It also depends on how old you want to consider. Going back a few years and some really great 5ers, look at Hitchhiker Champagne, Excel, Teton, King of the Road, Carriage, and Newmar 5ers. We have had both class A and 5ers and for full time living, the 5er will serve you better, especially if you spend weeks in one area. A really big advantage to the 5er is if you have powertrain issues, you still have a place to live while the truck is in the shop. With a motorhome, the house goes in the shop as well. Also, with a typical Ford, Ram, or Chevy, you can get them services pretty much anywhere and the cost of service is much less than a diesel pusher class A. Ken
TXiceman 02/12/22 06:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dometic 320 water valve

We tried a Dometic 320 and it was a piece of junk. Took it out, returned to dealer and got the parts to repair my old Thetford. Ken Curious as to what about it made you think it was a "piece of junk" ??? With proper water pressure and flow it would not sweep the bowl and you had to use the hand sprayer. After I got online looking for a resolution, I found it had problems with the pedal breaking and leaks as well as very limited parts were available. Basically, it is a throw away item. Ken
TXiceman 02/10/22 12:52pm Fifth-Wheels
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