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RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

One more thing how or those hooked up. Is at the power supply or inside camper. Talking about the booster. You can hook up the Hughes at the pedestal, but it's much safer to use a cord from the pedestal to the Autoformer in the pass-through, then another cord from the box to the coach plug. Lyle You don't want to use extra cords if you can avoid it. Voltage drops as a function of cable length, so longer cabling runs and extra connections eat up voltage and at high amps, connections are a potential point of failure. If you put it inside a hatch, make sure there is an air space around it (don't pile stuff on it), so that the heat can dissipate. If you do put it inside, best to hard wire it into the panel. Personally, I'd use my 25' Camco cord from the pedestal to the box, then make/have made a short cord to go the ~8-10' needed to go to the coach plug. 'Bout the same OAL length as a standard OEM cord. Lyle
laknox 03/27/20 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

One more thing how or those hooked up. Is at the power supply or inside camper. Talking about the booster. You can hook up the Hughes at the pedestal, but it's much safer to use a cord from the pedestal to the Autoformer in the pass-through, then another cord from the box to the coach plug. Lyle
laknox 03/25/20 09:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

I have a question about my roof top a.c. l have my camper parked and set up at a site with about 35 others. And when it really hot and everyoneIs running their AC some of the campers Air conditioners trips out that's because the wiring is old in the park what I was wondering they habit extra hours campsite beside me that no one is using is there any way I can hook up my rooftop air conditioner straight to that of the site Using a heavy duty extension cord I'd be willing to bet that when the voltage drops enough to start tripping A/C units, the =entire= park's voltage drops, so plugging in to an unused pedestal likely won't help you. I think I'd check the next pedestal over, and any other unused pedestals, when voltage starts dropping. Only solution I can think of is a voltage boost transformer, as has already been mentioned. IIRC, they give about a 10% voltage boost, so if voltage is below about 98v, they'd still only give you marginal voltage. From what I've read over the years, an A/C wants about 105v, minimum, to run without damage. Were it me, I'd be hammering the park owners to upgrade, or I'd move, if at all possible. Lyle
laknox 03/25/20 09:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ground Control 3.0

Be willing to bet that the rated capacity for the jacks is well within specs, and more than enough to do the job. Now, given that it's an LCI product, the actual construction quality of the jacks is suspect from the get-go. Lyle
laknox 03/24/20 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: trailer lift kit

I'm interested in the 30 ft 1/2 ton tow-able 5th wheel from Grand Design's Reflection brand. Problem is the trailer sits too low for my standard 2019 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed truck. MORryde has a suspension kit (SRE 4000) that I believe raises the axles two inches. Larger rims would raise it up an additional inch, giving me a total of three inches which might be enough without compromising the overhang with the bed rails. Anyone have the same problem and how did you resolve it? Thanks. Check to see if you have spacers in your truck's suspension. If so, they can be removed to lower your truck. Might have to do the front axle, too. While doing an axle flip is the easiest, it's been a long time since I've seen a FW that didn't leave the factory with the axles under the springs. One thing not mentioned, is to be sure that the spring hangers are in the lowest holes, if you have them and they're not already done. A Correct Track alignment system will give you 2" of lift, provided you can find one. I've heard they've been discontinued, though they were still listed on LCI's web site as of a month ago, or so. Lyle
laknox 03/23/20 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

I belong to three different trailering forums and don't remember where I saw a similar lift someone had built. I used the general idea of his and built this one. It fits into the hitch the same as the pin on the trailer. Lock it in place and use a cherry picker or overhead hoist to lift it and save your back. I just used what I had on hand https://i.imgur.com/bFpXmARl.jpg I found an eye bolt in my dad's junk pile, welded a 4" flat plate on the end of it, and used it just like you're thinking of doing. Found a cheap engine hoist to lift my Companion out in one piece then dropped it on a $10 furniture dolly from Harbor Freight. Sold the engine stand that came with the hoist, so was only out about $50, total. Lyle
laknox 03/23/20 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: You can buy S637 tires here, but install: HAHAHAHA

When I went to DT for my wife's tires they added a few hundred dollars to the total without even asking me if I wanted all that stuff. I could buy an extra tire for the cost of the road hazard, life time rotation, etc. I'm money ahead on tire replacements/pro rates by paying the road hazard fees at DT. (Shrug) Lyle
laknox 03/21/20 09:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Norcold Refrigerator not cooling

One "dirty" method to try is "burping" the fridge. Pull it out, turn it upside down (empty, of course) for 24 hours, reinstall, and give it a try. It's been known to work. Biscuit is right in that, sometimes, a bit of crud can plug things up, and this seems to help dislodge them. Beyond that, you =can= repair a fridge with one of the "Amish built" cooling units. Not sure what they run now, but last I knew, they were about 1/2 or 2/3 of the cost of a new fridge. Lyle
laknox 03/19/20 11:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What size of fifth wheel to accomidate my 3/4 truck...

Oddly enough my door sticker does not indicate my max payload for the truck. And there is conflicting numbers about the "payload capacity" online and given weights from the dealer directly. I'm guessing the newer model trucks are quite more capable but restricted as jerry mentioned. But I did read somewhere that potentially gvwr is a factor in authorities deeming being overloaded. Maybe someone can comment on that. The truck max towing trailer weight is spec'd just above 19000 lbs. If there's not a payload sticker on the door pillar, then call RAM with your VIN and ask for a replacement. Basically, it's the max weights for that specific truck, based on options. IMO, since the rear axle is almost certainly the same as a 1t, with only springs and brakes differing, if you're over on the RARW, but under on your tires, you should be golden. Now, since you're in BC, I've heard that LEO up there sort of makes stuff up as they go. :B Lyle
laknox 03/19/20 10:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roof inspection.

what is it, rubber, TPO,???????? bumpy Think Rhino Liner for your roof. Lyle
laknox 03/18/20 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gooseneck or 5th wheel

I had both kinds of trailers for a few years and I finally bought a kingpin post for the g-neck trailer cuz I quickly got tired of changing back and forth and I wasn't about to put a g-neck adaptor on the fiver. I'm also 68 yo and I can still lift my B&W out, in one piece, and have a flat bed. Craig Craig's not saying that he lifts it out in one piece...with a hoist. :B I'm 62 and can lift my Companion out in 2 pieces, but I also have a gym rat of a son-in-law, so, why? :B Only costs me a stop at the local growler store and I get to share. Saves my back and shoulders, too. I =will= do it, if I need to, though. Lyle
laknox 03/18/20 09:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: You can buy S637 tires here, but install: HAHAHAHA

No wasted effort here. Discount tire was able to mount and balance the trailer tires. But, could not inflate them to more than 90 Psi. Also they damaged the bead of one of the new tires they removed, which I have already sold to a prospective buyer. I think the damaged tire will be fine for the purpose of the buyer, but, still disappointing. The lesson here is that Discount Tire, or Walmart, or possibly some other automotive tire shop, may struggle with the Sailun S637 tires, or other tires outside of the normal load range of cars and light trucks. Possibly, using a big rig tire shop may be a better option. I think it must be that particular location. I've got several friends with G-rated tires on various trailers, and the local DTs have zero problems inflating them. Lyle
laknox 03/18/20 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar panels

A lot of the older "pre-wired for solar" rigs simply had wires coming down through the reefer vent on the roof, and pretty light wire, too. Lyle
laknox 03/17/20 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel gas stops

Here is something interesting from the KZ forum. Fuel program that gives =way= better discounts than does the GS or other in-house fuel cards. Note that Emperor Marcus is going after Pilot/Flying J as he claims they have an exclusive contract with them for their measly 5 cent discount. https://kzfamilyforum.com/thread/3034/new-diesel-fuel-program Lyle Only good for diesel Lyle, at some truck stops not all. The app shows which. Took on 50 gallons today and saved $34.17. Hadn't realized that, Edd. Lyle
laknox 03/16/20 10:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar panels

I realize that if I did a search I'd find lots of info on solar panels but this is easier. What do you guys think of a system like this for a guy like me? We presently have 4 golf cart batteries, a Honda EU2000 and a Xantrex Freedom 2000 watt inverter charger. We often camp where power is not available .... It hasn't been a big deal to get buy with what we have as we are not big power consumers. If we run the generator for 4 hours in the middle of the week we can usually last a week without solar. We have almost never had a need for AC but on the rare occasion that AC is needed the EU2000 gets us by so long as we shut off the fridge and battery charging. You want to see just about the ultimate solar system in an RV? Check out my cousin's blog on their '64 GM bus rebuild. www.beginningfromthismorning.com. Basically, they've got 8 commercial grade solar panels on the roof with a Nissan Leaf battery to power the whole thing. Lyle
laknox 03/16/20 09:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel gas stops

Here is something interesting from the KZ forum. Fuel program that gives =way= better discounts than does the GS or other in-house fuel cards. Note that Emperor Marcus is going after Pilot/Flying J as he claims they have an exclusive contract with them for their measly 5 cent discount. https://kzfamilyforum.com/thread/3034/new-diesel-fuel-program Lyle
laknox 03/13/20 09:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

Don’t panic. Remain calm. Calendar “no charge” cancellation dates. Decide as each date comes up. Panic and fear are more dangerous than any virus. X2!!!! Take extra precautions, like hand washing/sanitizing frequently. Masks are useless as we're talking a =virus=, which resides =inside= bacteria/cells, so =really= f'n tiny. Unless you're in a self-contained lab-grade bunny suit with sub-micron filtration and positive pressure inside, you're "exposed". Personally, would I go on a cruise or fly right now? Nope, but then I'm not a huge fan of either any more anyway. Rather drive or camp, any day. :-) Also, IMO, the media is driving this and not logic. Lyle
laknox 03/09/20 09:26am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Morryde Step Above

I still want to know how you get into your rig with these stupid steps, while in storage, without having to move it far enough to get the steps down? Maybe the mfrs should put the door in the far a$$-end or have an attic ladder pull-down in the front? (sarcasm=off) Lyle Very simple Lyle. In my photos above, my Minnie is in storage. The storage is my backyard, and it is free storage. I, also, have free storage, covered, and I have =just= enough room to extend the slides on each side, with no room to walk by. Literally, 4-6" clearance on each side. Given that the slides are about 3', I =might= be able to get in my rig with these installed, but I sure wouldn't count on it. Were I stored in a more "standard" lot, with 12-18" between trailers, there's simply no way to get in a rig with these installed without first moving it enough to allow the steps to fully extend. With old-style steps, most people can access their rig without moving it. IMO, still a stupid concept. Lyle
laknox 03/01/20 09:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Morryde Step Above

I still want to know how you get into your rig with these stupid steps, while in storage, without having to move it far enough to get the steps down? Maybe the mfrs should put the door in the far a$$-end or have an attic ladder pull-down in the front? (sarcasm=off) Lyle
laknox 02/28/20 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gooseneck or 5th wheel

Lyle is among the few that understand the mechanics of what happens with a goose neck hitch. No way will I ever use a GN or GN adapter on a 5th wheel frame. Ken Thanks, Ken. Personally, I don't think I'd use a GN adapter on an in-house Artic Fox frame...just to be safe. I have no clue on Northwood's stance on them, though. Lyle
laknox 02/27/20 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
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