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RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'd have =real= issues towing 4" behind the axle, even if you have a 3500. At GVW, you could easily have 4k on the axle, and now you want to move that load 4" further back. As much as I'm a B&W fan, I'd opt for an autosliding hitch. You =can= install an puck system aftermarket. Not sure if any of the autosliders have capability to use a GN base. I just don't know since it's never interested me and I've never researched it. Lyle My understanding is that the weight is still on the gooseball location over the axle. The pivot point/ball is moved back 4". Therefore, the weight has not moved on the truck, but the pivot point is further back. I am not an engineer but it makes sens to me? The point contacting the truck has not changed. https://oi245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/kingdaddyusa/BW%20offset%20ball.jpg?t=1561005330 You're still putting torque into the mount, which has the effect of lightening the front and weighing down the rear. Yeah, it's only 4", but there's nearly 2 TONS of weight on that 4" "lever". I still think that adding a puck mount and an auto-slider would be the better way to go. Lyle
laknox 08/16/19 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'd have =real= issues towing 4" behind the axle, even if you have a 3500. At GVW, you could easily have 4k on the axle, and now you want to move that load 4" further back. As much as I'm a B&W fan, I'd opt for an autosliding hitch. You =can= install a puck system aftermarket. Not sure if any of the autosliders have capability to use a GN base. I just don't know since it's never interested me and I've never researched it. Lyle
laknox 08/16/19 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ice cream?

All I can say is that on our boondocker a couple weeks ago, the kids' popsicles stayed fully frozen with zero issues, as did the 2 bags of ice. Maybe the high-50's low temps helped. :B Lyle
laknox 08/15/19 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ice cream?

Hi, If I understand you correctly, you added a fan in the food part of fridge and not the freezer? The working medium passes through the freezer first, so adding a fan seems to me to do nada for the freezer. I know it makes no difference in my freezer whether the fan is "on" or "off". Adding a fan to the "back" (chimney) of the fridge does improve cooling time and freezer operation. I added a computer fan inside the fridge. Freezer easily keeps ice cream frozen. Fans in the fridge compartment are to stir the air for more consistent cooling. I know that if I don't use my little fan, I'll freeze stuff in one spot and other spots seem a bit "warm". I'm usually able to operate 1 number warmer with it than without. Lyle
laknox 08/14/19 11:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Another Newbie Question about Brands

Wife and I are thinking, still just in thinking about it stage, but, may consider a fifth wheeler/pu rig. I have a question posted in the towing vehicles section about which truck, etc., but, I would/could really use the opinion and experiences of folks here when it comes to recommending a brand that is well built, good customer service, and comfortable for 2 adults and 1 labrador retriever. We want to stay between 25-30 feet, closer to 25 if possible. Thanks in advance, cycler. Should mention top msrp for us would be 40-42k, or thereabouts. I currently have a KZ Durango 1500, now called the Half Ton. In their HT line, they have one that's 28'11" and another that's 29'5". In their Sportsmen line they have a 25'3" model and a 29'5" model. So far, I'm pretty pleased with it, with just a few minor problems. In fact, it's at the dealer now to take care of a fairly short list of issues (7, in fact) before my warranty expires in November. Only 1 is a 2nd go-round for a slide adjustment. I did have an issue early on with the converter not charging (blown fuse) and the stereo going out. I think it might have been a pedestal issue at a CG, but I don't know for sure. I'd recommend them, based on my '17 model. My only complaint about the '19/'20 models is the stupid MorRyde folding step that they're now putting on almost all models instead of the "standard" steps. Not a fan of them and, were I in the market for a new rig, I'd seriously consider NOT buying one, simply because of it. Unfortunately, =many= mfrs are using these things, so they're not alone. Lyle
laknox 08/13/19 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those with 50 amp 5er's

Have you ever had to use a extension to your OEM cord to hook up to power. My old 5th wheel (30 amp) on a few occasions to reach power had to use a extension.Not sure how long the OEM was but just guessing around 25'.My new one has a 35' OEM so thinking I shouldn't need one. I picked up a used Camco 25' cord on CL here locally. I =have= to use it to plug into the 30a plug I had installed at my house years ago. I use a 50/30 dogbone and have a 30/20 adapter...just in case. :-) Lyle
laknox 08/13/19 12:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Ovens

To brown the top place the pan under the oven burner. Our oven has equal space above and below the burner Hmmmm... Lyle
laknox 08/12/19 02:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

Well I'm getting cold feet. Too many what ifs, or maybe. Thing I like about the TT is in 30 years of camping never had a camper to truck issue. I'm thinking the Rockwood 8327ss travel trailer may be my next. Thanks for all the replies. Don't let stuff here scare you off. When I went looking, I'd already had years of bumper pull towing as well as gooseneck towing. I know that no way in hell was I getting a TT; it was FW all the way for me. I've had 2 "major" incidents in 15 years of RVing. First was learning the hard way that you need to look in the same direction you're backing or you'll take out the back window in your truck and this most recent one. I've seen just as many bent trailer tongues and dented beds and broken taillights from TTs being jackknifed. The stability and overall ease of hitching/unhitching a FW, IMO, far outweighs that of a bumper pull. Lyle
laknox 08/12/19 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Ovens

we use our oven the same as we do in our home. chevman What I thought, too, but my oven at home browns the =tops= of things, not just the bottoms... Lyle
laknox 08/12/19 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jayco 5er ?

Normally the "sprayer" is for the black water tank. No idea where it is on the location of all the variuos inlets, vales etc. I have one, but no sticker like that. That's an internal sprayer, with nozzles =inside= the black tank. This takes the place of the old "outside shower". Basically a coiled hose with a garden sprayer on the end, with hot/cold faucets. Quick-connect fittings on the trailer and hose. G*d forbid they put caps on the quick-connect ends to keep them clean and keep [email protected] out of the hose. Oh, wait, that'd cost them a nickel each... Frankly, I've thought about replacing the quick-connect with standard hose fittings and having 2 hoses, one with the sprayer and one with a dedicated shower nozzle. Lyle
laknox 08/12/19 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there? I have no input on hitches, but do have a cousin that pulls a Grand Design 311BHS with a short bed F-350, He has, on more than one occasion, bent his mid trailer leveling jack in gas stations etc. It hangs pretty low. Just a heads up to keep an eye on this if you go with that model. I've seen MHs that have "fold away" jacks and I've always wondered why they wouldn't work on a FW. Either that, or a "compact", telescoping jack. Hell, the factory screw jack in my truck is only about 8" tall, but will jack about 20-24" high. I know that the rear jacks on my FW, right behind the rear tires, always concerns me. Lyle
laknox 08/12/19 09:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide out awnings

Saw a DIY article about a guy who was having issues with his in-slide fridge cooling well. He cut some plywood that fits over the slide "flange" that allows him to put a rod in a groove on the plywood and holds a simple tarp. Stakes the lower end of the tarp down to provide shade over the fridge slide. Said it made a huge difference in how his fridge cooled. IIRC was in Trailer Life a few months ago. Lyle
laknox 08/12/19 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

Lyle when Chris texted me about what happened I said "I'm betting he pinned the handle back" That is way I NEVER pin the handle back. I guess there may have been a couple times I did to keep the jaw open to pull away. BUT I always lock my handle closed as part of my routine. Padlock laying on top of my tool box as a reminder to "lock her up". ;) I had an issue very early on, where I couldn't get the jaws to release =without= the handle being pinned open, so I've always done it. Just got in a hurry and did things a bit out of sequence. Normally, I plug the cord into the truck, then jump into the bed to hook the breakaway cable, latch the hitch and pin in in place. Didn't do that and, well, the rest is history. Lyle
laknox 08/11/19 10:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

To be clear when backing into a B&W "IF" the handle comes to the "LATCHED" position ti will NOT come loose. Many times I have backed into mine and the handle does NOT fully close even tho the jaws LOOK to be fully engaged. Handle MUST be closed/locked!!! This assumes that you're smart enough to remember to take the f'n PIN out of the hold-open position. :M Lyle
laknox 08/10/19 10:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

Sorry to hear this happened Lyle!! I also thought jaws would stay closed, even if safety pin was forgotten, due to the cam action design. I'd be interested to hear more, if you feel like sharing. Maybe time to upgrade the truck. :) Jerry Thanks, Jerry. Me 'n Jack Daniels are commiserating this weekend. Maybe I should start a Gofundme for a new truck. Think there are enough suck.... er, sympathetic people out ther that would pony up $40-50k for another truck?:B Lyle
laknox 08/10/19 09:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there? First off, I'm a B&W fan and wouldn't have any other hitch. Second, even the virtually foolproof B&W hitches aren't foolproof if you're STUPID, as I proved in spectacular fashion just a couple hours ago. If you forget to f'n LATCH the hitch after you back into the pin, it WILL fall off onto the truck bed. So, new tailgate and new bed sides instead of just new paint. FW is in better shape than the truck, except for some paint transfer and scratches. Lyle So if you back all the way into the king pin, the spring loaded arm should have swung to the closed position, waiting for the safety pin. Do to the design, I believe the hitch would have a 95% chance of staying latched. So there has to be more to the story? Like the king pin lower ridge was to high holding jams open? Or you did not back in all the way! Or you pinned the latch arm open! Chris Correct, but that pre-supposes that you actually =removed= the f'n pin locking the jaws in the open position for unhooking... As I said, STUPID!!!! Lyle
laknox 08/10/19 09:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Ovens

I like a Dutch Oven on the fire for baking. The shallow "bread ovens" are best. Use more coals on top than on the bottom for browning. On my 65th birthday I baked a pineapple right side up cake 25 miles from the nearest road. Correct. 3-4 briquettes underneath and a dozen, or so, on top...depending. This from a friend who's a competitive dutch oven cook. Lyle
laknox 08/10/19 09:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there? First off, I'm a B&W fan and wouldn't have any other hitch. Second, even the virtually foolproof B&W hitches aren't foolproof if you're STUPID, as I proved in spectacular fashion just a couple hours ago. If you forget to f'n LATCH the hitch after you back into the pin, it WILL fall off onto the truck bed. So, new tailgate and new bed sides instead of just new paint. FW is in better shape than the truck, except for some paint transfer and scratches. Lyle
laknox 08/09/19 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Ovens

Couple other things that should help... Turn your biscuits upside down to bake. Put more gravy on top. Lots more. :) Huh? There's no top or bottom to a biscuit...until you bake it, AFAIK. :B As for gravy, love it, but have to severely limit my intake. Those [email protected] carbs, y'know? Hard on the pancreas. :-( Lyle
laknox 08/08/19 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

We full-timed for three years with two boys and a 50 pound dog. I will advise you on what we found worked for us, perhaps it can better prepare you for your journey. I would only consider a toy hauler, a bunkhouse would be my second choice. Toy haulers are unbeatable when it came to packing up large items quickly such as bikes, outdoor furniture, and other things full timers with kids accumulate. I would want a trailer in the 40 to 43 foot range. Triple axle, with at least 3 to 4000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. A bath and a half would be fantastic, I don’t know that we would’ve needed 2 showers with only one hot water heater. Which brings up my next item, at least a 10 gallon water heater. With two bathrooms I would also like to mention that I would definitely prefer a single sewer outlet. I would want a East/West bed in a slide out, with the large front closet for full-time use. I would opt for no dinette. Maximum seating with the TV in a great position to watch. I would prefer the washer/dryer be somewhere other than the master bedroom. We were running clothes constantly at night and I preferred to not listen to the machine when I sleep. We live in Florida, so for full-time a residential fridge would be ideal. In the summer there is no RV freezer that will keep ice cream cold enough for our taste. The ice maker is also a blessing. You can modify the top bunk on a Happijac to (2) twin beds in a North/South configuration. Just build a new longer deck. Ependydad on the Forest River forum did the same thing. Alternatively, one can sleep in the loft. The important thing is to have designated sleeping spaces that do not need to be taken apart and put together on a daily basis. The toy hauler allowed us to put 2 dressers in the garage for the boys to keep their clothes in. This was actually a huge feature for us. Good luck on your search and I hope one or two of our suggestions might be of help. Another thing I thought of when looking at some THs, was that you could have desk space under the garage bunks for doing school work. Alternative would be to have a let-down bed to get the beds down out of the heat near the ceiling. Also, it wouldn't be hard to put together a wall to divide the garage into 2 separate rooms. Lyle
laknox 08/08/19 09:29am Fifth-Wheels
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