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RE: Opening and closing slides in winter

What is the lowest temperature to safely open and close slides in the winter without damaging seals ? If there's nothing in the "manual", call the mfr with your VIN, and ask them. Lyle
laknox 12/06/19 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Required hitch for 6 3/4' bed

LongBed cures all issues. Until you back up while turning one way and looking the other. You'll still hit. Lyle
laknox 12/05/19 09:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bent Kingpin?

Thanks everybody for the quick replies. I'm going to raise the hitch height to get the clearance I need to get it to storage and then begin the process of working with lippert and the insurance company to figure out what are the next steps. I'm close enough that when I need to open up the front to take pictures - I can drive down and back in the same day, get the photos I'm sure they are going to want and go from there. I will tell you that I don't exceed the tire rating on my 5er. I've had too many years of blow outs to know that going faster than the tire speed rating ends up badly (Blowouts). The only thing I can think of is fatigue or poor welding and the factory and the welds finally failed. The New Mexico roads had quite a few "bumps" in the road and I'm sure that the whipping motion was more than the welds could take. Again, Thanks to all! Seriously doubt metal fatigue and put my money on inadequate engineering, inadequate materials and just plain [email protected] build by LCI. Lyle
laknox 12/02/19 08:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question on using auto level while stored for the winter

If level when on the jacks, the roof “should” be designed to drain the water! memtb I can't think of a single RV built in the past 20 years that doesn't have a crowned roof. That said, a couple inches nose high can't hurt, but likely isn't necessary. Lyle
laknox 12/01/19 09:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bent Kingpin?

Yep. Frame failure, for sure. Leave it there or put it on a lowboy to bring back to CO to a =good= welding shop that has RV repair experience. Going to have to unskin the front and have the frame repaired and beefed up. Keystone and LCI will just say "so solly". Whatever you do, don't tow it! You could try filing an insurance claim, but they'll almost certainly say it's a manufacturer's defect (which it absolutely is) and won't cover it, but you could try. Lyle
laknox 12/01/19 09:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: long distance moving companies

I need someone to move my 5th wheel from Florida to Michigan this April. How do I get in touch with these companies or people? Uship is a bid site. Post the details of what you need to move, length and weight, where from and to, and people will send you per mile bids. FWIW, when I did this a couple years ago for a 32' 10.5k FW, bids ranged from $2.25 down to $1.90 per mile from the St. Louis area to the Phoenix area. Lyle
laknox 11/27/19 08:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin box

Need to know what hitch you have. Some hitch mfrs. will void their warranty if you use one of these types of hitches. B&W, in particular. Lyle Not all B&W hitches, just the post-mount ones. You can use this style hitch with puck-mounted hitches because of 4-points of attachment vs just one. But, good to highlight that not all fifth wheel hitches allow this style pinbox. OK. I'm still old-school, with my TO Ball / Companion. :B Lyle I would have been too if it wasn't for a 21k toy hauler. That was over on the TO Ball/Companion (20k max) and ended up being over on a variety of ratings on the truck. New truck and new hitch entirely for me. :) I can only wish, though for what a new truck costs, I'd rather =build= a truck. Early 2007 3500HD SRW LBZ engine with beefed up suspension. No DEF and =way= cheaper tags here in AZ. Lyle
laknox 11/25/19 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: do you do this

I'm thru taking the fiver out for the winter. Probably won't go out again for 5 months at least. Do you raise your rv so the weight is off the tires? I never have in the past, but at the price of tires today, I'm thinking I'll start. And do you put a pair of jack stands under each axle? I've read that this might ever so slightly bend the axle when left for months. So where would you put the stand not to do damage? This was more common years ago when RV trailers were smaller/lighter gross weight. Many folks also removed their wheels and stored them some where out of the elements. Some also jack some weight off the tires. We lived in a 31' 5er for 7 months one winter while our house was being built. I leveled the trailer (6" slope in 25') and took frame to ground measurements at all 4 corners. Made cribbing from RR ties and 2" X 4"/etc placed under the main frame rails so the trailer was 2" higher. This took most of the weight off the tires. I never liked the idea of a RV trailer sitting with jacks under the axles. Not because it does any damage to the axles but JMO some type of cribbing under the frame rails lessons the chance of a wind pushing the trailer off the jacks. Several ways to store tires on/off a trailer. My 11k lb 5th wheel RV trailer sits 1 1/2" crusher run for 5 months or so on 2" X 6" boards inside a trailer shed. I keep the tires at max sidewall pressures and jack each wheel 2-3 times a winter and rotate each one 90 degrees so it sits on a different spot. Takes all of 6-8 min. I've ran nothing but LT tires on my various RV trailers over the years. There good for 6-8 years or 50k-55k miles whichever comes first. When my equipment trailers sit they have no load. They sit in the tractor barn out of the sun on same type crusher run/wood and always at max psi 24/7 365 days a year. Biggest issue with the old bias ply and early radial tires, was flat-spotting from sitting. I know that my old JD Model A is real fun to drive after sitting for several months, even at its top speed of 6.5 mph. :-) Lyle
laknox 11/25/19 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: do you do this

To help prevent dry rot don’t park directly on soil, asphalt, or concrete. Park on leveling pads or similar I bought some 2x6 redwood, cut them in half and run my rig up on those. I feel that it bought me time, especially with the first couple sets of China bombs. Always covered, too. Lyle Redwood DANG!!! 2 8' lengths at HD weren't bad. Only mistake I made was cutting them =exactly= in half, then screwing them together 2" off center to make a bit of a ramp. Problem is that when you drive off one end, the boards will flip up, catching stuff on the underside of the trailer, like the steps. I =should= have cut the boards 4" off-center so one is longer than the other. So far, they've lasted over 10 years... Lyle
laknox 11/25/19 08:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jayco Eagle Manufacturer’s Warranty

Jayco is 2 years. Better than most. They're now giving 3 years on certain stuff on '20s. Didn't read all the details, though. Lyle
laknox 11/22/19 01:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jayco Eagle Manufacturer’s Warranty

Does anyone know if Jayco’s manufacturers warranty will cover full timers in the Eagle model? I’ve heard/read they won’t know if you tell them but that just seems a little scary. Not sure on the Eagles, but I'm pretty sure the Pinnacle and Northpoint models are rated for FT use. Easiest to say is that you're on an "extended vacation" if you do end up with an Eagle. Lyle
laknox 11/21/19 08:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: do you do this

To help prevent dry rot don’t park directly on soil, asphalt, or concrete. Park on leveling pads or similar I bought some 2x6 redwood, cut them in half and run my rig up on those. I feel that it bought me time, especially with the first couple sets of China bombs. Always covered, too. Lyle
laknox 11/21/19 09:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best type of house battery

Most RVs seem to have lead acid deep cycle marine batteries. However I’m just thinking that most but not all RVers rarely camp without shore power. The most instantaneous power demand is when running out slides or deploying jacks. So it seems to me that a standard or combination starting battery makes more sense than the deep cycle marine battery. One more question I have: I’m wondering if the higher cost for agm batteries is worth the money. The plus side to me is not having to keep up with the electrolyte levels. I would be interested in what others think about this or have experienced. The so-called "deep cycle" marine batteries aren't true deep cycle, meaning that they can't be drawn down and recover time and time again. They just provide a lot of cranking amps. What a lot of us do is to simply get a couple 6v golf cart batteries and connect them in series to make 12v. Maybe a few less amp hours storage, but the ability to draw them way down in voltage without damage is worth more than having all but the absolute best 12v batteries. For about $200 (2 batteries from Costco or Sam's and a crossover cable) it's way cheaper than 12v batteries, too. Now, if you have deep pockets, go Lithium using Nissan Leaf battery modules. 2 modules at 7.2v each, give you 14.4v in series, with 64 amp hours. Start stacking them together in parallel to get as many amp hours as you need. NOT cheap, but you'd probably go through at least 3 sets of flooded batteries in their lifetime. They're also about half the weight as flooded batteries. Later: Forgot to mention that, personally, I leave my FW plugged into my truck while setting up or hitching up to leave when we're boondocking. Less stress and strain on the coach batteries. Now, if I'm in a CG, I'll stay plugged in while I unhitch, then plug into shore power before leveling and running out the slides. When leaving, the shore cord is the last thing to be packed before leaving. Lyle
laknox 11/21/19 08:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Closet walls pulling away from structure

If you really want cedar, maybe you could line it with narrow cedar planks run horizontally. I've seen 1/4 or 5/16 cedar t&g boards. Placed horizontally, you could likely follow the curve of the front cap. As far as insulation, there's most likely little to none in there from the factory. :-( Lyle
laknox 11/21/19 08:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any nice new 5th wheels that have cloth furniture

I'm interested, too! Lyle
laknox 11/20/19 10:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin box

Need to know what hitch you have. Some hitch mfrs. will void their warranty if you use one of these types of hitches. B&W, in particular. Lyle Not all B&W hitches, just the post-mount ones. You can use this style hitch with puck-mounted hitches because of 4-points of attachment vs just one. But, good to highlight that not all fifth wheel hitches allow this style pinbox. OK. I'm still old-school, with my TO Ball / Companion. :B Lyle
laknox 11/19/19 10:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full time in the 2020 JAYCO EAGLE??

My husband and I are looking to start full timing. We have been researching the 2020 JAYCO EAGLE 355MBQS. We love the layout but it’s 42’ which seems daunting. Does anyone have experience with this model and any advice on length? My opinion is that you should find this in a used version to get used to towing something that large and see how you like it. Second, I agree that the cargo capacity is a bit lacking. Third, not sure Jayco would warrant this for FT use. If you do go this route with a new rig, do NOT tell them that you're FTing in it. IMO, a Pinnacle or Northpoint would be better for FT and are likely rated for such. FWIW, take a look at the KZ Durango Gold FWs. Not saying this because I own one, but because I researched both Jayco and KZ extensively when I was shopping several years ago. They were my top 2 choices, with KZ being #1. Lyle
laknox 11/19/19 09:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full time in the 2020 JAYCO EAGLE??

I've gone up in size from a popup to the current 36' 5th wheel and parking at home and in campgrounds is by far the biggest challenge. Out on the road I find easy. After all, there are buses and large semis on the same roads. I've actually found people are nicer and let you in more the larger a trailer you are towing. I've pulled onto crowded freeways that I never thought I'd be able to merge onto and people let me right in. LOL.... it's actually much harder in my commuter car! Just use the 3 blink rule: 3 blinks of the turn signal and you're moving over! LOL I will agree that most folks are a bit more curtious to folks w/ large RV's but when it comes to semis, No Way Jose. They simply do not want such a large vehicle in front of them. As a semi driver, I cannot tell you how many times cars have passed me and pulled right in front of me w/ no-one behind them. My conventional tractor has a short nose as it is and sometimes I cannot see the rear end of the car when they do pull in. They don't realize that all it's going to take is for them to misjudge the gap and clip my LF corner and it's instant turn sideways for them till I stop some 300+ feet later. In fact, I saw this very thing couple months ago w/ driver's side of car looking at grill of semi as the car got turned sideways via RF corner (believe semi was in middle lane and either it or the car went from middle to right or right to middle). Youtube is full of vids just like this. Saw one where a dump truck had someone clip him, and he just continued on down the road pushing the moron for at least a 1/4 mile. :B Lyle
laknox 11/19/19 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin box

Just took delivery on my 1st 5th wheel. A Grand Design 150 series with a Lippert Turning Point pin box. If I was to install the wedge and move my pivot point back 22", could I go on the highway with this setup ? Or is this just for getting in and out of tight spaces. Thank you. Need to know what hitch you have. Some hitch mfrs. will void their warranty if you use one of these types of hitches. B&W, in particular. Lyle
laknox 11/19/19 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: do you do this

Never have and don’t really see any need to. What ^^he^^ said. FWIW, though, when I do jack my trailer, I jack right under the spring perch. Were I to store my rig off the wheels completely, I'd jack it up, remove the wheels and store them inside, then lower it down onto jack stands on the frame. I'd also keep some weight on my 4-pt leveling system as well as the frame jacks...just 'cause. Lyle
laknox 11/15/19 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
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