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RE: Windmill usage

My cousin and her husband have built a '64 GMC bus into an RV and have 8 435w panels on the roof and are using a Nissan Leaf battery (plus one module) to power everything but the water heater. They have a mini-split A/C and 2 window units (one dedicated to cooling the battery bay) and I've seen them running all 3 A/Cs, plus power tools, compressor and =still= charging the battery. :-) In their initial research, they found that people were using these same batteries to make their own "power wall" for a whole lot less than Tesla's charging and for more storage, to boot. See http://www.beginningfromthismorning.com/. Lyle
laknox 06/01/20 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

If a tire is properly dynamic balanced there may be weights on both the inside and outside. Often the weights on the inside will not be in the same location as the outside. That is how the dynamic balance is achieved. I know Discount balances that way; both inside and outside weights and not necessarily in the same location, as you say. Lyle
laknox 06/01/20 11:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

So i am about to go buy some new tires for my 5th wheel, and tire shop is saying dont bother pay to have them balanced , its not necessary. What does everybody do here? They are for 29ft 5th wheel 225-75-15 Find another dealer, if they're giving you such [email protected] advice. Anything that rotates at that kind of speed needs to be balanced. I've seen more than a few trailers going down the road with wheels bouncing off the ground. The worst was a TT that had the left rear tire bouncing, I kid you not, at least 4" off the ground. I have no clue as to why the driver couldn't feel that. On top of that, he was towing at about 70-75 mph. Lyle
laknox 06/01/20 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: First 5th wheel advise

First and foremost, avoid anything built by Thor or Forest River. Look for used Carriage Cameo, HitchHikers, Excel, Arctic Fox. These are generally heavier than the currently built trailers, but are better quality. Ken I'd add a pre-'17 KZ Durango 1500 or Durango 2500 to the list. 2017 was when Thor bought them out. Lyle
laknox 06/01/20 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Seeking advice on towing vehicle

Seeking advice on a towing vehicle for a 5th wheel camper. I am looking at a 2019 Heartland Road Warrior 413RW I've only ever owned a small travel trailer that was 21' so my SUV was able to tow. As given, with the fifth wheel I need to upgrade to a pickup but I am not well versed in pickups. I would have to buy used and not sure what size I should look for or if I should look for it to be gas or diesel, etc. Thx. 20,000 GVW is =solidly= in dually territory, and no more than 5-6 years old. Diesel by preference, though a gasser would work in more flat country. Lyle
laknox 05/22/20 02:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

My brother owns a trailer business: horse trailers, flat bed, dump, etc. They are often delivered here to VA by guys with dually pick-ups. They come in from out around Kansas, Iowa, etc. Often the guys will pull two in. Sometimes they make it all the way to the dealership without being stopped. Sometimes they don't. When they are stopped they are not allowed to proceed with both trailers from where they are stopped. This requires calling a tow truck to come get one of them or making a return trip after delivering the first one if the cop will let it sit along the interstate for a while. They claim to save enough money bringing two at a time that it pays them to take the chance. I would love to double tow in VA. I've personally asked 3 different DOT cops if I could do it if my truck and both trailers were registered as commercial vehicles, if I had a double trailer endorsement on my CDL, and I ran a log book. They have all said no. One DOT cop said he also would like to double tow but doesn't because it's illegal. He pointed to his partner standing next to him and said "He'd be right there waiting to write me up." "That's right." his partner agreed. I've seen a lot of trailer deliveries where the 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) trailers stacked on top, with the wheels removed. Lyle
laknox 05/22/20 02:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

Does one of them already own a big ole truck to tow a 5th wheel? A toyhauler with a separate garage could work. Put a residential bed back there. TV and maybe a porta potty for going #1 in the middle of the night. A class C might work better for driving into tight spots. Plus others can relax in the living area while driving down the road. I have no idea the tow capacities. But maybe a Class C toying a small travel trailer? =There= ya go! Lyle
laknox 05/22/20 02:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

Just when you think there is nothing new to hear...heh. Better to get two smaller TT remember the Chinese symbol for strife is two women under the same roof. Nailed it! And the first strife, who gets the bunk?This is along the lines of what i was thinking, is this going be a joint buy, if so, then who get the nice King/Queen bed and who gets stuck in the tiny cramped bunks. Also,if selling after this trip, do they both realize that you will probably not get back anywhere near your monetary investment. Many of us don't even consider our investment, and get back more in our experiences and joys of traveling, camping/RV'ing than we will worry about in money. Could do a week-on / week-off rotation... Lyle
laknox 05/22/20 02:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

Friend asked me what kind of camper I’d recommend for two couples to travel together. They are wanting to take a big, multi-month US and Canada tour with his sister and her husband. After the trip they’d decide to keep the rig, trade it for something else or just sell it. They are fairly close, but I’m not sure I’d want to be confined to a 5th wheel and the cab of a truck for so much time with any other couple :) I told him I thought he should be looking for a bunkhouse, but I couldn’t say which one. As most are designed with the idea of kids in the bunk area, the accommodations are going to be a little less comfortable in the back. Is there such a unicorn with a comfortable bunk area? My personal thought would be a bunk room with a TV and comfortable seating so you can get away from each other if needed. Obviously the bunk area reduces the living area, so things are tighter when you are together. Thoughts? A big toyhauler with full garage, converted to living quarters, could work. One with a half-bath in the garage. Lyle
laknox 05/22/20 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

In some states you can't leave the interstate when double towing and both trailers are 5th wheels. Hard to do either with an RV Actually, the 2nd trailer connection on a semi is NOT a FW. There's a tow dolly that =has= a FW hitch that the trailer attaches to, but the dolly is hitched with a pintle hitch. :B Lyle
laknox 05/20/20 02:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

I personally would not take a chance in BC And yet BC allows double and triple road trains well over 100' long and well over 100,000 lbs, but won't allow RV doubles. Never understood that logic. Lyle
laknox 05/20/20 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

I've double towed before but made sure the states I passed through was legal. Travel trailer with jet ski trailer behind. Since I sold the jet ski no more need to double tow. In AZ, that's definitely NOT legal, though doubles =are= legal. First trailer =must= be a FW, second trailer can be ball, pintle or clevis hitch, and must have safety chains and brakes if > 3k gvw. Now, does this mean that people don't do what you do? Yes, they do, and I saw one just recently. Bumper pull utility trailer with a Bobcat on it towing another utility trailer with tools and materials on it. MANY years ago, I saw a guy towing like this with an added cement mixer on the back. I never saw this, but my dad did and knew the farmer in question quite well, but he'd tow FOUR loaded cotton trailers, probably 7-8k each, with no brakes, chains or lights, down I-8 in the Yuma area, at 50-60 mph and would pick up EIGHT empties at the gin to bring back. With a 3/4t truck. INSANE! Lyle
laknox 05/20/20 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Oops ??

Y'know, you could have made up a great story about getting shot at while driving through Colorado City. :B Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 12:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear G614 ,and Endurance Tires

Thats probably all they did with Sailun changed to an ST and upped the rating . Doubtful anything else . If I remember the ST change had something to do with importing also That's what I was told. Sailun more-or-less just changed their former truck tire to an ST by changing the molds to say "ST" and different weights. Was to get around the much higher import tax for truck tires vs trailer tires. Otherwise, they were virtually identical. Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 12:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear G614 ,and Endurance Tires

A little interesting fact now with Goodyear RV tires . The G614, and all but the ST 255/85R/16 Endurance do not meet the weight rating requirements set by RVIA for 7K axles , the 10%. Meaning the tires have to be able to handle 7700 Lbs. The G614's at 3750 ,and the Endurance ST235/85R/16 at 3640 ,do not meet the weight rating for 7K axles. Montana at one time offered the Goodyear G614 as a upgrade ,apparently no longer. Sailun now is the standard . The Endurance ST 255/85R/16 at 4080 does meet the rating , but at 33.07 diameter may or may not fit , plus they are too big for the 6" wide rims that come on most fifth wheels with 7k axles. Kind of leaves Goodyear in the dark as far meeting ratings for 7K axles. I would not be surprised to see Goodyear change weight ratings on some of these RV tires Change weight ratings, but will they actually change the =tire= itself? Lyle I " THINK" that would be a NO.. just re rate it If the tires are already marginal, then how can they get by with re-rating it and still have a 10% "reserve"? That was my point. Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 11:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Controller failure

I replaced the pigtail wiring harness on the front of the trailer. I had read the reviews and knew that the Chinese use a different color code for their wiring. I plugged the wiring harness into the truck connection and then used a couple of small jumper wires and figured out the color pattern from the pigtail wires. NO PROBLEM. I think the Chinese wired my trailer too. I installed a new towing harness on the truck and a new brake controller too. The whole job cost a little under $140. Not bad when you figure the number of years that I have been towing the fifth wheel around. [email protected] The Chinese probably would have done a better job, though the wiring itself may have been suspect. Lots of incentive to do a good job when the alternative is likely a beating, at minimum. Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 11:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking at 2013 Cougar 28sgs 5th wheel

Thanks everyone I decided not to go for this model. FWIW, I looked at Cougars several years ago and they, like many other FWs, had pretty anemic-sized tanks, especially the black tank. For those of us that like to boondock, that takes them right off the list. After buying my KZ, I'd encourage you to look at older KZs. In that vintage, they were still privately owned (now owned by Thor) and, IMO, quality was better than it is now. Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 11:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear G614 ,and Endurance Tires

A little interesting fact now with Goodyear RV tires . The G614, and all but the ST 255/85R/16 Endurance do not meet the weight rating requirements set by RVIA for 7K axles , the 10%. Meaning the tires have to be able to handle 7700 Lbs. The G614's at 3750 ,and the Endurance ST235/85R/16 at 3640 ,do not meet the weight rating for 7K axles. Montana at one time offered the Goodyear G614 as a upgrade ,apparently no longer. Sailun now is the standard . The Endurance ST 255/85R/16 at 4080 does meet the rating , but at 33.07 diameter may or may not fit , plus they are too big for the 6" wide rims that come on most fifth wheels with 7k axles. Kind of leaves Goodyear in the dark as far meeting ratings for 7K axles. I would not be surprised to see Goodyear change weight ratings on some of these RV tires Change weight ratings, but will they actually change the =tire= itself? Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 11:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Oops ??

I am about to cry. I just drilled one hole through the side of our brand new 2021 Grand Design fifth wheel while trying to install a tv wall mount. What is the easiest and best way to repair the hole? Is the trailer a total loss. Please go easy on me. Is =that= all? Try dropping your FW...after 15 years of RVing experience. :M:M:M Lyle
laknox 05/19/20 11:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck 4x4 or 4x2 ??

Today's physics lesson... If you carry a long cable (or several tow straps you can link together) along with some way to attach said cable to something sturdy (or an old truck axle and 5 lb shop hammer), you don't even need a winch. Hook one end of the cable to your vehicle and the other to a tree (or the axle after you've pounded it in the ground), pulling the cable as tight as you can. Grab the middle of the cable and walk sideways as far as you can. You'll either move your vehicle or pull the tree out by the roots (I =did= say "sturdy".) Yes, it takes some time and effort, but it =will= work. This is how my h.s. math teacher told us how he did it on the 2 occasions he got stuck in a sandy wash. The other thing he told us was, "of course, it's a whole lot easier not to get stuck in the first place, so scout your route first." :B Lyle
laknox 05/18/20 10:33am Fifth-Wheels
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