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RE: 5th wheel tires

Do you have 80 psi wheels or 110 psi wheels? The G614 and Sailun are 110 psi tires. If by wet you mean loaded for travel then the Michelin XPS Ribs are great tires for lighter weight trailers. For that weight you should have something in the range of 9,000 lbs on the tires. The Goodyear Endurance ST is a relatively new tire that seems to get good reviews. I believe it is an 80 psi tire. A less expensive alternative to the XPs are the Bridgestone Duravis R238. For only 12k lbs, a G tire is a bit of overkill, IMO. Lyle
laknox 01/17/20 08:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar panels and battery cut off

I have a new 5er. It came with solar charger - Go Power brand. I’ve only had it a couple of weeks and haven’t had a chance to do much with ie because of the holidays and weather. My question has to do with the batteries and the solar chargers. When I put the rig in storage I hit the battery disconnect. I assumed the solar charger would still charge with battery cut off. But when I returned the batteries were dead. I guess I shouldn’t use the battery cut-off?? Sounds like the solar is wired in such a way that it doesn't charge when the disconnect is off. Same with shore power; if the disconnect is off, batteries won't charge. I'd leave the disconnect on, OR re-wire the solar direct to the batteries. Lyle
laknox 01/16/20 08:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: FIC entry lock problems

Thank you to all our RV enthusiast who responded. Special thank you to "ME AGAIN" who suggested "Maybe the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam." Also found a U-Tube posting who also had the same explanation... in his case his dealer was also stumped. PROBLEM: As noted above, "... the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam" RESOLUTION: Put inward pressure on the door beside the door handle, this releases the latch pressure on the striker plate and allows the handle move freely. Counter intuitive in that your asked to push the door inward before being able to open it outward. Many thanks from CANADA !!!! GPG52!! Dremel tool and a small stone to open up the latch hole in the frame a wee bit. Or a small file... :B Lyle
laknox 01/15/20 01:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bent Kingpin?

Been anxiously awaiting an update. Is there one ? Go back 3 posts earlier than yours... Lyle
laknox 01/15/20 08:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Small flys/ gnats coming out of commode.

To go nuclear, I'd open the black tank drain valve, put a pest bomb in the drain pipe and put the cap back on. Why not just drop it down the vent pipe? Lyle How you going to get it back? I'm thinking the aerosol smoke bomb type. Ah! :B Lyle
laknox 01/15/20 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup driver caught after cops find him hauling 53? trailer

1ton pulling a 53’ Ignore the driver using his phone to record or the distraction from the road in front of him.... Actually, it's a 450 and it also looks like the passenger was recording. Just sayin'... Personally, I have no problem with it, as long as it's mostly empty. Hell, empty, it's probably lighter than most FWs people tow, especially with a 450. Lyle
laknox 01/14/20 02:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Small flys/ gnats coming out of commode.

To go nuclear, I'd open the black tank drain valve, put a pest bomb in the drain pipe and put the cap back on. Why not just drop it down the vent pipe? Lyle
laknox 01/14/20 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Prepping RV for private sale

Hello friends! I'm looking for counsel as I prepare my RV for sale. I've decided to sell it on my own (rather than consignment), with the help of son-in-law and daughter. It has some things needing fixing. #1 (Most important) The bedroom closet slideout has leaked since I got it new. (Dealership sent out a repairman who did not fix it properly and dealership refused to do anymore.) Subsequently that area has been tarped for 2 years. I called manufacturer and since its past warranty they will not help. My thoughts are: Buy and install a slide topper before selling, OR leave as is and with full disclosure, deduct maybe $500 from asking price. Your thoughts? (I don't believe there is any water damage. I had another RV guy look at it and we did some checking.) #2 I broke the rooftop ladder trying to force it to fold up. One joint is snapped and I have duct tape snugly wrapped around it which works fine but again, should I sell it as is with provision in the price for a new ladder, or should I order and install a new one. #3 Is it a good idea to pay for a licensed RV repairman to come out and test all systems and print out a report to have ready to show potential buyers? This way they can have a measure of confidence that everything is disclosed. I have been very pleased with this RV - been living it in off/on for 2 years. Very nice layout. REALLY appreciate good advice. Thanks! 1. Will a slide topper stop the leak? If not, why go to the expense of installing one? Disclose the issue and let a buyer decide. Deduction will be a lot more than $500, IMO, even if you put a topper on it. 2. Relatively cheap fix. Fix it. 3. I wouldn't pay to have an inspector look at it. Let the buyer do so, if they wish. As for pricing, check to see if any near-identical rigs are listed and, if you can find it, what they may have sold for. Use that as your pricing guide. Do NOT use a dealer price! Lyle
laknox 01/13/20 10:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

After ripping out the bumper plug twice, after hanging up the cord over bed corner, I put one in my bed. Lyle
laknox 01/12/20 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Duo Therm 65900-001 sparking but not lighting?

Hi, I have an older trailer with a Duo Therm 65900-001 furnace, it's getting propane fine, and 120v, when I connect the thermostat wires the fan comes on, and it sparks, I hear the solenoids in the propane valve click on, and I see it sparking in the glass window, but it never ignites. Any ideas on why it's not igniting? Might be a bad sail switch. Lyle
laknox 01/09/20 08:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much 5th Wheel can I tow with my truck

I know that tow capacities can be hard to nail down in the owner's manual but that's where your answer lies. Get help from the truck dealer or manufacturer, not an RV business. Off course nailing down the actual total weight you will be towing is crucial. Find a scales or at least estimate the weight of each item; passengers, fluids, food; the whole works. Then, don't tow 100% of the rating. Allow for error; maybe stick to 80%. Actually, the answer's on the driver's door pillar, where the weight placard is, =not= the manual. That placard is specific to =that= unit. Whatever that sticker says, is what's the payload for =that= truck. That's the numbers you need to work from. Lyle
laknox 01/09/20 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup driver caught after cops find him hauling 53? trailer

"Empty weight would likely be about 10k and we towed that much, and more, all the time back in our pre-module cotton picking days and were using trailers. 1/2t truck, no brakes, 25-30 mph, upwards of a 15 mile one-way tow to and from the gin." Being able to get away with doing something only makes it do-able, not smart. Worked for us, accident free, for over 50 years of cotton farming. (shrug) Lyle
laknox 01/09/20 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much 5th Wheel can I tow with my truck

OK, a 5th wheel is not a “trailer” and it is not have anything to do with “how much can my truck tow”! A couple of years ago, they had a ½ ton Toyota towing the space shuttle! A 5th wheel puts approximately 25% of its loaded weight on your rear axel. You understand, it is loaded weight, with water, propane, food, beverages, clothes, even batteries are not included with “published dry weight figures”. Also, note that your weight capacity on the trucks door sticker does not take into account gasoline, gear, 5th wheel hitch, and passengers! Subtract weight of passengers, (use 200 pounds each), fuel, weight of hitch from your weight capacity. Then take 25% of the published dry weight of the 5th wheel, and add propane, dual 30 gallon tanks about 120 pounds, clothes food and gear add about 1,500 pounds. Water would be a little tricky, depends on how much you plan to carry, figure 7.5 pounds per gallon, I used to travel with only 10 gallons fill when I got to the site. Also, where the tank is, if behind the rear axel it could subtract weight, in front it would add! Finally, add that all up, and 25% of that total would be in the bed of the truck, how does that add up to the “adjusted” capacity? If that “fits” you should be ok, front rear axel weights can only be determined using scales, which you should do after everything is set up! Good luck, enjoy your new rig! Last I knew, a truck's weight placard includs full fuel and a 150lb driver. I know that Jayco's cango placard includes full propane and 1 battery. Lyle Lyle, Not sure if they changed that! Always dry weights, for both the truck as well as the trailer! That way everything is equal. What driver weighs 150 lbs? Propane, 20 gallons, 30 gallons? 40 gallons? How many tanks ? One battery, or 2 6 volt golf cart batteries, Trailers do no ship with batteries in them, the dealer installs the batter(s)! Are you a full timer, or just a weekender with a couple of 6 packs and a ham sandwich! Way too many variables! By listing the dry weight, you can easily customize the weight by adding your actual! I'm talking the placard placed on the truck/FW at the factory, that shows the cargo capacity for that =specific= unit. Industry standard was to show trucks' payload as net of all options plus a 150 lb driver and a full fuel tank. When I was shopping for a new FW several years ago, I looked at any number of Jaycos, and every placard I saw, specifically stated that the net cargo included full propane tanks FOR THAT UNIT and 1 battery (this is a pretty standard # for any "marine" 12v battery, within a few lbs.). It also listed the weight of a full fresh water load, but it was not calc'd into the net CCC. Again, this was specific to THAT unit. You make any changes after the FW's manufactured, then that's on =you= to figure out. I'll look at my KZ next time I'm out and see what it, specifically, says about cargo. Lyle
laknox 01/09/20 08:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much 5th Wheel can I tow with my truck

Currently I have a Forest River Hemisphere GLX that weighs in the neighborhood of 8500LB dry and about 9500LB loaded. I do not travel with water other than a couple of gallons in the black tank to slosh around. It tows fine and my truck handles it with ease but I'm not very happy with it (poorly and cheaply built). I'm beginning to look at new 5th Wheels but I have no idea what my truck can handle and we all know how a dealer will tell you anything to make a sale. I'm not in a position to change trucks for another three years so I have to stick with the truck I have. I understand that a Dually Diesel is a preferable tow vehicle but not in the cards for me right now. As for the math, everything gets so confusing to me that I need some help. Can someone please give me an idea of the dry weight and max weight of a 5th wheel I should be looking at? Also, what else should I be paying attention to on the sticker of a new 5th wheel? I know I need to look at Pin weight but what else? I'll be adding the same amount of stuff I carry in the rig I have now so please keep that in mind too. We're going to the Tampa RV Supershow on January 16th to browse. Below are the specs of my truck. Thank you for any help you can give me. From the manual 2017 Ram Crew Cab with 6'6" box. 6.4 Hemi with 3.73 rear end GVWR 10,800 Max Payload 4010LB GCWR 19,900 Max Trailer Weight 12,640 From the Stickers on my truck GAWR Front 5500LB GAWR Rear 7000LB Max Payload 3900LB My weight additions Me 225LB Wife 130LB Spray in Bed Liner 50LB Folding Tonneau Cover 60LB 31 Gallon tank = 186LB when full. B&W Patriot 16K hitch with rails weighs about 175LB total. Then figure I'm going to be adding "Stuff", about 1000LB. If I forgot anything let me know please and Thank you! Does that 1,000 lbs of "stuff" go in the truck or in the trailer or split between? Seems a lot to carry in the truck alone... Lyle The 1000LB of stuff is mostly in the trailer. Maybe 100LB extra pounds in the truck so 900LB in the trailer OK, so the FW will carry the majority of that weight, so figure 350 lbs of the 1,000 lbs (100 lbs + 250 lbs {25% pin}) that might go on the truck. I agree that a 12k max GVW rig would really be all you'd want to look for. Not knowing how you camp, or how frequently, I'd look at something like the KZ Durango 1500 (if used) or Durango Half-Ton. The current Half-Ton line has one model at 11,750 GVW and another at 11,995 GVW. 2 are 9k GVW and the other 4 in the line are 10.5k GVW. My '17 1500 model is one of the 10.5k GVW rigs and my '02 Duramax 2500HD handles it just fine. Lyle
laknox 01/09/20 08:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much 5th Wheel can I tow with my truck

OK, a 5th wheel is not a “trailer” and it is not have anything to do with “how much can my truck tow”! A couple of years ago, they had a ½ ton Toyota towing the space shuttle! A 5th wheel puts approximately 25% of its loaded weight on your rear axel. You understand, it is loaded weight, with water, propane, food, beverages, clothes, even batteries are not included with “published dry weight figures”. Also, note that your weight capacity on the trucks door sticker does not take into account gasoline, gear, 5th wheel hitch, and passengers! Subtract weight of passengers, (use 200 pounds each), fuel, weight of hitch from your weight capacity. Then take 25% of the published dry weight of the 5th wheel, and add propane, dual 30 gallon tanks about 120 pounds, clothes food and gear add about 1,500 pounds. Water would be a little tricky, depends on how much you plan to carry, figure 7.5 pounds per gallon, I used to travel with only 10 gallons fill when I got to the site. Also, where the tank is, if behind the rear axel it could subtract weight, in front it would add! Finally, add that all up, and 25% of that total would be in the bed of the truck, how does that add up to the “adjusted” capacity? If that “fits” you should be ok, front rear axel weights can only be determined using scales, which you should do after everything is set up! Good luck, enjoy your new rig! Last I knew, a truck's weight placard includs full fuel and a 150lb driver. I know that Jayco's cango placard includes full propane and 1 battery. Lyle
laknox 01/08/20 09:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much 5th Wheel can I tow with my truck

Currently I have a Forest River Hemisphere GLX that weighs in the neighborhood of 8500LB dry and about 9500LB loaded. I do not travel with water other than a couple of gallons in the black tank to slosh around. It tows fine and my truck handles it with ease but I'm not very happy with it (poorly and cheaply built). I'm beginning to look at new 5th Wheels but I have no idea what my truck can handle and we all know how a dealer will tell you anything to make a sale. I'm not in a position to change trucks for another three years so I have to stick with the truck I have. I understand that a Dually Diesel is a preferable tow vehicle but not in the cards for me right now. As for the math, everything gets so confusing to me that I need some help. Can someone please give me an idea of the dry weight and max weight of a 5th wheel I should be looking at? Also, what else should I be paying attention to on the sticker of a new 5th wheel? I know I need to look at Pin weight but what else? I'll be adding the same amount of stuff I carry in the rig I have now so please keep that in mind too. We're going to the Tampa RV Supershow on January 16th to browse. Below are the specs of my truck. Thank you for any help you can give me. From the manual 2017 Ram Crew Cab with 6'6" box. 6.4 Hemi with 3.73 rear end GVWR 10,800 Max Payload 4010LB GCWR 19,900 Max Trailer Weight 12,640 From the Stickers on my truck GAWR Front 5500LB GAWR Rear 7000LB Max Payload 3900LB My weight additions Me 225LB Wife 130LB Spray in Bed Liner 50LB Folding Tonneau Cover 60LB 31 Gallon tank = 186LB when full. B&W Patriot 16K hitch with rails weighs about 175LB total. Then figure I'm going to be adding "Stuff", about 1000LB. If I forgot anything let me know please and Thank you! Does that 1,000 lbs of "stuff" go in the truck or in the trailer or split between? Seems a lot to carry in the truck alone... Lyle
laknox 01/08/20 09:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Break away cable

Frankly, if the hitch comes out of the bed, you've got a lot bigger problem and I seriously doubt the e-brake on the trailer is going to make a hill o' beans difference. Lyle
laknox 01/08/20 09:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pickup driver caught after cops find him hauling 53? trailer

Looks to me like there may be a compressor in the truck bed to release the brakes. Not sure what the thing stuck on the tailgate is. Camera? Sending unit for wireless lights? Tank on the tongue is =not= an air tank; looks to be some sort of liquid tank, given the hoses. I know that, were I involved in ag and towing this, I'd claim "implement of husbandry". :B Empty weight would likely be about 10k and we towed that much, and more, all the time back in our pre-module cotton picking days and were using trailers. 1/2t truck, no brakes, 25-30 mph, upwards of a 15 mile one-way tow to and from the gin. Lyle
laknox 01/08/20 09:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 04 Cougar M301 bhs by keystone

Sometimes, just plugging into tow vehicle may add enough juice to battery, to operate slide, if RV battery is low. Hooking jumper cables direct from TV to RV battery will work for an emergency to move slide. Other question...yes those senors do go bad, and will activate as a reminder, and also activate when battery is low. They have an estimated date of life on the back side, usually about 5 yrs from date of manuf. Jerry Same with smoke detectors. Need to be replaced every few years. FWIW, I had the same issue with my LP detector, and it was a low battery causing the issue. Somehow, my converter got blown and wasn't charging my batteries while plugged in at a CG, though it was producing 110v. When I went to leave, I had to fire up my truck and plug it in for about 30 minutes to be able to move my slides in. Lyle
laknox 01/08/20 08:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 04 Cougar M301 bhs by keystone

Just bought this 04 cougar travel trailer. Slide out is only working on battery. I disconnected the battery, plugged up to service and slide doesn't work. Is this supposed to be like this or not.Any suggestions on where to start looking for the issue would be helpful. Many, if not most, slides run directly from the battery. You =have= to have the battery connected for the slide(s) to work. 12v from the converter runs through the battery to the slide motor(s). If you have a dodgy battery, the converter may not supply enough juice to both charge (or attempt to charge) the battery =and= run the slide motor at the same time. Charge the battery for 24 hours, then have it load tested. If it fails, replace it. Lyle
laknox 01/08/20 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
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