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RE: Looking for Recommendations on Floor Jacks

I have a smaller TT (21ft), but I found that my truck's jack (what it came with from the factory) works just fine - and it has an extendable arm for turning the jack. Tvov, I did the same as you, until......November 1993, with our first outing in our 1990 Teton. It was pretty much a week of disasters, culminated with a winter storm moving in with sub zero temperatures, propane tanks the dealer had not filled prior to our departure from Casper, Wy., a flat tire ( a slow leak the dealer was supposed to repair), and “jelled” diesel as we were trying to get off of the mountain. The truck scissor jack “stripped” it’s gears trying to lift the axle of the Teton ( 2 axle with gvw @ 16K+) up to change the tire. It’s been bottle jacks for us ever since! memtb
memtb 07/29/21 07:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires and their pressures

The vehicle manufacturers (virtually all manufacturers) put the tire pressure recommendations on the door sticker for ride comfort. The manufacturers compete for best ride, soft tires help in this aspect. It is up to the vehicle owner to adjust tire pressure according to his/her needs! memtb
memtb 07/28/21 03:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for Recommendations on Floor Jacks

I’ve used bottle jacks for many years on my trailers, I even went so far as to, cut a pipe coupling (larger than the trailer axle) in half and weld it to the top of the jack ram. It makes for a very secure, stable jack point. However, on our 5er, I just used the hydraulic auto leveling to lift trailer high enough to change a tire or whatever maintenance required ( tire rotation, bearing pack, brake work, ect)! ;) memtb
memtb 07/28/21 03:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Storage

Need some ideas on storage. I plan on a full cover for my C but outside so how do I keep the critters out? I live in southern AZ. Thanks We occasionally had mice enter our 5th wheel. My wife, who hates mice, tried nearly every method suggested to keep them out. Nothing worked.......until! She tried plastic condiment containers with an “X” cut in the lid. Into condiment container was placed a cotton ball, liberally dosed with Peppermint oil! Mice problem solved....and the unit has a nice, mild peppermint smell. We probably have about 15 of these stashed in various places around the 5er. We have done the same thing with our class c.....though, we had never had a mouse issue with it! memtb
memtb 07/25/21 08:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: levelers

We have Bigfoot auto leveling on our 5th wheel....17 years old and work flawlessly. “If” our Bigfoot Class C didn’t already have hydraulic leveling from another manufacturer ..... I would go with Bigfoot! Yep, you read that correctly.....I would have Bigfoot auto leveling on our Bigfoot! :B memtb
memtb 07/25/21 08:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Saving the Clutch

I use 4-low a lot...but, hate the stress it puts on the drivetrain. Not fond of the “crow hopping” when in a tight maneuver. There are ways/methods/components to disengage the front drivetrain, it’s only a matter of money.....a goodly portion of it! memtb
memtb 07/18/21 02:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions on 5th Wheels with Island Kitchens

Love/Hate relationship. Once camped.....absolutely love it. Additional counter space, more storage space. When traveling, it makes getting into the refrigerator impossible, without opening a slide! memtb
memtb 07/18/21 01:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New couch ideas ???

We put an Ashley Love Seat Recliner with center console in our camper. The love seat broke-down into 3 pieces, making it easy to put in the 5’er! They may have a sofa of similar design! memtb
memtb 06/19/21 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: When to change oil

First....I don’t have a computer that tells me my % of use/time left. Nor, do I rely upon the recommended mileage for oil changes. If I’ve been working the engine hard, heavy towing in hot weather...... I shorten my oil change mileage a bit. Though it’s still well beyond the recommended intervals. As I run synthetic, I generally change the filter at about the recommended “oil change interval” then change the oil and filter at around the time I would on my “3rd” oil/filter change! But.....that’s just me! ;) memtb
memtb 06/09/21 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Recommendations

Hankooks have been around for quite a while. From use on tractor/trailer rigs to my own personal vehicles ( Ram truck and Toyota 4 Runner) they are as good or better than most tires available! memtb
memtb 06/09/21 07:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E or F rated tires

Another vote for G’s! I’m running 17.5” H’s on my triple axle , 20 K rig! Nothing like peace of mind when dragging around a big, heavy rig! memtb
memtb 06/01/21 08:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: House battery not charging

Wow! Did I misread the OP! I thought that one of the 2 or more batteries was not charging. Am I to believe this unit has “only” one battery! “If” the unit only has one battery.....I agree, the battery switch is likely the problem! Or.....if is like our 5th wheel, it may have a “resettable” breaker that may have tripped. This happened to us in April. I do not know why we got the trip.....but it prevented the batteries from being charged by the solar panels or the tow vehicle! memtb
memtb 05/27/21 08:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: House battery not charging

A good place to start would be to thoroughly clean the battery terminal posts and cable clamps. You may also do a voltage measurement on the cables when disconnected from the offending battery to make certain that you are getting power to the cable clamps. Once certain that you are getting power to the battery......check the battery. The battery may be bad and “not” accepting a charge! If the battery is bad, and the pair are a year or more old.....I recommend changing “both” batteries. With both batteries the same age, you get a better charge balance with the batteries! memtb
memtb 05/27/21 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: King pin lock

I never really thought about putting a lock on our fifth wheel until this year when I started seeing a lot of stories about stolen RV's. How long have you been locking your king pin? Since the mid-‘90’s! memtb
memtb 05/27/21 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

In closing in on 70 years old, going beyond 800 miles in a day is getting more difficult! However, more than the mileage......I think it’s the hours at the wheel and the stress imposed with traffic density. High mileage days in rural America is much more easily accomplished than driving among the “unwashed masses”! ;) While “not” in our class c, we recently covered a little over 5K miles in 8 travel days (not by choice but necessity) “dragging around” a 20K pound, 40 ft., 5th wheel! It took a few days to fully recover from that little trip! :B memtb
memtb 05/20/21 08:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: SRW vs DRW

The actual brake disc area of a DRW of same year model is just marginally larger than that of a SWR, and actually locking the rear brakes on either is nearly impossible when under load. If you could actually lock the rear wheels on both then the extra braking goes to the DRW. In the OP scenario.....nothing short of a class 6 or larger would significantly shorten the braking distance. Anyone relying on the tow vehicle to stop a heavy load are pretty badly mistaken.......the trailer brakes should be the primary stopping component for the trailer! Anyone doubting this, just hook up to about 20K pounds, do not connect the wiring harness and do a panic stop from about 60 mph. I think you’ll gain a healthy respect for the benefits of good trailer braking and the inability of a pickup truck to quickly stop said load! memtb
memtb 05/13/21 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How windy?

I visited my son on Saturday and the wind from the southwest was blowing 30+ mph gusting over fifty. I saw a number of trucks towing campers heading north but none heading south. Just how winding does it have to to be for you to pull over and wait for the wind to die down. I told the wife that there was no way I would been out in that wind towing our fifth wheel. This is a question often presented from time to time. I firmly believe that the weight of the rv weighs heavily (pun intended) into the equation. The heavier the towed unit, the higher the wind velocity you can safely handle. On our recent “marathon trip”, we encountered high winds from Oklahoma (a rather intense Thunderstorm just north of OK City) up through Cheyenne, Wy. Our 5th wheel weighs in @ 20K pounds, and we had zero issues.....no discomfort. We passed numerous tractor/trailer rigs that seemed to be having some difficulty. I don’t think that there is any “concrete” wind speed number. Everyone must make their decision based upon their comfort level! The heavier the unit the better it handles a hard cross-wind! That said, when/if that heavier unit does become unstable.....the more difficult it is to correct! It really comes down to your comfort level! memtb Very likely empty or very light load in 53ft at 13'6" makes a great sail. Edd505, Yes they do! My wife and I were owner/operators for a while.....nothing worse than a very light 53’ van.....well maybe “black ice” with wind! ;)! memtb
memtb 05/08/21 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How windy?

memtb, glad you made it to the wedding, high winds, and all. Thanks Gary! But, thanks to the little cold snap in the South in late February....I missed her wedding! :o But, at least I got a short visit with all of them! For a brief explanation of the “very” short visit see my post about “5050 Miles in 9 Travel Days”! Pretty much a 13 day disaster! memtb
memtb 05/07/21 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

IMO .....the felt effects of a cross-wind are directly related to the square footage of the rv side wall area and the weight of the rv. Again.....my opinion.......your unit is pretty light for it’s surface area. On a recent trip we had several hundred miles of high winds (Oklahoma well into Wyoming). We had no control issues, while others (semi’s and rv’s) appeared to be struggling. But, our 40’ 5th wheel weighs in at 20K. In a wind situation, heavy weight is your friend.....until the wind overcomes the rv weight! Then things get real ugly....real fast! Many folks get uncomfortable movement with their towed unit when passing a tractor/trailer at highway speeds. We rarely feel the wind from a passing semi! Weight is your friend......until it’s not! ;) You simply have to determine your comfort level with your particular unit. In some situations.....that may mean parking her nose into the wind (like a boat on the water) until the wind subsides! memtb
memtb 05/05/21 09:28am Towing
RE: How windy?

I visited my son on Saturday and the wind from the southwest was blowing 30+ mph gusting over fifty. I saw a number of trucks towing campers heading north but none heading south. Just how winding does it have to to be for you to pull over and wait for the wind to die down. I told the wife that there was no way I would been out in that wind towing our fifth wheel. This is a question often presented from time to time. I firmly believe that the weight of the rv weighs heavily (pun intended) into the equation. The heavier the towed unit, the higher the wind velocity you can safely handle. On our recent “marathon trip”, we encountered high winds from Oklahoma (a rather intense Thunderstorm just north of OK City) up through Cheyenne, Wy. Our 5th wheel weighs in @ 20K pounds, and we had zero issues.....no discomfort. We passed numerous tractor/trailer rigs that seemed to be having some difficulty. I don’t think that there is any “concrete” wind speed number. Everyone must make their decision based upon their comfort level! The heavier the unit the better it handles a hard cross-wind! That said, when/if that heavier unit does become unstable.....the more difficult it is to correct! It really comes down to your comfort level! memtb
memtb 05/05/21 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
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