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RE: How to replace sofa in 5th wheel?

replace it old one is cheap/falling apart so tear it apart---usually the back comes off and you can remove the inner bed frame Measure space. measure doorway. measure new one and make sure it can be easily disassembled in order to get back in thru door Yes, yes, and yes. The backs *do* come off - IIRC when I replaced mine (never to return), there were a couple of bolts per side - or maybe just a "slip fit". At first - it doesnsn't look like the back comes off - but it does. Removing the inner bed frame is no big deal - and removes lots of weight. Helps to have another pair of hands to get the base through the door. But took all of 5 minutes - or less. Made better use of the space for the two (different/better) recliners, and re-positioning the "freestanding" (bolted to the floor) table and "bottom storage" chairs. Found a nice round "drop leaf" table - and two chairs. Perfect for two - opens up to four if needed. Have never anchored it to the floor - has never moved......and could be re-located if desired. BTW - Sofa gone = If you have grand kids (or?) air beds are fine! On edit: Was *not* attached to the floor....heck it weighs a ton! If it is - it's way, way overkill. *You* are the interior designer - enjoy!...:C ~
ol Bombero-JC 02/20/21 11:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Harbor Freight Tailgator generator review

Made in Communist China, no thanks.....China would love for us to all be speaking Chinese in the near future....Look at what they are doing to Taiwan & Philippines. if you are boycotting stuff made in China, your cupboards will be bare. bumpy Along with no TV, laptop, desktop, stereo, and many "supposed" brand names of/for appliances that have been around for many years. All major tire brands (including Michelin) have mfg facilities in China. Keep your eye on the tire codes - what *was* mfg in the US - may change overnight. In re: The HF two-stroke gen - gone away. Prob due to no longer EPA compliant. Kinda like the "old style" 5gal Jerry cans and "real" pour spouts....:( ~
ol Bombero-JC 02/05/21 05:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vintage Campers And Trailers

link? The article is not online yet as far as I know. You will have to purchase the magazine. I didn't want to link on how to do that because I thought maybe that was to much like selling something and I didn't want to break any rules. Good luck on that (the purchase)! IIRC - (Rules) you can link to an article(?) - ask a Mod. Most (all?) of the Hemmings mags are subscription only - which includes Hemmings Motor News ("World's Largest Collector car Marketplace"). Hemmings offers several additional "specialty" mags in advertised subscription offerings. BTW - When there still was "brick & mortar" book stores, "Motor News" was usually available. (Like Trailer Life & Motor Home, LOL). On edit: There is a *Vintage* Travel Trailer (sub-heading) in the Travel Trailer forum (here) - although not very popular....entering threads from the last 12 months helps, but will only get about 8-10 posts. ~
ol Bombero-JC 02/03/21 12:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blue DEF

Blue is fine for pulling a 5th wheel. As well as for *not* pulling anything. As to which one *might* be better (excluding "use by" date), go to any of the various (by brand) diesel forums and check opinions. (Get the "scoop" from owners of *your* brand - and decide if you like what they say).) Besides self, you may find someone with a Chem major who cares -or- one of the forums may have done an extensive study - as one of 'em did for diesel fuel additives "long ago"!...:W ~
ol Bombero-JC 12/25/20 07:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What PSI for tires?

You don't need to read further than the first two replies! (Neither did I - they're "right on")...:W ~
ol Bombero-JC 12/25/20 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question about exiting in an emergency

Fire licking at your rear end, etc. The smoke from an incipient fire will kill you long before heat and flames...:S Have one or more smoke / CO2 detectors - test regularly to make sure they work. Get occupants outside - *then* decide if you can (or should attempt to) extinguish the fire. ~
ol Bombero-JC 09/03/20 11:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moving a 5th wheel from Florida to New York State

On edit via new post. The thread was actually called, "Getting 5th Wheel Home", by "Top Dog", posted 3-17-06. Fifteen pages. Folks were still adding comments *after* the situation was resolved, so I asked the Mods to close the thread. I should add, I did communicate with Gloria via private message to express sympathy & condolences on Jim's passing. She had expressed her thanks to all and was doing well. A description (with link to the original): Getting 5th Wheel Home ("Top Dog") ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/28/20 12:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moving a 5th wheel from Florida to New York State

And here I thought this entire forum was for helping other people. Silly me. Somebody is taking their hall monitor job a little too seriously To/for....Over Zealous Moderator/s ??....:o A few years back there was a thread - think it was something like "Getting Jim home" - from the wife of "Jim". They had left their home in (IIRC) Virginia for a trip to Texas. Jim had terminal cancer, wanted to go to TX one last time. He was OK with driving there - but then things took a turn for the worse. She had no experience driving/towing their 5th wheel and was looking for someone to drive it back for her. The thread ran for several pages - many, many volunteers as well as suggestions - including "handoffs" from state to state. Eventually her problem was solved they got the truck & trlr home. (And, yes, Jim did pass away at home). *NO* Mod or Admin closed the thread - until AFTER they had returned home, and no more assistance was needed. OP: The PullRite SuperGlide. There is an adapter available from PullRite to tow the 5th with a non-PullRite hitch. Unfortunately, it's about $150. as I recall. ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/28/20 11:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Laura evacuation.

A curiosity question. It's an annual thing these hurricanes. Knock my house down or flood it once, ok, I'll rebuild it. Do it on an annual basis and why would anyone want to live there knowing you're going to get your butt kicked over and over. Hurricanes don't hit the same place every year, unlike snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures for months at a time -- precisely why I left Michigan so many years ago. In your location I'm sure you're very familiar with what I'm saying :C Neither do tornadoes or earthquakes. Been "through" several earthquakes in the SoCA region. Although several (Sylmar, Northridge, etc.) caused major damage, none have ever affected me or my homes (knock on wood). However - I was in the USAF in Wichita Falls, TX -up close and personal- for the 1964 Tornado that went thru Sheppard AFB - and I'll take EQ "dangers" any time. Of course, I spent 30 years running into burning buildings (and brush areas all over the state) when folks were going the other way. So ya takes your chances and plan ahead to be safe!! :W
ol Bombero-JC 08/26/20 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow vehicle in the shop

What Cummins is referring to.... Not happy with GS ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/21/20 01:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

Outstanding !! :C
ol Bombero-JC 08/21/20 01:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 50 amp cord storage ideas?

No more fighting the Anaconda!! Best investment I ever made: 12V Powered cord reel with (more) flexible 50 amp power cord. Pull out what you need - push button to re-reel. Mounted in compt. ~ I should have added..... The way I set it up: The reel is mounted in a side compt - with a "notch" in the door, so it can be closed when cord is out & in use. Notch has a sliding cover. My portable 50amp PI EMS is "in line" to *one* of three choices of the source of power: (Only *one* can be connected) 1. The cord reel. 2. The original (factory) wiring to the Marinco connection at the rear of the 5th. The 30 amp cord (see next) can also be used for #2 with adapter to the Marinco connection. 3. A 30 amp power cord to connect to the generator in the pickup bed. When (if) I ever go to a different RV - choice #2 will be the "back in service" for the 5th. The reel and PI can stay with me if I wish. The 5th was purchased new in 2005, my power source "choices" was done in late 2005 - and has worked flawlessly since. My factory (stiff) 50 amp mfgr supplied "Anaconda" rests in my garage, waiting for it's next victim!!...:W ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/20/20 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50 amp cord storage ideas?

No more fighting the Anaconda!! Best investment I ever made: 12V Powered cord reel with (more) flexible 50 amp power cord. Pull out what you need - push button to re-reel. Mounted in compt. ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/16/20 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck flooded

If it got up inside the car, even just the carpet, it’s totaled. No questions. And since the horn started to go off, it got into the electronics. Bottom line, it’s done! X-2 on the bottom line. Totaled - (even if *not* by salt water). ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/10/20 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Simple extension cord

Aaaand OP hasn’t been back..... *His* circuits are overloaded....:B The number of replies -and info- has tripped his breaker!!....:W Ya mean there's more to this MH thing - than stab it and steer it?..:@ .
ol Bombero-JC 08/05/20 12:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Reality check - 2006 Chevy 2500

First post and diving in head first... We are in the very early discussions with DW’s parents on a 5er. A key point is whether we use my current truck as the TV or need to upgrade (equals more money). I’ve had my 2500 for almost 12 years and it’s been rock solid. It’s the extd cab short bed 4x4 with D/A and only 120k miles. I’ve done a considerable amount of towing with a 24’ car trailer and it handles that load just fine. I know one of my limiting factors is the GVWR of 9200lbs and as a result are considering 5er’s on the lighter side. One model we like based on the floor plan of two separate bedrooms spaces is the Cougar 32bhs - This is something we would plan to leave at a specific campsite/location for a while vs towing it around every weekend. I know there is no substitute for hooking it up and hitting the scales...but for those with more experience then me (everyone here) something like the above model / weight going to be doable and an enjoyable tow or should I be looking to nut-up and price in upgrading to a DRW truck? First poster: For your subject - try the Tow Vehicle forum (here) as well as the Toy Hauler Forum. There will be brand "loyalists" in/on each - "mine is best", etc. Sooooooo....go to any of the...... *Brand* specific forums for gas and/or diesel. Internet search will bring up several for whatever brand you want info on! Usually sections for year/s, engines, and trannys, etc. Check what *owners* are saying and check the "help" sections for folks with problems. Roll on! ~
ol Bombero-JC 07/25/20 12:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel chocks

I forgot to remove my Roto Chocks one time. I knew it real soon as I couldn't move. I took a lot of work to get them out because they had lodged even tighter as I tried to move the trailer. Too bad they are no longer made. Rotos are/were great - so was Pearl & her husband (RIP). However - the main benefit of Rotos (and others) is they keep the RV from movement - like walking inside, moving from one end to the other, etc. Wood is your friend for lots of uses. So, two or three 2 x 6s about 18 inches long will keep you from moving - even if you forget them - trying to drive over them will get your attention....:W BTW - I always chock in front of - and behind - at least one wheel with *wood* chocks. Cheap & handy for other stuff - if beat-up, toss 'em and replace. :C .
ol Bombero-JC 07/25/20 12:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

Plumbing the two dump hose connectors together is fine but you want to keep separate valves. Otherwise you essentially only have one big combined tank. Better separate so he can drain black and then flush the hose with grey. Honestly, if I was rebuilding from scratch, I would lean towards a single valve. As long as you use plenty of water when flushing, it shouldn't be a big issue if they all drain together. But if you don't fully utilize the kitchen gray tank, you effectively get more storage for the black & shower as they will back up into the kitchen gray tank. valhalla360 - first thought for you...."we" all know the mfgrs will cut corners to save a buck at every opportunity. *If* your "one tank" plan is/was a good one - the mfgrs would be doing it already...:S However - back to those codes you want. Code sections will vary from jurisdictions, however - Here's one to consider.... Depending on the location - whether city, county, state, or feds... if *spilled or leaked* - your "concoction" of black & grey is is a bio-hazard. Not so with "only" grey. *Maybe* depending on the amount, and/or if you're quick with your own clean-up - or do same on "the sly" you may get away with it......if not, you may/will be responsible for paying for a licensed remediation outfit for clean-up! As a former Haz-Mat team member, I can vouch for it being a reality. Plenty of your fellow camper/neighbors will "rat you out"! The "authority having jurisdiction" may have very limited "leniency" options (if any). BTW - It AIN'T cheap !!....:( ~
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 06:54pm Tech Issues
RE: finally a fuel injected generator!

57 DB is a honda EU03000i at full load So this beast is interesting only a kilobuck at Home Depot not that I care to shop there . Maybe - the kilopbuck is OK (?) Specs indicate LIFAN is in AZ, USA. Would guess that means they are re-selling an "offshore" brand. Who is the mfgr? Champion distributor is here in the USA, mfg in China. If LIFAN has the same excellent service rep as Champion - no problema (that was for MEX). ~
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 04:55pm Tech Issues
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

Try looking at some backing videos on YouTube - maybe help, maybe not - but it's "free to you" !! :W .
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 04:41pm Fifth-Wheels
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