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RE: Back Up Camera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xQzLwgtb88
pcm1959 07/29/20 12:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Back Up Camera

Just a note: we have had rear observation cameras (more frequent sampling and better resolution than a "backup" camera) on both of our fivers. I find them to be of minimal use when backing into sites. That operation goes much smoother with my wife back there on the phone or with a walkie-talkie. The cameras do serve some purpose confirming when it's safe to pull back over after passing a semi on a hill, etc. Rob Rob, I agree with you. Mine is a Voyager I've had about 5 or 6 years. It even has sound. It just does not have the clarity or wide angle I'd prefer in comparison to the what my truck has. On the rare occasion I'm by myself, I defiantly rely on it a bit more. There's nothing better than a good spotter with agreed upon hand signals who knows how/where to stand so that you can alwasy see them in your mirrors. Now with the bluetooh in the truck we just use our phone, too. I'm often amused at the flailing, waving ups and motions people will exhibit when helping someone back up. Simple concise direction from the spotter - left, right, stop. That's it. Save your money and get a new grill, larger TV or some nice comfy fireside chairs. Safe travels.
pcm1959 07/29/20 05:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel chocks

Interesting little video comparing 3 types of chocks. The exterior shot is great for comparison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QmK2B-el80
pcm1959 07/27/20 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel chocks

I will get yelled at by saying this, but I NEVER chock my fiver UNLESS on an incline which I can recall that may only have happened once where it was to be of concern. The air hitch in the bed will compress before pushing back the RV so no worries there either. With the leveling jacks down and the Steadyfast its not going anywhere. I wouldn't yell at ya. I'm sure you know what you're doing, and you probably camp where things are fairly level. I never chock here on my driveway storage area. For us it is rather rare to have a nice level site to camp, so my habit of chocking before unhitching has served us well. I've had a trailer move enough to roll off the blocks under the tongue jack, and that was WITH chocks behind the wheels. No harm done, unless you count the extra laundry detergent needed to clean my drawers. That also taught me not to stack blocks under tongue jacks or landing gear, but that's a different, even though somewhat related topic. Exactly. Its very rare that I'm in a site that's not level fore/aft. I certainly use chocks in a case I'm not. I have seen serval people push their rig off the jack blocks in my days. Not good.
pcm1959 07/26/20 06:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel chocks

I will get yelled at by saying this, but I NEVER chock my fiver UNLESS on an incline which I can recall that may only have happened once where it was to be of concern. The air hitch in the bed will compress before pushing back the RV so no worries there either. With the leveling jacks down and the Steadyfast its not going anywhere.
pcm1959 07/25/20 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Exclusive: Utterly Unique Fifth Wheel

Probably basement air units like Winnebago had for years. Expensive though.
pcm1959 07/24/20 08:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Exclusive: Utterly Unique Fifth Wheel

With all that basement storage, they had better but some really heavy duty axles and tires on it.
pcm1959 07/24/20 07:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Excessive Heat in Fifth Wheel

Doesn't sound right to me. Check the temperature of the a/c air going into the return vs the the temperature coming out. There should be at least a 20 degree difference. Then if the filters are not blocked and the condenser on the roof is not clogged then there is probably nothing wrong with the a/c units. Window shades (white shades) will help keep out the heat. Window tinting is questionable because the dark color in tinted windows absorbs heat which transfer heat. I had an Outback fiver with single pane non-tinted windows and I tinted them with 3M reflective tint which helped with interior temps. Walk around with an infrared temperature gun and check various areas of the rig to find out areas of excessive heat transfer. You may be surprised at the differences due to dark colors on the exterior, improper insulation installation, etc. Of course, not much of anything can be done about those factors. Awnings and slide toppers may help but not black. My awning is black and the amount of heat that accumulates under it is unreal. White would be harder to keep clean but would reflect much more heat. If you have a clear "storm door" it will allow a lot of heat inside so keep the solid door closed. Finally, a 3rd a/c unit OR moving the bedroom air to the middle of the coach would help. The bedroom is much less volume to cool than the high ceilings of the main level. Good luck.
pcm1959 07/24/20 06:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Two features a must in a fifth. Who builds them

https://www.kz-rv.com/products/durango-gold-fifth-wheels/G383RLT.html
pcm1959 07/21/20 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

From my own experience, the one most valuable thing I've learned when backing is go SLOW. Doing so allows more time to correct or make adjustments without having to pull forward again. My RV driveway at home is on my blind side. Once the right side of the RV starts to turn-in, I stop and adjust the passenger side mirror all the way out and I'm able to see. I do have a back-up camera but I have never embraced it as I just don't find it clear enough and it not wide angle enough. As others have said it just takes practice.
pcm1959 07/21/20 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: We're Baaaacccckkkkk!

Welcome back. We love our 2018 Duramax which is our 3rd one. Two years ago we started looking closely at the Fox 27-5L for the same reasons you mention. We kept our 2014 Lifestyle LS36fw beast. Congrats and safe travels.
pcm1959 07/09/20 08:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thomas Payne TV Trays

Are they bonded leather/vinyl? If so, I would not invest anything in them. the fabric will start peeling off in about 3 years. We have had to replace ours as well as the sofa. We found cloth fabric at regular furniture stores that will hold up much better. Good luck.
pcm1959 07/03/20 12:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dexter Easy Lube axles

I agree with the recommended procedure as described in this link. I had those types of bearings in my previous trailer and had no problems in many years of towing using the same procedure. The trailer in my signature has the "never lube" bearings, which are a cartridge type and they have never needed any service in over 15 years of travel. :) Barney Makes me feel better Barney. My fiver has 8k 50mm NevRlube bearings. So many really poo poo them but I have heard the 50mm are ok provided used with the prescribed zero offset wheels. I figure they must be reliable bearings since New Horizons installs them standard. I used to use the EZ lube on my former Carriage. I'd lay the grease gun in the sun and also tried to do the job when the ambient air temps was warm or after towing. Anything to get the grease to flow better. Turn the wheel and slowly pump the grease. Good luck and safe travels.
pcm1959 06/30/20 10:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: new fridge

Update us on your experience after a couple of uses. Safe travels.
pcm1959 06/25/20 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fore and aft movement

Are you using a Teflon disc?
pcm1959 06/20/20 12:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: fore and aft movement

Another option: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hp7S2Vu3Qc
pcm1959 06/20/20 08:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fore and aft movement

Never had that kind of play in a Reese, Pullrite or by Hensley. Do yourself a favor and get a Trailer Saver BD1 or even a BD3. Your trailer will thank you for it in the long run and the jaws are thick, positive locking. Mine is 6 years old and the jaws have absolutely no slop. http://www.trailersaver.com/product/bd1-air-ride-5th-wheel-hitch/
pcm1959 06/19/20 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2008 Cameo F35SB3

Ditto on Carriage and add Lifestyle to that. Lifestyle was a direct carry-over of the Carriage line with improvements particularly in the slides. I wouldn't buy a new rig for anything having had the Cameo and now the LS. I can't believe the poor quality coming out of these factories particularly in the area of frames. One example is the spring hangers are so beefy especially compared to what you see now. If I ever have the misfortune of the LS being totaled, I will defiantly look for another one.
pcm1959 06/17/20 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: SEWER HOSE STORAGE

Dump stations are filthy. I like having the hose and all its fittings in their own dedicated space outside any of the compartments. I don't want to set a bucket or tote on the ground around the dump station and then place it back into the basement. Everything fits in the fence post cover carrier.
pcm1959 06/13/20 11:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: SEWER HOSE STORAGE

I have the same built in sewer hose compartment on my rig from the factory. It's length and diameter would not accommodate much so I did the fence post cover storage underneath. I really like the retrofit of the factory compartment. I may consider that. As I get older it would be easier to access than the one underneath.
pcm1959 06/13/20 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
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