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RE: Fifth wheel Hitch troubleshooting

I'm using a Curt 20k (about 10 years old) so it is a bit aged. Lately while hitching, I was periodically having problems with the jaws completely closing, so I asked my youngest, who is a big rig trucker to check my hitch because I thought it was worn out. After examining the jaws and the mechanism, he told me it was fine but that I needed to keep the king pin positioned more to the right side of the alignment slot rather than the left when backing up to hitch or the jaws will fail to close completely - he also confirmed that I needed to let the trailer slide up the hitch ramp (which I was already doing). I watched him doing the examination of the hitch and he manually triggered the jaw closing mechanism with his hands to find the ideal spot to position the pin in the hitch head, which is why he told me to hug the right side of the hitch while backing. I've not had a single problem since I followed his advice. His take home lesson was that you sometimes need to manipulate the particular hitch mechanics to determine it's quirks - even though they are mass produced for uniformity, they change their properties as they age. On an aside, he uses a portable electric grease gun to generously lube the hitch plate every time he hitches his semis, and told me to do the same because he noticed what he called high pressure wear on my hitch head even though I was using a lube plate.
przao 06/14/21 09:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stuck Caliper Piston

I second the motion to replace the caliper. I like to RV on the Oregon coast, and often stay right next to the water. I drive a 1-ton Diesel and always applied the emergency brake. A couple of years ago the dealer had to replace all my calipers because the pistons all were rusted to the point where they would not properly retract - never had anything like that in half a century of driving all over the country. The mechanics asked me if I was from Canada with their salted roads! Now I am careful not to leave the truck parked too long with the parking brake applied to reduce the probability of rust building up.
przao 06/14/21 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Same problem as last summer AC leaking inside

I'll second the idea that the four bolts might be the issue. Not only should they be no tighter than specs, but I like to snug them down the same as I do with the lug nuts on a vehicle wheel - a bit at a time to ensure even seating of the seal. I had the same problem and although causes vary, mine was due to condensation leaking past the seal into the rig. Careful attention to the four bolt tightness solved my problem permanently.
przao 06/14/21 08:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Moving to a 5th Wheel

I'm pushing 67 this year and am always looking for something really new and revolutionary in the RV industry. Sadly I have not found anything that is a fit for me that is better what I have. As far as my fiver, I'm in a Rockwood Signature Ultralight 8288SS, and it is simple to set up solo with no problem whatsoever. One of the biggest advantages of that particular unit for me is that it has dual opposing slides which makes the inside of the rig really large and spacious feeling. The opposing slides in a rear living arrangement is the most important thing for me these days - large windows for view in the parks I favor, which are mostly backing up to the water on the coastline. As to truck, I'm using a 6.7L 3500 Cummins (not that truck brand matters), but I'm fond of having a large heavy powerful truck (way overkill for my 8k dry trailer). I barely feel the rig behind me and average a reasonable 12mpg. I guess the take home lesson is that everyone will have their own idea of the "perfect" truck/rig combination. Ask yourself the important questions like internal trailer space including layout (many of the rigs we see have the television 90 degrees from the seats which makes for a sore neck at the end of the day), comfort towing without experiencing semi blow-by, etc.
przao 06/14/21 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
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