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RE: brakes on a double tow

I pull double trailers from time to time, and installed a second brake controller for the second trailer. In my case it's air over electric, but I ran a pair of 10 gauge brake activation wires, and also a pair of 10 gauge for ground back. I can't remember the exact voltage loss, but it was very slight. Easy to lock up the second trailer in testing. Pulling a 36 foot 5th wheel as the first trailer. My lighting circuits for the second trailer are also independent from the 5th wheel, and the wiring including three cameras run in pvc conduit under the 5th.
reluyog 05/31/20 09:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: El Paso Wally docking

La Tuna Federal Penitentiary,... another staycation destination !
reluyog 01/07/20 08:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bent Kingpin?

A couple of years ago I noticed our pin box had been moving forward and back just a little by looking at the fiberglass joint just forward of the pin box area. None of the supporting structure actually bent permanently, but it had been flexing enough to identify a problem. Ultimately I cut out the fiberglass overhang at the front corners, roughly 4' x 4' with a 4" cut off wheel. I added about 250 lbs of 1/4" thick angle iron, and constructed some gussets for the corners where the pin box receiver is located. I decided to bolt everything in with grade 8 instead of welding. I had been carrying too much weight (tools) in the front area of the 5th wheel which caused the issue, plus double towing from time to time. So if you have your trailer frame re-welded, I would suggest you add to that with some extra steel to strengthen the entire structure. When I reinstalled the fiberglass panels, I made "L" brackets that allowed me to have threaded holes to attach the panels. Then I used stainless screws and covered the seams with 2" x 1/8" thick aluminum strapping. I also added new insulation and used the aluminum strapping to create a tight (read mouse proof) seal around the pin box. We have an older Carriage triple axle, and also from Denver. We use a storage facility in the Southern part of Denver metro. Good luck
reluyog 12/17/19 11:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: looking for quick access bathroom advice

I bought a Thetford portable toilet for my girlfriend, and we were able to use it between the seats of my Kenworth successfully. Luckily it's an old truck with a narrow cab, and she didn't have room to fall over. At this point she's had Multiple Sclerosis for about 40 years and uses a permanent catheter (superpubic), and we no longer need to use the Thetford. If you really like your 5th, you might be able to find a truck that would make using a portable toilet easier. Good luck.
reluyog 09/07/19 08:13am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Those with 50 amp 5er's

I made a 50 amp extension cord instead of buying one, and have used it numerous times. I also carry three 30 amp extension cords since we don't have to be plugged into 50 amp service to run what we need.
reluyog 08/13/19 07:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

We have seen several 48 foot 5th wheel campers, and other than fewer available camping sites due to length, they look fine. All the ones we've seen were pulled by highway road tractors, and all were over length for many states. Overall I don't see any issues as long as you have a good tow vehicle and willing to risk the length. Round numbers we are 63 feet, and 83 feet in Wyoming double towing with our tractor with a 36 foot 5th wheel, and sometimes a 16 foot flat or enclosed 2nd trailer (+4 for the tongue) . I prefer to be able to get to a legal length if required. For some reference, we're about 44000 lbs with two pieces, and with an almost antique 3406b Caterpillar engine set at a measly (by today's standards) 400 hp, 15spd trans, we can pull the I70 Eisenhower tunnel grades at 50 mph. I say get what you want.
reluyog 08/06/19 04:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth-Wheel Longevity?

Although we're not full time, we do take extended trips for up to 3 months at a time. Trailer is 23 years old ('95), a Carriage 3 axle. It's water tight and mouse proof. We pull it with a 36 year old Kenworth road tractor ('83). We are in our trailer for 3/4's of the year. Mostly set up for boondocking. Shop around carefully and make sure as possible you're getting what you want.
reluyog 08/01/19 01:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobility scooter questions

As for mobility scooters and batteries, generally they will use a pair of 12 amp/hr batteries, or a pair of 18 amp/hr batteries, or a pair of 35 amp/hr batteries. They are wired in series for 24 volt operation. I would suggest 18 amp/hr batteries as a minimum for better range. These devices have user weight ratings, and if you approach or exceed the weight limit, the performance suffers. At the maximum weight rating, they will perform and operate, but not near as well, especially going up grades. Also, in very hot weather and demanding driving conditions, many power controllers could go into a thermal roll back (power reduction) sooner if the unit is loaded to the max. I believe most of the main line brand names are well supported by their makers. Purchasing from a reputable dealer would be just as important as which manufacturer you choose. I don't know how well an online dealer can support and remedy a defective unit compared to a brick and mortar store. Mobility scooters are like most mechanical devices, they either run or don't run! Good luck!
reluyog 08/01/19 08:35am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
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