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RE: What do I need

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there? You won't find a sliding hitch that is much more fool-proof than the Pullrite Superglide. I've been using mine for 9 years and have never not had it latch when I backed under it. Yes, I did just knock on some wood. As far as your steep driveway, is it angled up or down? Angled down is when you need to worry about bed clearance. Angled up you need to worry about the back end of the trailer. And if the TT you had before cleared that you should be fine with the FW.
schlep1967 08/12/19 05:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Onan gen shuts off after 5 minutes

My guess would be low oil and the low oil sensor is doing its job. As oil is moving through the engine the level in the pan or sump decreases causing the sensor to see low oil. The engine shuts down and oil drains back down into the pan and now the sensor sees enough oil. Are you sitting level? Just being off a few degrees can lower the oil level in the area of the sensor. Check the oil and maybe add a few ounces if it doesn't show completely full.
schlep1967 08/09/19 07:43am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

If I store new fully charged batteries in my shop for 6 mo through winter where the shop could be as cold as 10-15 degrees, would they be all right for next season? Or, should I use my harbor Freight battery maintainers to keep them up? They are cheap and there would be no one around to check them for the 6 months Just curious, why would you buy new batteries in the fall if you are not going to use them all winter? Just wait and buy new batteries in the spring. Needed replacing this past spring so virtually new That makes more sense. :)
schlep1967 08/08/19 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: DPF Delete Recommendations for Dodge Cummins

Bought a friend's 07 6.7 Cummins, with 215K on it. Not the millage of my 5.9 Cummins. I am told the answer is the DPF Delete, and it can add 6 miles a gallon. Has anyone done one, what is the price I am looking at, and does it make a difference??? My 03 get 10 L to 100K. This 07 is getting 14 L / 100k. At $1.22 a liter, that could be $5.00 difference IFFFFF the millage improves to 10 L / 100K, or I expect payback in 20,000 kilometers (if I can get it done for $1,000). Any Diesel gurus that can give me their opinions?? I have the same truck. Before you go to do the delete you might try something else. Clean the EGR valve, the EGR cooler and replace the DPF filter. Look it up on YouTube. It's not that hard to do if you know how to operate a wrench. Where they say to buy the MOPAR brand of cleaner, ignore them. $30 plus for a liter. Go to a local auto parts store and buy a gallon of purple power for $6.99. See this link EGR Cleaning kit with filter Under $130 Whe nyou go to the site click the tab "Install and Tech Information" Very good instructions for the job.
schlep1967 08/08/19 10:58am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

If I store new fully charged batteries in my shop for 6 mo through winter where the shop could be as cold as 10-15 degrees, would they be all right for next season? Or, should I use my harbor Freight battery maintainers to keep them up? They are cheap and there would be no one around to check them for the 6 months Just curious, why would you buy new batteries in the fall if you are not going to use them all winter? Just wait and buy new batteries in the spring.
schlep1967 08/08/19 10:39am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

If I were going to hook my $100+ battery to a charger/maintainer ..... it wouldn't be a $10 Harbor Freight version. You can get several different brands of decent quality for around $30. I have this one I use on my motorcycle that cost $50 Charger/Maintainer Those $10 Harbor freight models will not charge a battery if it is under 9 volts. The extra money for the one I linked will charge a battery from dead. It brought both of my batteries on my diesel truck back overnight when I killed them by leaving the switch on.
schlep1967 08/08/19 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

Do yourself a favor and find and visit an RV show. Look at many units and eventually you will find what you are looking for.
schlep1967 08/07/19 09:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch Height - Sliders

Is the pin box in the top set of holes on the trailer? If you need to change I would always go with an auto slide over a manual slide. Pullrite is a quality hitch that you would not regret buying.
schlep1967 08/07/19 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hooking and unhooking of axis

I currently back my Class A next to the side of my house,and it is tight to back into do to the garage on one side a tree and and sloped ground on the other side. My question is if I switched to a 5th wheel is there a tolerance of how straight the truck to the 5th wheel has to be to hook up and unhook? Also how level does the ground have to be to hook and unhook? There are three things to keep in mind. First - Hitch style: If you go with a sliding hitch, and I will reference the Pullrite Superglide since I know it, You need to be within 14 degrees of center. This is because the capture plate on the pin box has a wedge on it positioned right behind the pin. Second - Trailer height when hooking: With most hitches you can hook up directly from the side or 90 degrees from center if necessary. Having the trailer at the right height is important so you slightly lift the front of the trailer with the hitch/truck when hooking up so you do not put extreme lateral pressure on the legs of the fifth wheel. Third - Chocking the wheels: This is very important! Quality chocks placed securely under tires, front and back on both sides. This will keep the trailer from spinning sideways when you are trying to get under it. As for uneven ground, most quality hitches pivot both front to back and left to right. The helps mitigate the uneven ground problems.
schlep1967 08/07/19 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

A few years back we were camping at the shore when neighbors showed up after dark. We were sitting around the camp fire and I was trying hard not to be that guy that just has to help. They got their 5th wheel backed in just fine. But watching these two ladies make multiple attempts to unhook and having nothing but problems, I finally gave in and asked if I could help. They were glad to accept my assistance as they thought they just were not strong enough to pull the pin. So I proceeded to give them a lesson. I said, first thing you need to do is put chocks under the wheels. They looked at me funny. I pointed to my trailer wheels. Apparently Canadians call them "stoppers". They put their stoppers in place. I then had the driver get in and back the truck up against the pin. And to make sure they knew they could do it, I had the other one very easily pull the pin. Yes, they already had the legs down. They were very grateful as the back of the site sloped right into the lake. And the way they were going, that was where their camper was going to end up.
schlep1967 08/06/19 12:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

Just curious how many people don't have a sliding hitch with their shortbeds? I never used it on my old truck, and I'm trying to decide to buy another (spending more) for my HD that's on order or just get a non slider. Thoughts? My opinion so feel free to ignore. If you are buying a sliding hitch, buy an auto slider. Otherwise, you will not slide the hitch when you need to. Crowded gas stations get many when going forward and trying to maneuver. Stopping when your camper is blocking traffic as you try to make a sharp turn to get to a pump, backing up to get straight so you can get out and release the slide, getting in to pull forward, getting out to lock the slide and finally getting back in to turn to get to the pump..... Auto slide is easy and works every time without thinking about it.
schlep1967 08/05/19 01:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: dodge 2500 with coil over air bags

Without taking one apart it is hard to tell. If you look up the part in the picture it is called an "Air Spring". That said, there are leaf springs installed also.
schlep1967 08/05/19 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: proper hook up procedure?

I use chocks and raise the trailer until the hitch is about 1/2" above the fifth wheel plate. I then back into in at it latches. I leave the front jack legs down and never have had a problem. I don't slide the hitch up the plate as it will put a strain on the jacks. B.O. This is a recipe for disaster with many fifth wheel hitches. It may be what your manufacturer says to do and if it is, great. OP your hitch manufacturer has instructions for your model hitch. Follow them and only them as to the height of your hitch when hooking up to the trailer. Yes to the chocks. The cheap yellow ones from walmart work fine. Just make sure you look at them closely. Very few know that they have an expiration date on them.
schlep1967 08/05/19 08:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How Sad

These ridiculous policies are put in place as scare tactics to keep people from destroying the campgrounds property. It makes people think the campground can arbitrarily charge their card if they tear something up. Think about it for just a minute. If I see a charge on my card for anything other than the price I agreed to pay for the site, I'm calling my card company and telling them I did not authorize that charge. And they will reverse it. So basically all the policy does is penalize a family that does not have a credit card.
schlep1967 08/05/19 08:16am RV Lifestyle
RE: Help!! Awning collapsed

Sorry. :( Should be covered by your RV insurance. I disagree. An awning is supposed to be able to withstand rain. This is a new unit. If it was deployed correctly, the awning company should make it right. Turning it in to your insurance is going to cost you probably a $500 deductible.
schlep1967 08/05/19 05:18am Toy Haulers
RE: Awning retracting

Does the unit shake a good bit when the generator shuts down? If it does and you have an awning the automatically goes in when it senses wind, it may be interpreting the shaking as wind.
schlep1967 08/05/19 05:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trailer Feels Heavier After Hauling for Period of Time

You are working with an old truck and an old trailer. I am assuming you are also using an old brake controller. Personally, with your brake lights staying on when nobody is applying the brakes, you have an electrical gremlin. I would start with the brake controller. Replace it with a quality brake controller and see if you are having the same problems.
schlep1967 08/01/19 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Break Out Another Thousand....

Let's see ... New turbo, tuner and install $3,300 (Install was cheap) New front end parts (tie rods/ball joints etc) after the dreaded death wobble $2,500. All within the last 2 years. But the trucks been paid off since 2012 so still better than truck payments every month.
schlep1967 08/01/19 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Little League World Series

I would love to be there in person for the games, but scheduling and distance make it impossible. I enjoy going to baseball games in person, from T-ball to major league. Will try to catch some of the games on TV, enjoy and have a hot dog and diet coke for me.... We've been there several times. The highlight year for me was 2015 when Redland won the US championship. That was the Little League I played in as a kid. It is definitely an experience being there in person. We try to watch all of the Regional games we can leading up to the Series. The benefit to that is you get to see all of the personal stuff on the kids and teams. At the World Series all you get is the name of who is up to bat. The atmosphere is just amazing when you are there in person.
schlep1967 08/01/19 08:28am General RVing Issues
2019 Little League World Series

Anybody else going? I just booked us August 16th to the 18th at South Williamsport KOA. Hoping to get there in time to go to one game Friday evening and then we will see 4 games Saturday and 4 games Sunday. Saturday's first game starts at 1 PM with the last game at 8 PM and Sunday games start at 9 AM with the last one at 2 PM.
schlep1967 07/31/19 10:43am General RVing Issues
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