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one_strange_texan

New Caney, TX (when not on the road)

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Posted: 12/07/18 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pertaining to the comments about my use of WD-40 to lubricate my hitch, I probably should have originally stated that I have a SuperGlide hitch. Here is what is says in the owner's manual:

"The Plastic Wear Plates of the SuperGlide’s Turntable Cam Arm Assembly were designed to glide along the surfaces without the need for heavy lubrication. To protect against rust and to enhance the ease of turning on the Way Tubes, a light oil (WD-40 or a 3-in-1 oil) should be applied to the Way Tubes’ top and inward facing sides and between the front and rear openings in the Plastic Wear Plates positioned around the Turntable/Cam Arm Shaft. A light lubricant that is applied more frequently (each day of use) is preferred over the use of heavier lubricants. Since any applied lubricant is going to be “wiped” off by the sliding action of the hitch, a light lubricant applied more frequently will perform better (reduce the friction between the plastic and steel surfaces), and will be less messy, as well as attract less dust and dirt."

I know WD-40 is used for water displacement, but it is also a lubricant. While lubricating the hitch, I also spray the spring loaded jaw & trigger mechanism and associated parts, as well as the flat top of the hitch that the king pin rides up on. You do have to clean the hitch every now and then, but I do not detect an excessive accumulation of dirt & grime.


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Posted: 12/07/18 09:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I added a brass snap hook then adjusted the length of my ebrake cable to just touch the ground for hitching height. Works great !


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Posted: 12/07/18 02:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update for anyone interested.

90 day inspection of the new 5er went well. I arrived at 8:45 am and left at 1:15 pm and brought the camper back home with me.

We all agreed these were the issues and will be fixed at a later date, once all the parts come in.

New front door will be replaced. It's dragging at the top. The service tech could not fix it correct.

New bathroom door and new bedroom door. Doors drag also and they decided to replace and get them aligned right. I was kind of surprised on that, although I do admit, they drug a little also.

City water hook-up connection leaks. They will replace the connection with a new one. They said the didn't have any in stock to replace it right then, but I think by now, the decided to do all the repairs at once. I don't know, still, it's getting fixed.

Broken pull down blind will get fixed also. They have to order to the part.

I lost one of the feet on the self-leveling jacks. It's being shipped to me, free.

We're getting an awning over the back door and the getting LED lights in the awning, same as the front door. Remember, this 5er model I have truly has a front and a back door. It has a door on both sides of the camper, street side and curb side. So, they did all the calculations and determined we can get the awning, it will be power, and it will have the LED lights. But, we're paying for that ourselves.

They also installed a big hand rail gripper thing that swings back and out of the way when traveling for the back door. It only had the small handle. They installed it today, complete installation $110.

We purchased 4 tire covers, I picked up a tube of Alpha self-leveling calking, and a collapsible plastic-rubber tub for the sink.

Over all, it was a good day. The service tech said it would probably be the 2nd week in January when we'd get the awning and all the parts. At that time, they'll also do all the "warranty" repairs, so they may end up keeping the camper a few days to get it all done. I'm OK with that since we're not camping or using it right now anyway.

On a side note, I found my wooden measuring rod for hitch height fell short in their parking lot as the parking lot was on a slight slope and the corner of the 5er was taller than in my drive way at home. I think I understand what everyone was saying now. So, I'm coming up with an alternative measuring stick, something that might remind you of an old fashioned slide rule. I had no problem hitching as they didn't level.

I don't understand way, but sometimes, after automatic leveling, when the jacks are retracted, the hitch height does not return to it's original position, and sometimes it does. I haven't figured out why yet, so, I'm ok fabricating a gigantic slide rule.

So, over all, it was a successful day. We're waiting on the service tech to call us back to let us know exactly what the new awning will cost now. But we're excited about it, and this is our Christmas present to each other this yea. We're anticipating $1500 - $1700 for labor, awning, lights, and running all the wire to make it electric.

Perhaps a photo of our driveway at home will help explain why we use the "back" door so much and want the awning. In most campgrounds it won't be practical to use the awning on the other side, but at home, it's the primary door. I can pull the trailer in forward, but like with my previous TT, I don't have a lot of room to navigate the truck. We originally parked all of our campers on the other side of the drive way, with door facing the house, and steps over the grass. The only problem then is driving over the power cord. So, doors on both sides of this camper are great!

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And oh, one more thing: One of the first things I did after getting the new 5er and hitch installed in the bed of the truck, was to get one of these for the hitch. No need for grease. It seems to work very, very nice:

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Posted: 12/07/18 08:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like you are getting comfortable with it. Congrats.

Something I did for mine is to make a check list when we get ready to depart. I found as I got comfortable, I forgot stuff. My list starts in the front of the rig, bedroom, in the closet and goes back. I start with making sure antenna booster off, dresser drawers closed, lights off, then that the closet drawers are locked in place. Then AC is off and so on as I go around the bedroom until I get to door and close and latch it. I then do this for every section of the rig until I get to the very back. Didn't use the list a couple of trips ago, found I forgot to put TV retaining straps on when I got home.

Sounds like you have a pretty good dealer too.


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Lantley wrote:

transamz9 wrote:

It seems lot of you guys overthink things. I just get it close then back up to the hitch. If it's not right I get out and push the up or down button till it is in the tight place then back under. Pretty simple.

I get it your method works. But my auto level will automatically return to hitching height.
There are also techniques and gadgets that will eliminate the need to get out and check because the height is known to be correct!


My auto level has the same feature but it's not always right. There are a lot of variables that can make it wrong. It only uses the front landing gear to get back to hitch height and depending upon how much the rear was lifted in the leveling process mine has been off a couple inches by using this feature.

I understand that everyone want to make things as easy as possible but I still recommend getting out and looking before backing under 100%. Accidents happen by taking things for granted. [emoticon]


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Posted: 12/14/18 06:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i got a gizmo that is just glued to the side of the trailer. When you unhitch you set the level to level when the hitch is at the correct height.

When you re hitch, just level up the bubble.

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I enjoyed reading your narrative, Dutchmensport. Reminds me of my first time with a fiver. In 2008 I went from a class A MH to a 29' fiver (Hitchhiker brand). I had no real issues with it, except for a minor adjustment to the entry door. It served me very well until I had to sell it about 4 yrs ago due to a sudden disability. One of the saddest days in my life. Anyhow, like you, I had to get used to parking it, that is, backing it into a space. Like you said, after a fairly short time you get pretty good at it. Same with hitching and unhitching. Also, when making turns it's necessary to swing wide on many occasions. To me, learning wasn't a dreaded chore, but enjoyable, As long as I didn't damage my rig during the learning process. [emoticon]


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