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RE: Towing to Crater Lake Oregon

Highway 97 is fine. Highway 138 to Crater is straight as an arrow and climbs to 5,900 ft. It is way too early to say there are no issues. I've been snowed on at nearby Diamond lake (5,200 ft.) in early June.
Durb 04/21/21 07:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

If you can, disable the auto air bags and use the WDH to level your vehicle. If your auto level lifts the rear of the truck after your hitch has been set up it will serve to unload your front tires and possibly defeat the anti-sway capabilities of your hitch. Both scenarios make your tow worse and possibly unsafe.
Durb 04/12/21 10:33pm Towing
RE: DIY leak pressure test

Informative post. A visual inspection most likely would have not picked up those leak points.
Durb 04/03/21 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Dually - Need Hitch, Toolbox, Rolling Cover Advice

I'm sorry I'm too late to recommend a Trailer Saver hitch to protect all that nice new gear plus offer a comfortable tow. I see Jayco doesn't offer any cushioned pin box options. The difference in cost for the best would have be neglible considering your investments. Enjoy that truck and trailer.
Durb 04/02/21 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: '18 F150 with 5.5 box tow a 5th wheel ?

An Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel would tow fine behind that truck. I'm with Rhagfo, I see fifth wheels being towed all the time behind F150 trucks at campgrounds. Not legit, but when I talk to them they say it tows good. People brag all the time on this forum about exceeding their ratings. It isn't something I would do, but we are all different.
Durb 03/25/21 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hehr Window Repair

I made the same repair with regular Gorilla Glue. Three years now and still holding. The wife was closing the window like it was a water faucet. I had her back off on the force and haven't had another problem.
Durb 03/22/21 08:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New 5th Wheel gives better ride!

Glad to hear your tow has improved. The fact that fifth wheels tow differently is what makes it impossible to give good broad range hitch advice. Some fifth wheels tow fine with a solid hitch and the owners find them perfectly acceptable. My trailer requires an air hitch.
Durb 03/21/21 09:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Torquing tire stud by hand

I dealt with a large chain of tire shops with over 400 locations. They tested their people and found their techs were over torquing lug nuts up to 200 ft-lbs over spec. If they are hammering the wrench or adding some more after the wrench clicks then your nuts are over torqued. If so, go home, loosen, and re-torque properly. Make sure you loosen them rather than just clicking on an already over torqued nut; a placebo.
Durb 03/20/21 08:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oregon Coast Camping

You may want to look at Cape Kiwanda RV Park in Pacific City. The so-so Rv park is not on the beach but just across the road from a very busy beach boasting Dory launching, tide pools, and a giant sand dune for climbing. Before Covid, you could drive on the beach. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance. If you want solitude, there is an empty beach on the other side of the cape that you can also drive on.
Durb 03/05/21 09:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Changing Tires

Seems like changing tires got morphed into buying new tires. I use an Andersen rapid jack to lift a wheel which requires motion from the truck to lift the trailer. Can't quantify it, but I wouldn't want to side load my landing gear.
Durb 03/03/21 03:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

My question has always been, "Why market ST tires at all if the LT tires are superior for towed trailers?" It isn't the price as Goodyear has LT tires that sell for less than Endurance ST tires.
Durb 02/28/21 06:22pm Towing
RE: Will it be difficult to find a reliable 5er on a 20K budget

I owned a 5er several years ago but sold it due to a move. I am interested in getting another one. I still have my tow vehicle, 2004 Silverado 3500 diesel, that I plan to use. I can afford to spend around 20K. I would like something in the 27-32 foot range. I don't need something really nice but want something as reliable as I can get. I would appreciate any advice on what brands or models have a good reputation for being reliable in my price range. I would also be like to hear from others that have searched for a purchased a used 5er, how was your experience and any advice you can offer. Thanks for any help. Which ever 5th wheel you are looking at buying take it to a Good RV shop to have it completely checked out to make sure you know all the systems are working and if any repairs are needed. $200 to $300 could be well worth it. It will also give some peace of mind. As an adjunct, if a potential buyer wanted to hook up my fifth wheel and tow it to an RV dealer for an inspection I would tell them no. The effect for that type of action would be to talk me down on my price, and impart a huge inconvenience on me, plus take the trailer off the market for a while, let alone liability issues. I would sell it to the next person with the ability to inspect it himself on site and recognize the value that it is. Not worth it for a $20k sale.
Durb 02/28/21 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

At least without the free coupons you will not have to wait in line at the door with 30 geezers before the store opens, who are there to get a free $0.15 flashlight that doesn't work lol. Maybe, but how would you know that happens? :B
Durb 02/27/21 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

When things get tough, the advertising budget is usually one of the first things to go. I've seen other retailers go to "Everyday Low Pricing" and claim to lower their prices which they don't. Invariably, these programs fail and the retailers revert back to what works. It is too bad, I frequent HF a lot and always felt I received good value especially with the coupon. If I felt it was junk in the store I wouldn't buy it. I have a number of HF power tools, hydraulics and pumps which have always given me good service. I used one of their floor jacks yesterday. Our local Ace store is a rip with their prices being 30% more than even Home Depot which is no bargain.
Durb 02/25/21 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Info on Casita trailers or Lance 1475

I was hoping that someone on this forum had a Casita that I could just step in and see if we could fit...Long Island NY, Conn, or NJ would be great. Thinking positive.... Dave & Lila Try They have an active Casita forum that can answer any question you want.
Durb 02/24/21 09:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Info on Casita trailers or Lance 1475

I prefer the quality of fiberglass construction yet would go with the Lance simply because of the dry bath. I also find the comfort of a good chair to be worthwhile over sitting at a booth during long rain storms. I had a fiberglass trailer (Bigfoot) and the resale prices are incredible. I believe some of the factory direct manufacturers can hook you up with a local owner to discuss or view their trailer. You may also want to look at Escape trailers.
Durb 02/21/21 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

I have a trailer Saver now (TS3). If I were to make a change I would consider the Goose Box as it has some real design advantages. The attachment point to the truck is low reducing the hitch angle which reduces the amount of chucking forces relative to bouncing forces created by the trailer. Consider the Goose Box image; the forward high hinge point relative to the ball will allow the hitch to retract some when compressed thus mitigating some chucking forces. Solid engineering was used when designing the box. Any type of soft joint hitch/pin box has to be easier on the trailer frame than a solid hitch and solid pin box.
Durb 02/21/21 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cordless blowers

I own a small Makita variable speed cordless blower. This is a quality unit and the variable speed allows you to place debris wherever you want it. I can actually blow off the stationary tools and move the dust to a pile on the floor. Next to the drill and impact driver, this is the cordless tool I use the most in my shop. Hard to imagine not having it. I also have a Makita two battery blower which is more powerful, but I use it considerably less as it is two speed and not as controllable. Great for blowing out the bed of the truck and, as others have mentioned, stoking fires with air.
Durb 02/20/21 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Andersen Hitch

I was in a campground and visited with the owner of your vintage RAM with the rear window broken out. He was using the Andersen hitch. He originally had the adapter facing rearward but his pin box was biting chunks out of his tailgate. He reversed it and took out his rear window when he was backing tight and dipped into a driveway.
Durb 02/17/21 12:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: surge protector and water filters

We have a water filter built in to our trailer. Every year when I winterize I remove the element so it can dry. After 13 years and hundreds of nights it appears the filter has not removed anything! We have the Progressive Dynamics EMS unit and it has activated a number of times. I'm assuming it might have paid for itself.
Durb 02/17/21 12:41pm Beginning RVing
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