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RE: Looking for small fifth wheel, no bunks

I don't know what your definition of small is. The Arctic Fox 27-5L is 3" shorter than 30 ft. It is also 8 1/2 feet wide and has a GVWR of 13,600#. I would call it a large fifth wheel that is on the shorter side! Maybe not the right choice if lightweight is part of your "small" desires. Nice trailer though, it was on my short list at one time.
Durb 12/07/21 06:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: It's time to winterize...

I winterize the same as you. However, I feel no need to heat the trailer. Never have in 5 years and we sometimes get into the teens. I also make sure my water pump is dry and the outdoor shower is blown out.
Durb 12/07/21 06:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch What Kind

My Trailer Saver hitch came with a separate handle extension and release rod so that it can be latched and unlatched without a stool even with a dually. It is a flattened piece of EMT but works well.
Durb 12/03/21 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should I get a new hitch in my new truck

A Companion is a fine hitch but is considered a solid hitch and absorbing shock is an overstatement. The most comfortable hitch to tow with would be a Trailer Saver TS3. Unfortunately, it does not come factory equipped to fit a Ford puck system without an adapter. You mention the hitch might stay in the truck so bed rails could be an option saving you some money over the puck system. New truck, might as well protect it with a highly effective shock absorbing, comfortable towing, hitch. I've had a B&W Patriot and a TS3, not in the same league. Not sure if you are joking.:R Comparing a $600 Patriot to a $3,000 air ride hitch, plus rail cost/installation cost, plus $600 adapter needed, if using the pucks.:S If you NEED a TS3, you may have other issues! I agree the TS3 is a great hitch. Since the Companion has a shock absorber, and absorbs shock, with no banging or clunking, what was wrong in my statement? Jerry Really a TS3 to tow a 12,000# 5er, a bit of overkill. I get a kick at how many think chucking is merely hitch noise from a loose hookup. You don't know what chucking is until your head is bouncing off the headrest and your wife has to hold her chest. The Patriot has the same urethane bushing setup the Companion has which some refer to as shock absorbers, they aren't. My 10,000# trailer is a chucking machine, probably still is. The Trailer Saver keeps the chucking forces from reaching my seat back. I roll over a bump which I feel in the truck. When the trailer rolls over the same bump I feel nothing in the truck. I liked my Patriot hitch, it was a well built unit. However the tow was so uncomfortable with it that my wife told me to sell the trailer after half an hour. $3,000 is overkill? Best money I ever spent for the fifth wheel and towing experience. Got no problems with the B&W fan boys, they are good hitches. I am a Trailer Saver fan boy and realize there are hitches that do a lot more.
Durb 11/30/21 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Should I get a new hitch in my new truck

A Companion is a fine hitch but is considered a solid hitch and absorbing shock is an overstatement. The most comfortable hitch to tow with would be a Trailer Saver TS3. Unfortunately, it does not come factory equipped to fit a Ford puck system without an adapter. You mention the hitch might stay in the truck so bed rails could be an option saving you some money over the puck system. New truck, might as well protect it with a highly effective shock absorbing, comfortable towing, hitch. I've had a B&W Patriot and a TS3, not in the same league.
Durb 11/29/21 10:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Puck system & hitch questions

The Patriot fits on industry standard rails, not on factory puck systems.
Durb 11/28/21 11:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air & Space Museum in DC to Close

I was disappointed with the Mall A&S museum. I prefer our local museum in McMinnville, OR that has the Spruce Goose and an SR71. By the way, there is a really nice RV park within walking distance. Didn't have time on our DC agenda to tour Dulles.
Durb 11/23/21 10:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Damaged 5er hitch by backing too hard

I have to have hitch pressure on my lube plate in order center my wide hitch jaws in the kingpin groove. I need an 1/8" clearance top and bottom, otherwise the hitch jaws won't snap close. I generally compress the air hitch about half an inch. I too have to do a number of cab trips. I would have to ram the trailer pretty darn hard to damage my hitch.
Durb 11/23/21 11:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Oregon to spend $50 million on new campsites, park imprvmnts

This is good news. I hope they spend some money changing their reservation system so that the sites they have are actually used and not left vacant by late cancellations from scammers.
Durb 11/19/21 08:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone use a battery operated blower?

I have two, both Makitas. I use the small 18V unit virtually every day around my shop and stoking fires. I also have a 36V unit (2 batteries) which is larger and I use it less. The small blower has variable speed and the larger 2 speed. Whatever you get, I would recommend variable speed as the jet stream is so much more controllable. I have slide toppers so don't use them for that purpose but believe both would do the job.
Durb 11/18/21 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Bed cover for F350 with fifth wheel hitch

I have an Extang tri-fold hard cover for my 8 ft. bed, ATI 46 gallon tank, hitch, and Bed-Rug liner. Cover folds to the front in three sections leaving the front third of the bed pretty much dry when towing. I can't see my hitch when hooking up, but I have work arounds. I've had the cover 7 years and have been very pleased with it. If backing tight on uneven terrain, the fiver will get close to kissing the cover. When this happens I can take a minute and raise my hitch a couple of inches.
Durb 11/16/21 09:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel tank recommendation.

I've been starting my research in preparation for a cross country trip in a couple years. I just can't justify that much money for one of the in bed or replacement tanks. For less than $100 I can buy 3 5 gallon diesel jugs and keep them in the bed. Yes, I would obviously have to pull off the side of the road to refill, but for $900 in savings, that's not a problem for me. I considered this approach. I even bought a 5 gallon can from HF and made a blow siphon. My ATI 46 gallon tank was around $500 with an electric transfer valve and switch. I installed it myself which was easy. In hindsight, I was glad I went with the permanent install because of the convenience. Remember, you will have to fill those jugs on the front end at the fuel station. and lift them out of your bed with the trailer attached.
Durb 11/16/21 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace just one tire?

Manufacturing consistency is incredible now days. I've had light bulbs burn out within a minute of another. Rule of thumb: If an RV tire fails, replace with spare and drive directly to the tire shop. The others are getting ready to go.
Durb 11/15/21 09:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel tank recommendation.

I installed an Aluminum Tank Industries 46 gallon auxiliary tank in my truck bed. With cap, it measures 19" tall. My tonneau is a tri-fold and sits on top of the bed rails. I installed a kayak hatch in the tonneau to access the filler cap. Works perfect. I expected the tank to pay for itself by the middle of next year by reduced cost of where I buy diesel. With the 67% increase of diesel in my area, not having to fuel on the road has already offset the tank cost. The tank was worth it from the outset due to the added convenience. Haven't fueled with the trailer attached since the tank install.
Durb 11/15/21 09:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

State parks don't care what you pull in and setup. I recently stayed in a state park in Oregon. The camp host's site was a plastic tarp shanty. My trailer is 13 years old and my truck is 17. I stay at places with 10 year rules and they invite me back.
Durb 11/14/21 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: What I like about tent camping

One of my fondest memories was spending the night in a tube tent while backpacking in the Sierras; pouring rain, lightening, and thunder. I dug my trenches well and managed to stay dry. Beautiful morning the following day. Now, 45 years later, I'm in a fifth wheel. Needs change.
Durb 11/13/21 09:35pm Tent Camping
RE: Indian Reservations

Every year we used to go to an RV resort run by Indians on a reservation in Oregon. Sadly, it is closed now. The reservation lands were open range so be on the lookout for livestock on the road. Follow the speed limits carefully. I will say that some of the steep grades and tight curves on the reservation road were out of the norm and took some extra care. Beautiful, uncluttered country.
Durb 11/12/21 02:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: RAM Trx on the Nurburgring

Man, did I have some misconceptions? I always figured a vehicle would have the track to itself when working a track time. That place looked like rush hour on the 205. Beautiful track.
Durb 10/29/21 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting dog names

We don't have a dog now. If we did, he would be another boxer and his name would be "phlegm"!
Durb 10/19/21 09:17am RV Pet Stop
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

I use full synthetic oil in my two stroke Seadoo watercraft. This oil leaves hardened carbon deposits on the top of the pistons and on the rave valves. I don't know if I would want this kind of buildup on my exhaust valves, manifold and turbo vanes. I also use Optilube XPD in my 2004.5 5.9 which transforms the engine; smoother, quieter, and more power. You can definitely tell when the engine is running dry as opposed to with XPD. Those that don't use additives should run a couple of tanks with Optilube XPD. You will notice the difference. Optilube has a lubricant only product which Amazon shipped by mistake instead of XPD, not near as good. I prefer to use products formulated for the task at hand rather than anecdotal products.
Durb 10/16/21 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
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