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RE: Exclusive: Utterly Unique Fifth Wheel

I like the concept and idea.... Not so sure I'd want to see the folks who can now bring their kitchen sink because they now "have the room" . I am curious as to how well the AC system will work with the cold air being pumped UP instead of just falling down.?? Where does the cool air come from in your house?
JRscooby 07/24/20 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Converting a enclosed trailer to a RV TT

One point the Lot of work for no money crowd seam to overlook; Depending on the owners wants/needs, the camper can be made pretty simple. Example. Most RVs have carpet. I prefer a floor that can be cleaned with a broom, or at worse, a mop. Some places, like next to bed, a soft floor feels better. A rug, that I can take out and shake, or throw in washer works. And in small area, dirt/mud can be tracked next to bed. Move rug out of way until bed time.
JRscooby 07/24/20 04:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Mount brake controller with velcro?

The Velcro will hold pretty well. Heat will weaken the hold of adhesive. How much time will you park with trailer hooked up? If you are like most, "1 weekend a month, plus 2 weeks a year" you might be better to pull controller of Velcro, unplug, and put it in glove box when not in use. Most of the time the glue would only need to hold half the weight of Velcro. And if you never plan to unhook Velcro, why use it? The right double stick tape?
JRscooby 07/24/20 04:40am Towing
RE: Blue Tooth Electric Brake controller

Still sounds like a solution looking for a problem. Sometimes more technology isn't better... THANK YOU You would dial it in the same way. Assuming it's connecting, you can do it from the driver seat. If it's having difficulty, you could either stop and walk to the back to adjust between runs or have your wife in the back making adjustments as you call them back to her. A little more hassle but usually once it's set, most people don't make changes often...so it's not a deal breaker. I'm still hard of understanding. What are you walking to adjust? I put my donkey in the seat, turn key, check it is connected by the readout, and look at settings. If I have changed trailers, reset. Most times, just pull off, work the hand control at walking speed. If feel the tug, ready to roll. More important, unlike the phone that might be in pocket, on charger, in cup holder wife's hand... if I need trailer brakes, the lever is right there! A lot of those buying this type of BC, don't have the factory tow package, therefore no factory wiring for a BC. This is a workaround for that. As much as I love technology, I would never have a wireless BC. Another problem it does not solve. Unless it works on some powerful magic it would still need a controlled wire to trailer, a ground and power, and a signal wire from brakelight switch.
JRscooby 07/23/20 04:05pm Towing
RE: Blue Tooth Electric Brake controller

Your phone is not controlling the brakes. It is manged by your phone. Managed as in you can use your phone to adjust the amount of brake applied. Like adjusting the dial on a regular brake controller. When you plug in the 7-way plugin and apply the brakes the plugin/brake controllers inertia reader will adjust the amount of voltage applied to the brakes. I'm sure it would use the settings previously applied if the bluetooth signal is lost. I might be OK with this, but need to understand Why? I hook up to a trailer, and adjust the settings for that trailer. If I only pulled 1 trailer, never need to adjust. Why would I richard around with a phone to make adjustments? Because everything is better with Bluetooth... I assume sarcasm? The primary thing is to adjust the brake controller settings thru the phone. That should be OK as you shouldn't need to change those often and worst case, you should be able to take the phone and walk to the back while parked and make an adjustment. They say that once set, it remembers the settings if the connection is lost. How do you people adjust your controller? I start on a low traffic street, make repeated stops until dialed in up to about 25 MPH. After that, normal driving, I adjust little at a time, go to far, back off, until it feels best. Then I record the settings for next time I pull that trailer. While I might want to apply brakes while near trailer wheels to trouble-shoot, not to adjust controller. But it also has the manual trailer brake application thru the phone. If you do any driving in the mountains, this is a deal breaker for me as there are times, I will use the trailer brakes independently and I don't want to find out it's not connecting when it fails to connect. Shortly after I retired, Feds determined for a driver of commercial vehicle to talk on a phone, he had to use a hands free device. I disagreed because it is the mind distracted, not the hand busy that is the issue. OTOH, my brake controller is mounted. If I need to apply trailer brake, I don't need to look for the control, I want to know where it is, and it is connected. BTW, if at highway speed, and a tire blows, we are told not to brake. If pulling a trailer, get on the trailer brakes. If it is a trailer tire, will not matter, you will not loose control anyway. If it is a TV tire, the extra pull will hold you straight, and drop speed.
JRscooby 07/23/20 06:11am Towing
RE: Water hose threads...

We would drink from any hose as a kid. Bell, there was a tin cup hanging on the pump on courthouse square. But, think about it. How many chemicals in materials where not even in the world 50-60 years ago? And to think the test about bringing out a new chemical is not "is it Safe" but "is it profitable". And we have no idea how to get many out of the environment. And when stuff is made out of recycled material, many things are likely to make use sick.
JRscooby 07/23/20 05:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Floor heights

OP, sorry to hear about your issue. Have you thought about a ramp that would latch to and be supported by existing step? Or step bracket? Maybe not as much fun as new trailer...
JRscooby 07/23/20 04:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Welding on a 1999 spartan chassis

I have welded on several of my RVs with a wire feed welder Not Stick, with batteries connected And I have had welding done at a shop Facts Without a proper ground the welder cannot even strike an arc, The danger is not usually welding amps traveling the wrong path Any danger to electronics, is Magnetic field induction,EMF, welding to close to a sensor or IC that is sensitive When welding heavy materials, like truck frames, I prefer stick. But that might be because mostly need to do it with portable. And it is true, you can't strike an arc without a good ground, the attempt is what can cause damage. This is why I, if the job is going to require weld, change positions, weld, repeat, and chance the groudnd loose contact, I tack the ground clamp first. The little I know about EMF, is the reason I say ground close to work.
JRscooby 07/23/20 04:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue Tooth Electric Brake controller

Your phone is not controlling the brakes. It is manged by your phone. Managed as in you can use your phone to adjust the amount of brake applied. Like adjusting the dial on a regular brake controller. When you plug in the 7-way plugin and apply the brakes the plugin/brake controllers inertia reader will adjust the amount of voltage applied to the brakes. I'm sure it would use the settings previously applied if the bluetooth signal is lost. I might be OK with this, but need to understand Why? I hook up to a trailer, and adjust the settings for that trailer. If I only pulled 1 trailer, never need to adjust. Why would I richard around with a phone to make adjustments?
JRscooby 07/22/20 03:48pm Towing
RE: Welding on a 1999 spartan chassis

I've stood in Tiffins' Red Bay weld shop and watched them weld on frames without them disconnecting any thing. Get your ground clamp close to the weld area and go for it. Richard I have laid under a truck in Gladstone Mo and welded a broken walking beam back together, and never disconnected anything. (walking beam is the part that mounts between axles, the spring mounts to it. Holds up that corner of truck) Told owner to dump load, go home and replace beam. OTOH, a quick tack to hold a bracket on my old utility trailer burned out every lamp.
JRscooby 07/22/20 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Front hitch to carry motorcycle

I think if I was changing a hitch to haul MC I would put a receiver near both frame rails, to use 2. Much stronger, much more stable. And, if you ever decided to use it for a idiot hitch you could hook to right and at least see one side of trailer.
JRscooby 07/22/20 07:28am Truck Campers
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

I have ran compressed air in thousands of tires, and millions of miles. If I get new tires mounted, and they put nitrogen in fine by me. But I often change pressure in my tires, and would not go thru the work of taking to a shop when I can use my compressor.
JRscooby 07/22/20 07:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Mechanical Mystery...

My first thought is way too many FREDs
JRscooby 07/21/20 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Water hose threads...

Saw the title, was going to tell you to count and measure your hose bib.
JRscooby 07/21/20 08:57am General RVing Issues
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

From my own experience, the one most valuable thing I've learned when backing is go SLOW. Doing so allows more time to correct or make adjustments without having to pull forward again. My RV driveway at home is on my blind side. Once the right side of the RV starts to turn-in, I stop and adjust the passenger side mirror all the way out and I'm able to see. I do have a back-up camera but I have never embraced it as I just don't find it clear enough and it not wide angle enough. As others have said it just takes practice. Often getting into a tight place I have found no shame in jackknifeing to angle past what need to be to go up a drive, then crank hard, pull forward, and cut again to get in front of trailer.
JRscooby 07/21/20 08:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

My gate is narrow and the turn is tight. Dropping the 5er a couple times to reposition the truck works best for me to reduce stress of jack knifing or hitting the corner of the house. Thanks, Super Dave. That did the trick. I might have been able to get it in with a bunch of tries but just dropping it once and repositioning the truck made it easy... well, not exactly easy but possible. Never owned a 5th wheel RV, but have experience with a semi-trailer. Never once have I seen a place that was to tight to work the tractor, but have room to hook/unhook.
JRscooby 07/21/20 08:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck harness or trailer harness issues.

Sounds like a problem to me. The brake wire should be 0 until brake is pushed, then increase.
JRscooby 07/20/20 03:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Welding on a 1999 spartan chassis

Clamp ground close, but out of way. Use grinder to be sure clean connection. First arc, tack ground to frame. This will make sure the ground stays good, and the little amps don't go wandering around hunting a better path home.
JRscooby 07/20/20 03:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow, Tow, Tow your boat and keep fingers crossed.

The closer your drive tires get to lake, more likely to spin on ramp.
JRscooby 07/20/20 04:22am Towing
RE: TIRES 22,5

I think if I had 22.5s on a MH, when they got to 3-4 YO I would start looking for a OO or small company that was running that size on their trucks. Talk, you might get some boot on a swap for some that have 50% tread. More years before tires age out, and still never wear out the tread.
JRscooby 07/19/20 05:34am Class A Motorhomes
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