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RE: New Reese hitch; confused about unhitching.

from the OP: I have now hitched and unhitched successfully with the new Reese. It's model 30852, and is different from any other hitch that I have used. I like it. To unhitch, I pull the arm out to 9 o'clock, but that does not open the jaws. You then rotate the arm clockwise to 10 o'clock. That opens the jaws. While still hitched with the kingpin pressing on the hitch, the arm will remain at 10 o'clock and the jaws remain open. When you pull away from the kingpin the arm returns to 9 o'clock and the jaws close. When I was playing with the arm before trying to hitch up, there was no kingpin pressure on the hitch, the arm would not remain at 10 0'clock and the jaws would not remain open. That's what got me confused. Also, the jaws are supposed to be closed when hitching. They are designed to open up as the kingpin moves into the hitch. That's different from what I'm used to. This hitch is what Reese sent me to replace the Ford factory-installed hitch that I damaged by backing too hard into the trailer. I reported that in a earlier post, hoping to warm people that backing too hard can ruin a 5-th wheel hitch.
RoyF 11/29/21 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
New Reese hitch; confused about unhitching.

I have just purchased a new Reese 5th-wheel hitch on my 2021 Ford F350 with puck system. I have not yet tried to hitch the trailer because I don't want to screw up. With the arm pulled out, the Reese jaw remains in the closed position. (Hitches that I have used in the past all had the jaw in open position.) When the kingpin comes in contact with the jaw while backing slowly, I hope that pressure of the kingpin will open the jaw. My real question is about unhitching. The instructions say to pull the arm out to the click position and then rotate it toward the truck. By playing with the hitch, I see that rotation of the arm opens the jaw. OK, so far. But the arm does not want to remain in the rotated position, so the jaw closes again. Even though the jaw is closed, the instructions say that the trailer is now unhitched. Will the jaws open to release the kingpin when I drive forward? That's what I to know before I try hitching up.
RoyF 11/28/21 03:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

Whadda ya mean, I'm too old? There're plenty of miles in me yet!
RoyF 11/27/21 10:24am General RVing Issues
Damaged 5er hitch by backing too hard

I've been hitching up for many years with no problem until this summer. The hitch head is supposed to be a little higher than the kingpin. But this time, it must have been several inches higher. As I slowly backed into the kingpin the truck was stopped by the pin box, which did not rise up to engage. I pressed the gas pedal a little with no result. Now the big mistake: I pressed the gas pedal a little bit more. This time, the 2021 F350 (with 1,000 foot-pounds of torque) lurched back and made a very hard impact with the trailer. The upshot was that both my front jacks and my (brand new) hitch head were damaged. The jacks would operate, but only slowly (the motor was really struggling). The hitch release arm could be pulled out only by rigging up a hydraulic jack. Total cost: more than $1,000. Don't do what I did. If your pin box does not lift up to engage easily as you are slowly backing then get out and raise the pin box.
RoyF 11/23/21 07:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel tank recommendation.

I have used both KSH and Transfer Flow. The essential difference is that Transfer Flow automatically pumps its fuel into the main tank as needed. With KSH you manually switch between truck's tank and the KSH tank. (You don't want either tank to run dry.) I liked the Transfer Flow because you can relax and forget about how much fuel is in which tank -- you just monitor the combined total. Transfer Flow has a number of authorized installers around the country.
RoyF 11/15/21 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

My 2008 Hitchhiker II is well maintained and much better built than the new stuff, so I'm sticking with it. However, I have been rejected only a couple of times. People like us need to shop around a little harder to find places that will condescend to our lowly level but which are not entirely trailer-trash.
RoyF 11/11/21 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recipes

Here is my wife's (raised in Texas) recipe for chili with no beans. Lean ground beef 1-1/2 or 2 pounds Medium onion(chopped) Rotel tomatoes 1 can Black pepper 1 tsp Chili power small handfull Ground orenago 1/4 cup Ground cumin 1/3 cup Cayenne pepper 1 pinch (or more if you like it hotter) Masa 1/3 cup Water 1 cup Cook meat and onion together over medium heat until meat is browned. Add tomato and spices. Add masa and stir until well mixed. Add Water and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1/2 hour. Serve with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top and crackers.
RoyF 10/18/21 09:28am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How many states has your dog been too?

Safi(age 11) has been in 49 states and all Canadian provinces except Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories. (Nunavut is going to be a problem for a fifth-wheel.)
RoyF 10/13/21 08:44am RV Pet Stop
RE: Question about freshwater tank use

I like to use water from the fresh tank and top it up as needed, which is usually about every third day. That means that water in the fresh tank is always quite fresh. If the RV has been sitting in storage for a few weeks, then at the first campsite I drain the fresh tank (hooking to camp water while it drains) and refill it. (This assumes that the first campsite is in an area where there is an ample supply of water.)
RoyF 10/06/21 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: How fast do the gray and black tanks fill

If you use the campground facilities for showering and your fresh water for dish washing a couple of times a day then your grey tank should be OK for the week. Black tank should be ok, but toilet flushes will use a good bit of fresh water, so you might use the campground toilet to conserve your fresh water.
RoyF 08/30/21 10:37am Beginning RVing
RE: TPMS question?

I tow a 35' fifth-wheel with a long-bed crewcab. My TST sensors all reach the receiver. But before that I used a different brand (can't remember which one), and it needed a booster in the trailer.
RoyF 08/27/21 10:17am Towing
RE: Who would of guessed

Seems simple enough -- the pickup has more weight on the drive axle than the unloaded semi. The amount you can pull is a function of the weight on the drive axle(s).
RoyF 08/22/21 10:02am Tow Vehicles
How to repair loose trim?

A short piece of trim is trying to come loose. It's a strip of soft plastic. I would appreciate a tip on how to secure it -- a marine adhesive, perhaps?
RoyF 08/15/21 04:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: List some RV movies

"Pauli", about a parrot who travels with Gena Rowlands in an old motorhome from New Jersey hoping to reach the Grand Canyon, staring Tony Shalhoub. No profanity, no nude sex, no violence, so if those are what you need then don't bother with it.
RoyF 08/14/21 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Planning a trip to southeastern Oklahoma

Queen Wilhelmina State Park, five miles from Oklahoma and on the high ridge called the Winding Stair, has paved sites and full hookups. It is on the Talimena Scenic drive and is well worth a couple of days. Nearby, the Heavener Runestone is worth a visit. (Even if the runes are not genuine Viking runes, they are a darned good imitation.)
RoyF 08/13/21 08:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TPMS valve stems issue

Many tire stores have metal stems: Discount Tire, for example.
RoyF 08/11/21 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: Help adding satellite to my RV

Like you, I found that my Tailgater satellite had to be connectedly directly to the receiver. My solution was to take the cable to the satellite input of the booster, unplug it, and connect it directly to the receiver. (If necessary, use an extension co-ax cable to reach the receiver.)
RoyF 08/02/21 09:29am Technology Corner
RE: Exhuast Gas sensor on F350 6.7

Semi-limp mode is a lot better than what I experienced with my 2008 6.4 diesel. On a long trip in 2018, the truck shut down completely. The engine suddenly quit; there was no warning, no error message. Tow-truck time. The local dealer found that an emissions-system sensor had failed.
RoyF 07/20/21 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Life Forum going belly up?

I'm not so concerned about the number of posts as long as I get good information. I have gotten good answers to my last few questions, and I am happy with that. As to responding to other's posts, I try to comment only when I have something useful to say. (But I can't seem to resist making a 'cute' comment once in a while.) RV magazine seems to be aimed mostly at those new to rving.
RoyF 07/20/21 08:38am Good Sam Club

In the Ozarks, I am asked whether I want any AR in my TAR. (AR rhymes with TAR.)
RoyF 07/10/21 04:06pm Travel Trailers
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