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RE: Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

Since OP has a broken spring, he also has an equalizer. If it’s doing its job the wheel weights on the same side will be very close if not the same. A bigger problem in trailers is one side weighing more than the other. The CAT scales that I have used have curbing that doesn’t allow side to side weighing, but I’ve had individual wheel weighing done at an RV rally. That showed that the wheels on the same side were equal or within 50 lbs. But, it also showed that the heavy side (often the appliance side) was 950 lbs. more than the light side. Worse yet, it showed the heavy side to be overloaded for the springs and hubs. We moved some stuff around and started carrying less fresh water (the fresh tank runs front to rear on the heavy side—great design!) and shifted the difference to 750 lbs. now a little below the suspension rating. I was able to verify the improvement by finding a grain elevator scale where I could weigh with one side on the scale with the other side off.
lenr 01/19/23 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Lippert six point levelling jacks

The Lippert 6 pt system (electric, in my experience, not hydraulic) has limited stroke of the jacks at the middle and rear. The front landing gear have plenty of manual and powered adjustment to get unhooked and level out. Getting unhooked is no problem. I will make a manual adjustment of the landing jacks base on my front to rear reading of my level indicators to make sure there is enough powered adjustment left in the landing gear. The middle and rear jacks have limited stroke and will fault the system when they hit limit. So, if the trailer is more than a few inches off level from side to side, blocks under the jacks will get the trailer to level but "could" lift the low side wheels off the ground. Pulling the low side wheels up on boards fist helps prevent that, but still requires blocks under the jacks to keep them from stroking out. I've done it both ways.
lenr 09/12/22 08:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert six point levelling jacks

^X2 I'm sitting with my wheels 2" off the ground after the 6 pt system leveled. Having experience broken springs and ripped spring hangers, I tend to keep an eye on the suspension system and my shackle links are not inverted. I see inverted links as the only potential problem to wheels off the ground. I do carry a 2x10 board that I can put under the low side wheels to keep some tension on the wheels. I've got two small level indicators stuck inside a cargo door to give me an idea of which jacks need help with wood blocks under them to avoid stroke out.
lenr 09/08/22 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The Future of Pricing

As I write we are sitting 1 county away from the heart of Indiana RV country, and we were over there the last 3 days of last week. All of the transport lots that we saw (except 1) were plugged to the gills with RVs ready for delivery, and there are plenty sitting round the manufacturing plants. I haven't seen an RV lot from here to Florida in 6 months that wasn't at least 70% full. One of the industry news magazines has reported that manufacturing has declined around 30%. The industry has a history of predicting recessions, and the Fed has said a recession is likely. IMHO prices are going to hold steady or go down. Of course, dealers will still try to convince one that there is a shortage. Fall will be the best time to buy if the dealers get smart, but with downward price pressure coming spring may be just as good. With the current market pressures I wouldn't buy anything for more than a 35% discount. It should also be a good time to buy used. Trucks are a completely different story--They haven't recovered as fast as the RV industry. For instance, Ford won't accept 2023 Super Duty orders from dealers until October 17 for a manufacturing start next year.
lenr 08/29/22 03:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jacksonville FL to Pigeon Forge TN to Evansville IN

OP would help by letting us know what type of RV. We use 40, 26, & 95 regularly between IN and the East coast of FL to avoid 75 through GA (and of course Atlanta.) We're towing a fifth wheel with a diesel pickup. "Safest" is tough to describe, but I think our route is safer than 75. You must be ready for long grades in NC and TN and turns on 40 through the mountains. We have taken 26 through Johnson City to avoid construction on 40--from memory it has some long steep grades. You've got to be comfortable driving the RV on these roads. Definitely stick to Interstates through NC and eastern TN.
lenr 08/07/22 11:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Propane fridge not working as good

1999 is pretty old fridge. When you give up completely and if you can get to Indiana, check our National RV Refrigeration North of Shipshewana. They know their stuff. They rebuild units, install scratch and dent units, or install new units all at likely less money than anywhere else. They also do AC.
lenr 08/07/22 10:52am Tech Issues
RE: Fifth wheel mileage question

2012 F-350 CCSB SRW 6.7 3.31 axle. 24' box 6500 lb., 27' fifth wheel 9400 lb., & 37' fifth wheel 13,500 lb all have averaged around 11 mpg. I believe that aerodynamis is most significant effect on towing mileage.
lenr 07/28/22 12:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auto leveling question

My dealer adds a second battery to trailers than come with a 6 point electric leveling system. Guessing he had some complaints. I added even more battery because we have a residential fridge. X2 on measuring voltage to see if the drop is all in the battery or down the chain. I too love the 6 point, but at the moment I have a bad jack.
lenr 07/28/22 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Winegard antenna… what’s it good for?

The Winegard antenna will receive over the air broadcast TV stations 99% of which are digital and free. You then need a digital TV (the only thing sold for many years). If you don't have one, go buy one. A Roku requires an internet connection possibly from a campground WiFi or from a hot spot on a cellular phone. All of these (TV, WiFi, cellular, etc) have to be in range to work.
lenr 07/26/22 02:47pm Technology Corner
RE: just a little more power

The only transmission offered in an F-350 from 2011 to 2019 was the 6R140 6 speed transmission. Shifts down from the top 3 gears down into the next lower gear are all close to 30%. The change from 3.73 to 4.30 is a 15% change. So, about on average the 4.30 axle would save an additional downshift when one is already below 6th about 50% of the time. The 4.30 would definitely reduce downshifts from 6th at highway speeds. Only the OP may decide what is worth what to them. However, if the truck only tows a small percentage of the time, it wouldn't be worth an axle change to most folks.
lenr 07/12/22 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Evansville to Indianapolis airport (I-69) question

37 south of I-465 is a construction mess. I would absolutely use 39, 67, and Ameriplex. I live here.
lenr 07/12/22 07:46am Roads and Routes
RE: just a little more power

The 2015 Super Duty 6.2 came with either a 3.73 or 4.30 rear end. If the OP’s is 3.73 the Ford tow rating for the 3.73 is 12,100. With the family and the trailer loaded up the OP is likely close. The rear end ratio was important back in the 3 or 4 speed transmission days because the gear ratios were far apart. The 6 speed in a 2015 has much closer ratios—just let it shift. Valhalla360 has the right idea. Acceleration and mountain pulling are all about HP because HP has RPM in the equation. The exact equation is HP = Torque x RPM / 5252. The 6.2 is an overhead cam engine that will spin up to 5000 RPM although you might not want to listen to the noise. If you want to go faster push the accelerator. Also, changing the rear end ratio involves two gear changes because of the 4x4—not worth the cost. My son has the same truck in a 2012. He pulls upwards of 10,000 lbs of livestock or 12,000 lbs of hay. It never runs in 6th pulling a trailer on level ground. As stated above gas engines just don’t put out much torque at low RPMs. Using the formula: less torque = less HP at any given RPM. The best gas engine (without turbo) for low end torque is the Ford 7.3 available in 2020 or later.
lenr 07/11/22 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Want a new truck?

My opinion--maybe not yours: Surprised that no one has said "Are the salesman/manager lips moving..." Absolutely can't believe that Ford has stopped building 22s as stated by the OP's sales manager. Yes, they stop for a week or two when they run out of parts, but they're still building out orders. However, cutting off orders in April and not starting again until October pretty much confirms that they are 6 months behind. Media says Ford F series 2022 Q1 sales were down 31% year to year which says it's getting worse, not better. As for price I've had 3 different dealers say they'll order for MSRP with no premium so I doubt that it would be hard to find such a dealer anywhere.
lenr 06/28/22 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electrical question

If the EMS is a Progressive Industries brand, they have a built in time delay on turn on. So, if there was a long enough power outage, maybe that started the time delay. In an RV it's sometimes hard to recognize a power failure flash because only the 120 volt devices react. I don't have experience with a power flash of a few seconds but I see the time delay every time a turn the pedestal breaker on. As stated a ground fault is only dangerous if there is a short somewhere. I would have no problem going without the EMS for a 30 amp connection upon a ground fault. However, 50 amp 240 is different deal. A ground fault there would have me worrying about the wiring integrity. A bad neutral on 50 amp can cause voltage swings enough to damage things. Note: neutral is different than ground. As stated above, using a dog bone to connect 30 amp into the 50 amp side would be good idea for most any kind of trouble with the 30 amp outlet.
lenr 06/22/22 10:20am General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase payload?

Suggestions for OP based on my story below: Definitely get new, whole, 6000 springs as stated above. Consider upgrading the axle tube wall thickness as RV industry uses the lightest, cheapest, wall thickness (3” tube comes in 3 thicknesses from Dexter.) If the hub is actually the same for 6000 lb consider using 7000 lb backing plate if you are having any lack of trailer brake effort. X2 on wet bolts and heavy links. If the trailer uses 10” I beams in the frame, I would not worry about carrying more weight. You might compare your trailer to the closest current model to see what the current GVWR is. My story: We ordered a Coachman Chaparral 336TSIK in the spring of 2019. At that time the 2020 models used 5100 lb axles for the 4 “Lite” models and the two shortest “mid-profile” models (including our 336TSIK.) The 6 heavier, longer, trailers all used 7000 lb axles. Of the 12 models ours was rated the lowest of cargo capacity at 1480 (12,000 gross – 10,520 unloaded.) I asked the dealer to see if the factory would put on 6,000 lb axles. The answer was they can’t because all trailers must be manufactured standard per NHTSA. I took the trailer straight from the dealer to the axle shop via a CAT scale. The CAT showed empty weight of 10,780 leaving 1,220 for cargo, which is totally ridiculous for a 37’ fifth wheel trailer. So, I had the axle shop install Dexter 6,000 lb axles with Kodiak 6,000 lb disk brakes. For the 2022 model year Coachmen started putting 7,000 lb axles on the 336TSIK increasing GVWR to 13,500. Curious, I contacted engineering with my VIN to ask if they also upgraded the frame from mine—answer was no change to frame, just the axles. I also upgraded the tires from stock 235/80R16 to 235/85R16 to get the additional weight rating. We load pretty heavy—on last check we were a little over 13,500.
lenr 03/28/22 05:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: In 2 years time I can no longer afford to buy a camper

Historically the RV industry changed model years in March. I've read a rumor that the industry is trying to standardize all manufacturers in changing on July 1. Either way, 2022 models of RVs on the dealer lot next fall will be a model year behind, should carry a dramatic discount, and could have been sitting there for quite a while.
lenr 03/24/22 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: In 2 years time I can no longer afford to buy a camper

My opinion, some of which has been covered above-- Price = Demand - Supply (Econ 101). I went into my favorite wholesale price dealer in Shipshewana, IN in March of 2020. While there I asked how sales were going. Answer: a little slow. When I went back in May they were wiped out of inventory. This dealer has a close relationship with the factories in the next county. By 2021 he was reporting factories suspending production for lack of parts (China being a big part of the problem.) So, crazy demand combined with parts shortages ran the prices up. Now, I believe that the myth of a shortage is being perpetuated by dealers and manufacturers such as Thor bragging about its backlog of orders to keep prices high. As we traveled from Indiana to Florida and part way back this winter, the RV lots are all full. There is plenty of supply. This supply will work to the OP's advantage as he waits to Fall. This also gives time to research. I believe that there still is the typical 35% profit margin in RVs at the dealer level. As aptly described earlier, saying NO is the best way to drop the price. Also, IMHO, buying used is not a guarantee that everything is fixed--it totally depends on the prior owner.
lenr 03/24/22 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Replacement Fridge

My opinion--yours may vary: If one gets either a 12 or 120 volt only fridge the small batteries typically used OEM may not be enough for your camping style (depending on disconnected time.) Additional batteries may be necessary even for the 12 volt only. Adding a 120 volt residential does require adding an inverter--that is what we got OEM in our fifth wheel and we love it. The Everchill brand of 12 volt compressor fridge is being used frequently now by Forest River brands (saves the cost of the inverter.) However, 2 folks with brand new trailers where we camped in January were having trouble with them. One noisy as all get out and the other tripping out so as unusable. I wouldn't touch an Everchill, myself.
lenr 03/22/22 01:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: agm battery charge issue

My opinion and experience--yours may vary: From the discussion it does sound like there is possible voltage drop between the converter and the battery. As mentioned, don't forget the negative connection. My last 2 trailers used the frame for the return negative path (which also "grounds" the frame) with a whole bunch of negative wires lugged under two, too small, self-taping screw on the frame. Quite a bit of potential voltage drop as those connections would age. I added a solid negative wire in both cases. However: why all the concern about getting to 14.4 on AGMs? While that will finish the charge faster, my Trojan T-105 AGM batteries spec a 2 hour limit at that voltage to avoid gassing. In addition, PD is real proud of their periodic 14.4 to prevent stratifying the electrolyte. But AGMs don't stratify so the period voltage blast is not needed. The PD rep that I last spoke with indicated that their research has shown that 14.4 will not hurt, but also is not needed. The Trojan T-105 AGMs like to float at 13.5 and will get to 100% charge in a few hours with my charger set at 13.5 continuous. I verify this with a battery monitor. The last static test that I ran came up with .1 voltage higher than Trojan's full charge spec voltage (battery disconnected from load or charger sitting over night for 18 hours.)
lenr 03/18/22 11:18am Tech Issues
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