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RE: 5th wheel landing gear damaged need new

Check out Domar Products Same quality as Lippert probably cheaper. FYI -Domar does not provide much in the way of technical customer service.
mapguy 09/16/20 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2006 Rage’n Toy Hauler

Is there a GFCI on the shorepower circuit source? Has that tripped? 1. check generator circuit breakers 2. check ac/dc panel main breakers 3. Test shorepower pedestal for power 4. Check SP cord for continuity on all three conductors (30AMP SP) resistance from a bad connection could be the issue 5. Check SP connections in path through trailer to ac/dc panel.
mapguy 07/05/20 09:23am Toy Haulers
RE: Anyone with Hercules ST tires on a heavy +40ft?

Heavy triple axle trailers are hard on tire tread edges. To maximize life/spread wear -rotation is needed. Triple axle trailers need the trailer frame parallel with ground(level)to prevent excess tire wear.
mapguy 05/30/20 05:58pm Toy Haulers
RE: Brake Controller/Brake Issues.

couple important pieces of info are missing: Truck make/model Brake Control make/model
mapguy 05/30/20 05:52pm Toy Haulers
RE: Water in Fuel? When Do You Drain the Filter?

if the WIF light is illuminated -it is best practice to drain the appropriate filter or filter bowl. Nuisance WIF light illumination due to wiring condition is a maintenance issue that could hide a catastrophic event until the engine stops. It really depends on what type sensor system is in play; if a float type like found on early generations of Duramax is illuminated there is a large volume of water present. On electronic sensor type -it only takes a small droplet of water to close contact of the sensor. WIF lights are for catastrophic event protection -ignore if you want, but the consequences can be expensive. All the comments can lead you to minimize the need to pay attention, but anytime you purchase fuel -the risk of water is present and must be managed.
mapguy 05/17/20 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Android question

How to: Moving Android apps to SD card Rob Samsung way back at the S4 model timeline modified their OS to limit what can be saved and run from external storage. Some of the other major phone manufactures/carriers followed suite, too. Most Android flavors since the S4 era have these ext storage limitations-if the phone was acquired from a major phone carrier.
mapguy 05/09/20 08:14am Technology Corner
RE: Good Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner

What Bluetooth code scanners do y’all have? Is it worth getting a Bluedriver or OBDlink MX for around $100 or do the $30 range ones get it done effectively? Don’t care about real time info while driving and some of the other “features”, just want something that will reliably read and clear ALL codes. IOS compatible. It’s hard to see which of the cheap ones you’re on the hook for an expensive app to make it work and some don’t readily have apps in the App Store. Reccomendations? Just scan common OBDII codes and reset? Or scan, reset, and program modules? Some reasonable cost professional bi-directional tools can found at VX Diag: Some of their products are on Amazon, too. I like the Nano Pro series. These tools do require a windows laptop and some knowledge of hd partitions and layered software installs- OS requirements vary depending on the VX Diag products.
mapguy 05/09/20 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: If you have a Diesel HD truck - Code reader

just download FORScan to your laptop and buy a dual bus adapter from amazon for 20 bucks and you can do so much more than a code reader will do. Steve Forscan is good for Ford /mazda with the right apapter and a laptop. A decent lower cost bidirectional scan tool can be found from VXDiag. IF you are windows computer savvy -this is the cheapest full feature route.
mapguy 05/09/20 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many times can you torque bolts on a hitch?

Looking at the hitch owners manual - you are stuck using metric hardware due to the construction of the hitch. Stay with a class 10.9 bolt. Do not lower the bolt class to 8.8. I am not a fan of a bolt with a lock washer/flat washer stack such as how Curt has called out on the leg to main body connection. From experience -this combination won't stay torqued properly due to the movement forces in play during operation. I would consider going to flange head bolts, eliminate the washers and use high strength thread locker to avoid the periodic re-torque of the bolts. This would depend on whether or not I could get a flange bolt with proper threaded/unthreaded dimensions that mimic the original bolt. The use of washers does reduce the potential to gall the finish but will require the periodic re-torque due to the potential for movement with a minor loosening of the bolt torque. Using high strength thread locker will require heat to break the bond of the thread locker for disassembly or re-torque. Hopefully the OP has a large enough torque wrench for the required torque. Proper torque values go a long way towards having an assembly stay assembled properly.
mapguy 03/20/20 09:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GFI tripping when plugging in to charge batteries

Not a link but you can find it here: Grand Design Owners Forum / General Tech / Electrical / Shore Power Gfci Issues Page 3 (#38) dated 02/22/2020 10:43 AM
mapguy 03/19/20 02:37pm Toy Haulers
RE: How many times can you torque bolts on a hitch?

Technically you can't buy a Grade 8 bolt in a metric size. I suggest you look for Class 8.8 minimum but think you would be better served with a Class 10.9 bolt. You probably will have to go to a real hardware store or a bolt supplier. Belmetric is a quality online business that has a wide range of metric bolts So what grade would you compare the CURT bolt to? Can't tell what the marking is on the bolt head in picture. IF 8.8 -this is a class 8.8 bolt. Class 10.9 would be marked "10.9".
mapguy 03/19/20 01:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Hand powered chain saw blade cutting devices have been around for forever. Very popular with the snowmobile and off road motorcycle enthusiasts due to light weight and cutting capacity. If sharp -they cut well but suck up energy during use. Manual Chain Saw at home Depot
mapguy 03/19/20 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: How many times can you torque bolts on a hitch?

Technically you can't buy a Grade 8 bolt in a metric size. I suggest you look for Class 8.8 minimum but think you would be better served with a Class 10.9 bolt. You probably will have to go to a real hardware store or a bolt supplier. Belmetric is a quality online business that has a wide range of metric bolts
mapguy 03/19/20 07:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Idler and Tensioner Pulleys Ram 6.7

Tensioners built by Continental, Dayco, and Gates typically have marking for proper range of travel on the tensioner. Usually a couple lines without marking. If you can see this indicator -it helps determine if the belt has stretched to much. An overstretched belt or idler pully bearing are the greatest risk for failure. Problem is that usually on modern automotive/light truck engines you can't get a clear view of the indicator on the tensioner......
mapguy 03/18/20 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: We are gonna go camping!

SidecarFlip. Can’t you hear the excitement in this post??? He and his family are no more at risk then sitting at home and going out food shopping for this large group. He’s not impacting you so be happy for them. If they follow the simple guidelines that are out then they should (like all of us) should be fine. They don’t need the EEyore input. You guys go enjoy yourself but just be aware of situations that could put you at risk and take actions early to stay safe. I agree with others that the wide open is safer than the city’s. Let us know how it goes and if you find any issues that we should be aware of. Hap HAP - THANKS FOR THE CALMING WORDS! WE ALL NEED TO BE CALM AND FOLLOW THE SIMPLE GUIDLINES. MASS HYSTERIA WILL CAUSE A SOCIATAL COLLAPSE -WHICH WILL MAKE THINGS TREMENDOUSLY WORSE THAN THEY ARE NOW...…….
mapguy 03/17/20 02:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: Some ATV rules Help

A little off topic here but I was wondering if anyone has heard that if you have your licensed ATV for public roads in your state, that they may not be honoring them in other states. Currently, I knew it to be that if you were licensed in lets say WA for public roads as well as off road, that ID would accept it as an example. It is not a simple thing. Especially the two states you picked for an example. Washington ATV/UTV street legality is a jurisdiction decision. Many jurisdictions in central and eastern Washington allow some or all roads (except state/federal highways) to be traveled by ATV/UTV's that have undergone the RCW based conversion program, including the inspection/certification to state standards. Their is not reciprocal agreements in place for this program that I know about. Idaho -just enacted a non-resident certificate program. Research here
mapguy 03/17/20 07:51am Toy Haulers
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

I am in the cry once crowd. Would look hard at GO Power, Morningstar and Victron in this inverter size class. Victron would probably be my choice. This company is customer focused, innovative, and not excessively expensive.
mapguy 03/13/20 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: 05 Ford Escape

Couple more things to think about that are safety related. Brake system on your escape - does it have 4 wheel disc or front disc/rear drum? Brake fade would be a great concern for me with the disc/drum set up at the gross weight rating. At gross weight of 4520 - a 2500lb. trailer is 55% of gross - in many states this weight percentage will require trailer brakes. I absolutely know that in Washington State this is the case. No trailer brakes in Washington equals a huge liability -if in an accident. Especially if the accident goes over your insurance coverage maximum values. There is no brake controller provisions on this era of Escape. Yes, one can add it but it will require tapping/running multiple circuits properly and using adequate gauge wiring that includes a power feed for trailer battery(Breakaway system) Several here have reported towing utility trailers with an Escape. Personally, I would consider towing 2500lbs around town at surface street speed. But, change conditions to highway speed towing in weekend traffic seems a bit sketchy without trailer brakes. I am not a weight police person or adverse to some risk person, but I would consider all the issues from mechanical to safety before towing with my escape which is a 2005 XLT 3.0 v6 with 4 wheel disc.
mapguy 03/13/20 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: 05 Ford Escape

The first gen Escape was actually on the Mondeo/Contour platform rather than the Focus platform. So besides the suspension being decently robust it also got the Mazda developed 4-speed originally in the 626, rather than the ford designed units in the Focus and Taurus. The only common issue I've seen is very neglected fluid. Like 150,000 miles on the factory fill. Remains run about $1,100 and used takeouts are under $500, and generally cheap prices suggest there's not much demand for replacements. That all said, if I were buying used and towing with it, if change the fluid first thing, and plug in a data monitor and keep an eye on temps. I have a 05 escape in my fleet. Transmissions and PTU's are consumable items if poor maintenance or infrequent maintenance was done. The auto transmission in an 05 Escape, if not well maintained with regular fluid changes, will fail quickly under severe service. Which hitch does it have 1-1/4 or 2" square? Personally, would be hesitant to tow that load on a higher mileage vehicle that lacked maintenance records. Changing a transmission on one of these cars is 8.6 flat rate hours. (perfect world)
mapguy 03/11/20 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: block heater

duramax coolant heater on this era truck has a thermostat. Thermostat enables heater operation at 0 degrees F. If you need PDF copies of your owners manual and duramax supplement -they are available at You may need to register to access the duramax supplement.
mapguy 02/29/20 08:39am Tow Vehicles
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