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RE: Broken Leaf Springs

Cheap Chinese Springs........ The Chinese make very high quality steels. I think this is another of many examples where the American companies order the cheapest materials and then we think cheap materials are all the Chinese can make. It does not matter what they CAN make, it only matters when they export cheap junk. If they had a bit of pride in their goods, they would refuse orders for inferior, dangerous goods. Japan produced junk years ago and they cleaned up their act. When US started to trade with Japan, we gave them junk. That is what they made to match are goods. When The learned we wanted better they made as good or better than we did. Compare cars made in '70s US/Japan. US makes varies qualities of goods for markets. To assume China does not sell what the customer demands is racism. You started with a questionable comment only to far exceed reality with your last comment, to which I respond .....”Horse Hockey”! memtb
memtb 11/29/20 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Broken Leaf Springs

How far can you travel on a broken leaf spring? In 2011, I first noticed my trailer leaning to one side in Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. (I thought the campsite was just a bit off level.) I drove 850 miles to home with two camps along the way. Only when I got home did I notice a broken spring. (Was I just stupid? Yes, but then I was pretty new to RVing.) I upgraded all springs from 6000 lbs/axle to 7000 lbs/axle (actual axle weight is just under 5000 lbs) and have had no more spring problems. I don't know what bumps feel like in the trailer, but at least it has shocks. It depends upon which spring is broken. If it is the main/bottom spring with the eyes that connect to the shackle.......it will be OK until the first good brake application. Then that end of the axle will move rearward, probably allowing the tire to contact things you would rather it not! ;) memtb
memtb 11/27/20 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Broken Leaf Springs

My gut says that spring failure is most likely caused by the manufacturer UNDER SIZING the spring pack to begin with. If you are concerned, adding one additional leaf is cheap insurance. I would totally agree with your statement. However, in our case we’re running 3 - 7K Dexter axles. Not overloaded.....but had seen many miles and a few extremely rough highways and some off-roading! Of course, who’s to say that in 2004 Dexter wasn’t using some cheap imported springs! memtb
memtb 11/27/20 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Broken Leaf Springs

I think that stripit may have the answer to broken spring issues......carry a spare! In the last 7 or so years I’ve had to replace 3 broken springs on our present 5 er. :M Our unit was full-timed in for 7+ years and had been towed untold thousands of miles prior to our buying it. I only had the privilege of changing one set out here at home! :( Another was replaced in August in Mesa, Az. in an asphalt parking lot.....very hot is an understatement! :) The most recent, was in a truck stop parking lot, 50 miles south of Lincoln, Ne. on a low temperature record setting March morning. Brrrrr! I had to go to Lincoln for a spring replacement. I bought two spring packs while there.....still carrying the spare spring pack in the back of the truck. Having an available spare , may stop the breakage! memtb
memtb 11/27/20 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Washer and dryer suggestions

We have a GE Washer and GE Dryer Space Saver series. They were used for full timing for 7 years. We now use them on a limited basis. They are extremely quite, and virtually vibration free....you have have to turn off the television and listen carefully to see if they are still running. They also have a pretty remarkable load capacity. Also, they are “stackable”, 110/120 volt units! As these are old units, I cannot attest to the quality of those produced today! Hopefully, the quality is remotely close to that of yesteryear! memtb
memtb 11/22/20 08:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Auxiliary tank - full or empty?

Having an empty or partially so....is kinda like not having some tp stocked. You just never know when it may be needed. But, more importantly, a full tank virtually eliminates moisture accumulation! To each his/her own pertaining to a full tank stored for a lengthy time frame......follow the science! ;) memtb
memtb 11/20/20 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary tank - full or empty?

Fill it.....treat it! The few extra pounds of fuel carried will be inconsequential to fuel mileage! If the difference is even measurable, it would be minimal..... a small headwind would affect mileage much more! memtb
memtb 11/19/20 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: How cold is too cold?

Too cold, starts around zero, and gets worse from there. It has been -38 degrees F in my driveway. I’m a newbie to Wyoming, @ only 35 years.....the coldest I’ve seen was -47 F. Thankfully, there was zero wind.....but, I had an outside job. And.....I’m darn glad we weren’t rving that night! memtb When is there zero wind in Wyoming? Everyone fell down? :D (worked a lot in Wyoming back in the '70s). Actually there are times, thought rare, we have little to no wind. It very rarely happens in the I-80 corridor. That particular night, I was working about 30 miles east of Kemmerer.....Shute Creek Gas Plant. We live near Worland, Wy......the lowest wind average in the state. In our hot summers, you often pray for a breeze! memtb
memtb 11/11/20 07:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How cold is too cold?

Too cold, starts around zero, and gets worse from there. It has been -38 degrees F in my driveway. I’m a newbie to Wyoming, @ only 35 years.....the coldest I’ve seen was -47 F. Thankfully, there was zero wind.....but, I had an outside job. And.....I’m darn glad we weren’t rving that night! memtb
memtb 11/09/20 10:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How cold is too cold?

-10 F is about the limit for me. Might go -20 but anything lower and I expect problems. Same for us! The simple response for the OP is, what brand of class c? Some are fully capable of zero F and well below, some have some minor winter usage capabilities, while others barely to 32 F. Those that are designed for cool weather usage, have the tanks, water lines, and dump valves all located inside an insulated, heat ducted part of the unit! The OP needs to determine, if all of the water/waste system has an available heat source. If not, then determine what, if anything can be done to improve the system. Exposed lines/valves must be heat traced/insulated if the unit will be exposed to extended cool temps. If the tanks are exposed, they can have heat pads applied, then the tanks well insulated. While all of this can be a challenging endeavor, it can certainly give the RVer a great deal of peace of mind for those cold snaps that the weather person didn’t warn you of! I’ve put our water system in service at single digit F temperatures for an outing. However, our unit was designed for cold weather use, and then some additional preparation was done to improve an already good unit! memtb
memtb 11/09/20 09:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Snow Chains VS Cables for Trailer

I have both for the truck, cables for highway use, large link, off-road chains for, guessed it.....off-road. In fact, we had to use the chains about 2 weeks ago! I have chained the 5th wheel several times..... when off road, on a muddy, dirt road on a hillside, angling toward a steep drop-off. I preferred the trailer to stay on the road! memtb
memtb 11/09/20 09:21am Towing
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Lots of cool temperatures around the region, and I’m sure that some are much colder. We hit -13F here at the house......airport 15 miles away showed -18F. Thankfully, it will warm a bit before we fill the fresh water tank and load up the 5 er for our trip! memtb
memtb 10/26/20 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Howdy Rich, Congrats on your (well your wife’s) successful elk hunting. This little 2 week season will be our only hunting /camping this year. Not a year to reminisce favorably upon. I’m glad to hear the favorable report on your camper. It’s good to gain the piece of mind, to have a successful “stress test”! We understand the propane usage, we’ve been using a relatively large 5er since the late ‘90’s.....in some pretty cool weather! Enjoy your time spent in Mesquite! memtb
memtb 10/22/20 08:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

dedmiston, Thank You for the well wishes! Congratulations on two of your children getting their secondary education @Laramie.....we think it’s a pretty good school. I can understand (to a point) your desires to remain in California. It’s a little tough cutting the roots to your home. In some respects California and Wyoming are similar, with the large amounts of public land and the various terrains! And in each terrain......it offers it’s own form of beauty! Enjoy your desert rides, and as they say.....”keep the shiny side up”! memtb
memtb 10/22/20 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Yep, the best time of year to be boondocking! In just a week from now will be getting ready for a few weeks in the mountains! It looks like it may be a little cool when we “de-winterize” for our trip. With the weather, a lot can change over a few days.....we have lows predicted below zero F next Monday morning....will be loading the camper with gear/food and water on Wednesday. Hopefully, it will be 20’s or a bit warmer when I’m playing with the water hose! ;) memtb So where are you headed? Our desert riding season kicks off next month. I can't wait. dedmiston, We’re really not going far.......about half-way between Thermopolis and Cody (Wyoming). We’ve got late season elk tags, and will be in the hills for only about 2 1/2 weeks....the G&F shortened the season. Even if we fail on the elk....it will be nice to be out! It’s been a very busy year here at home. We haven’t gone anywhere or done anything, other than an overnighter in our little Class C for our semi-annual shopping trip! Where do you do your riding and what machine are you using.....I assume you’ll be riding dunes! Whatever and wherever.....I hope you have a great trip! I’m guessing that it will be a bit warmer for you desert trip! memtb
memtb 10/20/20 08:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Lwiddis, yes, it comes with challenges....and with rewards! Thanks Jerry, looking forward to some home away from home time! We’ve been “social distancing” for many years..... “just another day in the park”! Actually, we may see more people than when living at home! :B memtb
memtb 10/20/20 10:41am General RVing Issues
Time to Prep the 5er

Yep, the best time of year to be boondocking! In just a week from now will be getting ready for a few weeks in the mountains! It looks like it may be a little cool when we “de-winterize” for our trip. With the weather, a lot can change over a few days.....we have lows predicted below zero F next Monday morning....will be loading the camper with gear/food and water on Wednesday. Hopefully, it will be 20’s or a bit warmer when I’m playing with the water hose! ;) memtb
memtb 10/20/20 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Built 5er?

............... Horizons RV seems to make the `best'. I wonder how they are doing? For $200,000 and up for a 5er they better make it the best! :E Generally, but not always, you get what you pay for! When you combine the cost of premium materials, lots of high end options, and workmanship going into a 40+ foot rig.....the numbers add up quickly! memtb
memtb 10/17/20 12:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential W/D?

Forgive me if this has been asked before, our FW is equipped with W/D hookups. It's spec'd for side by side but I imagine an all in one or stackable would work too. As we shop for them, does it have to be an RV specific set, or can residential units be modified to use? And how do they get them in the RV to install them? Going to be a pretty tight fit getting it in the door and up the hallway into the hookups in the bedroom closet. We have GE Space Saver washer and dryer in our 5th wheel . They are residential....but for apartment type applications. I can’t vouch for the quality and performance of the newer GE’s, but, we are very happy with ours. Fairly large load capacity and extremely quiet. When they are in use.....you must listen carefully to determine that they are still running! Also......They are 110/120 volt! memtb
memtb 10/16/20 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cold weather

Swope7896, I think that my first question would be ....how cold is cold? Determine your coldest expected temperatures and act accordingly. Will you have water in the system,? If temperatures are quite cool for extended periods of time, will you have power to circulate heat to the tank/tank valve/waterline, plumbing areas. Power for forced air circulation is a non-issue if you are in a campground. If boondocking, do you have adequate battery capacity to run forced air without running the generator on a near constant basis? For cold weather camping, there are quite a few things to consider and evaluate! memtb
memtb 10/11/20 09:30am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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