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ReneeG wrote:

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

"1. loop your break away cable to the 5th wheel handle."

Not a good idea, you should be attaching to the truck it's self.


If the entire hitch comes out of the bed, I probably have bigger issues than if the trailer brakes engage.


So true!


What I was thinking! [emoticon] I suppose I could go down and grab the safety chain loop for my TO Ball GN hitch, though...

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Cummins12V98, you should patent that thing! Find some young guy who wants to make some spare change and have him build them for you. [emoticon]

Lyle


I'm just happy to share the idea since no one makes a step anywhere near this one. I do have one in a box that will fit the newer RAM's.


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For the OP, it seems to me you are making things tough on yourself, by keeping a lot of habits from the old TT days. Like carrying too much stuff, fooling with the awning, and more.

Regarding the brake cable, I can reach mine to attach it to the hitch, but only barely, but we don't have a dually. I won't go into the debate on where to attach it, except to say that on the hitch handle works fine for me. I have homemade steps on the side of my bed, and have used them for the cable when the mood struck me (probably when my back was hurting). I also recently picked up one of the folding aluminum step stools from Harbor Freight, and I carry that at all times, even when not out camping. I also use it as the first step into the trailer, when we happen to camp on a site so out of level that it leaves that first step too high. I found the HF step to be about 2 or 3 inches taller than I preferred, so I cut the legs down a little. It's a handy little thing to have along.

All of these things are learned, and pieces acquired, over years of camping and practice. It would be a big job to compress all that into the first month of ownership. You might be smart to start at ground zero again, and start packing stuff only after it has proven useful. The past is a heavy thing to carry.

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Meant to mention, about not seeing the hitch when backing up, you can get a mirror to mount on your pinbox, so you can see the hitch head. My Cougar even comes with one. I don't use it because I can see my hitch head in my long bed, but it would be handy if needed.

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" . . . the past is a heavy thing to carry."

Excellent phrase and oh so true.


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When I drove semi's we never had a back window, you just line up to trailer equal on both sides.

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Ordered one of these today: Click here. Pick it up Tuesday next week.

Purchased 2 step ladders today, a 4 step and a 2 step. The 4 step is what I really needed for the truck bed. The 2 step will come in handy inside the trailer. Those cabinets are high! It sucks being short you know!

Put the awning strap in the slot on the awning roller last night. Now I can pull the awning down at an angle. I still can't reach the knob to tighten the arm in the down position, it's just too tall, but now that I have a shorter ladder I can keep with the camper, I think the problem is solved!

Getting easier? Or getting more creative? I dun-no?? Hey! The "old dog" is learning new tricks though!


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DutchmenSport wrote:

Ordered one of these today: Click here. Pick it up Tuesday next week.

Purchased 2 step ladders today, a 4 step and a 2 step. The 4 step is what I really needed for the truck bed. The 2 step will come in handy inside the trailer. Those cabinets are high! It sucks being short you know!

Put the awning strap in the slot on the awning roller last night. Now I can pull the awning down at an angle. I still can't reach the knob to tighten the arm in the down position, it's just too tall, but now that I have a shorter ladder I can keep with the camper, I think the problem is solved!

Getting easier? Or getting more creative? I dun-no?? Hey! The "old dog" is learning new tricks though!


Heck - I'm 6' tall and those upper cabinets are tall for me. Got a little single step stool that folds up nicely.

Thinking about your "easier" opening comment, I found my 5er was so easy ...
"How easy was it?"
It was so easy that I went and got an Andersen Ultimate hitch, just so I had to get out of the truck once in a while to make sure I was completely under the ball socket. Then I commandeered my wife's iphone and use it like a backup camera to get the ball exactly under the socket. [emoticon]


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Getting easier? Or getting more creative? I dun-no?? Hey! The "old dog" is learning new tricks though!


Hey...GOOD to hear, and proves that old sayings do not apply to everyone!! Congrats on moving forward!![emoticon]

Jerry





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