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RE: Fifth wheel hitch adapters

Yes, like mentioned above, the jaws of the B&W are simple, but solid, will not clunk/rattle. When you operate the lever, see how the cam action jaws work, you will see the jaws cannot open, with lever closed and pinned. Jerry Closed ,and pinned , yes . don't pin them ,and you drop a fifth wheel ,like any other hitch . Same procedure with about any hitch, my Reese closed ,and pinned ,no problem. Big problem otherwise :) Like Ron alluded to, and I realize, that the 3-point cam action of the B&W head, is a design that LIKELY cannot release, even if not pinned, as the pull keeps the jaws closed. However, even the B&W lawyers say in the owners manual to do a pull test, so if asked if it would release when not pinned, I would say not to try it. I don't know what Reese you have, but if you like it, wanted to keep it, even if you could afford one, that fit the pucks directly, then it must work great for you. I offer free advice, that makes the most sense to me, but never tell anyone that my hitch is better than theirs. The OP is asking for advice. Myself, buying my truck new, I wanted a new better quality hitch than what I had. I gave my old one away, didn't want the bother of selling it. If the OP can afford a new truck, then likely could afford the small cost of new hitch. Figuring about $1200 for hitch, he already paid for the puck system, less the adapter cost, about $400, and selling old hitch for maybe $400, it's only going to cost another $400 for the new one, with direct fit, and no added adapter height. Jerry I have a Reese Signature 18K slider ,same hitch head as their Elite, been a great hitch. Did I want or need a new hitch , no . I had just bought a new truck with the puck system ., but the hitch was fine. Reese adapter for around $300 at the time, and I was back in business. I get the feeling the OP is somewhat in that boat. Pretty sure there were not a lot of options in early 2014 when I bought the Ram as far as what worked in the puck system, especially a slider, so the adapter made a lot of sense to me . Its sounds like the GM puck system is fairly new in their trucks, not as many options . If he has the puck system ,then an adapter would work great . His previous truck is a 2012, so there is a good chance that Husky is not that old. Its a no brainer as far as cost if he wants to go with the Demco adapter , around $450. New hitch as you say $1200. My math is an additional $750 It sounds to me like he really doesn't need a new hitch. If so , then sure get the direct fit for the puck system
cummins2014 11/10/19 09:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel hitch adapters

With the handle closed and NOT pinned the B&W will NOT come unlatched. Personally would not run like that!!! Fake news!!! Simply close handle, pin or lock it closed look at the jaws wrapping around the kingpin. YOU are latched NO question!!! https://i.imgur.com/9qaG3ldl.jpg Well that’s an assumption on my part , and we know about assume :) May I ask what IS the purpose of the pin then .
cummins2014 11/10/19 03:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel hitch adapters

I have a new Chevy ordered to replace my current 2012 . I ordered it with the 5th wheel prep package. My current hitch is a Husky. I can’t seem to find a way to move this hitch to the new truck. I cant’t seem to find rails that go with the GM puck system. Has anyone On here already done this? I see Curt and B&W have hitches that drop right in the 2020 trucks. I suspect Reese may also offer one. Huskies website seems to be undergoing a make over and can’t seem to be able to navigate the site very well. Why not the Demco DM6194 frame adapter ,and simply attach your Husky hitch to that. Same type of adapter they sell for the Ford, and Ram OE puck systems . I know the B&W fan club would rather you spend your money on the B&W hitch , but like many they want to use their existing hitch . Big reason I bought the Reese picture frame adapter to fit my Ram puck system, so I could use my Reese hitch that I already had . The Demco is also a great product . And save some money for a new fly rod :B
cummins2014 11/10/19 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel hitch adapters

Yes, like mentioned above, the jaws of the B&W are simple, but solid, will not clunk/rattle. When you operate the lever, see how the cam action jaws work, you will see the jaws cannot open, with lever closed and pinned. Jerry Closed ,and pinned , yes . don't pin them ,and you drop a fifth wheel ,like any other hitch . Same procedure with about any hitch, my Reese closed ,and pinned ,no problem. Big problem otherwise :)
cummins2014 11/10/19 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

Not sure what you mean by driving skills, but so far I feel confident in what I am doing at 72, no decline in ability. I can drive all day, but I don't have too ,and I won't . Last month, I did a 700 mile 14 hour day with no problems. So, it can be done. Ride with some of your over seventy friends to see how we really perform. I know that I am uniquely qualified, but we can't all be. Just kidding, I am not as good as I was ten years ago but better than I will be in ten years. Just the way life works. A quick proof is to compare the time it takes to look from full left to full right with a fifty year old person. Do any reflex speed test for further evidence. Sure it can be done , I have done 900 miles, but I am not going to anymore. I guess there could be a reason , but at this point I don't need too or want too . I have rode with the 88 year old mentioned ,and I have rode with my 47 year old son, I can tell you who I would rather be riding with , the 88 year old :) The 47 year old hasn't learned how to slow down yet . Absolutely , no doubt ,reflexes etc decline.
cummins2014 11/10/19 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Just curious?

Overall the RV industry should be ashamed of the lack of pride in the product. This is probably the most fitting comment I've ever seen on the forum. Would have to agree, big reason after buying our 2008 Montana fifth wheel we have hung onto it for 12 years. Yes there has been more BLING being built, but the quality sure has not improved . I frequent RV parks the same as a lot of RVer's and hear the horror stories.
cummins2014 11/10/19 09:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

I never thought my manual slide B&W was a pain. At check in I slide it back and at checkout after straighten out of the street I slide it forward. I ALWAYS slide it as the latch handle would not clear the front box in the travel position. The truck would not turn tight enough to hit going forward to create a problem. I really like the B&W jaws/lock setup. The earlier Demco/Hijacker auto slides had issues with the gears to create the slide movement. My BIL can not park his trailer on our spare lot the way we would like it, as he can not get aligned to reconnect. I moved a friends trailer in and out of the park for him for a few years, and towed it the ten miles each direction in the back position as his pin box would not clear my front bed box. Chris Well, I am glad you enjoy the process, I find it a pain, and would rather just skip that part .
cummins2014 11/10/19 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

Noticed a difference in my driving skills from about age 72 to 76. At this rate, people will not want me sharing the highway with them in about five years. Not terrible now, but not one hundred percent either. Still better than most of my buddies, but that is not good enough for me. There are a lot of factors involved as we age, eyesight, reflexes etc. IMO I am actually a better driver now then when I was younger. Simple fact I use more common sense ,I have slowed down , more cautious etc. Not sure what you mean by driving skills, but so far I feel confident in what I am doing at 72, no decline in ability. I can drive all day, but I don't have too ,and I won't . I mentioned in a previous post that we are panning a three month trip to Alaska this coming summer with the fifth wheel. I will see how we do. We estimate it will be a 10K mile trip, stretched out in that time period we shouldn't have to put in too many long driving days. Got a couple friends ,One quit the fifth wheel towing at 88, he felt that he no longer was as capable to tow. The other got some health issues, and HAD to quit towing at 90. I hope that I am still able at those ages, and have the good sense to at least , like the 88 year old ,to call its quits if necessary.
cummins2014 11/09/19 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

There are hitching issues with the PullRite, not sure if that's the case with the Demco??? I think MeAgain should comment on the B&W as he has one. It does not matter who owns a manual slider. One they are heavy, two they are MANUAL, I have had a manual slider for 14 years. I know exactly what they are about ,brand makes no difference , you have to get out if you are in a situation where you have to use it, and pull the lever ,slide the hitch back. After that they have to be returned to the tow position before towing again. Simply put they are pain , no way getting around it . As said no more manuals . Andersen has solved all those issues . I seen enough problems with hitching with my friends Superglide ,and the fact you CANNOT hitch at a certain angle. No thanks ,I want to come into a hitch at whatever angle I need too within reason .
cummins2014 11/09/19 03:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: winterizing black tank flush with air

I've always been successful winterizing by just blowing air through my water lines. I know there is an anti-siphon valve in the black tank flush system. Will just blowing out this line clear water from it? Thats one that I have never messed with winterizing. Its apparently draining out on mine , or have been lucky. 12 years of winterizing on my fifth wheel, and haven't had an issue with it
cummins2014 11/09/19 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel Bearings

The wheel probably was severely out of alignment and was operating with a side load on the bearings. The mechanic understands this and gave reasonable advice. I agree, its never a bad idea under those conditions to pack the bearings.
cummins2014 11/09/19 10:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

Don't know about the hitches your looking at but we have the Pullrite Super Glide on our short bed Ram. The auto slide has been trouble free for many years and never have to think about tight turns and hitting the cab I think that is a true statement to a point, but rather misleading for the inexperienced . You can hit the cab with any hitch. I always cringe a bit when I read these statements ," NEVER have to think about tight turns and hitting the cab" Thats a recipe for disaster .
cummins2014 11/09/19 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

If I was going to buy a slider again, it would be the auto's . The manuals are a pain to use. You will most likely find that although you do have a slider, it does not come into play often ,if at all. I would get the Demco long before the B&W , just for the fact mentioned, its a manual slider. Of course with the Auto, it doesn't matter what situation you are in ,they just do their thing. ALMOST no worries making contact with the truck, there is always that chance. Some may pop up and mention Andersen, its worth looking into. I will leave it at that.
cummins2014 11/09/19 09:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

72 ,got a 10,000 mile trip planed to Alaska next June. Not an issue for me. Absolutely not. We are both in our mid 70's and going strong. Alaska is not a trip to be afraid of. Never gave it a thought on the age thing. Looking forward to the trip. Most likely be a three plus month trip. Leaving early June, planning on returning sometime in Sept.
cummins2014 11/08/19 08:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

72 ,got a 10,000 mile trip planed to Alaska next June. Not an issue for me.
cummins2014 11/07/19 06:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: I take back all the good stuff I've said about Les Schwabs!

Well I will have LS fix a flat on a tire I take to them. No way they are touching my vehicles. They don’t torque properly. That’s a fact! I INSIST to pay for the repair. Manager got red faced pizzed with me when I would not accept the repair for free. I said I will never buy a tire or brakes so I feel it’s hypocritical to accept the service for free and not ever buy anything. I'm pretty sure they don't have a company policy of not torquing properly. That's up to the individual employee to do the job right. When taking shortcuts with the air wrench turned up to high you can certainly end up with over torqued lugs. The guys who do it right have to turn a bit further before the click happens. Its not just LS, they all do it, I have seen it at Discount, Seen it at American Car center , Big-O. Just depends on the store. They hit them with the air wrench, and by then they are already over torqued. All they do is hear the torque wrench click. Seen it first hand MANY times .
cummins2014 11/06/19 05:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck batteries

My 2014 ctd batteries lasted right up until that day last September that my wife needed to pick me up at the airport. I seldom fly but this was the time that it had to happen. I rented a car at the airport, bought two batteries at O'Reilly and headed home. So 5 years with mild temps, never in extreme heat or cold for long. Yup, my 2014 Cummins 5 years ,and 8 months ,just replaced last week .
cummins2014 11/06/19 05:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yes, I love that self shoveling :) Headed to Wyoming tomorrow, just for the day to fish the Green River
cummins2014 11/06/19 11:18am Around the Campfire
RE: New Tires - too many options

Let the person who hasn't ever bought a made in China product and will never buy another made in China product cast the first stone. There are times you have no choice!!! I will ALWAYS buy US Made when possible or from a FREE Country. Could have bought a Chinese made boot but NO I spend the $$$ and bought top quality US Made RedWings. What products are made in China and nowhere else that you absolutely can't do without? Loaded question. We could all go back to living off the land. Not really, sitting here on their computer, wearing a shirt made in China complaining about someone buying a Chinese tire. Please you can do better then that .
cummins2014 11/06/19 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

Plus very hard to believe , especially out of a Michelin. They usually weather crack long before that, at least the ones I made the mistake of running . Maybe I should post up some pics of my 154k Bridgestone DuraVis R500 HDs..... I guess I better start buying Bridgestones :B
cummins2014 11/06/19 09:11am Tow Vehicles
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