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RE: Just curious?

Airstream would be the only high dollar RV that is giving you superior quality for the extra money. Lance and Arctic Fox are noted to having pretty good quality for a bit more on the price tag. Never looked at an Arctic Fox, but we did look at several Lance trailers. They all had the same cheap a$$ components as every other trailer out there. Most of the quality in the Arctic Fox and Lance products are things you don't necessarily see. Better insulation, better/stronger construction, etc. Most of the buyers I've seen with these products care more about the bones than the glitz and glamour.
mtofell1 11/10/19 10:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Orange County Calif., Loses Another Large Storage Lot

California doesn't want RVs or anything that burns gas (or diesel). It's going to be tough to get anyone outside of the RV world to care about the loss of storage spots. I'd be surprised if RVs are even legal in that state in 10 years.
mtofell1 11/03/19 11:11pm Tech Issues
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

A capable 1/2 ton is doable with a 7500# trailer but you may have to pay attention to what/where you're packing. How much weight you carry in the truck (people, gear in the bed, etc.) is also a big factor. A 3/4 ton would pretty much allow you to just forget about weight and bring anything (or anyone) you want. So, if you want to have a good excuse to leave your mother-in-law at home, get the 1/2 ton. If not, get a 3/4 ton :)
mtofell1 10/22/19 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What happened to all the posts

I think a lot of folks are migrating over to group or pages on FaceBook and Instagram. Ken I know I'm migrating to message boards that actually work. The number of error messages and general problems here is ridiculous.
mtofell1 10/19/19 05:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rodent???

Glue traps and/or snap traps and plug everything that even could be an entry point. The blue pellets are just nasty poison and don't work as well.
mtofell1 10/18/19 07:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roof caulking?

I just get the stuff at Camping World and have been pleased with it. The whole one-year thing is dealer excuses and total BS. I've gotten 5+ years on sealant routinely. The stuff in OP's pictures looks to be the wrong product. Scrape it out and put on the right thing and you should be good for a while.
mtofell1 10/12/19 10:18am Fifth-Wheels
Concerning Slide Noise

2016 Keystone Hideout - I'm not sure what the technical type of slide mechanism is but it's got a couple gear/wheels that stay fixed and toothed rails on the underside of the slide at each end. When moving the slide in/out a metal to metal rythmic grinding noise develops. In words, the best I can describe it is a grinding noise that occurs about 3X/sec. It's pretty high-pitched and is really just metal on metal sounding. Almost like a high pitched "chunk" noise. I've looked and listened from underneath as the slide is being moved and can't see anything (both ends of a +/- 12' slide). I applied some spray lube and nothing really changed. It still works fine but seems to be getting worse and sounding pretty bad - definitely not normal. I'll likely get someone more knowledgeable than I am to look into it but am wondering if anyone can offer a diagnosis from my description.
mtofell1 10/10/19 08:33pm Tech Issues
RE: No access to forum topics??

Check your settings.... Fix for forum errors I've had the same thing happening for the last week or so. Ironically, when clicking this link I get the error message :S
mtofell1 10/08/19 09:26am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: New truck intrest rates

Credit unions are typically the best place to compare rates. Truck price gets mixed in with dealer financing making it difficult really know what your rate truly is. Like some have mentioned, negotiating a cash price then talking financing is one way to know.
mtofell1 09/29/19 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will fifth wheel front hit truck back window?

I think I would certainly find out. Go out into a large parking lot and slowly start making tighter and tighter turns while keeping a close eye on the front cap of your fifth wheel. You will then know for sure. It's not as simple as checking/testing on a flat parking lot. If the ground is uneven the trailer or truck could pitch or tilt and create contact in a close turn situation. ^^This Many a truck owner with a busted window and dented cab has come to a message board in disbelief because they did the whole parking lot thing and it still hit. A small uneven surface on the wrong side is greatly magnified and the trailer goes through your window. The parking lot thing is fine to get a general idea but you still have to watch out.
mtofell1 09/19/19 08:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

Yeah, it's tough with all the sport and other school activities. I get bummed about this time each year as I see my RV sit in the driveway as I go to/from soccer practice, volleyball practice, school conferences and everything else BUT using my RV. For some reason I don't remember my parents hauling me around and doing all this when I was young (maybe it was just my parents :)) Don't worry... we'll all still be here when you come back!
mtofell1 09/18/19 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck and 5th wheel

It seems you start to run close to or over numbers around 15,000# (loaded weight) 5th wheel on a modern SRW 3500. As pointed out, there are variables depending on % pin weight and how much you travel with in the truck. In planning my next 5th wheel purchase, I'm purposely trying to stay under that 15K number. Despite all the encouraging advice, I have no interest in driving a DRW truck every day. Honestly, driving a SRW full-size truck is enough of a PITA for my lifestyle, job, where I live, etc.
mtofell1 09/15/19 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

I can't even begin to wonder why you would compare a tire store air bag price to an online price. I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I know better than that. Les Schwab here is AWESOME. I can relate at least a half dozen experiences where they saved my bacon, usually with no charge, even when the products they serviced weren't purchased there. Fast, prompt service with a smile every time. Yeah, they're proud of their products, no doubt. Well worth it in my opinion. I haven't seen a tire dealer NOT use a torque wrench in probably 10 years. And I'm not affiliated in any way with anybody involved with a Les Schwab. The advantage of inside the coil bags are they are cheaper and easier to install. The disadvantage is they support less weight and are more fragile. X2 to everything here... my experience and thoughts exactly. Love the 5000# Firestone bags on my 2500 (outside the coil spring). Inside coil bags serve a purpose but realize they are just a much smaller "tool" for a given job. I run a small fleet of vehicles (five) through Les Schwab and they are overall great. I've probably had 50 points of contact in the last few years and 45 of them have been great. Sure, there are a couple minor things that aren't perfect but that's just life. When you see a thriving company like LS the fact (yes, FACT) is they are doing the vast majority of things right. Sure, people have anecdotal experiences to the contrary but they couldn't stay in business screwing everyone everyday.
mtofell1 09/12/19 10:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tornado hits Carolina camp ground

RVs and tornadoes are not a good combination. Tying yours down is great but if the neighbors is flying around through yours it really doesn't matter. Lots of variables here between building codes, land use, zoning, permanent use, temporary use, etc. Easy for everyone to say what "should" have been done after the fact.
mtofell1 09/08/19 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Landing gear question

With 5vr still hitched Raise the Inner tubes up fully Extend the Outer tubes until you hear then click/clack Retract then 1" and paint a RED Line -----that is the MAX extension you want to do so you do not damage drive nut/shaft/gears Are you saying that fully extending the outer legs (without any load on them) until they make a noise, will not damage the gears? In my experience, over-running to the point of making noise has caused the fuse to blow and/or the bolt on the crossbar to shear. I suppose you have to find out the limit so you can mark it when totally extended but be ready to repair something if/when you do.
mtofell1 09/03/19 06:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Landing gear question

Maybe you can learn from my mistake on this one - when overextending, I sheared off a bolt in the square tube that runs horizontally through the storage area and transfers power to the passenger side jack (I'm assuming a common setup with one motor on the driver's side). Anyway, the bolt is a planned failure point so you don't break more expensive things. I now carry spare bolts to prevent being stranded somewhere if it ever happens again. Where is also a fuse that can blow when you overextend. Be sure you carry some spares of that as well.
mtofell1 09/03/19 01:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slight smell where the LP Gas cylinders are located normal?

I'm going to disagree with the masses on this one. There is a vent on the underside of the switch and it's not uncommon to get some smells from that. If you can't find anything from a soap test and your tanks aren't going empty sitting with the valves open for prolonged periods I wouldn't worry about it.
mtofell1 08/28/19 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

While I am generally on board with the whole, "China tires are terrible," thing, OP's experience is pretty amazing even for those standards. 6 blowouts in 2 years? I'd definitely look at the weights as well as the brakes to be sure they aren't locking up as someone mentioned.
mtofell1 08/26/19 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: generator bumper mount tray carriers

Also, be careful hanging things off the back as it can drag and even get ripped off the trailer when leaving parking lots. I also tend to agree with the others about the limitations of the bumpers. I know it's a tempting storage location ut I'd never hang more than a spare tire on mine.
mtofell1 08/26/19 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking aft used trucks - "?' flood damage

For how much these used trucks cost and for whatever reason you perceive saving some huge amount of money buying used, spend a few of those $$ and get a professional set of eyes on it. A bunch of guys on the internet can pretend to give you solid advice but there is no substitute for a professional set of eyes. Just like you do things in your job that no one else could with some internet advice, vehicle inspection pros can spot things in seconds that can slip buy even the best internet inspection cowboy.
mtofell1 08/25/19 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
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