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RE: Different kind of Jack-knife

never fear it can happen to any of us. heck i have seen the aftermath of when a commercial seat warmer has done this to a big rig and trailer. if i had the cash i would modify my pu bed to never let this happen. ju$t need lot$ of ca$h.
packnrat 10/30/19 06:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bit Off WAY more than we can chew...

yes you did. cut your future losses. sell it, and buy one that does not need a rebuild. sorry to say this, but even for me these two jobs you listed are easy ones, and if you are having problems already, whats down the rd for you, you do not know how to deal with. but enough with the darkside. get on u-tube, and watch videos of how to do these jobs. and there are a number of books (yes real paper books) out there you can read (with photos) and learn to do it yourself. i learned how to rebuild V8 race motors before i could drive, by being handed a wrench and told to do it. take your time, learn how to do it right, and where others failed. after your done, you get to say, I did it.
packnrat 09/17/19 12:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Escapees RV Forum

it was the guberment watching you and keeping you from enjoying yourself. i will get back under my rock now.
packnrat 08/21/19 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV sales are slipping

Of course not everyone agrees that the end is near... Home Depot CFO doesn't see a recession coming Dave Of course he does not see any slowdown, his main job is to sell the company to the big money changers, so as to boost the stock prices, so his golden safety net is very secure.
packnrat 08/21/19 05:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV sales are slipping

wont take much to pop this bubble.(not just for rv's here) and it will be a big blow. time for this nation to slowdown big time, take a couple breaths, look around and then just walk... not sprint.
packnrat 08/21/19 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can a 5th wheel be backed into a loading dock?

pending on your set up, does not look too bad in the photos. but i would build up leveling blocks for the rv's tires. and be ready to drop the nose very low. but if all works, then you will have a better secure place to park. just also build in a set of fixed rear tire blocks to keep your rig from hitting the dock.
packnrat 07/31/19 05:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Here's a half ton...

first. are both rear axles powered? or is one just a tag axle? and no matter what you do to the truck. the max weight was set at the chevy factory. or did they build this one up from raw metal? aka a custom one off that might not pass safety standards. as ten of these trucks must be given in to destruction to prove if safe to drive.
packnrat 07/31/19 05:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mud Flaps

those "grass skirts" work great. but the cost of them keeps me from buying a set. one can screw them on permanently style. or rig up a removable holder. as to the coach, just a simple sheet of alu (some use tread plate stuff) will do the job. but needs to be formed and reinforced so it holds up to wind and vibrations. or just bolted to the front of the coach body.
packnrat 07/17/19 11:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Securing batteries in forward compartment (Security)

best bet is to securely bolt them down. using 3/8 threaded rod, and steel angles. keeps them from bouncing around.and just makes it hard to remove. i have 4, 6 volt batt, and use this bolt approach between each batt, and secured to the frame work at one end. O and "lean" the bolts inward to help hold things from shifting. if your really crazy a new specially build access door and door frame. made of steel. and secured with "better" hardware than factory. but then that screams look here. maybe a alm or steel grating inside of the access hatch bolted to the coach body. but if you are leaving the coach someplace for a month of two, the creeps can test and see how to get past anything, to strip down your coach. best thing is invest in a online live time video cam setup. this way you can at least see who did the damage to you.
packnrat 07/17/19 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: There's a reason to get rid of six-year-old tires.

old tires are a problem just waiting to give you grief.
packnrat 07/17/19 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mud Flaps

bring on transparent aluminum.
packnrat 07/17/19 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slides on a slight incline

i have a good slope on my driveway. i built a couple wooden blocks (about 18-20 inches tall) to cut back how far my landing legs go out, the little lego blocks for under the wheels on one side, (three high front axle, two high rear axle). this just about does a plumb level for parking at home. min wiggle. my 5er is only 25 feet long and one can just bonk there head on the pin. i am just under 6 ft tall). so no problems working my slide or running the reefer, stove, heater, ac. and one does not feel off camber inside.
packnrat 07/08/19 02:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Locks on Propane tanks?

place a good chain and lock through the handles of the tanks and a very secure mount. place the lock behind so not so easy to get to. think pick and cut resistant in the mounting of the chain/lock. one more layer to overcome. most crooks will just pass it by for a easy theft.
packnrat 07/01/19 05:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: crazy accidnet

before you condemn the driver/owner of the rv for bad brakes. just remember metal does fail, and many a hard brake line has failed, crazy but more than the rubber lines fail. rust, vibrations, damage (seen or un-seen). who here has checked every inch of there brake lines in the past 30 days? 3 months? six months... in the past year? .
packnrat 06/26/19 02:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Likely another ruined Vacation

bumper pull rv trailer? classic case of the tail wagging the dog, speeding, most likely, but not needed. most likely loaded wrong, or not hooked up right. no information to say one way or the other.
packnrat 06/19/19 11:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire plugs

i will only run a plug to get home, on my motorcycle. but for any car, pu truck, big rig. rv. no problem running a plug. but best is to plug, and place a patch over it (inside the tire that is). i have never had a plug, or patch fail. (40 years driving varied big rigs). been driving for a living for almost 50 years, small trucks up to the classic "big rig". even on my personal cars, trucks. but have had tires fail do to other damage, or age.
packnrat 06/19/19 11:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: rv extension cord

how long is your rv? how long is your "factory" cord. subtract the cord length from the rv length. add in a couple feet round up and thats how long it needs to be at max length. just think, if the power is farthest away from your power input spot. or hard wire in a cable front to back in your coach. with a plug up front, one at the rear, and one mid ship. then just one 25 footer just might be all you will ever need. but always use a quality surge protector in line with this or any power supply cord.
packnrat 06/19/19 11:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rear Camera Intercom

With mirrors and rear/side cameras I park ok. Trained drivers park 18 wheelers in the most difficult places without "Spotters." as one of those trained 18 wheeler drivers. i do not trust anybody when backing up. ---they do not get penalized if a oops happens.--- and so many of then just wiggle the fingers in front of there faces, so they are not visible to me at all. even while using the 4 way flashers, fools keep trying to drive behind me, and then a woman walking/pushing a stroller behind me, (this is while i am rolling backward, light flashing and beeper on). best way is always look at where you are trying to back into, use reference marks. and as the board of dictators found out for a "nifty" saying G.O.A.L. aka get out and look. take the extra couple minute's and be safe. if you do use a spotter, use only one you can trust. and make sure they know the correct hand/arm signals you know. do not forget to look for low branches.
packnrat 06/12/19 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Feet on landing gear

yes to adding a wood "block" under the landing legs. the less they stick out of there housings the less wiggle. i built a set of them for my driveway. (slopped down) mostly to help level out the 5 er. one can walk under the pin without stooping. just use 2X8 inch hard wood, soak all in a water proofing and wood preservative. use only outdoor wood screws a good 4 inches long (use plenty of them). over build this as you would not want it to fail at anytime. yes heavy, but very stable they are a good 18 inches sq foot print, and a good 16 inches tall. (width of the board,+ two layers top and two layers bottom,(screwed as layer going one way and second going 90% to the first layer) just for the higth. then cross braced inside the "box"). with one 3/8 screw/bolt sticking up to act as a notice of slippage (goes through a hole in the landing leg foot). one heavy winter, and working inside the coach, have not seen any signs of such. and just this alone had removed almost if not all wiggling. i did not use any glue just 2 screws at every connection point. if i wanted to take them with me would not be a issue. as i can easily lift them into the back of the truck, yes there is a large hand/carry grip on them.
packnrat 06/09/19 11:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping World about to go under??

if a company can $upport na$car. it just shows you how much they are over charging there customers. and how strong they are as a company. cw is here to stay.
packnrat 06/01/19 09:51am Around the Campfire
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