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Chad Heiser

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  1. No problem. Hopefully yours is as easy as mine was to fix.
  2. The window is just held in place by some type of caulk or possibly butyl tape and then sandwiched in place by the trim rings. Remove the inside trim ring and you should see exactly what I mean. I had the same thing happen in my last trailer. Once I removed the inside trim ring, the fix became pretty apparent. I pulled the glass completely out, cleaned it and sealed it back in place then replaced the trim. It was a while ago, so I don’t remember if I had to also remove the outside trim to complete the repair. I do remember that it was a much simpler fix than I originally thought it was going to be.
  3. Leaving the trailer connected to the hitch in your truck and retracting the landing gear fully should allow you to unbolt and remove them. There should be no need for a pit or to jack the front of the 5er up.
  4. When you tow a car behind a motorhome it is considered a trailer and all the applicable state trailering laws apply. As stated previously, each state sets the laws on when a trailer requires brakes. It is usually by the weight of the trailer. It is a safety issue and states do not want vehicles towing heavy loads without supplemental braking.
  5. Try to get to one of the rallies to see some trucks up close and personal and talk to the owners. See what they like and dislike about their set ups. It can definitely help you in the long run. Plus they are fun events with a good group of people.
  6. Hopefully it is just a fluke and you will get some more good weather before winter sets in. I also hope you guys can make it back to the WCR next year. I’m interested to see the changes to your rig, oh and of course you guys too .
  7. I always recommend the Medora area. It is where I was born and I love that area. It is a great place to stop and check out. The park, the town and the musical are all worth the visit. There are also some things around the area that are good for day trips, like the enchanted highway.
  8. I have a Cummins N14 with an Eaton Autoshift 10 speed transmission. Mine is a 2000 model year so no emissions gear. Pulling my 20000 lb +/- 5th wheel, I average 8+ miles per gallon with combined terrain (hills & flat). If I am all highway in the flats, that will go up to 9+ mpg. Bobtail, I can get into the low double digits mpg on the highway in the flats, but I rarely run bobtail for any significant distances, so I don't see that very often. When I was towing my previous 5th wheel, which weighed about 16500 lbs, I was 9+ mpg combined terrain and right around 10+ mpg in the flats. My engine is set at 460 hp and 1550 ft/lb torque. I recently had an in-frame done on the motor, which I thought might help my mileage a little, but it didn't make any significant difference.
  9. Yes, you can run your generator while driving.
  10. It is definitely possible, but it is reliant on the capacity of the the main system being used to charge the other system. The main system would have to be sufficiently large enough to replenish its own usage and also the usage of the secondary RV. It is inefficient to go from DC (solar) to AC (inverter) then back to DC (converter in other RV) to charge batteries, so it would have to be a pretty robust system to keep two RV's up and running. I know of a few people who have large enough systems to do this (and actually have done it), but these systems are the exception in the RV solar world. Most RV solar charging systems are sized for the RV they are attached to and aren't typically large enough to also support a second RV. It would be much more efficient to have a portable panel/solar controller system with gator clips or some other quick means of connecting it to the desired battery bank. This system could be loaned or provided to those that don't have solar on their rigs.
  11. I'll second the recommendation for Sailun Tires. I have them on my current rig and also had them on my past rig. Everyone I have ever seen or heard of who used them has been happy with them. They are cheaper than the competition typically, as well.
  12. Roger, I hope your recovery goes well and quickly. All of you guys will have to come back to the WCR next year to compare scars and see who can run/walk the fastest to the pot luck.
  13. I will go against the trend in this topic. Rather than saying straight out you shouldn’t do it, I will say it really depends on you. I very often here (see on forums) people say you will be very limited where you can stay if you have a rig that big. I agree there will be some limits, but you will not be “very limited.” There will be some parks/campgrounds you can’t stay in, but I guarantee there will be a park somewhere in the general area you will fit. It might require a drive to get to some scenic site, but you will be able to find a place to stay in your RV in pretty much any general area. This is just a compromise you will have to be willing to make to own a large RV. I own a 42’ 5th wheel and take this into consideration regularly. I have yet to go to an area that I haven’t been able to find someplace to stay. It may not always be my first choice of park/location, but most of the time it is. I have also been able to fit my rig into quite a few places that some people thought I could never get to (but this is related to skill and confidence that I have built over many years of towing large trailers). I do agree that towing a large trailer requires skill and an appropriate tow vehicle. If you are not willing to drive a one ton dually or larger tow vehicle as a daily driver, then you should not think of a 5th wheel of that size. Again, for me this was not an issue. I grew up driving pick ups and the bigger they were the better for me (a personal preference). Towing a trailer of that size takes skill and should not be taken lightly. If you are willing to practice and drive appropriately and carefully, there should be no reason you could not enjoy the experience. It may be nerve racking in the beginning, but I bet just driving a car was nerve racking for you when you were learning to drive. This should be no different. It will be a learning curve, but it won’t be insurmountable. Practice makes perfect, so go out and practice (if you decide to do it). Find a large empty parking lot and practice various maneuvers. Go to an RV driving school. Do whatever it takes to make you comfortable doing it. So with this information in mind, I say go with what feels right for you. If you want a long 5th wheel, go for it. Just understand what compromises you may have to make and make sure you are good with them. I personally would not be happy in anything smaller than what I currently own. I also would not be any happier with anything bigger. The 42’ fiver I have fits me perfectly and I wouldn’t change it (for now). This may change some day down the road, but I will worry about that if it ever happens. For now I am perfectly comfortable and happy with my large RV. I will add I tow my fiver with an HDT, but I admit it could be towed with a heavy duty pick up (3500/350 or 4500/450). My driving style would be a little different if I towed with a pickup, but it could easily be done and be safe. An HDT (or semi tractor) is not required and is definitely not for everyone. Go with what you think will work for you. You are the only one who knows what that is and you are the only one you have to satisfy. Maybe that means a large 5th wheel and maybe it doesn’t, but only you really know that answer. Don’t be dissuaded by people who don’t think it would be right or work for them. They are not you. You need to figure it out for yourself. Take in as much information as you can and make the best decision you can.
  14. My trailer was not covered by the DRV recall, but I had a couple of bolts come loose (not out) that resulted in a loose rotor (also with MorRyde 9K IS). This caused the brake line to that rotor to sheer off and I lost brakes because all the fluid left my system. (Thank you HDT because I didn't even know I had lost my brakes until I got home and noticed the fluid on my rear jack.) DRV sent me out the recall kit. It included the same bolts and sleeves that were already present from OEM. It also included instructions that showed the use of red loctite instead of blue loctite that was used at the factory. The kit never mentioned red loctite specifically, but the instructions had detailed pictures that showed them using red loctite. When I installed the kit I used red loctite and then paint marked the bolts on the rotors so I could easily see if there was any movement on the bolt heads. This was a year or so ago and so far no movement. I did liberally use the red loctite though. It might be fun when I have to service the hubs later, but I will deal with that when it comes.
  15. There are several websites that allow you to create a map and highlight certain states. You then export the file to something that can be posted in your signature here on this forum. Here is one such website (the one I used), but there are quite a few more. A Google search for visited states maps will get you more.
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