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  1. DQDanny

    Air Ride Hitch for MDT

    A couple weeks ago I drove 375 miles one-way & purchased a used EZ-Floater Air bag hitch by HitchCrafter. It was listed on this site. I looked for a couple months on-line most every evening.....were not many used ones out there. So be patient if you have time & they do show up.
  2. DQDanny

    Best place to search

    Ebay.......have bought one, & sold one , on E-bay.
  3. DQDanny

    CAT ECM Issue

    First, my truck is a MDT, but I placed it in the HDT spot because there is way more interest here. And part of my logic is both classes of trucks share this component. So here goes my saga... I took my truck to a repair facility to get a couple items looked at. One was the exhaust brake, it would not operate/close. I had done all I could do, which was free it up from being stuck open, checked & replaced the relays, & verified the air cylinder operated. I could get the exhaust brake to operate by applying 12 volt at the closest pig tail. The EB just would not work with the in dash switch. The engine is a 3126E in a 2003 ford supercrewzer. Anyway, my conclusion was the ECM was not sending a signal to the in-dash switch. The EB is interfaced with both the CAT 3126E engine & the Allison 3000HD tranny. So, I took the truck to a repair facility, & they hired a mobil CAT man with a laptop & the CAT software. I was not present, but this CAT man plugged into the truck port under the dash, & was able to see a parameter that he believed prevented the EB from working. He saw a parameter that indicated the clutch was depressed. However the truck is an automatic. So he downloaded & saved all the parameters. He then attempted to delete or change this clutch parameter, believing this was the issue. Then somewhere in this process the ECM no longer will communicate with his laptop. His recommendation at this point is to remove the ECM from the truck & send it to a CAT facility. At the CAT facility, after 4 attempts to reprogram or flash the ECM, determine the ECM is dead. A new one is required. This of course is $2300 plus $300 to program. Ouch!! So my question to the members, if anyone has any experience, is it possible for the mobile CAT laptop man to make an honest mistake & crash my ECM, or wipe out the firmware in the ECM, rendering it useless? Do you think he could of attempted to delete or change the clutch parameter, & crashed the whole ECM? Right now his position is ECM's do crash for no reason, & yours just did. My supercrewzer is a 2003 with 70K miles, & was having zero issues, other than the EB not working. I was not having any intermittent ECM or drive-ability issues. I have not spoken with the mobile CAT man yet, the above info comes from the shop where the truck is located. I am attempting to speak directly with mobile CAT man early next week. What questions would you recommend I specifically ask about his ECM laptop repair attempt. I obviously don't know anything about this software. I did wonder if he needed to disconnect the battery before disconnecting the ECM from the truck. I don't know if this should be done or not. And finally, are there any comments on new or refurbished ECM's, or ways to get the truck running for less than the 3K. Fortunately I am not traveling right now. I was just attempting to get some preventative items looked at before we head out for the fall. Thank you for your comments & time. Oh, I did drive up to Rapid City, SD (different vehicle) & picked up a used Hitchcrafter EZfloater hitch. This was advertised on the site a few weeks ago. I'll get this bolted down when I get my truck back. It has a little compressor in it...that's sort of cool. Thanks again.
  4. DQDanny

    E-Z Floater 5 wheel hitch

    I did get ahold of Kat this morning, she's out playing with the cattle right now!! (I'm sure she'll love seeing this post!) But do any of you folks that are familiar with this Hitchcrafter hitch know the distance from the plate to the hitch head? And is there any adjustment on the hitch, or is all the adjustment made on the pin box? (to get the trailer level that is). I did look on the Hitchcrafter website & did not see this information I am looking for. I did not call them yet. Seems like the owner is in the shop all the time & didn't want to bug him yet. Thanx ....
  5. DQDanny

    E-Z Floater 5 wheel hitch

    hey.....I think that is just what I need/have been looking for. dan..3 oh 3-7two6-6806......text me or call.....thanx
  6. close, but won't quite work/install for my mdt......I am still looking for a used TSLB2H....I'm sure you will get er sold...
  7. DQDanny

    Battery/Electricity issue

    well, until it gets figured out, why don't you find a small battery charger (car battery charger) & put it on your battery. For some reason your onboard converter is not charging your battery. Don't fret, just put a small (6-10 amps is fine) charger on your battery & enjoy the evening.
  8. I too have simple motors, driving pinion gears on a welded rack. The system is an Attwood system which does have a large circuit board. There are a couple fuses & a relay for each one of the 3 slides. Mine is located in a different location than yours of course as I have a different manufacturer or trailer. But mine is located within 3-4 feet of the batteries. I would think look within 3-5' of your batteries. Attwood probably still makes the boards....or an upgraded board that would work.
  9. DQDanny

    A/C no bueno

    Glad you are cooling off......is that with both A/C's? And curious, can you explain what caused the low DC voltage?
  10. Hello, I have picked up a MDT & have pulled my 5th wheel with it for about 1000 miles. Now I would like to upgrade to an air bag hitch like the trailsaver 2. There are also a couple other manufactures who make a quality air ride hitch. I have looked for a used one for 30 days or so & they are few & far between, so I also thought I would ask here. I am located just outside of Denver, Colorado. I'd drive 500 miles or so, but there is also the shipping option as well. If you hear of one let me know. Thanx again...happy trails...