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Old 10-23-2009, 09:13 PM   #43
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Mine has a chamber like yourís but mine is a roll over ball, in that I can roll it over and have the bed completely flat. I do understand that some balls are made permanent and hopefully yourís isnít.
I have a cover I pull over to make the bed flat, can open and close it by a couple of pivoting wire hinges on each side. Under the cover is the well with the the ball and the 7-pin socket. I have two D-rings for safety chains located on the bed behind the well.

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This is us today fueling up at the Flying J in Effingham:


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Ditto the spraying of the bed with a coating -- prefer the hot application of the Line-X versus the cold method some other companies use. The aluminum diamond plate looks nice, but is a real chore to maintain.
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:11 AM   #46
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Ditto the spraying of the bed with a coating -- prefer the hot application of the Line-X versus the cold method some other companies use. The aluminum diamond plate looks nice, but is a real chore to maintain.
We have heavy gage steel and although it did well in Key West, FL last winter with frequent washings, every nick in the paint was five minutes away from rusting. These beds work great on the ranches of Colorado where it came from, but you don't see an older one without all of the rust to go with it. Of course even the HDT's near Key West need a lot of frequent washings ...

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How exciting to get your new rig. Still waiting on ours - should be being built as we speak. Enjoy!
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We have heavy gage steel and although it did well in Key West, FL last winter with frequent washings, every nick in the paint was five minutes away from rusting. These beds work great on the ranches of Colorado where it came from, but you don't see an older one without all of the rust to go with it. Of course even the HDT's near Key West need a lot of frequent washings ...

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We wish you folks a safe trip. Dave, I was concerned about the 'rust' problem and opted for all aluminum on the bed and generator box. For weight, I added approximately 1,800 lbs of (2 one and a half-inch) steel plates over the rear axle under the aluminum bed and another 1K in the rear bumper. Makes for a smoother ride, especially when bobtailing.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:10 PM   #49
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We made it to N. Ft Myers today. I took a look at our Gooseneck ball today in bright sunlight and it appears to be bolted through the bottom of the 4.5" deep well above the rear axle. It is just bolted on with a large nut and lock-washer. I am real curious about how the B&W Companion would work in this situation because everything I can read on-line about it talks about a removable locking ball or something. All I want to do is put the dang hitch onto it, I don't really care at the moment to remove the hitch so easily. We only move our 5W a few times a year when we are moving north or south with the change of the seasons, the rest of the year we are parked while we are workamping. I think I need to see some close-up photos to get a clear picture of what I need to do as I work best with lots of examples, LOL. Our trailer did great on the way down though, the worst was I-57 20 miles south of Benton ... those expansion cracks are the worst.

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Still didn't answer my question? Is the paint factory? Your Chevy will pull you fine unless you exceed the CCC. If you can keep it close as possible to 15,000 gross. You're pushing the limits, but it'll be fine at that weight. I'm assuming your talking DRW, right? You may want to put your equipment info in your sig! Again nice looking rig. I confirm what you're being told on the frame on your Excel. I'm still not fond of the gooseneck set up for a fifth wheel. Why push the limits that far? rockin'

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