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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-25-2017, 04:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By FiverBob
A big merry christmas to all the fivers

Wishing you all a very great Merry Christmas wherever you are. May the day be filled with friends and family, way tooooo much food and presents and all that stuff. Maybe you are sitting in a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-11-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,603
Posted By FiverBob
Excel is a good unit, but after having a Carriage...

Excel is a good unit, but after having a Carriage for 15 years and putting many thousands of miles on it with few problems, I would go with the Carriage. I would definitely move up to the Carriage...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-06-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,548
Posted By FiverBob
Cecil - - - thanks for your note. I see AtomicRT...

Cecil - - - thanks for your note. I see AtomicRT pretty well answered the Compass question. It was a shot at the lower end market, but tough for them to cut enough corners to get the price down to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-02-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,548
Posted By FiverBob
The mainline names in Carriage, starting at the...

The mainline names in Carriage, starting at the least expensive are Cameo, Carri-Lite, Carriage LS, Carriage, Royals. Cameo is the lightest if that is important, 8' wide, thinner sidewalls, lighter...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-13-2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,358
Posted By FiverBob
While I agree with most options posted, this a...

While I agree with most options posted, this a new driver to the fifth wheel. There are some tips that need discussing as to driving habits.

Never drive into a fuel station or entrance to a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-30-2017, 06:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 757
Posted By FiverBob
Not necessarily. You show the link to Northern...

Not necessarily. You show the link to Northern Tools which retails the RDS tanks. I have one on my truck and am extremely happy with the gravity feed system. Never left me stranded in the desert...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-27-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,277
Posted By FiverBob
Just got a listing on a CarriLite Carriage. A...

Just got a listing on a CarriLite Carriage. A bit older but well cared for and absolutely loaded and multi upgrades. Gorgeous thing and you can steal it. It is a 36' unit, 5 slides, new roof...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-24-2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,958
Posted By FiverBob
I am amazed at the comments about not seeing to...

I am amazed at the comments about not seeing to back up. I reach up to my rear view mirror, drop it down a touch and see exactly where I am backing. The windshield mirror is in the middle of the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-24-2017, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,277
Posted By FiverBob
Like you, I decided I had enough of the...

Like you, I decided I had enough of the maintenance and bulk of the 40' pusher. Plus, there was just something about $600 oil changes that boiled my blood - - and so did 7mpg on fuel usage. Once...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-20-2017, 05:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,660
Posted By FiverBob
Carriage built excellent products - - I would...

Carriage built excellent products - - I would definitely go for a used hi-end unit than a low end new one. Some good advice has all ready been rendered. Definitely check that roof for care all...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-19-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,318
Posted By FiverBob
Both the air pin and air hitch cushion up and...

Both the air pin and air hitch cushion up and down movement. The pin does not do a great job on fore/aft chucking or side-to-side movement of the kingpin.

AirSafe makes a very good product - -...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-19-2017, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,489
Posted By FiverBob
Yep, going with the "true" deep cycle battery...

Yep, going with the "true" deep cycle battery like a Trojan costs more. You need to ask yourself some questions before deciding what to buy:
1) How much dry camping do you do?
2) How long a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-26-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 813
Posted By FiverBob
I stand mine up in the side of my front storage...

I stand mine up in the side of my front storage compartment beside the generator. I bungy cord it in place. Sight unseen. Hate the look of those things on the ladder. You have a tall storage area...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-21-2016, 06:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 29,930
Posted By FiverBob
If money is no object, buy a good one new. If...

If money is no object, buy a good one new. If you need to buy used, let me throw in the name Carriage. Excellent made units on a box framework made by them. The company went down during the bust,...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-21-2016, 06:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,078
Posted By FiverBob
Lots of questions not answered by the OP. What...

Lots of questions not answered by the OP. What kind of battery? Do you have a disconnect on your batteries? How did you know the voltage you were posting?

If you are putting the rig into...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-22-2016, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,513
Posted By FiverBob
My rig has about 80,000 on it. Been from Florida...

My rig has about 80,000 on it. Been from Florida to Newfoundland, to Alaska twice, deep into Mexico and all over the US and Canada. I put MR IS on shortly after I bought it. I have hit every kind...
Forum: Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Beyond 02-04-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,789
Posted By FiverBob
I have done the Alaska trip twice from Florida. ...

I have done the Alaska trip twice from Florida. You have done the first step I used - - order the Milepost. Step 2 for any trip that long is lay it out with MS Streets and Trips. Tweek it to your...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-16-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,950
Posted By FiverBob
A little tip for the topper owners - - - don't...

A little tip for the topper owners - - - don't head into the Fundy Bay area of Nova Scotia and camp on the bay front unless you can live comfortably in your rig with the slides in. Well, unless you...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-15-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,950
Posted By FiverBob
Had them twice on motorhomes. Never again. Lost...

Had them twice on motorhomes. Never again. Lost one in transit (that was fun) and one parked to wind. Spent many a day in the unit with slides in due to high winds. Not bad in most motorhome...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-10-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,597
Posted By FiverBob
Great - - see, it's been 10 years since I looked...

Great - - see, it's been 10 years since I looked at them. :)
How about the thickness? That is what was being questioned. Maybe that is what you meant.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-10-2015, 06:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,322
Posted By FiverBob
I too found out the tripod made little...

I too found out the tripod made little difference. I guess I expect some movement and it doesn't bother me. I gave mine away about year ago. They are heavy and nasty to stow. I use the angle BAL...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-10-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,597
Posted By FiverBob
Yes I do, but it must be a used one. There is no...

Yes I do, but it must be a used one. There is no slop in the Binkley head so a new, fat disk will make it almost impossible to get the pin into the jaws. I find one of my old ones works fine. And...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-09-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By FiverBob
Here is another great source of information...

Here is another great source of information written in easy to understand style about all the different types of batteries. Batteries -- and Other Electric Stuff by phred...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-09-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,597
Posted By FiverBob
Another one that bought the normal hitch. Ride...

Another one that bought the normal hitch. Ride was horrible. Bought the MorRyde rubber kingpin - helped much, but still lost my kingpin framing within one year. Then I learned about the air...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-24-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,720
Posted By FiverBob
Here is a very good article, easy to read and...

Here is a very good article, easy to read and understand, about batteries and some basics about converters. Read it and I think you will have a much better feeling about the right battery for a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-16-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,276
Posted By FiverBob
I put IS suspension on my rig 12 years ago. I...

I put IS suspension on my rig 12 years ago. I just replaced the rubber block/plates on all four wheels. I have been extremely pleased with the ride and durability of the system. The rig has been...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-30-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,752
Posted By FiverBob
I hate to mention "more money" - BUT - - a good...

I hate to mention "more money" - BUT - - a good full motion air hitch will give you the best of both worlds. A four bag hitch like Air Safe will not only cushion the up and down movement but will...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-24-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,630
Posted By FiverBob
Try $5000 worth of damage on my rig with LT's,...

Try $5000 worth of damage on my rig with LT's, 9000 miles. Thankfully they were Goodyears and they paid the damage. Went to G614. One blow out in 50,000 miles with $2200 damage. Goodyear paid...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-20-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,029
Posted By FiverBob
Cougar makes a lot of trailer for the money. ...

Cougar makes a lot of trailer for the money. Hence, you see a lot of them. They typically have lots of frame problems and little finish problems. We just finished 14,000 miles in Alaska with...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-19-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,249
Posted By FiverBob
We use WalMart quite often, but have never needed...

We use WalMart quite often, but have never needed the AC. We do sometimes run a fan all night on the inverter. Just make sure you have plenty of battery. If you boondock, you need to be able to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-18-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,030
Posted By FiverBob
No problem. Just chock all four wheels well.

No problem. Just chock all four wheels well.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-12-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,042
Posted By FiverBob
Moving from a MH to the fiver gave me the same...

Moving from a MH to the fiver gave me the same dilemma. After a year, I added the an Onan propane genny and 2000w Prosine inverter/charger which is quite sophisticated. I also changed out the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-29-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,699
Posted By FiverBob
I had two dealers make a comment very similar to...

I had two dealers make a comment very similar to one another. Both of them had no axe to grind because I all ready had a Carriage. Both said Jayco makes one of the best lower priced units on the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-26-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,275
Posted By FiverBob
Carriage would be a good one to look at in better...

Carriage would be a good one to look at in better grade units, but about a 34" is the smallest they made. Problem with a good unit and your budget is they are all heavy. Make yourself completely...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-19-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,888
Posted By FiverBob
I must agree with Ken on this issue. Looked at...

I must agree with Ken on this issue. Looked at Thor products 12 years ago when first considering moving from 25 years of motorhoming to a fiver. I was a newbie to fivers. I was quite sold on...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-31-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,684
Posted By FiverBob
Dan, Please listen carefully to Don. You are...

Dan,
Please listen carefully to Don. You are way overloaded for a 1/2 ton. I seriously doubt your truck can handle 4000 pounds slide in - - my 3500 dually cannot handle that. I do not feel that...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-24-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 14,819
Posted By FiverBob
My answer to this question would be "why not?" ...

My answer to this question would be "why not?" If I pull into the dry camp, I do nothing but set up level. When it comes time for needing to recharge batteries I push a switch - - no long big wires...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-14-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,997
Posted By FiverBob
A lot depends how you anticipate your "full...

A lot depends how you anticipate your "full timing" routine to be. If you intend to be going down the road most of the time, a motorhome definitely "rides" nicer. If you anticipate moving to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-12-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 14,819
Posted By FiverBob
Couple things to think about. 1) why do you...

Couple things to think about. 1) why do you want the genny? 2) Will you be dry camping? 3) Do you travel all the time or will it sit still for periods of time in storage? Each answer will...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-16-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,642
Posted By FiverBob
I have met and talked with many of Lifestyle...

I have met and talked with many of Lifestyle team, most of whom seem to have come from the Carriage group when they closed. They seem determined to build a unit even better than Carriage correcting...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-15-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,094
Posted By FiverBob
This is fun watching someone consider what to buy...

This is fun watching someone consider what to buy for full timing. You are smart in starting early. I fully agree with several comments made. Since you have five years to work on this, take it slow....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-25-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,996
Posted By FiverBob
You mention several good units, but I would...

You mention several good units, but I would second Ken's suggestions. While the Lifestyle is 96" wide, its construction is rock solid and the materials and workmanship are excellent. And calling...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-23-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,605
Posted By FiverBob
I just realized at the Tampa RV show that...

I just realized at the Tampa RV show that Evergreen bought the name and rights to build the Alpha. It is a whole different thing than the Lifestyle. Different frame, vacuum sidewalls, different...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-23-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,640
Posted By FiverBob
That is a good price if the unit is in good...

That is a good price if the unit is in good condition. I would add a good roof inspection is necessary. Since this is a first for you, I would ditto the suggestion of having it looked over by an RV...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-19-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,483
Posted By FiverBob
Newmar has always been known to make good stuff. ...

Newmar has always been known to make good stuff. Their basic structural is good. They have had a few slideout problems, but overall good quality. Just make sure you are ready to drive a truck big...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-12-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,511
Posted By FiverBob
Get by the Lifestyle area at the Tampa show. I...

Get by the Lifestyle area at the Tampa show. I will be there on Wednesday. Excellent units. Carriage is a good used unit and save a bunch of money.
Bob
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-01-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,002
Posted By FiverBob
I wish I had been smart enough to ask this...

I wish I had been smart enough to ask this question when I purchased our fifth wheel. I had been a motorhomer for 30 years before going into the fifth wheel. I made a big mistake - - I bought a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-20-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,473
Posted By FiverBob
Carriage uses gear driven electric slide systems...

Carriage uses gear driven electric slide systems which have historically been fairly reliable. In the latter years before their demise, there were a few problems with motors working loose or...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-02-2013, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,303
Posted By FiverBob
There is a forum for Carriage that has a list of...

There is a forum for Carriage that has a list of vendors for Carriage in its FILE section.
Yahoo Groups (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Carriage_RV/info)

Bob
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-02-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,411
Posted By FiverBob
Quick answer - - YES. I have the MorRyde pin box...

Quick answer - - YES. I have the MorRyde pin box and my stabilizer is useless with it. If you must stabilize more than existing rear ones, there are several good brands of stabilizers that...
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