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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-14-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,536
Posted By hjsdds
The pivot point makes the difference. On pull...

The pivot point makes the difference. On pull trailers it is quite a ways back behind the rear axle. On a pickup the fifth pivot is actually 1-2 inches in front of the axle, it's much easier to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-13-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,870
Posted By hjsdds
Jack, I agree that Newmar should have been on...

Jack, I agree that Newmar should have been on that pre-2008 list, I forgot about Newmar. It's too bad that they abandoned the luxury fifth wheel market in recent years to stay just with motorhomes....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-11-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,163
Posted By hjsdds
Bought a truck that was apparently team driven by...

Bought a truck that was apparently team driven by two smokers and converted it to RV puller.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_5NSaZD5-LQ/UJ7lD2ywc3I/AAAAAAAAA04/bqCTC2f38uA/s800/034b.jpg
Cleaned...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-10-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,870
Posted By hjsdds
I agree that Forks should be on the list, I also...

I agree that Forks should be on the list, I also agree that my list of "old timers" was based on pre-2008 companies. The high end companies produce high quality fifths because their price allows for...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-08-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,870
Posted By hjsdds
Buying or trying to find a quality RV is not...

Buying or trying to find a quality RV is not easy. The companies can cut cost, thousands of ways, hide poor construction and substandard material behind walls, glitz, woodwork and in places where you...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-08-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,870
Posted By hjsdds
I see you are pulling a Teton, which tells me you...

I see you are pulling a Teton, which tells me you made a conscious decision to not purchase the average garbage that is out there. Yes all RV roofs CAN leak, but they don't have to. My first fifth...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-26-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,253
Posted By hjsdds
I was very skeptical about the system, the...

I was very skeptical about the system, the previous owner of the truck installed it when he went across the Rockies with his large Newmar and discovered that the truck was a dog in the mountains, but...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-25-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,253
Posted By hjsdds
There is one accessory that in my opinion makes...

There is one accessory that in my opinion makes real difference on the venerable 7 liters, propane injection. That MDT I had with the 7.3 International had one installed....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-24-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,253
Posted By hjsdds
Have your Ole Lady hook up with my Ole Lady, ...

Have your Ole Lady hook up with my Ole Lady,
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she started a "club" named RDBE (Rigs Driven By...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-24-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,253
Posted By hjsdds
I'm assuming you have an Allison, does it stay in...

I'm assuming you have an Allison, does it stay in 6th or does it drop one or two gears. I've driven MDTs and motorhomes with C-7, my experience was that if the hills were there you knew it, unless...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-24-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,253
Posted By hjsdds
delmarrey, it's not a curse, it is what it is. As...

delmarrey, it's not a curse, it is what it is. As I said in the post above you can pull anything with a pickup, just expect to go slow up the hill and braking is going to be an issue going down....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-23-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,253
Posted By hjsdds
I like your "fatalism" get used to it. I had an...

I like your "fatalism" get used to it. I had an MDT with that engine.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-v35zd2t_HmE/UJ7kg5lPM2I/AAAAAAAAAyI/hMH8xwv0iRo/s800/012.jpg
Downhill or on flats (after...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-21-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,870
Posted By hjsdds
Dreaming and drooling is OK, just put on bib and...

Dreaming and drooling is OK, just put on bib and go to this thread.
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f44/guests-169017.html
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-04-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
Five so far, since last August, including mine. I...

Five so far, since last August, including mine. I am slowly "anesthetizing" the neighbors. Mine is in storage right now until I build a parking area for 75 feet of truck and trailer on the side of...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-25-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
More guests have arrived, we are "acclimating"...

More guests have arrived, we are "acclimating" the neighbors.

Last week,
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...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-09-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,167
Posted By hjsdds
You other option is to "flip the axles". This is...

You other option is to "flip the axles". This is done on lots of trailers behind "tall trucks" (4 wheel drive), or where shoving the pin box further up is not an option.
I had it done on my fifth,...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-01-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,766
Posted By hjsdds
X2 Warren Buffet buys all kinds of...

X2

Warren Buffet buys all kinds of companies, the he places highly experienced people in those companies products to "oversee them" and "improve them" if needed. I don't belive the Lipperts follow...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-31-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
BigBaron. I use SolidWorks 3D design software....

BigBaron. I use SolidWorks 3D design software. Once you create a 3D model it will put out a 2D drawing like you see here and you can dimension it.
I'd show you the 3D model but I am 1,600 miles away...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-29-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
We finished the truck in Jan 2013 (in New...

We finished the truck in Jan 2013 (in New Hampshire). Some days were down to -18. The owner immediately took it down south to warmer places, I went to Florida and in disgust immediately bought a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-29-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
Built in winch, ...

Built in winch,
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and stored ramps....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-29-2013, 01:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
Jim, here's a truck I converted to a Smart...

Jim, here's a truck I converted to a Smart carrying configuration about a year ago....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-29-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
An air hitch specifically designed for heavy...

An air hitch specifically designed for heavy trailers and heavy pin weights is available in two versions, one to go into an HDT and on to go on an MDT. Unfortunately because of it's configuration and...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-29-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
Ah, I see Tom. From my phone discussion with the...

Ah, I see Tom. From my phone discussion with the owner of that Teton it is obvious that his fifth is "different" and really not suitable to be pulled with a pickup or a conventional air hitch, but as...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-28-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
Vette Racer, we have spoken at length, "we have a...

Vette Racer, we have spoken at length, "we have a plan".
Incidentally, on HDTs no hitch goes in front of the rear axle, they can be as far as 5 feet back behind the axle. And yes, this lightens the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-28-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
rollondow, now, now, we must not get frustrated,...

rollondow, now, now, we must not get frustrated, the above statement is accurate, so let's figure it out. Having installed few fifth wheel hitches on few pickups, the "rule" for pin placement is not...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-27-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
Here's a CAT scales primer. How to Weigh on a...

Here's a CAT scales primer. How to Weigh on a CAT Scale - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrIz9tlDiQQ)
9 minutes well spent, will answer all the questions.

hjs
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-26-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
mbass777, I overlooked this earlier post of...

mbass777, I overlooked this earlier post of yours, you have the needed numbers.
This tell me that:
Your truck weighs 7,060 pounds
Your fifth weighs 16,560 pounds
Your pin weight is 7,740 pounds...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-26-2013, 07:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
X2 here. ...

X2 here.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nbWCTkbB4S8/UJ74Cb4jgSI/AAAAAAAAA-k/SCTkgqTdvYE/s800/002.jpg
When I went on the CAT scales with this pair and read the ticket I had the proverbial brick...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-26-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
Having 8,000 lb pin weight even on a heavy Teton...

Having 8,000 lb pin weight even on a heavy Teton would be a bit surprising. Although years ago I ran across at an Escapade into a custom Teton owner who had a pin weight issue. His was a custom 45...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-26-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
Holland is indeed the only hitch to use on a semi...

Holland is indeed the only hitch to use on a semi in a "commercial" application and 80,000 lb loads. This is not what we are talking about here.
Holland is a hard attached head and will tear apart...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-25-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,446
Posted By hjsdds
If you got a Teton and will pull with semi take a...

If you got a Teton and will pull with semi take a look at this thread in the semi forum. AIR RIDE HITCH - HDT - Escapees Discussion Forum...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-21-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,920
Posted By hjsdds
Anyone contemplating pulling 25K-30K fifth with...

Anyone contemplating pulling 25K-30K fifth with Super(?) pickups (450s, 550s, 5500s) better pick a good Obamacare plan, one with at least two doctors. One to treat your ulcers and the other to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-21-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,404
Posted By hjsdds
A Carriage. Flat floor throughout. Front living...

A Carriage. Flat floor throughout.
Front living room.
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...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-21-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
Yes the neighbors "NOTICED" and carefully...

Yes the neighbors "NOTICED" and carefully creep-ed around it. Rod wasn't here that long, maybe an hour. I will be doing some work on his truck, so we determined what needed to be done and then he...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-21-2013, 09:00 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
My answer was flippant, that does not mean that I...

My answer was flippant, that does not mean that I dismiss the question as not serious. Here's few reasons why:
The rules for maximum combined length (truck and trailer) in the 50 US States range...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-20-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
You have to ignore it. The length limits vary...

You have to ignore it. The length limits vary from state to state with some states still being in dark ages (horse and buggy lengths). So it's idiotic to get excited about those since you could be a...
Forum: HDT Conversions 12-19-2013, 03:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,766
Posted By hjsdds
I did, it worked like a charm on my 7 liter...

I did, it worked like a charm on my 7 liter diesel.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PdAdgkBp010/UJ7kZIhZJrI/AAAAAAAAAxs/AGGz7ojtbc0/s800/014.jpg
I wrote a detailed (and extensive) article on the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-19-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,056
Posted By hjsdds
If you bought a used unit, I wouldn't trust...

If you bought a used unit, I wouldn't trust anything, do them now.
Most "recommendations" are once a year or 12,000 miles. It doesn't hurt to do them more often (once a year), if you pull...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-19-2013, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,679
Posted By hjsdds
Terry, my memory escapes me which particular post...

Terry, my memory escapes me which particular post you are referring to.

hjs
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-18-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,151
Posted By hjsdds
I stand corrected. Please pardon my ignorance, I...

I stand corrected. Please pardon my ignorance, I haven't bought or looked at a pickup for some time.

hjs
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-18-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,679
Posted By hjsdds
My padawan, you are indeed wise and ready to...

My padawan, you are indeed wise and ready to guide young padawans of your own. Below is an excerpt from a treatise I wrote long time ago which also touches on the subject at hand.

I recall one...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-18-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,151
Posted By hjsdds
Air springs (are bags) suspensions are superior...

Air springs (are bags) suspensions are superior in many respects to spring suspensions. But they cost more, therefore you will not see them on pickups anytime soon. Their biggest advantage is that...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-17-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,679
Posted By hjsdds
Yes, my apprentice, you indeed have "other...

Yes, my apprentice, you indeed have "other choices" to improve you standing with the Almighty.

The ditty, shows you the righteous way on something you will likely drag off the dealer's lot.

hjs
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-17-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,763
Posted By hjsdds
Starting the Guests Tradition in our new domicile...

Starting the Guests Tradition in our new domicile in Florida.
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...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-17-2013, 08:22 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,353
Posted By hjsdds
Some folks like to throw a live wasps' nest into...

Some folks like to throw a live wasps' nest into a crowd, just to see what happens.

hjs
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-16-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,679
Posted By hjsdds
Electric brakes and the Almighty

I ran across this little ditty in my archives. Since the industry is "still madly in love" with the junky electric brakes, I figured I'll "entertain" the believers and non-believers amongst you.
...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-14-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,353
Posted By hjsdds
JohnBoy, since my "estimate" was a WAG (Wild Ass...

JohnBoy, since my "estimate" was a WAG (Wild Ass Guess, for the uninitiated), I have to graciously concede and accept you "calculation" of 12 BTUs.

So far the whole thread held the entertainment...
Forum: HDT Conversions 12-08-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,766
Posted By hjsdds
It's fun to "pretend" but even after only 4...

It's fun to "pretend" but even after only 4 months, sadly, I have to agree with you guys. I experienced the true southern (and mid-western) hospitality, which in my travels used to bowl me over after...
Forum: HDT Conversions 12-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,766
Posted By hjsdds
hnybare, I can't loose it all yet, going back for...

hnybare, I can't loose it all yet, going back for Christmas to visit with my 3 kids in New Hampshire, been down south only 4 months.
"The Liberal" among my three kids already told me "that I'm in...
Forum: HDT Conversions 12-07-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,766
Posted By hjsdds
hnybare, you got to forgive this Yankee boy who...

hnybare, you got to forgive this Yankee boy who just moved down and is tryin'
to blend in.

"Ah is tryin' mighty hard, been absorbin' useful phrases like".

"She's got tongue enough for 10 rows...
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