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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-17-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,478
Posted By jonnyaiks
The same reciprocity exists between US states and...

The same reciprocity exists between US states and Canadian provinces too, if you ever come up here. That's why they tend to keep broadly similar laws and regulations, although it's more about...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-27-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,223
Posted By jonnyaiks
Not exactly the scenario about which you are...

Not exactly the scenario about which you are asking - but I tow a 5th wheel with the Ram hard 4-fold tonneau cover on a 6.5' box of a Ram HD. It clears the hitch by some fraction of an inch when...
Forum: Canada Region 10-23-2017, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,677
Posted By jonnyaiks
What about keeping an eye on the regional auto...

What about keeping an eye on the regional auto auctions in Alberta? The one for eastern Ontario is near my home, and they have a number of fifth wheels, tt's and motorhomes that go through it, along...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-23-2017, 10:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,379
Posted By jonnyaiks
Congratulations Paula! I'm sure you both will get...

Congratulations Paula! I'm sure you both will get much enjoyment out of it. Happy Camping!
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-22-2017, 02:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,315
Posted By jonnyaiks
Some mid-bunk (or bonus room) fifth wheel...

Some mid-bunk (or bonus room) fifth wheel floorplans might work too. Some are purely a middle bunk room (like Coachmen), but some are more "bonus rooms" that can be used as an office or bunks...
Forum: Canada Region 10-21-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,677
Posted By jonnyaiks
What part of Canada? Never mind - I see...

What part of Canada?

Never mind - I see Alberta. Don't have any ideas for the west. Good luck!
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-21-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,828
Posted By jonnyaiks
It will take some looking, and maybe a few visits...

It will take some looking, and maybe a few visits to big rv shows, but you can probably find something eventually that meets your desire for better features yet within your truck's limits. Just be...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-19-2017, 07:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,828
Posted By jonnyaiks
It seems like there are alot of medium- to...

It seems like there are alot of medium- to higher-end very small TT's on the market now, and more coming every day. Rockwood, Airstream, Open Range, Winnebago all have pretty neat small travel...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-17-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,157
Posted By jonnyaiks
With 700-1000lbs on the tongue and 35' long, it...

With 700-1000lbs on the tongue and 35' long, it will be really exhausting to control in a Tahoe over any distance or in wind or highway traffic. It'd be exhausting enough in a properly set up half...
Forum: Canada Region 10-16-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,694
Posted By jonnyaiks
We got one when we bought a Starcraft Autumn...

We got one when we bought a Starcraft Autumn Ridge TT near Ottawa, but didn't keep the rv past the 2yr factory warranty. When we bought the 5er, it was in Quebec and the warranty company was...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-06-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,458
Posted By jonnyaiks
He sure isn't! Nor to put the mods to them. But...

He sure isn't! Nor to put the mods to them. But he does get asked what he does for a living because of it..
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-03-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
Posted By jonnyaiks
It's just closer to Alberta than all the rest of...

It's just closer to Alberta than all the rest of Canada... :)
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-01-2017, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,087
Posted By jonnyaiks
I would be concerned that they will suspect you...

I would be concerned that they will suspect you of trying to import an RV by the backdoor. Paperwork is a must, but I would be prepared for a tricky discussion too. It's an unusual situation that...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-24-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,484
Posted By jonnyaiks
I've done it both ways, doesn't seem to matter....

I've done it both ways, doesn't seem to matter. Most of the time I do it first, hook up, then let air out until I'm an inch or two of unloaded height.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,785
Posted By jonnyaiks
Better weigh it, you could be way over payload...

Better weigh it, you could be way over payload capacity...
Sad part... I didn't notice it was photoshopped....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2017, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,785
Posted By jonnyaiks
Ditto on dealer. A good dealer will look after...

Ditto on dealer. A good dealer will look after you regardless of how good a manufacturer warranty is - conversely you can have a great 2 or 3 year manufacturer warranty but a bad dealer can leave you...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-20-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,564
Posted By jonnyaiks
It's totally about getting the hitching dialled...

It's totally about getting the hitching dialled in. My old TT was same length as yours but heavier. I pulled it with an F150 (stock P tires) and never had any issues with passing road tractors or...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-20-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By jonnyaiks
Most 6V deep cycle batteries I've seen are...

Most 6V deep cycle batteries I've seen are 200-400 Ah.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-18-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,248
Posted By jonnyaiks
The only thing I would add is that with a diesel...

The only thing I would add is that with a diesel engine you never ever skip maintenance, whether you DIY or pay a shop.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-18-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,233
Posted By jonnyaiks
If you're willing to go mid-grade (and lower...

If you're willing to go mid-grade (and lower price), Montana High Country and others can give size suitable for SRW but you sacrifice build quality and amenity quality suitable for full-time or...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-18-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,455
Posted By jonnyaiks
Ditto. I just learned to stop, get out, and look...

Ditto. I just learned to stop, get out, and look for myself. But when I do get that break-point right, backing up is easier - but so far, getting it right has been a bit of a unicorn.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-12-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,168
Posted By jonnyaiks
When I had the 2013 F150, I found the extended...

When I had the 2013 F150, I found the extended warranty great, and I never had any hassle about doing it at any Ford dealer. I have regretted those 3rd-party ones on the Chrysler products I have...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-11-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By jonnyaiks
I would call my HC one-season. In Canada there...

I would call my HC one-season. In Canada there are only two: hockey season and summer. In all seriousness, I find the HC poorly insulated... and it's not like I'm in the arctic or anything, but akin...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-11-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,503
Posted By jonnyaiks
Are you using the stock receptacle in the bumper...

Are you using the stock receptacle in the bumper or a dealer/shop-installed one in the box? I only ask because... well I don't know the Ram world well, but in the VW world no one can even trust a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-10-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By jonnyaiks
Thor apparently has a bad rep, but they also...

Thor apparently has a bad rep, but they also apparently allow their acquired companies to operate independently (somewhat). Thor also owns Airstream and other higher quality brands. I think quality...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-06-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,090
Posted By jonnyaiks
While stopped for refuelling, I always walk...

While stopped for refuelling, I always walk around to each trailer tire and put my hand on it for temperature. They will be hotter than you would expect but just feel for any tire that is much...
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 09-01-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,218
Posted By jonnyaiks
I would think they would be able to install them...

I would think they would be able to install them easily enough, but would long-term exposure to the vent exhaust affect the exposed part of the topper awning (on the roll). I guess that would depend...
Forum: Canada Region 08-29-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,340
Posted By jonnyaiks
I live around Ottawa but no MH experience. It...

I live around Ottawa but no MH experience. It sounds fun... but no "safe" way back that time of year, I guess you pick your "no snowstorm" window through Pa/NY (or Michigan/sw Ontario) and...
Forum: Canada Region 08-29-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,224
Posted By jonnyaiks
My travels span eastern Ontario through the...

My travels span eastern Ontario through the Atlantic provinces, and I'm getting an Irving I24 card. Right now I have a list of cardlocks that accept credit cards or have workarounds for RV'ers, but I...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-28-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,493
Posted By jonnyaiks
You would get a 4x4 for reasons unrelated to...

You would get a 4x4 for reasons unrelated to towing. They're more expensive to buy and maintain, and they are more of a negative thing around towing ability, all other things being equal.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-27-2017, 07:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,061
Posted By jonnyaiks
I went from 1/2 ton to 3/4 ton a year ago and it...

I went from 1/2 ton to 3/4 ton a year ago and it was night and day with the TT, although the F-150 (with the wdh) was superb anyway. I daily drive the TV and frankly there's no diff with SRW, except...
Forum: Canada Region 08-15-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By jonnyaiks
I'll be there in 2 weeks and find out!

I'll be there in 2 weeks and find out!
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-15-2017, 03:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 859
Posted By jonnyaiks
I'd verify that there isn't any fine print issues...

I'd verify that there isn't any fine print issues with towing (rv's), within the terms of the specific lease you get. I'm not sure what other reason they would think someone uses a HD truck for....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-14-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By jonnyaiks
We like having a spare bedroom but still rear...

We like having a spare bedroom but still rear living room layout - the principal advantage of the midbunk. When we're alone (most of the time) it's a very convenient store room - slash - den (and all...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-14-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,106
Posted By jonnyaiks
That motorcycle RV is AWESOME.

That motorcycle RV is AWESOME.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-11-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By jonnyaiks
That seems like what I need.

That seems like what I need.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-11-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By jonnyaiks
That was my exact situation. Now I have a light...

That was my exact situation. Now I have a light but large 5er, and it's still a beast. I can park it anywhere a car goes except low parking garages, and it's a stable speed demon on the freeway...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-09-2017, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By jonnyaiks
Thanks for the ideas! I will look into those...

Thanks for the ideas! I will look into those options.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-07-2017, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By jonnyaiks
Thanks guys. I'll check out Yakima. I didn't see...

Thanks guys. I'll check out Yakima. I didn't see a Thule product that seemed workable. I also am looking into a tandem, not sure wife will be able to paddle much longer.... so length will be an issue.
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 08-07-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,879
Posted By jonnyaiks
Thanks for asking and answering this question. I...

Thanks for asking and answering this question. I never would have thought of this until I'm out there wondering what the heck is going on.
My added question: if I'm just disconnecting the battery...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-07-2017, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By jonnyaiks
TV kayak roof rack

Looking at getting kayak (x2) but anything for me would be too long to rack vertically on back of the trailer (5th wheel). Saw some 5er rigs going down the freeway in the opposite direction with the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-04-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,666
Posted By jonnyaiks
Well my experience is limited to a couple of...

Well my experience is limited to a couple of trucks, but a few gas and diesel cars, but my observation is that people can and do half-a$$ maintenance on gas engines but you cannot with diesel. Diesel...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-04-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,555
Posted By jonnyaiks
You're not wrong. I bought my last one from a...

You're not wrong. I bought my last one from a friend who's a sales mgr at a small-med dealer, for cost plus $500. MSRP was 80, sale price 72, dealer cost was 50. I imagine that, like cars, if you...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-04-2017, 06:22 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,666
Posted By jonnyaiks
Indeed when I had the TT (loaded a little bit...

Indeed when I had the TT (loaded a little bit less than 8K lbs), the 2500 diesel was a "want" and not a "need." I was very well inside mfger specs for my specific F-150 setup. If the OP has decided...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-03-2017, 09:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,147
Posted By jonnyaiks
My personal advice is: (1) only buy from a...

My personal advice is:
(1) only buy from a dealer that you like AND has a great reputation even if you have to drive a piece to get to it, and
(2) pick the trailer you like, but don't sign...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-03-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,666
Posted By jonnyaiks
Sorry if I wasn't clear... I was reviewing my...

Sorry if I wasn't clear... I was reviewing my decision to go to an HD from my 1/2-ton, and also why I went to the diesel HD instead of gas HD. Either will handle that trailer, so I think it will...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-03-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,666
Posted By jonnyaiks
What made me go diesel was longevity of the...

What made me go diesel was longevity of the engine (my past experience with small diesel cars, and I grew up working on my uncle's farm where he ran both diesel and gas tractors), and the fact that I...
Forum: Canada Region 08-02-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By jonnyaiks
We stay there, but no pool... as of last year....

We stay there, but no pool... as of last year. We'll be there in a few weeks again. Their food truck has all the local seafood. The restaurant on Brier Island serves the biggest hamburgers in the...
Forum: Canada Region 08-02-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,550
Posted By jonnyaiks
I don't know if this is too late, but we trek...

I don't know if this is too late, but we trek down to NS every summer. Last year (and in a couple of weeks) we stayed/staying at Whale Cove Campground in Digby Neck, as a launching point for spending...
Forum: Canada Region 08-02-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,180
Posted By jonnyaiks
They are sold in Canada, there just isn't huge...

They are sold in Canada, there just isn't huge dealer network here. I was at a PD reseller in Ottawa last week, but PD products are way more expensive here than the exchange rate could explain. Even...
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