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Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-08-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,914
Posted By jmerik1
Tankless water heater

Our unit has the Atwood brand. I was really hating it at first, and asked that it be replaced with a standard heater. Then I spoke with a knowledgable service man. First, I removed the plastic...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 02-02-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,002
Posted By jmerik1
To cover or not to cover in Florida

We will be leaving our 5th wheel in Florida this summer, and would like to hear pros and cons regarding putting a full RV cover on it. We have heard that the covers hold in to much heat and humidity,...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-20-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,090
Posted By jmerik1
RV Washer/Dryer suggestions

We're getting ready to install a washer and dryer in our 5th wheel. I was wondering what brands have provided good service, anyone have any advise? The laundry closet is large enough to fit a side by...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-13-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,756
Posted By jmerik1
Tankless water heaters

Thanks to all for the advise. I never gave the faucet flow/aerators a thought, figuring that would have been figured into the requirements for the heater. My bad!! I am told that this heater is a...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-12-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,756
Posted By jmerik1
Tankless water heaters

I have a new 2015 Bay Hill 5th wheel, that came with a tankless water heater. I first thought that this is a great idea for RVs, as I have friends that have them in their homes, and love them. Then...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-10-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,931
Posted By jmerik1
I added the Firestone bags to my Sierra 2500 HD....

I added the Firestone bags to my Sierra 2500 HD. Installation was a snap, maybe 11/2 hours total. I connected both bags, and have had no handling issues what so ever. I ran the fill valve out the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-09-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 461
Posted By jmerik1
Which brake pads do you use?

I will be replacing the OEM pads on my 2004 Sierra 2500HD, which have gone 60,000 miles. I'm looking to improve the braking performance while towing our new Bayhill 340K. Reviews on the web say to...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-06-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,101
Posted By jmerik1
Alaska trip

Another very important issue with this Alaska Hwy adventure is protecting your radiator and AC condenser. There is a good amount of loose gravel and it will get kicked up from time to time. My 2004...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-03-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,101
Posted By jmerik1
I'm not sure where the 350 mile distance between...

I'm not sure where the 350 mile distance between fuel stops is coming from, but I can tell you first hand they're not that far apart. If you drive with the thought of fueling up at a half tank,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-02-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,101
Posted By jmerik1
We drove Alaska last summer. 11,000 miles total....

We drove Alaska last summer. 11,000 miles total. I had a 5 gallon kicker of diesel fuel, never used it. Diesel can be found in the most remote towns, no problems. I also have a Durmax GMC, getting...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-22-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By jmerik1
I have a camping friend that we see regularly,...

I have a camping friend that we see regularly, first time we met he had a full wall slide on his Jayco 5th wheel. Two years ago he was complaining about the slide, and the problems he was having. He...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-06-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By jmerik1
Yes I do have the rails, so you're right on the...

Yes I do have the rails, so you're right on the money about just needing the head portion. Seems most people like the Curt brand, so I will look at them. Good information, and thanks for your service...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-05-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By jmerik1
Very good advise, thanks so much.

Very good advise, thanks so much.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-04-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By jmerik1
Help finding a 5th wheel hitch

Appears now that I've got a new 5er I need to upgrade my Husky 15K hitch. The new trailer can max out at 15K +, dealer says I need to go up to a 16K??? Dry weight is just 12K, and I know I'll never...
Forum: Full-Timers 04-10-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,392
Posted By jmerik1
Yes, space is very important. Our new 5er has...

Yes, space is very important. Our new 5er has washer/dryer and dishwasher. Along with 3 TVs and Direct TV satellite dish. We found a rig with a lot of storage, and built in vacuum. Time will tell.
Forum: Full-Timers 04-08-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,655
Posted By jmerik1
Does anyone believe the weigh masters look for RV...

Does anyone believe the weigh masters look for RV trailers passing a station? Think again. The State police hardly have the time or the knowledge of all the traffic laws. As an example, I pull my...
Forum: Full-Timers 04-08-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,392
Posted By jmerik1
Full time RV living thoughts/pitfalls

So, we have made the decision to try living in our 5th wheel pretty much full time. I'm interested to hear from those that do the same. What have you learned from this style of living, how long...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 04-05-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,557
Posted By jmerik1
I57 to west bound I80. Then I355 straight north...

I57 to west bound I80. Then I355 straight north is the best option. I294 can be a lot of heavy traffic. I drive this route all the time. Just make sure you are not going north between 4:00 and 6:00...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-05-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,914
Posted By jmerik1
One thing I've noticed after reading complaints...

One thing I've noticed after reading complaints about the BayHill . Mostly the owners are west of the Mississippi. Trailers must be a regional thing. I bought my Cougar in Michigan, and saw a few...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-05-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,914
Posted By jmerik1
Manufacture issues

Price has nothing to do with quality. As an example, my son has a 2013 Mercedes C350, that has been in the dealership garage 41 times already. The point is each brand will have problems. Maybe not...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-04-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,914
Posted By jmerik1
The issues with the Bay Hill are really no...

The issues with the Bay Hill are really no different then with any new trailer. I have owned several brands, and one that sticks out as being very poor was an 2001 Montana. Anyone that had one knows...
Forum: New Member Check-In 04-04-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 397
Posted By jmerik1
New member from Ilinois

Hello everyone, I'm pleased to be a new member, I must say I have read the blogs previously and found some very good in formation. Just trading my Cougar 276RL in for a Bay Hill 340RK. We bought the...
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