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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-10-2009, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,667
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I think the 2nd gens had different rear brakes....

I think the 2nd gens had different rear brakes. The 3rd gens are the same.

Anyway, when I had my 3500 SRW, it pulled the 30' toyhauler I had great, and was under its ratings, but I got the dually...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-08-2009, 09:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,667
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Yeah, and in later years the clearance lights...

Yeah, and in later years the clearance lights became optional on the single rear wheel one ton (still manditory on the dually).
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-08-2009, 12:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,667
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I had an 03 SRW 3500 before getting my current 06...

I had an 03 SRW 3500 before getting my current 06 dually (started looking at big 5th wheels).

The differences in 03 was overload springs, cab clearance lights, and the weight ratings stamped in...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 12-08-2009, 12:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,030
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
This could be helpful. ...

This could be helpful.

https://bryantrv.com/docs2/docs/hflamefurn04.pdf
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 11-02-2009, 04:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I don't think it matters hugely one way or the...

I don't think it matters hugely one way or the other, but if I'm not going to use the rig for a while personally I prefer to drain it out.

You are right, there will still be some water in the...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 11-01-2009, 04:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Not a bad idea, IMHO to dump the hot water heater...

Not a bad idea, IMHO to dump the hot water heater and other tanks, and blow out the lines. If ever there was a power failure or you wanted it outside to do a project... plus less likely to have...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-13-2009, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,534
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
If you were talking about a permanent mount and...

If you were talking about a permanent mount and didn't want to put a hole in the roof, a lot of folks run wires for solar down the fridge vent.

If you do screw metal down to the roof, make sure...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-04-2009, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,522
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Well, I added to the unladen weight a bit with...

Well, I added to the unladen weight a bit with square tube, but I don't think the water tank will be going anywhere.

The stock angle iron is pretty weak and flimsy.

The tank seems to have...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-04-2009, 01:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 18,907
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I don't know if it is the wider stance, or less...

I don't know if it is the wider stance, or less sidewall flex, or what but it is night and day different.

My 3500 SRW towed my 30' toyhauler fine, but when I got the dually (preparing to get a...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-01-2009, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,522
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Thanks Jim and Bob. I do often travel with...

Thanks Jim and Bob.

I do often travel with the fresh tank full, and sometimes not over the best of roads.

On the other hand the thing has an 80 gallon tank, so you would think they intended...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-01-2009, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,522
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Support structure under tank bent...

Well, I started out just planning on replacing the fresh water drain valve, when I pulled the skin off the belly the thin angle iron under the tank was really badly bowed.

One end is especially...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 10-01-2009, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,182
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Once the propane supply is turned on, and a stove...

Once the propane supply is turned on, and a stove is run until it lights, it should only take the fridge a couple of cycles of turning it on for it to purge air on its own.

If it isn't wanting to...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-01-2009, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 16,358
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
It likely has winterizing valves, and I wonder if...

It likely has winterizing valves, and I wonder if you have one of them open that shouldn't be.

There may be three valves, two that block water into and out of the water heater, and one on a line...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-03-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,833
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Ditto what these guys said. When I got the...

Ditto what these guys said.

When I got the Brakesmart I remember thinking I had no idea electric drums could perform so well.

The truck's brakes work with the trailer's brakes seamlessly.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-03-2009, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,480
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
It does sound like the battery is dead, so I...

It does sound like the battery is dead, so I wonder if the converter is dead and drawing a bunch of 110AC?

Then add the load of the air conditioner, and it trips the AC breaker?

I'd verify...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-19-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,730
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Trust me, the leg is bent. I just replaced the...

Trust me, the leg is bent. I just replaced the non-drive side Atwood leg on mine. Someone either hit it too hard hitching up w/o blocking the wheels, or left the leg down.

I used a hydraulic...
Forum: Forum 101 | Announcements | Member Forum Concerns 07-03-2009, 11:02 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 8,660
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I really thought the problem for me was this...

I really thought the problem for me was this site, since everything else loads pretty fast (3mps connection).

I didn't think it would help when tech support suggested checking to make sure I have...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-03-2009, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,276
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Thanks for the input/help. By way of...

Thanks for the input/help.

By way of update, I didn't have any luck finding anything in RV salvage places. The local RV shop helped me figure out which brand was the right width, and they got me...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,441
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Cousin's is still there, and one of the places we...

Cousin's is still there, and one of the places we eat at fairly regularly. They specialize in turkey dinner, and are also known for huge cinnamon roles.

One of the other good places is the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-20-2009, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,063
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Ditto that. Bought a copy before I bought my...

Ditto that. Bought a copy before I bought my first and read the whole thing.

Great book.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-10-2009, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,441
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
There are assorted riding areas by Hood River,...

There are assorted riding areas by Hood River, and in the mountains off hwy 44 (east from Dufur).

A few miles east of Biggs is a park with RV slots along the Dechutes river. A converted rail type...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-10-2009, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,307
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I would also vote for the strap to the headrest...

I would also vote for the strap to the headrest type dvd player, and tons of movies. A portable playstation (actually 2 if you want to keep the peace) would also help.

If you have the power...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-10-2009, 07:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Is it an EPDM/rubber type roof? If so, then...

Is it an EPDM/rubber type roof?

If so, then Dicor brand self-leveling lap sealant would be what you would want.

I think a lot of people use putty tape (vinyl) under things installed on the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-10-2009, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,441
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
What kinds of things do you like to do? Mtn...

What kinds of things do you like to do? Mtn bike, hike, museums? Just scenic places?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-07-2009, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,910
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I use contact cleaner and diaelectric grease on...

I use contact cleaner and diaelectric grease on mine.

If they look pretty bad or bent, I'd just replace the plug and/or socket.

They aren't expensive parts, so I don't think it would be...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-31-2009, 04:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,612
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I suspect there might be some pretty good buys...

I suspect there might be some pretty good buys out there in the 5th wheel towing type pickups.

If Dodge were to extend their lifetime powertrain warranty to diesel pickups, that would maybe get...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-31-2009, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,479
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
That sounds similar to my reaction the first time...

That sounds similar to my reaction the first time I went out with the brakesmart... like the trailer wasn't there whether you are stopping hard or easing up to a stop sign.

I remember thinking I...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-31-2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,834
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I'm also really happy with my Honda EU2000. It...

I'm also really happy with my Honda EU2000. It is quiet, reliable, and will idle down when on light load and use very little fuel.

It will run the converter/charger, and a fair size DVD/TV...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-31-2009, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,826
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
GQuigley, I see this was your first post. ...

GQuigley, I see this was your first post. Welcome.

IMHO pulling some drawers out and looking at the construction under the counters is a good way to see differences in quality.

Artic Fox...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-31-2009, 03:12 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,566
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I still really like this forum, and have started...

I still really like this forum, and have started a few threads since the new to me 5th wheel needed some things done in areas I haven't had to mess with before (bent landing leg, and other little...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-25-2009, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,575
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Also with Dodge, if you take a vin number in to a...

Also with Dodge, if you take a vin number in to a dealer they should be able to print you a build sheet showing exactly what options and packages the truck has.

I would guess the other two might...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-25-2009, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,612
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
In Cummins anyway, it seems each new cleaner...

In Cummins anyway, it seems each new cleaner engine that comes out is also more powerful, and doesn't quite get the same MPG as the older version.

I would guess pound per pound of GVWR current...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-25-2009, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,422
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I wonder if the trailer may have flexed more than...

I wonder if the trailer may have flexed more than it normally would, having the weight supported where the blocks were as opposed to where the suspension attaches?

Maybe a combination of that,...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-25-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,261
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
We actually arrested a guy who dumped an RV onto...

We actually arrested a guy who dumped an RV onto the marina parking lot...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-15-2009, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,106
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Well, $138 got me the whole leg assembly...

Well, $138 got me the whole leg assembly including the drop down extension.

Although I got the part number for the driven leg, I apparently got the wrong part number. Looking at the drawing of...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-13-2009, 11:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,690
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
A dealer sold a buddy of mine a huge double slide...

A dealer sold a buddy of mine a huge double slide out camper, that has to weigh well over 3500 lbs, for his 3/4 ton truck... He added airbags and the highest capacity tires he could find, and...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-11-2009, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,106
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Yeah, I went after it with a press (went and...

Yeah, I went after it with a press (went and bought one) a little at a time.

The leg has a bit of a twist, as well as being bent. I eventually got it straight but one side buckled, but I also...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-11-2009, 12:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 18,907
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Yeah, sometimes overkill is the best kill. ...

Yeah, sometimes overkill is the best kill.

There seems to be a trend among those with really big and heavy 5th wheels to tow with a modified class 8 tractor. It does seem to make sense in that a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-11-2009, 12:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 18,907
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Welcome to the forum. In 3rd gen Dodges,...

Welcome to the forum.

In 3rd gen Dodges, anyway, the difference between a 2500 and a SRW 3500 is a set of overload springs in the rear, cab lights on the earlier 3rd gens, and the numbers on the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-10-2009, 11:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,690
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Welcome to the forum. As noted above, it...

Welcome to the forum.

As noted above, it would be nice to have actual weights, or the max weight (GVWR) of the 5th wheel, but I would say off the cuff that your truck will tow it just fine.
...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-09-2009, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,106
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
By way of update, I have the leg out and apart,...

By way of update, I have the leg out and apart, and the ram is indeed bent.

Looking at it I figured there must be more than the two flimsy brackets holding it in, but there isn't.

Taking it...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 05-09-2009, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,158
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
We are also fortunate in my neck of the woods to...

We are also fortunate in my neck of the woods to have a very honest, professional and capable windshield guy (Northwest Windshields).
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-09-2009, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 960
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Its usually called screw cover insert, or screw...

Its usually called screw cover insert, or screw cover moulding.

Some of it is more rubberlike and other is more stiff, and to fit curves like that be sure to get the soft stuff.

Any RV shop...
Forum: Forum 101 | Announcements | Member Forum Concerns 05-08-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 8,660
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I'd have to say there is something abou this site...

I'd have to say there is something abou this site that has changed. For me it also loads slowly, but my biggest complaint is that it scrolls really slowly and clumsy.

I say it is the site and...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,721
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
I use the fulltimer's choice/camco RV wash and...

I use the fulltimer's choice/camco RV wash and shine. It seems to leave a slick waxlike film, and takes most dirt off easily.

If you swing by an airport, they have a similar product for small...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-07-2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,515
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
You might dink around on e-bay or the internet...

You might dink around on e-bay or the internet generally, anyway. Some of the ones I saw previously are no longer there, but replacements for mine were under $100 and some of them take credit cards...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-06-2009, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,106
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Thanks. I just went out there in the...

Thanks.

I just went out there in the daylight, and I think I can see where one side of the ram is bent in.

I may see if I can bend it back into shape, maybe with the help of the handy dandy...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-05-2009, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,106
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Anyone take apart a 5th wheel landing leg?

On the driven leg of my 5th wheel, the drop tube (I think that's the proper term?) of the leg binds hard in the ram part. I thought I had it fixed by cleaning it up and greasing, but it still binds...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-04-2009, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,276
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
Thanks. I tried e-bay and googling, but didn't...

Thanks. I tried e-bay and googling, but didn't find much.

I searched the sites you gave, and sent a message to the other place.

Anyway, it sounds like you were lucky to come through during...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 05-03-2009, 11:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,515
Posted By Jeff_in_The_Dalles
My am/fm/cd player has been acting funky, so I've...

My am/fm/cd player has been acting funky, so I've been considering replacing it.

I couldn't find any info on the Executive 4000, but I'd bet if you pull a few screws and slide it out, there will...
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