Top 5 Common Problems with Fifth Wheel Slides-outs

 

I’m assuming that by clicking on this post that you own or are considering purchasing a fifth wheel. Whether you’re a full-time or weekend RVer, this information will be valuable.

Top 5 Common Problems with Fifth Wheel Slide-outs

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Fifth wheel slide-outs, do require maintenance to keep them working properly. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer this guide will come in handy.

Although slides can be challenging even for the best DIYers. Never hesitate to have your fifth wheel serviced by a certified mechanic when necessary.

*Note: Always refer to your Owner’s Manual, this post is a General Guide for fifth wheel owners. I am not a certified technician or mechanic.

This guide will help you to identify and resolve common problems with your fifth wheel slide-outs?

Top 5 Common Problems With Fifth Wheel Slide-Outs 

First, you need to determine whether your slide-outs mechanism is electrical or hydraulically operated?

Electric slide-outs center on an electric motor. The motor drives a gear system attached to your RV slide room. So, with the touch of a button, you can retract and extend your RV slide-outs.

Hydraulic slide-outs use the principle of hydraulic pressure. The pressure moves actuators attached at the end of the hydraulic line to move rams.

It is these hydraulic rams that move the slide-outs in and out of your RV.

Each slide-out operating system has its own unique problems.

Check out the following common problems with slide-outs on a fifth wheel.

  1. Faulty Gearbox or Motor

A faulty motor or gearbox could be the problem if your RV slide-out gear system is motor-driven. In such cases, if the motor is faulty or breaks down, then the mechanism will not work. If the motor-driven gearbox system is faulty, for whatever reason, your RV slide-out will not work.

  1. Overloaded Motor

Your RV slide may experience resistance as it moves in and out. This resistance will force the motor to draw excess current. This is because the motor is trying to compensate for the resistance by drawing more power.

In such a scenario, the electric motor may cause electric relays in your RVs’ circuitry to trip. This may also result in breakages or, worse still, your electric motor could get damaged.

  1. Shearing Drive Pins

The gear drive in your slide out drive mechanism has drive pins. Under excessive stress and strain conditions, these drive pins may experience shearing forces. Such forces may damage the drive pins.

  1. Valve, Pump or Hydraulic Line Failure

If your RV slide-out is hydraulically powered, problems may arise when the hydraulic pump or line fails. This is because, in such a system, the hydraulic pump triggers actuators and rams. So failure on any one of these components impacts greatly on the slide-out mechanism.

  1. Wear And Tear

Friction and heat affect your RV hydraulic lines over a long period of time. Breaks and leakages may develop in the line over time due to wear and tear, causing your RV slide mechanism to malfunction.

Top 5 Common Problems with Fifth wheel Slide-outs

Why My Fifth Wheel Slide-Out Squeaks?

Cumulative road debris and rust can cause your slide-out to squeak. Wear and tear on your slide’s moving parts are usually caused by exposure to the elements and constant use.

Dirt and debris increase friction between the moving parts on your fifth wheel slide-outs. These factors contribute to the squeaking sounds you may experience from your RV.

If you keep the components of your fifth wheel mechanism clean and maintain them, you should have no problems. To stop your RV slide-out from squeaking, follow these simple steps.

  1. Extend your slide-outs on the fifth wheel.
  2. Use a wire brush to remove any debris, dirt, paint chippings or rust from your slide-out tracks.
  3. Clean out all the dirt and road debris from the tracks.
  4. Apply lubricant on the gears, tracks, and rails of your slide-outs.
  5. Try and retract and fully extend your slide-out a number of times. At this point, the squeaking sounds should have disappeared.

Lubricating your RV slide-out mechanism not only eliminates the squeaky sounds, but it also helps it work optimally. This way, you can extend the lifespan of your slide-outs on the fifth wheel and prevent impending breakdowns due to friction.

Do You Need a Tech to Repair Slide-Out Issues?

Before you pick up your phone and get a technician to sort out an issue with your fifth wheel slide-outs, check out the problem first.

Once you understand the nature of the problem, you will be able to decide whether you need help.

It could be a minor issue that you can sort out yourself. This way, you can avoid calling a technician and save your hard-earned cash.

If the problem with your fifth slide-outs overwhelms you, get help. Do not try to do repairs in such cases because you may end up doing more harm than good.

For instance, when you need adjustments to your vehicle’s slide-outs, you definitely need to engage the services of a professional.

There are intricate adjustments that need a trained, professional eye. Much as the process may be spelled out in your manual, nothing beats a trained eye.

If you own an RV whose slide-outs are hydraulically operated, you would be well-advised not to tinker with the system. Hydraulic pumps operate under high-pressure levels.

Any wrong move with your hydraulic system could spell disaster for both you and your recreational vehicle.

To avoid such mishaps, take your RV to the nearest professional service center when its schedule is due. A qualified technical team should be able to sort out any issues with your vehicle’s hydraulic system.

Top 5 Common Problems with Fifth Wheel Slide-outs

Can You DIY Slide-Out Problems?

If your slide-outs develop problems, there are some that you can easily sort out yourself. This depends on the magnitude of the problem.

Read your owner’s manual and make sure that you understand it. Ask around or consult with the many available recreational activity owners’ online forums for any clarifications.

This way, you will be able to establish which particular issues you can apply a Do It Yourself approach to.

Here are some examples of maintenance and repair tasks that you can carry out on your vehicle’s slide-outs.

  1. Lubricating

You need to lubricate your slide-outs and maintain it that way. The moving parts experience wear and tear which may be aggravated when there is a lot of friction between the moving parts.

Lubrication reduces friction between these parts and can extend the lifespan of your fifth wheel slide-outs.

Check your recreational vehicle’s operating manual so as to establish which type of lubricant to use for your slide-outs.

  1. Regular Cleaning

Dirt, debris and cumulative grime may gum up the works on your RV slide-outs mechanism. To clean dirt and debris from the tracks of your slide-outs, you need to clean them out.

If possible, clean them out every now and then to prevent dirt accumulating over time. This will prevent major complications in the future because, as the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.

  1. Spot Checks and Regular Inspection

As far as maintaining your slide-outs, proper spot checks and inspection are quite important.

It is important that you check your fifth wheel reservoirs, in case you have hydraulic fifth wheel slide-outs.

The system may have a leak somewhere if it indicates a low oil level as it is based on a zero loss design.

Check along the entire length of the hydraulic line to identify where the leak is. On identifying the leak area, replace the entire line. Engage the services of a professional to advise you on what to do.

Check your battery output in case you have an electric fifth wheel slide-out system. Your vehicle’s slide-out motor may fail or get stuck halfway while retracting because of a weak or dead battery.

Your slide-out seals are quite important. Check them regularly and when you come across any worn out seals, replace them immediately. Check your seals for damage, dryness or debris. Tears along your slide-out seals will also warrant replacements.

Top 5 Common Problems with Fifth Wheel Slide-outs

Can My Fifth Wheel Slide-Outs Be Adjusted?

Your slide-outs can be adjusted depending on the circumstances. You can have them adjust either vertically or horizontally. These adjustments on your RV slide mechanism are important to ensure that it slides out evenly.

In case the bottom of your RV slide room is scraping the ground, it may need adjustment. Both of your RV slide-outs could be misaligned and this calls for a professional adjustment.

However, as they say, do not try this at home. Leave Your slide-outs adjustments to the experts. If you feel that the change is minor, and you feel like getting your hands dirty, check out your RV user manual.

Summary:

Having slide-outs on your recreational vehicle is a great idea if you love spending time in it. They help create more space and comfort. This will only work out if you maintain and your slide-outs mechanism. Always ensure that it is in perfect working condition.

At least you now have an idea of the common problems with fifth wheel slide-outs. Be observant and always check your slide-outs. This way, you will be able to spot a minor problem and nip it in the bud.

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Do Fifth Wheels Sway When Towing?

Some Things You Need to Know Before Towing Your Fifth Wheel:

Do fifth wheels sway while towing

Before you go out and tow your rig, one thing I would like to talk about is weight. When towing a fifth wheel, weight is the deciding factor.

Do fifth wheels sway while towing

Also, I will like to emphasize the importance of the basics, making sure you have the right truck for the right rig and the right job. While I’m going to go over some of the basics, it’s critical to understand your own numbers and get the right information.

Now to answer the question: Do Fifth Wheels Sway when towing?

Fifth Wheels Do not Sway-

Because of the design of the Fifth Wheel, the majority of the weight is centered between the Fifth Wheel axles and the truck. Which is why  Fifth Wheels don’t sway.

If you’re driving on a highway and a wave from a passing truck hits the end of your fifth wheel, it wouldn’t sway as long as you have an adequate tow vehicle, towing an 11,000 lb fifth wheel, swaying wouldn’t be an issue.

It’s also important to check your tires for wear and that the weight is distributed evenly.

A travel trailer, on the other hand, would sway should this same situation happen, hence you need to keep your hands on the steer when this happens to prevent your travel trailer from being pushed over the lane.

Do fifth wheels sway while towing

  1. Number One Rule when purchasing a tow vehicle is -Do Not Rely on the dealer’s knowledge:

Most dealers most likely won’t dig up to the facts as you will. A friend had an incident where he met a rim dealer who said for sure the dually will tow a 20,000lbs fifth wheel but once he dug into the numbers, it wasn’t true. And I will dig into that as to why it wouldn’t.

  1. The first Number You’re Going to Come Across is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. (GVWR)

Both the truck and the fifth wheel have their own GVWR. The GVWR of a truck is very important when you’re talking about towing a fifth wheel.

If you’ve noticed, the way that a fifth wheel is designed is not connected to the truck via the bumper but the hinge usually comes over the rare axle.

In a typical fifth wheel, you’re looking at about an 80/20 or 75/35 weight distribution. For an example, if your rig weighs about 20k lbs, which is the GVWR for your rig, So, 20 to 25% of the 20k weight is going to be sitting at the rare of your truck.

This means you’re going to have about 4000 lbs sitting at the rare of your truck. Most single rare-wheel trucks do not have this capacity.

So how do you know what the GVRW of your truck is? Well, when purchasing a truck, you can check out the specs online, however, you can check on your door sticker and you can find out how much your door is rated for cargo. For my truck, the GVWR is 14k lbs.

  1. Another Number to Know is the GCWR, Gross Combined Weight Rating

This is a number that comes from your truck, however, you won’t find it on the door sticker hence you will have to look online in your truck’s information.

The GCWR tell you the total weight your truck can handle. That is, the rating your truck is designed to tow completely.

  1. Another Number to Consider is the Tow Rating

Let’s say if your tow rating is 27.3k lbs, it means the maximum weight of a trailer you can pull is 27.3k lbs.

So a lot of times, you realize that these numbers don’t add up. A good example is if you look at the door sticker inside your truck, you’ll realize that if you add up the axle rating on the front and the axle rating for the rare, the sum is greater than the GVWR.

 

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Now let’s talk about what you can tow.

To tow, you have to stay within your GVWR. And this leads to another number called Cargo capacity, and sometimes cargo carrying capacity, and really all that is is your truck’s GVWR minus the truck itself which includes cargo, passengers, your hitch, your toolbox.

So let’s say when you go weigh your empty truck and say it weighs 9k, then for a truck of 14k, the cargo capacity will be 5k. This means the cargo capacity to take care of the weight of the fifth wheel sitting is 5klbs.

Checklist Before Towing:

  • The first thing is to get your pin box in your hitch and connecting them and making sure they are locked in together.
  • Also, make sure to connect your trailer connection, which is your seven-pin connector which supplies power to your running night, blinker, brake light, and that stuff.
  • The last and important thing to connect is the emergency cut-away brake system. It has a connector and the purpose of this system is that when the connector ever gets pulled away, it supplies a full 12v DC straight from your battery to the brakes of the fifth wheel should it get disconnected from your truck and breaks away.

How to Tow Your Fifth Wheel

  1. Several things you need to think about when you’re getting ready to tow for the first time is to get a tow haul package, what this does is to help the engine shift gears at different rates that are better for you when you’re towing. This also helps tremendously when in the mountains.
  2. Also, it is going to take you a lot longer to start and a lot longer to stop. If you’re used to jackrabbit driving, this isn’t the same. You’ll have to leave a distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and the heavier the traffic, the more space you will need.
  3. When switching lanes, I highly advise not to look back, this is because in doing so, all you will see is the fifth wheel, hence you will have to depend a lot on your mirrors. In using the mirrors, you’ll have to learn how to use the concave mirrors, because they show you what is happening immediately next to you.
  4. You Have to take a lot wider turns

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If you’re turning into one lane each direction road, sometimes, you’re going to have to sit and wait till the lane clears out so that you can go out wide enough to make that turn. and once again look into your mirrors as you’re making that turn to see where the wheels of your trailer are. This will help you learn how far you need to make those turns. I highly advise you use an empty parking lot to practice your turns.

  1. Pulling into Gas Stations Require a lot of Planning.

To avoid problems whiles pulling into a gas station, make sure to find gas stations that have a lot of room to navigate.

  1. Do Not Believe the MapQuest

Arrival times given on MapQuest are true when you’re not towing. When towing, it takes a considerably longer period of time for you to arrive at your destination.

  1. Check Your Road

When you’re traveling in areas where there are bridges, tunnels or excessively whitey roads, you need to check and make sure that your vehicle will be able to navigate those roads. There are GPS that allows you to put in the dimension of your rig and it will ground you on roads that you can access.

  1. Practice Practice Practice

Practice the parts that you can and can’t in a nice big open parking lot to build up your confidence

Things to Check for When Hitching for the first time:

  1. Bed Clearance

You want to make sure that the bottom of your pin box clears the bed by 6 inches. You want to also make sure that if you have a toolbox, it clears that as well.

  1. Set the Rig and Truck Level

You want to make sure that your rig and your truck is set at the same level. Two places you can do that is at the hitch. Most hitches can be adjusted up and down. Also, you can adjust the pin box up and down.

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Best Brand of Hitches for Fifth Wheels:

  1. Pro-series 300056 Fifth Wheel Hitch 15k- Cost $360 on Amazon.com
  2. Curt 16130 Q20 5th Wheel Hitch.- Cost $835.15 on curtmfg.com
  3. 3.B&W Trailer Hitches 3200 Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch- $598.00 on Amazon.com
  4. REESE ELITE 30142 Fifth Wheel Hitch 18000lb- $1,192.65 on Amazon.com
  5. B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch RVK3500.- $373.00 on Amazon.com

Can You Tow a Fifth Wheel With a Short Bed Truck?

Absolutely, you can tow a fifth wheel with a short bed truck and I will share with you 4 tips to do so.

  1. Make Sure Your Fifth Wheel Towing Gear is Designed for Short Bed Trucks.

Back in the days, a truck was a truck and you could fit a whole sheet of plywood in the back. Now, bigger cabs have pushed into that space, Some truck beds are short as 5 and a half feet. On the other hand, trailers are bigger now too and these changed has led to clearance issues. this is because the back window is closer to the rare axle.

If you have the wrong gear, take a sharp turn and you’ll torque the front of your trailer right through the glass. To avoid this, make sure you get the right gear.

2. Get a Slider

Sliders help you slide your trailer backward whiles it’s still connected to your hitch. Sliders are the most popular way to make up for the loss in bed length so you can make safer and tighter turns. Or, get the clearance you need to twist back into a tight camping spot.

3. Consider an Upgraded Slider

Upgraded sliders such as the Reese round tube slider offers more travel, precision, and stability. The contoured rollers float from side to side, allowing easy sliding even with the trailer for up to a 45-degree angle to the tow vehicle.

4. Get a Pin Box

Pin boxes have universal wedges that allow them to be hooked up to your hitch. A pin box keeps the load of the fifth wheel centered over the axle. This is important for control, and for tight turns. Some pin boxes allow turns up to 90 degrees.

5th Wheel vs Travel Trailer. Which Should You Go For?

One of the big questions most people ask is what’s better; a fifth wheel or a travel trailer?

But the answer to this question depends on you. Depending on what you are looking to accomplish and tow, you may have to go in for one. Here we will look at some of the pros and cons of the 5th wheel vs a travel trailer.

  1. Travel Trailers Saves You Money

It is physically smaller. Comparing the price of s 20-foot trailer and a 27-foot fifth wheel, the trailer cost less and weighs less. This is because there is less physical construction.

  1. Travel trailers are Easier to tow

Due to the less physical construction, and less material, a travel trailer is easier to tow than a 5th wheel. This factor makes a fifth wheel easier to resell because there are more people who can tow travel trailers than fifth wheels.

  1. Fifth Wheels have a higher Amenity Level

There are brands that build both fifth wheels and trailers, but their fifth wheels are built bigger and better. Also, fifth wheels have a bigger outside storage compartment.

  1. Easier to move Propane Bottles for a Refill

With fifth wheels you do not have to drive your rig all the way to the gas station to refill your propane tanks, you can just take out the tanks and go refill them.

  1. Fifth Wheels Do not Sway

If you’re driving on a high way and a bow wave from a truck hits the end of your fifth wheel, it wouldn’t sway if you have a truck that is suitable, let’s say a 3 and quarter truck, towing an 11,000 lbs fifth wheel, swaying wouldn’t be an issue because there is so much weight distributed on top of the truck hence no swaying from a bow wave.

A travel trailer, on the other hand, would sway should this same situation happen, hence you need to keep your hands on the steer when this happens to prevent your travel trailer from being pushed over the lane.

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What Tools Do You Need For Your Fifth Wheel or Camper-[Tool Guide]

If you own an RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel, a day will come where you would need to work on your RV. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small repair or a big DIY repair, you need to be prepared.

What Tools Do I Need For My Fifth Wheel

Even though some campers have large storage spaces, most RVs have extremely limited storage space which means, your space for supplies and tools is really limited too. In this piece, I will share with you the essential tools and accessories we carry for RVing.

Tool Guide:

Before I start with my list, I w0uld like to put it out there that every RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel is quite different, but to go camping, maintain or care for your RV, there are some specific tools that every RV should have.

What Tools Do I Need For My Fifth Wheel

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 Top 13 Essential Tools for Your RV:

  1. Rachet and Socket Set:

There are occasions where you might need this set. A typical example is; with tools like a half inch ratchet, extension, and socket, you are able to remove your camper’s water heater drain plug to drain out water after every trip.

Another reason why you should have a ratchet and socket set is that it includes a general purpose screwdriver with all the various screwdriver tips commonly used in RV construction.

  1. RV Water Pressure Regulator

This is a fairly inexpensive gadget that ensures you don’t have blown pipes inside your camper from high water pressure at the campgrounds, which you definitely want to avoid. Basically, the water pressure regulator regulates the pressure of the incoming water to 40-50 psi to protect the RV hose and plumbing system from high pressure.

When you regulate the water pressure of your RV, most folks complain that the pressure is too low especially when using the shower.

To help alleviate this situation, I will highly recommend you get a High flow water pressure regulators. A high flow regulator regulates the pressure of the outlet water to about 50-55 psi while increasing the water flow by 15% to 20%.

  1. A Cordless Drill and a Battery Charger

A cordless drill is good to lower stabilizer jacks if you have the right attachment. It’s also useful for the obvious reasons.

It is important that you add an assortment of drill bits, nut drivers and other types of bits on hand.

  1. A Battery Filler

When you charge your lead-acid battery, what happens is, water can evaporate and the evaporated water needs to be replaced with distilled water.

Adding distilled water to your camper using a battery filler goes a long way to increase the life of your battery.

Note* When filling your battery, make sure to wear some safety gloves and goggles.

  1. A Tire Inflation Gauge

When getting an inflation gauge, make sure you get one that is accurate, has a dual foot design, and capable of checking high air pressure.

A tire inflation gauge is essential when you want to check your camper’s tire pressure. Also used to check your tire whenever you’re on the road.

It is advised that you check your tires before each trip and before each return trip.

Make sure to keep your tire inflation gauge in a protective case and away from other tools to protect it from damages.

  1. A Digital Voltmeter and a Digital Line Monitor

This is essential when you want to have a quick check on your battery’s state of charge, and you can also use it to test 12 volts dc circuits and 12 volts fuses, and you can also check 120 volts ac circuits and outlets. Make sure to add some extra fuses just in case.

In addition to your voltmeter, it is important to add a digital line monitor which is essentially used to test faulty wires at the campground before plugging your RV in, and you can use it to monitor ac voltage during your trip. Some models monitor the frequency when you have a generator running.

  1. A Surge Protector

Don’t skimp on this!  A surge protector monitors and protects your RV from electrical problems at the pedestal.

  1. A Torque Wrench

When checking your tire pressure, it is really important that you check the nuts around the tire, and this can be done using a torque wrench. The torque wrench is essential when you want to tighten or loosen the nuts holding your tire, and also any nut or bolt that can be loosened or tightened using a torque wrench.

  1. Hand Tools

Pliers – Needle Nose Pliers – Hammer – Screwdrivers, Measuring Tape – Ractchet – Diagonal Cutters – Vise Grips – Utility Knife.

10. Bungee Cords

In assorted sizes, we use these for everything, from holding things in place in the back of the truck to securing chairs and shelves inside the RV. They have so many uses, especially for RVers.

  1. A Car Jack

A car jack is essential when you’re stuck on the road due to a faulty brake or tire. When you need to change your tire or even work underneath your camper, your only best friend is the car jack.

I highly recommend you get a rapid jack since it is easy to carry around and also takes up less space.

  1. A Foldable Ladder

If you need to do some waxing, maintenance or even repair along the side walls or the roof of your camper, there is no better way to get to the top or to the side of your camper than using a foldable ladder.

A foldable saves space due to the ability to be folded. If you want the top of your camper to be in great shape, then I highly recommend you get a foldable ladder.

13. Air compressor – to regulate the pressure of the air used to inflate the tires of your RV

 A Complete RV Essential Tool & Accessory Checklist:

This list is geared toward full-time or long distant RVers. If your an occasional weekend camper that travels less than 100 miles away from home, than this list is more than you need. Although there are still some important tools listed below that every camper should have.

(This list also Includes the tools from above)

  • Tire Gauge
  • Duct tape
  • A Water Filter
  • A portable holding tankstools
  • Carpenters Level 
  • Bubble Level
  • Utility Knife
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Batteries
  • Gas Can
  • Broom
  • Rake
  • Garbage bags
  • Shovel
  • Open end wrenches
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Ladder or Step Ladder
  • Surge Protector
  • Water Pressure Regulator
  • Socket Set
  • Drinking hose
  • Air Compressor
  • Sewer Hose
  • Hose connector
  • Drill
  • Torque Wrench
  • Bungi Cords
  • Bucket
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Battery Filler
  • Digital Voltmeter & Digital Line Monitor
  • Car Jack
  • Black tank hose and elbow
  • Chocks
  • Leveling Blocks
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Channel Locks
  • Wire Cutters
  • Small Orange Safety Cones
  • Reflective Vest
  • First Aid Kit
  • Umbrella
  • Rain Jacket
  • Stabilizers

 I highly recommend the tools in the checklist above, especially if you are a Full-time RVer. You want to be prepared if you something should happen. With these tools, you will be ready for your camping adventure.

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How to Winterize Your Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel- Step-by-Step Guide

Read first: This is a basic guide to winterizing your RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel. Every RV is equipped differently, so make sure to read the owner’s manual before you winterize.

Disclaimer – I am not a licensed Professional.This is just for informational purposes. Always refer to your RV manual or hire a professional.

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Bill checking over our newly purchased Mobile Select Fifth Wheel

 

If you own a travel trailer or fifth wheel and prefer doing your own maintenance, this article will help you winterize your RV in 7 easy steps.

Some tools you might need before winterizing your camper include:

  • A Screw gun with screw tips: This will help you access the back of the hot water heater once you get to work on it.
  • Channel locks: This will be used to pull out the plastic plugs of the hot water heater
  • A non-toxic RV antifreeze: If it’s your first time winterizing your RV, then I recommend you use 3 gallons of any preferred non-toxic RV antifreeze.
  • Roller paper towel: This would be used to clean up any mess.
  • Appropriate Fitting: Depending on the type of water pump your camper has; either a Shurflo pump or a jet pump will determine the kind of fitting to use. Foa a Shurflopump you will require a half-inch mL pipe thread fittings, whiles a Jet pump will require a quick connect fitting.

Before you start, you might want to check out the kind of water heater or pumping you use in order to provide yourself with the right tools before you winterize.

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Now you have your tools ready, let’s start to winterize:

Step 1: Start by emptying out all the tanks in your camper. This includes the freshwater tanks, the black water tanks, grey water tanks, and essentially the hot water heater tank.

Step 2: Use the channel locks to loosen and unplug the plugs of the hot water heater tank. If you’ve got an electric hot water heater, make sure to turn it off before you drain out any water. This would prevent any form of burning.

Use the relief valve to prevent the hot water splashing out from the pipe under high pressure.

Step 3: After dumping out the hot water from the outside, what you will do next is to find the back of hot water heater inside the RV and turn them into the winterization mode. This is done by turning the faucets in the opposite direction to allow the antifreeze to flow through the pipe.

Also, locate the water pump inside the RV and use the screw gun access it. Make sure to find a single flex line and unplug it from its source and connect one end of the appropriate fitting to the water pump, depending on the type of water pump.

Place the antifreeze near the water pump and insert the other end of the appropriate fitting into the antifreeze jug to draw the antifreeze from it.

Turn the water pump on and start winterizing. Before you turn the water pump on, make sure the other faucets are closed.

Step 4: Go to the sink and turn the cold-water faucet on, allow the water to flow until you see pink or the color of the antifreeze liquid flowing from the tap.

When done, do the same for the hot water faucet of the sink and allow the water to flow until you see the color of the liquid of the antifreeze.

Make sure you get a good flow of the antifreeze before you turn either of the faucets off.

Repeat this process for the bathroom sink, the toilet, the shower. If your RV has an outside shower, make sure you go through the same process.

Step 5: After ensuring that the antifreeze has flown through every faucet, go back into the camper and turn off the water pump. The water pump pressurizes the system at about 40psi, so you would want to turn the pump off so you wouldn’t pump any more antifreeze into the system.

At the kitchen sink, turn the cold-water faucet on to alleviate any pressure from the system, and this has to be done to winterize the city water fill.

Step 6: After turning off the water pump inside and relieving the pressure off the system, you will have to go outside to the city water fill and press on it to allow the water to flow out till you see the antifreeze flowing out.

After this is done, the system has been winterized.

Step 7: Take the paper towels and lay them at the base of your sink and showers to clean up the antifreeze that may have been left in the base of the sink or shower.

If you have any antifreeze left in the jug, you can go ahead and pour them down the drain to serve as an extra bit of defense.

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Why We Chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time?

Why we chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

Our 2008 Mobile Select Suite Fifth Wheel

There’s nothing like life on the road, especially when you’re RVing. Once we finally came to the decision that this was the only type of lifestyle best suited for us, the next task was to find the right make and model of RV. It was never a question of what type we wanted, as far as whether driving a fifth wheel was best. We knew this setup was right for us.

Why We Chose to a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

Why We Chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

New curtains and Ikea sofa bed.

Class Bs would be too small for the two of us to do full-timing in our opinion, and Class As were more than we needed. As for a Class C, we didn’t want to be towing a vehicle on the backend while driving from the RV’s cab, and we didn’t want to go with just an RV and no car.

With the fifth wheel, we can just park, unhitch, and jump back in the truck to go exploring. It just felt more our lifestyle to have a house parked somewhere and a truck to drive.

Still, settling on the fifth wheel was, as we soon found out, just a small milestone of a huge research project. As this was going to be our full-time home for at least as many years in the future as I could guess, I wanted to make sure we invested wisely.

  We didn’t have time for trial and error, or frustration and discomfort. After all, getting rid of the stress was one of the reasons that made us become full-timers in the first place. It took longer than I wanted for us to decide on the right one but came to the happy conclusion that a used, 2008 Mobile Suite was the best fifth wheel for us. In retrospect, I’m so glad we were right.   Why We Chose Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

What Makes the DRV Mobile Suites Stand Apart?

There are quite a few things to consider when your plan is to go living in a fifth wheel full-time. First, you have to think about all the possible weather conditions. You don’t want to freeze in the winter or plain old too hot in the summer.

And, for those who think they can just pick up and move when the weather doesn’t agree with them, real life isn’t always that simple. You may, for any number of reasons find yourself in a climate that’s not to your liking. The features and quality of the RV you choose should help to ease those times, not add to their frustration. Why We Chose Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time Likewise, we had to think of onboard living. In other words, we didn’t want to be always looking for solutions such as water hookups all the time. We wanted true freedom through an RV that could keep us in what we needed for daily living, even when we weren’t situated somewhere close to a lot of resources.

For us, the 2008 Mobile Select Suite was the answer to most of our needs including our budget. why We Chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

Mobile Suites Hold There Value

If you’ve been in the market for an RV for quite some time and have had a chance to get a good look around, you may have noticed that Mobile Suites (DRV) RVs tends to hold there value really well. Now some may see the price of a 2008 Mobile Suite as compared to newer models of different brands and wonder why they would buy used when they could buy new.

Of course, it’s always nice to have everything completely unsullied by others, but there are several good reasons why even a used Mobile Suite is better than new something else. Dollar-for-dollar get more value. And depending on condition Mobile Suites have a higher return for resale. Why We Chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

( Pic Above – We stopped along Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula to let Romeo stretch his legs)

The Mobile Suites are among the topmost solid-built RVs on the market right now. This fifth wheel can stand up to some very heavy use and still be in like-new condition. It’s because its made of quality materials and the features it contains makes living in it a lot easier to manage.

This fifth wheel has a steel box tube chassis, giving it a strong foundation. Also, it’s made of some great heavy-duty aluminum, and I mean it’s reliably bolted together. All this, and still the RV itself isn’t too heavy as far as towing it goes. Mobile Suites has an interior look and feel that can make any new full-time RVer feel right at home. It gives all the space and amenities we need.

There are two air conditioners, which is a major plus for us, plenty of storage in the kitchen as well as throughout, and the curved shower is roomy. This RV has what RVers want, and that’s what helps this older model stay in-demand.

Water Capacity

Why We Chose a Mobile Suites (DRV) Fifth Wheel to RV Full-time

2008 Mobile Suite Fifth Wheel

If you’ve ever gone RVing for any significant amount of time, then you may already know just how important water capacity can be. There are a lot of newer fifth wheels of the same length that don’t even come close to what the Mobile Suite can hold, and yet they cost twice as much. Our Mobile Select Suite fifth wheel holds a generous 100 gallons of water.

Conclusion

I mentioned, choosing this RV wasn’t easy. We spent months comparing features and looking at various models and brands. I think it was worse than when buying a piece of real estate. As we knew we’d be on the road, and that this inherently comes with certain additional risks versus staying put, we paid extra attention to detail in performing our search.

And, well, it really paid off. If you’re up for living in a fifth wheel full-time, I highly recommend, any of the Mobile Suites to you. Although I believe 2008 was the last year they manufactured the Mobile Select Suites?

We had a difficult time finding our 2008 fifth wheel. If you’re lucky enough to afford a New Mobile Suite RV, I guarantee you will love it!

 

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