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Reese 5th Wheel Slider Hitch

Kimberly 37 comments

When I first started pulling a 5th wheel I was overwhelmed by the amount of options I had for towing this beast I was planning on purchasing.  I wanted a name brand that knew would hold up to the abuse and needed the slide features since my truck is a short bed pickup.  Didn’t want to smash out the back window when backing the rig up into tight spots.  After weeks of research I found the Reese Towpower 30056 from their Pro Series line.  This hitch has the name I wanted, the tow capacity needed for pulling my 12K lbs monster, and the best price in these series hitches.  I have had the hitch installed in my truck for almost a year now and it still looks and performs as it did the day I installed it.

That’s right…I installed it with the help of a friend of course.  The hitch took about 4 hours to install and is one of the easiest installations I have ever done when it comes to hitches.  The kit comes with universal mounting rails and all hardware needed to do the job right.  Once the rails are installed, the rest of the hitch is installed by rods and pins.  This is great because when you are not using the hitch, the hitch can be removed freeing back up all that cargo space that was lost.  The only thing that stays in the truck permanently is the rail system.  I have pulled over 10K miles with this hitch, checked all the bolts, and none have even come close to loosening up!  I plan on doing my entire cross country trip on this hitch and will never worry about break down or heavy wear.  There has been no sing of either of these concerns in the 15K miles I have gone so far!

See you down the road!

LP Remote Change-Over Indicator

Kimberly 26 comments

Most of the RV’s on the road today tell you everything you need to know about liquid, battery, and power levels with the RV’s onboard sensors.  The one thing that is most commonly missing is how much propane you have left in your tanks.   This is an important need to know especially if you’re camping in cold weather.  What would you do if you ran out of propane in the middle of the night and your family had no heat to keep warm?  With this simple solution, you will always know when your primary tank is out of fuel and you are running on your secondary / reserve tank.

My 5th wheel has (2) 30 lb tanks.  I know exactly when I need to refill the primary tank by an amber light that comes on when I automatically switch over to the second tank.  In order to accomplish this modification your RV needs to be equipped with a Marshall 250 series 2-stage LP regulator or similar model.  You can verify this by looking at the image below.

As you can see, the regulator has a “Red” indicator on the top with a black cap on it.  You will also notice that the regulator has a 3-position lever.  The straight up and down position turns the propane gas flow “off” and the left and right positions is the tank selector.  When setting the regulator flow position lever for this modification, make sure you point it to what you are going to use as the primary tank.  Once the switch over takes place, it will automatically change the flow of fuel to your second tank.

To install this change over indicator, you will need to run the supplied 25 FT wire from the place where you plan on mounting the box to the LP regulator.  I recommend mounting the box next to your AC / Heat controls in your RV or next to the RV tank monitor panels.  You can then drill a small hole in your wall and fish the wire down to your propane regulator.  Be sure when fishing the wire, you do not catch or pull any other wires in the wall.  Take your time and move the fish slow through the wall.  To hang the wire to the RV, you can use wire ties.  Be sure to stay away from the electric break lines and fuel lines.  You don’t want to wire tie to those due to possible pinching or splicing into the wires.

One you have the wires run, mount the LED / Battery box to the location on the RV wall you have selected with the supplied self-tapping screws.  Install the 2 AA batteries into the battery box.  At this point you can connect the regulator indicator plug to the regulator.

Remove the “Black” cap on the top of the regulator.  You will just pull gently on the cap and it will pop right off.  Using the new regulator cap, gently push it onto the regulator making sure that the pin in the middle of the cap is going into the hole that you exposed when you removed the original cap.  Using the 2 wire nuts that were supplied, twist the wires together.  There is no color coordination or right or wrong.

Testing the new LED change over indicator:

Turn on both LP fuel tanks and make sure the tank selector is pointing to the primary tank.  Now, turn off the primary tank only and you should see the amber LED light turns on.  If you start your stove or LP hot water heater, you should still get a flame on both devices.  Now turn the primary tank back on and the LED light should go off.

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Kimberly Travaglino is the editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, the official monthly publication of Fulltime Families Camping Company (https://www.fulltimefamilies.com). A company that supports families fulltime rv adventures or aspirations. We have the S’most Fun!

 

 

Easy Satellite Tripod Setup

Kimberly 28 comments

One of the hard tasks of setting up your campsite is getting your satellite dialed in just right.  Using the stand tripod with the hardware that comes with it requires you to use tools to adjust and align your skew, elevation, and azimuth.  Replacing the hardware with simple nobs can save you lots of time and energy.  These nobs can be purchased at any hardware store such as Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace hardware.  All you have to do is remove the original hardware that came with the dish and tripod and replace them with the knobs shown in the picture.  Once you have the settings in place, just tighten the knobs by hand and you’re ready to enjoy your favorite TV shows.

Another trick I’ve learned is to make the mast of the dish able to fold up for storage.  The mast (where the LNB is connected to) and the dish are spot welded together.  If you drill through the spot welds, you can use a blot to hold the mast in place when in use and also, when you are in travel, you can fold the mast up and use the same bolt to hold the mast in place while in travel.  Dishes are very bulky items and by getting the mast out of the way, it can make storing the dish much easier.

 

 

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