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Old 07-08-2016, 08:19 PM   #151
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I just installed it today and it seems bang on, it was showing down to .25". I used a 4ft level to get the mh level then you do the one time setup.
Last thing on my list is awning poles, I've had the brackets for awhile but shipping the poles was too expensive to Canada. I have to go conduit shopping.

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Old 07-10-2016, 09:25 PM   #152
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I tracked down some aluminum tubing to make my awning poles for the hold down kit. Did my best guess laying out the holes, all drilled and polished up.



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Old 07-18-2016, 10:21 PM   #153
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I just discovered the center of the gaskets over the dinette and living room slides are pulling the wallpaper off the wall. There is no support other than one screw on either end. Anyone else experience this. I am thinking of adding screws along the the length. Anyone done this? What kind of screws would be most effective?
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Old 07-23-2016, 04:48 PM   #154
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My son and I installed a Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier on our GTS this morning.

I went with this modification as I've never thought much of where, and how, FR mounts the spare tire. Removing the spare from its factory installed position was not fun, even in a nice controlled environment at the storage yard. I don't even want to imaging trying to get the spare out on a dark, wet, muddy, roadside from underneath the GTS. If you don't know how your spare is secured I suggest you take a look...and carry the necessary tools to remove it.

The Roadmaster unit is a very well built unit that moves the spare tire to a much more accessible position on the rear hitch. The units workmanship is very high quality and it was fairly easy to assemble. Everything works like shown in the videos on their website at the page I linked above. I'm very happy with the unit...

There are some concerns with the unit. The first thing that comes to mind is it is very heavy, the shipping weight was 75 pounds! You have two heavy pieces of iron you'll need to bolt together. That is definitely a three handed job at some points. And if you're loading to near CCC capacity this iron beast won't help your rigs weight a bit...

The second issue is per Roadmaster you must reduce your hitch capacity by 1/3. Since the GTS hitch is rated at 7,500 pounds that isn't a problem for me. The recommended reduced hitch rating of 5,000 pounds is still well over the weight of our TOAD.

The third issue is the units cost. At around $600 these are not inexpensive... Mine was a present from the DW so I'm not going to complain.

The last issue is GTS specific. With the hitch / carrier installed you cannot extend the rear slide without moving the carrier to the down position. It will not clear the spare tire mounted on the carrier. I may be able to resolve this by rethinking how I mounted the spare tire on the carrier. I followed the instructions and used one of the mounting holes and one slit. If I were to use both slits, instead of just one, that may drop the tire down a few inches and allow the slide out to clear it. I'll follow up on that here after I've had a chance to play with it some more. The weather, as in +90˚F heat and high humidity, wasn't cooperating very well today...

Overall I'm happy with the unit. Even if I need to continue to "drop" it to extend the rear slide out. I now know that if I needed to change a tire I'd be able to do so without a lot of drama. And it give me a nice rear bumper protector....
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Old 07-24-2016, 09:43 PM   #155
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I hooked up a 12v rechargeable flashlight. While I was doing the wiring I decided to add a USB outlet and 12v receptacle below it. I took power directly from the converter from a spare 12v fuse location.

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Old 07-25-2016, 08:48 PM   #156
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I hooked up a 12v rechargeable flashlight. While I was doing the wiring I decided to add a USB outlet and 12v receptacle below it. I took power directly from the converter from a spare 12v fuse location.

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Old 08-03-2016, 08:31 PM   #157
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Today I had the cheap tire valve extenders removed and new steel tire stems installed on all six wheels. I cannot believe FR used not one, but two, cheap valve extenders piggy backed on the inside dual tires. My local truck tire shop was not impressed with that setup either... At least they had everything on hand to correct it and to set us up for the next mod:

Now that we have real valve stems I also added a TST507 TPMS I purchased from Great RV Products. While replacing the valve stems the rear wheel covers were "notched" to allow the anti-theft cap style wheel sensors to fit without any interference. At least now I'll have some visibility as to whats happening with the tires...

The other "mod" news is I went to the "darkside" and had my Ford Edge set up for flat towing. Based on our local installers recommendations, and some serious web research, we went with Blue Ox for this system. My first tow, leaving the installer's shop, was in a bad thunderstorm with Atlanta traffic as well so that was a real "interesting" experience!

This darn RV'ing is starting to get expensive....
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:55 PM   #158
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Oh the money! So much money. .
Great mods though. Hope your loving that GTS as much as we are.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:00 PM   #159
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Oh the money! So much money. .
Great mods though. Hope your loving that GTS as much as we are.
The CFO is in love with her GTS... I just drive it for her.
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:35 AM   #160
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Today I had the cheap tire valve extenders removed and new steel tire stems installed on all six wheels.
Since installing solid valve stems on my 6-tires I have not had to add air to any of my tires for over 6-months.

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The other "mod" news is I went to the "darkside" and had my Ford Edge set up for flat towing. Based on our local installers recommendations, and some serious web research, we went with Blue Ox for this system.
We flat tow the Lincoln MKX which is a cousin of the Ford Edge. Tows great. Already have about 4,000 mi worth of towing on our new Lincoln.
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