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Old 02-11-2016, 08:50 AM   #6251
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My B&W baller has attachment points.

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Old 02-11-2016, 08:53 AM   #6252
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Ok thanks. I have the factory 5th wheel prep and goose neck setup. Got the ball as you can see just the hitch covers the anchors.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:56 AM   #6253
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This truly was a village effort. I had 2 different guys around this morning and then 3 more guys who came around this afternoon. Everyone jumped in and just helped do stuff.
Thanks for allowing us to follow along on your journey.
You are a couple years ahead of me in going out full time and the insight you provide is great.

Best of luck moving forward.
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Old 02-11-2016, 09:49 AM   #6254
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Glad it worked out OK for you.

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I'd have just bought a new trailer!

Funny you say that- I had an hour long call with a guy from Recreation By Design on Monday. I would need to see some designs more specific for me, but I've got ideas!

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You are a couple years ahead of me in going out full time and the insight you provide is great.



Best of luck moving forward.

Thanks. I assume there will always be something and that's fine. I was genuinely surprised and thankful how quickly other dads jumped right in to help fix stuff. The one guy really carried things along and orchestrated all of us.

I did end up with a small war wound as the utility knife slipped while he was cutting caulk. Oh well- it'll be my reminder of that time my water heater had issues.

Best yet- I just got a super hot shower.
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:41 PM   #6255
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Replaced my burned out after three trips c912 porch light today with an LED. What a difference.

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Old 02-11-2016, 06:59 PM   #6256
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Feb 11 - Good news!

Post one - the good!

I picked up my trailer from Magnum Trailer, who manufactured and installed a 5" lift kit/sub-frame to allow my new 4x4 to tow the trailer nearly level. (See this post). My new truck was 5" taller than my old, and my trailer was very nose-high.

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All in all, I'm happy with it. Wish I could have found a two wheel drive truck at the price I was willing to pay that wasn't a dually, but none were available.

And next, the bad post.
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:01 PM   #6257
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Looks to be a good job.

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Old 02-11-2016, 07:11 PM   #6258
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Very nice. Looks like they did a great job and covered all the bases!
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:36 PM   #6259
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Feb 11 - Bad news!

Second post - the bad stuff

Ok, so I'm hooked up to my newly elevated 5th wheel trailer that I just picked up from the shop, and I'm heading home. Left turn out of the parking lot into traffic, merge into traffic, and head up the road.

Let me stop you right there....I didn't get into an accident.

I'm driving up a mostly straight highway. Make a right turn into my neighbor, and then a right turn into my drive. Why is it making so much noise when I turn?

Did I mention I can't really see the hitch in the new truck?

I start pulling around in my cul-de-sac and hear a loud BANG! What? I'm looking out the back window when I notice something odd - the Reese Revolution hitch is at an angle, instead of straight back like it's supposed to be.

oh no...

The guys at Magnum had bolted the kingpin arm down so that it didn't pivot so they could move the trailer around with their fork lift. They didn't tell me this, and they didn't remove the bolts.

(For those not familiar with these, look up Reese Sidewinder or Reese Revolution - these 5th wheel arms have wedges that lock them into the hitch reciever, and they pivot back at the trailer, so you can do 90 degree turns with a short bed truck without hitting your cab - nifty invention)

So I ended up warping my hitch, and bending the Revolution underside a bit. The wedge is mangled. Thankfully I had made it home, the trailer hadn't popped off the hitch with the three big turns. I ended up cutting the locking bolts they'd put in off with a saws all, because they were pinched tight in the arm. This freed the arm up to move properly. I had my wife watch as I slowly, carefully pulled the trailer around the cul-del-sac and back into the drive.

Holy. Cow.

Magnum apologized, they'll cover the damages. Trailer and truck are ok.

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Lesson learned. Never, EVER, will I drop off my trailer for work again and NOT check the arm to make sure it hasn't been pinned. As for the trailer company, they will never ever again pin a Reese hitch a) not tell the customer and b) they'll hang a sign on it stating it's been pinned.

It could have been much much worse, gang. Now I need to get some replacement parts before my upcoming camping trip!
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:39 PM   #6260
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Glad you made it home safely.

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