Stabilizer Stability

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October 25, 2016

Q: We recently bought a used 2011 Keystone Montana 35-foot fifth-wheel. Our question is about stabilizing the trailer. After we lower the front feet and rear stabilizers, put the ratchet-style scissor chocks between the tires and place the kingpin on the hitch, the trailer still has a wobble effect,... Read more »

RV Clinic December 2015

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September 12, 2016

Fifth-Wheel Towing with Gas Q: I have been towing my 2011 Pacific Coachworks Tango 256 RKS trailer with my 2003 Chevy 2500 HD with a 6-liter V-8 gas engine. I have had no problems pulling the trailer, which lists at 5,500 pounds dry weight and 7,400 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). I am looking... Read more »

RV Clinic November 2015

Stop Sign downsized

July 18, 2016

Can’t Stop! Q: We have a 2013 Ram 2500 diesel to pull our 2013 35-foot CrossRoads Cruiser, and I must say it tows great. The trouble is stopping. With the built-in brake controller set at 10, the strongest setting offered, we have about 40 percent stopping, and it’s not a quick response! There... Read more »

RV Clinic October 2015

Tire pressure gauge

April 14, 2016

Max Tire Pressure Versus Reduced Pressure Q: It’s an old question, but I do need your advice. I just bought four new tires for my trailer: P205/75R14 by MotoMaster, made in China. The dealer inflated them to 35 psi, and the tire sidewall reads, “Max pressure 51 psi.” What would you put in? The... Read more »

RV Clinic September 2015

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February 25, 2016

Oil Change Intervals Q: I own a 2003 Ford F-350 with a 6.0-liter diesel. I live in Southern California, and my truck is garaged. Normally, very few miles are driven per year. The manual says to change the oil every six months or 7,500 miles. How important is it to change the oil every six months if... Read more »

RV Clinic August 2015

RV Clinic Aug Truck Scales

February 15, 2016

Truck Payload Capacity Q: I have a 2015 Ram 2500 4WD with the Cummins diesel and shortbed configuration. The maximum payload is listed at 2,360 pounds. I purchased a 2015 Montana High Country fiver with a loaded weight of about 13,000 pounds and a hitch weight of 2,075 pounds. I believe this leaves me... Read more »

RV Clinic July 2015

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January 19, 2016

Towing in Reverse Q: I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 longbed 4×4 with a 5.9-liter diesel engine, a 48RE automatic transmission and single rear wheels. I tow a 33-foot fifth-wheel that weighs approximately 11,000 pounds loaded. When I back up on level ground, it does fair. When I try to back up a 5... Read more »

RV Clinic June 2015

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January 8, 2016

Overheating Furnace Q: I have a 2001 33-foot fifth-wheel, a National RV Palisades. It has an Atwood Hydro Flame furnace. I set the temperature to 75 degrees, and the furnace gets too hot and will not turn off. I have to turn it off at the wall. It is dangerously hot! I think the furnace might catch fire.... Read more »

RV Clinic May 2015

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Jeff Johnston and Ken Freund
January 4, 2016

RV Furniture Q: We have a 2008 Dutchmen Victory Lane toy hauler. We no longer ride motorcycles and want to turn the back into a den. The trouble is, where do we find RV furniture? We would like to get an L-shaped couch and replace the bench-type dining table with a table and chairs. Tim and Claire Kirkland,... Read more »

RV Clinic April 2015

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Jeff Johnston and Ken Freund
December 14, 2015

Where to Level? Q: We recently purchased a 2015 Forest River Sierra fifth-wheel that has the kitchen in the rear. My understanding is that the unit should be leveled at the refrigerator for optimum efficiency. Since the refrigerator is in the rear of the RV, the slideouts have to be extended to access... Read more »

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