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  • in reply to: Introducing Our Brand Spanking New Ram 3500 #53500
    Ray
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    In this third video, we hook up our new Ram 3500 truck to our Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer and take it to a large flat gravel lot to test out the clearances. I check the clearance between the bed rail and fifth wheel overhang and the clearance between the tailgate, bumper and the front of the fifth wheel.

    I also give you a look at how level the rig is front to back and show it in action turning and driving through a small dip.

    in reply to: Landing gear replace #53456
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    [quote quote=53451]Our new landing gear came in. Sometimes, getting things delivered to a campground can be a challenge. I’m anxious to get them all hooked up!

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    Bet that was a heavy box. 🙂

    in reply to: Introducing Our Brand Spanking New Ram 3500 #53383
    Ray
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    Big Blue 2 – First Hookup (Testing New Hitch and Clearances)

    See previous blog post and video where I introduce you to our new 2018 Ram 3500 – https://www.loveyourrv.com/introducing-our-new-ram-3500-truck-big-blue-ii/

    In this video, I take a closer look at the factory Ram M20 fifth wheel hitch. Then Anne and I hook up our new 2018 Ram 3500 truck to our fifth wheel. Everything goes well, yay!

    Afterward, I check the bed rail and tailgate clearances and discuss a bit about the trailer level and options if we are too nose high.

    Stay tuned for more when we are actually able to two the rig. we still need to put on 805 km (500 miles) before we can hook it up and tow a heavy load.

    See Air Ride Hitch Review – https://www.loveyourrv.com/lippert-air-ride-pin-box-review/

    Curt Q20 hitch – https://amzn.to/2Cj3Te6
    Lippert Air Ride Pin Box – https://amzn.to/2Cj3Xum

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    in reply to: Monthly expenses #53377
    Ray
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    Here are a couple post I done on the subject
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/much-cost-rv-snowbirds/
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/rv-snowbird-trip-2017-18-how-much-did-it-cost/

    Shows what we spend for day to day living during six-month spans.

    in reply to: Black streaks on awning #53231
    Ray
    Keymaster

    I would try bleach and dish soap, spray it on with a garden sprayer, then roll up and let it sit 5 minutes or so, then unroll and rinse.  https://www.loveyourrv.com/rv-power-awning-super-easy-maintenance-how-to/

    Black streaks usually come from the roof. So try and keep that clean to reduce them.

    in reply to: Checking my Keystone Trailer Brakes and Wheel Bearings #53194
    Ray
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=53191]Ray, why did you go with the Dexter original brake drums? You could have purchased aftermarket drums cheaper. But good job on explaining the steps you went through.

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    Made in the USA and being OEM replacements I figured they would fit and perform the same as the old ones.

    in reply to: Checking my Keystone Trailer Brakes and Wheel Bearings #53187
    Ray
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    In this video, I go step by step through the process of replacing the bearings, races, seal and brake assembly on my 2011 Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer Model 276RLSWE

    I give tips and tricks and why I’m doing things as we go along with extra info on the workings of the axle and brakes.

    See previous videos:
    Bearing and Brake Check – https://youtu.be/vs_34iFcE0g
    Parts, Tools, and Supplies- https://youtu.be/BvX-3LCgshQ

    See the full blog post – https://www.loveyourrv.com/installing-new-trailer-bearings-and-brakes-on-our-cougar-fifth-wheel/

    Here are the part numbers I found:

    Dexter EZ-Lube Axle – D44 4400 lbs

    Dexter Brake Assembly Part Numbers

    23-463-00 Right Hand
    23-462-00 Left Hand

    Bearing, Races and Seal Part Numbers

    Set 17 – LM68149 cone and LM68111 cup
    Set 6 – LM67048 cone and LM67010 cup
    Seal – 473336

    Hub and Drum Kit Part Number

    8-407-5UC3-EZ

    Link to the Dexter Service Manual – https://www.dexteraxle.com/docs/default-source/dexteraxle/product-documentation/manuals/600-8k_complete_service_manual.pdf

    Tool and Supply List: See my Amazon Page at – https://www.amazon.com/shop/loveyourrv

    Lucas X-tra Heavy Duty Grease
    Bearing packing tool
    Grease gun
    Brake cleaner spray
    Anti-seize lubricant for nuts and bolts
    20-ton bottle jack
    Race and Seal driver kit
    1 1/2 inch socket
    Cordless 1/2″ drive impact wrench
    1/2″ drive 0-250 ft/lbs torque wrench
    Socket and ratchet set
    2 1/2 lb sledgehammer
    Brass drift punch
    Rubber mallet
    Brake spoon adjuster tool
    Seal puller
    Wire strippers/crimpers
    Butt connectors (waterproof and shrinkable)
    Butane Torch
    Shop rags
    Shop towels
    Nitrile gloves
    Fast Orange hand cleaner

    Disclaimer: I’m not a certified RV technician or mechanic. I’m merely an owner doing their own maintenance and sharing my experience doing that. The videos are provided for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as instructional. Do your own research and follow the manufactures procedures and manuals. I accept no liability if you copy anything I’ve done. You have been warned – Ray.

    in reply to: Checking my Keystone Trailer Brakes and Wheel Bearings #53171
    Ray
    Keymaster

    See the previous video – Checking my Keystone Trailer Brakes and Wheel Bearings – https://youtu.be/vs_34iFcE0g

    In this video, I detail all the parts, supplies and tools I’ve acquired to do the job of replacing my bearings, races, seals and brake assemblies on my 2011 Keystone Cougar fifth wheel trailer Model 276RLSWE.

    Disclaimer: I’m not a Certified RV Tech or automotive mechanic merely an RV owner learning to do his own maintenance and repairs. Take what I say with that in mind. If in doubt do your own research and/or consult a professional – Ray

    Below you’ll find the component part numbers and a link to all the tools. Also here is a link to the Dexter Service manual I’m using as a guide for the job – https://www.dexteraxle.com/docs/default-source/dexteraxle/product-documentation/manuals/600-8k_complete_service_manual.pdf?sfvrsn=38 It contains the recommended procedures and specs.

    Dexter Axle Parts for my 2011 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer Model 276RLSWE

    Dexter EZ-Lube Axle – D44 4400 lbs

    *Dexter Brake Assembly Part Numbers*
    23-463-00 Right Hand
    23-462-00 Left Hand

    *Bearing, Races and Seal Part Numbers*
    Set 17 – LM68149 cone and LM68111 cup
    Set 6 – LM67048 cone and LM67010 cup
    Seal – 473336

    *Hub and Drum Kit Part Number*
    8-407-5UC3-EZ

    For Parts and Tools mentioned on the video check out the Love Your RV! Amazon Page. I’ve categorized them together under the title – Trailer Bearing and Brake Service
    https://www.amazon.com/shop/loveyourrv

    Stay tuned for Part 2 where I detail the procedures and steps to change the bearings, races, seals, and brakes. Full disassembly and reassembly.

    in reply to: Reinstalling the Cougar Fifth Wheel Underbelly #53039
    Ray
    Keymaster

    haha, ya. 🙂

    in reply to: Boat Cruise Near Campbell River, BC – Orca Sightings! #53025
    Ray
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=53023]Ray very nice video. The video quality was excellent, enjoyed how crystal clear it was!!
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    Cool!  I had to reduce the quality settings somewhat during editing to keep the file size smaller so I could upload it.  Great to hear is still looks good.

    in reply to: Checking RV Tank Capacity – Then OH OH! Cracks! #52670
    Ray
    Keymaster

    I’ve ordered a couple of the plastic-mend kits. As they look the best for use in the confined area where the cracks are

    Will give them a try first. If they don’t work I’ll likely drop the tanks and perform a more robust repair.

    in reply to: Checking RV Tank Capacity – Then OH OH! Cracks! #52663
    Ray
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=52659]Ray my cousin used this on a repair of a water tank

    http://www.plasti-mend.com/cart/index.php?route=product/category&path=59

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    Thanks, I came across that one too, and a few commenters on YouTube have recommended it.

    in reply to: Checking RV Tank Capacity – Then OH OH! Cracks! #52661
    Ray
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=52655]Nasty spot to get at. Are you planning on dropping the tanks for the repair? Eternabond may be an option.

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    I’d rather not unless I really have to. Will try to repair with then in first.

    in reply to: Checking RV Tank Capacity – Then OH OH! Cracks! #52651
    Ray
    Keymaster

    [quote quote=52649]Hey Ray looks like the tanks are Fiberglas just pick a kit at chapy tire and bobs your uncle .

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    They are ABS. I got an idea from a guy about cutting up an ABS pipe, heating in an oven, flattening and forming it over the crack and then using ABS glue to seal it up. Seems like a good bet for a cheap fix. 🙂 Will see how pliable ABS is once heated, he said he did a similar corner repair no problem.

    First I’m going to check out the local boatyard parts store and see what cool stuff they have. 😉

    Cheers, Ray

    in reply to: Installing Electric RV Dump Valves #52600
    Ray
    Keymaster

    Here is Part 2  (Installation)

    Visit full blog post – https://www.loveyourrv.com/installing-electric-rv-waste-tank-valves/

    In this video, I install two Drain Master brand electric waste tank valves into my 2011 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel trailer.

    First I explain how I prepped the tanks for the job by doing a thorough cleaning.

    I show how I swap out the old manual valves for the new electric valves. Then I install the Smart switches and a master power switch for the system. I show where I found 12 volts DC in my rigs power system and how the system is wired together.

    Finally, I give a demo of the new black and gray electric valves in action.

    Related Products:
    (Disclaimer: some are Amazon Affiliate links)

    Pro-Series Drain Master Valve Kit 5886 – https://drainmaster.com/rv/products/full-view/100342

    SeaSense Power Switch – https://amzn.to/2O4kCFL
    Gorilla Tape – https://amzn.to/2LgrNgl
    Tank Flush Wand – https://amzn.to/2LBSaJH
    Happy Campers Waste Treatment – https://amzn.to/2uRzWwn
    Milwaukee Multitool – https://amzn.to/2Le8a8B
    Dow 111 Compound – https://amzn.to/2LeSEt1
    Oxgard Anti-Oxide Paste – https://amzn.to/2uNWVZk
    Waste Master Sewer Hose – https://amzn.to/2O5V0bn
    10 Gauge Hook-Up Wire – https://amzn.to/2uU2uW6
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