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Landing gear

Unread postby The Rock on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:17 pm

New to the whole 5er thing. Wanted to know how far down do you put the landing gear before you pull the pins on the adjustable legs? Do you put any thing under the legs or let just sit on the ground?
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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby pwall on Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:22 pm

Can't answer your question about the pins on the landing gear, but I would recommend you put something under them, such as a square piece of 2x6.

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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby Big Rig Guy on Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:06 pm

What position you pin up your legs depends how level you are, meaning that once you pull out and unhitch, if you need to lower the front of the fiver to get level.

I like to put some wood under the pads too, helps to stop it from sinking into the ground.
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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby Limey on Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:09 pm

I always make sure I have at least 12" extended before pulling the pins. That way you can drop the front a good deal if you are nose high. Nothing worse than not having enough length to retract if you are too nose high. That means you have to hitch up again and start over!
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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby Little Kopit on Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:48 pm

Hey, The Rock.

Do I know you? Ewise? Are you Bob, a Newfoundland wanna be?

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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby The Rock on Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:40 pm

No my name is not Bob and I am born and raised in Newfoundland ;)
Thanks for all the responces, I will have to keep in mind for next year to put the landing gear down about a foot like was said.Fiver is winterized today and already have the count down to next year camping season.
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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby pwall on Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:16 pm

Always great to have another Newfie around...... :)
I hail from Grand Falls, although I've been in Ottawa for quite some time now.
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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby Little Kopit on Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:29 pm

I am a CFA who resided in Newfoundland for 24.5 years.

In my first year on rv forums I connected with another of the name, The Rock, who has a son residing there. He and DW made a visit this past summer.

I moved summer 2008 across The Gulf.

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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby The Rock on Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:46 pm

I was raised up in Kilbride just out side of St. John's. I still have not moved that far from my roots I now reside in Paridise. This is still very close to my Mom & Dad which I love very much and so does my two sons :mrgreen: I feel this is a great place to live.
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Re: Landing gear

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:25 pm

Limey wrote:I always make sure I have at least 12" extended before pulling the pins. That way you can drop the front a good deal if you are nose high. Nothing worse than not having enough length to retract if you are too nose high. That means you have to hitch up again and start over!


Been there, done that. I usually keep my legs retracted fairly far simply so they ride high and don't collect road garbage, but our last trip of the year required me to lower the nose of the fiver REALLY low to get level and I had to extend the legs almost a foot and a half before pulling the pins, and then retracting the legs almost all the way again. The front skirt of the trailer was literally only inches off the ground when I got level.

So in the end, you need to assess the situation beforehand, but leaving 8-10 inches of leg extended most of the time will usually accommodate most situations.
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