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RE: First RV

My spouse and I are looking at purchasing our first RV, he grew up camping, I did not.... We have a 2019 Chevy Silverado 6.2L with max trailering, manufacturers tow rating of 12,200 pounds and are looking At travel trailers, the two models were specifically interested in are prime time lacrosse 3311rk and outback 341rd, we both prefer the floor plan of the outback, but have heard the quality isn’t all that great but we e also heard that pretty much all brands can have significant problems. I’ve read the horror stories and they seem to be pretty even around the board, how to I protect myself from buying a “lemon?” Or what pitfalls should I avoid. I REALLY don’t want to jump all in to be riddled with a huge headache. Any advice for this potential newbie is welcome and appreciated! Do a good Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI)I can't say it enough or if they will let you take it to a good RV repair shop for inspection if buy from a private owner or hire someone to look at the trailer who knows what they are doing .... There is allot of talk about weights but I believe more than weights you should think about what condition the trailer is in, your weight may be good but if the trailer falls down around the wheels who cares about the weight ... PDI PDI PDI I can't say it enough Here is a list I made up below, there are other lists all over the internet, use one so you are an informed buyer !!!!!!
ChuckV1 06/16/19 11:43am Beginning RVing
RE: RV reviews.

Like the other OP Stated, owner forms like Forest River which have all the name brands they make Montana Kz make of trailers IR2 which has a number of trailer bands listed Are just some of the brands I can think off to ask questions or surf their sites Safe Travels :)
ChuckV1 06/16/19 11:31am Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie question about touring with 5th wheel

We have a 40ft 5th wheel an find camp grounds outside national parks, to us the KOA's, Good Sam Camp grounds rated at over 8 plus are far better than national camp grounds with 30amp service, water an no sewers ... We Glamp not Camp so the DW want it all, sewer, cable, 50amp, for us it's just as easy to drive into the parks for the day an return home to a nice large living area were we are not cramped an can stretch out :) We also have a dually an have never had a problem parking, yes it takes a mile sometime to turn around but we are retired an not in a hurry so turning around an taking our time is just what it is, sorry if we get in your way because your in a hurry were not LOL :) Safe Travels
ChuckV1 06/16/19 11:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

We have a easy spool-er made by MorRyde, best investment I ever made :) tall?return=%2Fproducts
ChuckV1 06/16/19 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Length and Height

I agree with the OP, we owned a 2006 Coachmen Cappy an the roof was high except the bedroom which was still high enough to walk around in without banging your head an I'm 5ft 8inches tall ... Allot of trailers now day do not look like the are slanted but if you look closely you will see that they slant toward the back somewhat for drainage ... We bought a Kz G384RLT ( ) two years ago which has three slides, the door in the main slide not on the side of the trailer which gives us more room ... The kids stated that the trailer inside when opened up is bigger than their first apartment an we have a ton of cabinet space along with higher cabinets ... Happy Hunting an if buying a unit look for a Post Delivery Inspection (PDI) list to go buy so you are a informed buyer, here is one I made up on the Kz Family Form ( ) Safe travels :)
ChuckV1 06/16/19 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

We were on the Indiana toll road last year, the road was a mess an I told the toll gate operator I would be ashamed to work for a company that charged for such a bad road ... The back roads in Ohio an Indiana even thought they are two lane highways in most case's are far better than the interstates an that were we travel most of the time ... Out west here the interstates for the most part are ok till you get near the big cities an then they get pretty bad ... You can tell what counties spend money on road maintenance for sure an which spend money on paying their own wage's at the top level ... If you really want to get mad, think about every semi you see driving down the road, they pay fuel tax an tax on every mile that truck runs across an all the tolls if they drive on the toll roads ... When I sold my semi I was paying forty two cents a mile for every mile that truck ran empty or loaded plus road tax in every state which was different, so add that up along with the tax on gas you pay at the pump along with fuel/diesel tax you pay, talk about a cash cow Ugh !!!
ChuckV1 06/16/19 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brands that are well built for winter??

The Kz Gold Line far cheaper than the high end 5th wheels but just as well built :)
ChuckV1 03/09/19 11:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel age, how old is to old

We traded in a Coachmen Chaparral D277 for our new Kz G384RLT 5th wheel, it had a complete new roof 1 year old, new LED lights inside an out, 1 year old tires an upgraded 30amp power plug with internal progressive surge protector ... Dealer had it on the lot for four days an sold it for $14k, who every bought this trailer will not have a worry in the world for the next few years ... Make me wonder if they really new what they were buying an how good a trailer it really was... If we were going to keep it I would have put a new MorRyde 18k pin-box on it along with the MorRyde 4000 suspension an wet bolt kit ... But we needed more room an thus we upgraded Ugh !!! Safe Travels :)
ChuckV1 03/02/19 10:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cre3000 to CRE4000

We also went from the Lippert equivalent of the 3000 to the MorRyde SRE4000. Night and day difference! The Lippert cushioned equalizer never seemed to make a difference. Like the OP with the 4000 we only feel the trailer hit bumps 2% of the time. We have had a MORryde 18k pin box with both suspensions, but when upgrading to the SRE4000 we also added the three X-factor cross members, one across each spring hanger front an rear an across the center ... I will also say most of the time with the SRE4000 the microwave plate is still in place after a drive while it never was before the LCI suspension as well our coffee pot, toaster never moves now on the counter top :)
ChuckV1 01/20/19 01:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Don't understand

In my forty some years of driving a truck it was instill in my brain to get the load delivered on time an safely, I did so for over a million miles or more ... But I would not drive on ICE an very high winds an the companies I drove for new such an thus didn't push me ... Not all RV's think about ICE, or high winds an think they can drive in such an thus end up in a ditch or on their sides ... Look at the amount of TT an 5th wheel owners now on the road for the 1st time, read here an on other forms were 1st timers are asking questions about hitches an other things an you will know why you are seeing more an more TT an 5th wheels wreaked ... On one form a person was asking how they could lift there 5th wheel to match their jack-up truck, why would anyone want to rise the center of gravity on a 5th wheel so the wind could get under it quicker ... Same with as stated tires, owners wanting to drive 75 an 80mph on tires rate at 65mph an wonder why they blow out, what in the world are people thinking, thats the problem they are not !!!! It's all about them, they need to get to the camp grounds ahead of everyone else so they can get the best spot or relax an have those ten beers before sundown Ugh !!! No matter of the people around them on the road, they are on a mission an to hell with safety of others around them on the road ... I think there should be a sign that you have to put on your dash every time you hook to your trailer that states "SAFETY FIRST AN FOREMOST FOR YOUR FAMILY AN OTHERS AROUND YOU" May you all drive safely :)
ChuckV1 01/20/19 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rv show likes and dislikes

Hammerboy I have to agree on allot of what you say, a few years back when we bought our 5th wheel we looked at many high an low end units at a RV show here in the Northwest, construction across the board wasn't the greatest in most ... What really made me wonder is that I saw trim out of place, lights not working, doors ajar an it made me wonder if the salesman or even the dealers even cared about the units they were showing ... When ask about the trim or lights the salesman would say that id we were to buy the unit they would fix any an all problems ... My comment back to them was if I want to buy a trailer I don't want to see any problems from the get go, the one salesman said "well you know there's been allot of people walking though this trailer" ... My comment back to him was "if your trailer can't stand a number of people walking thought it how is it going to hold up to someone using it for a year or two" ... he walked away, I wonder why ... On the two doors to the bathroom we have such, we have tons of room an I like that one door can be closed an the bathroom still be used an you do not have to walk out into the hallway after using the shower which is large ... Of course we all have different likes an dislikes an that's why they make so many different brands... I also agree on the big guys buying up the little guys, our 5th MFG was bought up a few years back buy the same MFG that makes Montana an now Air Stream ... I have not seen much of a change so far other than Management seem to change over the last few years an come over from other other trailer lines an MFG within the overall company an then leave a year latter ... I also know that these companies in order to stay in business have to make a buck an thus are staring to buy a build with cheaper material more an more an rise the price point ... What our 5th wheel cost two years ago is now two to three thousand dollars more than what the MSRP was an I have to say not much has changed except they have moved stuff around, put windows were they shouldn't be but have learned to up grade the tires from E rated to G rated because of weight of the trailer ... Safe Travels
ChuckV1 01/20/19 12:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question about wrecks while towing a 5th wheel

Looking at the picture again I feel there was either a driver following to close an not paying attention or was going to fast to stop ... I have has a 5th wheel hitch fail on me in a semi, I had two 30,000pd steel coils on an was about to pull into a driveway, the jaws came loose an as luck would have it the trailer dropped on the truck frame not hurting the landing gear ... I jacked the trailer back up an pulled the truck out from under the trailer, they sent another truck to pull the trailer into the factory so I could deliver the load... Mu thoughts were that I had just 10 minutes before been traveling down I-75 at 60mph in traffic Ugh !!! so locking jaws on 5th wheel hitches will brake, trust me I have been there ... Safe Travels
ChuckV1 12/05/18 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: extended RV warranties

I look at it this way, like home owners insurance if the roof falls in you have insurance to fix it you don't save up or put money away to fix the roof ... The same with RV insurance, you buy it in case something happens after your warranty runs out, sure you can put money away, but how much, how much is a new RV stove, how about the auto-leveling system pump or the frig ... How much do you save for on any of the electric stuff now days in the newer trailers, the old trailers of a few years back it was pretty simple, now day not so simple ... Sure people will say that it's cheaper to put money aside than buy RV insurance but again how much an there most always seems to be other things needed with the money you put aside for that RV repair if needed ... RV repair shops now days charge $125 an hour in most case's, so you get 4 to 8 hours of labor plus that $800 or more Frig or heaven forbid they have to pull the slide out an now it's two days of labor to get that 18 cubic foot frig out how much do you save up to fund that repair ... Some people/owners trade every few years an don't buy insurance stating they don't need such because they trade in the old for new, but what are they loosing in trade-ins, might as well buy the insurance, keep the trailer an save money doing so ... Now I know that there will be owners who disagree with me an say that RV insurance is a joke an don't buy it, but over the years I have saved many dollars because of repair of a roof that had to be replaced, a frig's that had to be replaced so I can say thank God I had RV insurance to cover such ... I still have such and will keep buying such in the future, but saying this there are bad an good RV insurance companies, so it's buyer beware of which company you buy from, this is the most important question not is an extended warranty good or bad, but what companies in the RV insurance business is good or bad !!! Safe Travels
ChuckV1 12/05/18 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Frustrated with my RV purchase.

We changed out the new suspension an pin box from the Lippert (LCI) product to a MorRyde Suspension an pin box an added X-factor cross members because we thought they were a better product, we bought slide toppers for our slides because I didn't want to climb up on the roof to sweep off the slides ... They gave us a chap sewer hose that we replaced with a more expensive sewer hose an bought an extension for such as well, all this on a new trailer in one year... Was the new suspension a pin box a must, not really, was the sewer hose needed, yes, was the slide toppers needed yes, do I use the king pin tri pod I bought years ago, no, did I buy lago blocks, no, I use out 8X10 wooden blocks I have had for years if I need them ... So on a brand new trailer we spent over $2500 dollars more above the price of the trailer in upgrades, but I have to tell you for what we paid for the trailer an the upgrades we still came up far less in overall price that what the MSRP was an well below what the high end trailers with everything we added wanted with them on ... Safe Travels :)
ChuckV1 11/22/18 03:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pro Series 15000 Hitch

I just went from a Curt 16K that finally wore out after a number of years to a 18k B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch, wish I would have done it a few years back ... Safe travels :)
ChuckV1 11/22/18 02:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: oldest 5er that wouldn't need to be lifted for 2016 RAM

Starting to spend some time in this forum in hopes of getting smarter before I purchase a used 5er in the next year or so. Been reading of folks with newer trucks and older trailers that need to lift the trailers to sit level and/or clear side rails when attached to the taller, newer trucks. What would be the oldest 5er that I should be looking for that would sit level with my 2016 RAM 3500 dually, without modification. I understand that there's probably no hard fast rule, I'm just looking for a general model year range across all brands that I can focus on without worrying too much. Thanks It's not about the truck or trailer, it's about the setting on the 5th wheel hitch, most I have seen can be adjusted to what ever height you want ... As stated take a tape measure with you an see, but even that is not true unless you hook to the trailer since the weight of the trailer will push your truck bed down unless you have air bags an have the pressurized to 60 or 70psi or more ... Good luck an safe travels
ChuckV1 11/22/18 02:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: When is it time to leave?

Do not become part of the problem, if you know the hurricane is coming to a location were you will be camping or even close by then don't go, they will have enough problems without you adding to them ... Don't be part of the disaster within the disaster, not only may you loose your nice trailer but your life or one of your love ones lifes, what so important that you want to chance that Ugh !11!
ChuckV1 09/15/18 11:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trade in question

I think some folks forget that some of these frigs are to large to just pull out thought a door, our if need to be replaced they would have to pull the slide to get it out ... So if you can get it repaired your better off than replacing it, but again like others I would tell them it was not working an take the hit if it wasn't to much, as stated they can swap it out cheaper than you if needed ...
ChuckV1 09/15/18 11:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New fiver

Nice Rig, happy Glamping :)
ChuckV1 09/15/18 11:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Qustions

We looked at GD an Montana's then looked at "Kz" line of 5th wheels an bought a Durango Gold G384RLT ... The Durango Gold was cheaper price wise, lighter an had a bumper to bumper two year warranty an G rated tires right off the bat, I believe I got more bang for my buck than the other two brands :) Safe Travels
ChuckV1 09/15/18 11:10am Fifth-Wheels
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