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RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

Actually, the Pinnacle is Jayco's top line fifth wheel. The NP is the next down in the line up. Doesn't make it bad just an FYI. As a counterpoint after owning a motorhome and a fifth wheel with dual pane windows they are not something I want. Both developed the dreaded fogging. We've had our Pinnacle since May of last year and other than a slide adjustment it has been trouble free and seems to be well built. We've had it in all kinds of weather and it heats and cools very well. The single pane windows have been a non factor in our use. On hot, sunny days I just keep the shades closed on the windows in the direct sun.
JTrac 12/11/21 06:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed cover for F350 with fifth wheel hitch

I have a BakFlip Revolver X2 that is now on it's second truck. I can see over it when it is rolled up against the window so it would not be a problem seeing a conventional hitch. I now have a Reese Goose Box and use my cab mounted camera to line it up as I cannot see it because the ball sits too low. My previous truck had a conventional hitch and I could see it.
JTrac 11/16/21 06:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2016-2021 with Island Kitchen floor plans

Ours has a side by side Whirlpool fridge. We can't access the freezer side with the slide in but no problem with the fridge side. The bathroom was more important to us especially with the current state of affairs. Most everything we looked at had total access without opening any slides so I think that part is fairly common.
JTrac 08/20/21 07:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential Stove/Oven

I'm assuming your sister is talking about the Insignia residential style range that some fifth wheels are now making a standard feature. We have one in our Pinnacle and have not found a down side to it. It cooks and bakes much better than any rv type oven we have ever owned. The temps in the rv ovens were very difficult to regulate which resulted in burned biscuit bottoms. We haven't used the Insignia oven a bunch but it seems to be fairly accurate with the temp settings. I would ask for more details as to what she doesn't like about it. We tend to use the convection feature on our microwave as much as possible as it does not generate as much heat as the oven does, especially in hot weather when we are trying to help the a/c's keep us cool.
JTrac 08/06/21 06:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel entry steps

Deleted. I thought I was posting a picture of my Tork Lift Uprising steps in our Pinnacle but it didn't work. This forum does it differently from some other which make it easy to just choose the image and upload it. This one asks for the URL which I thought I did but no go.
JTrac 04/25/21 11:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel entry steps

Our Pinnacle came with the MorRyde steps that fold up in to the door, pretty much standard issue any more. We have an rv garage that is only 18 feet wide with an off centered door. I have to park it within 3 1/2 feet or so of the wall on the door side. There was not enough room to lower the MorRyde steps so after researching the issue I ordered the Tork Lift Revolution Uprising steps which scissor but also fold up inside the door. I got the 5 step type which is makes it easier on my worn out knees. They don't require much room to deploy and can be set pretty tight to the fifth wheel if needed. Very stable also. A little pricey but I got about half my money back by selling the MorRyde steps.
JTrac 04/22/21 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

Crowe, not sure what you mean that a goose neck type hitch is less stable. We have a Goose Box on our Pinnacle and have towed in all kinds of conditions, including some pretty stiff cross winds. I've never thought the towing experience is any different from any other hitch I have used and that includes a B&W Companion and a Trailer Saver BD3 air ride. If anything, the ride is even better with the Goose Box. What I really like is removing a 5 pound ball and I've got my bed back. It's just from what I've read, not based on any experience. If we buy the unit was just fell in love with we would use the "puck" type system to save the bed. We've had the puck system in our last 2 trucks. Rails were a pain if you use the bed much. We use a Pull Rite ball in the center hole and 2 clips we got with a previous Ford in the rear holes for the safety chains for the Goose Box. Quick and easy.
JTrac 04/04/21 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

Crowe, not sure what you mean that a goose neck type hitch is less stable. We have a Goose Box on our Pinnacle and have towed in all kinds of conditions, including some pretty stiff cross winds. I've never thought the towing experience is any different from any other hitch I have used and that includes a B&W Companion and a Trailer Saver BD3 air ride. If anything, the ride is even better with the Goose Box. What I really like is removing a 5 pound ball and I've got my bed back.
JTrac 04/03/21 08:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 Super Duty Camera system

:^^^^Now that you mention that the 2020 only allows the selection of the front camera while going forward I remember the first night I got my truck I used Forscan to make various changes to the computer .... one of those changes was to be able to turn on the cameras. Because I can select the bed camera while travelling forward at highway speeds, I’m betting if I plugged in an Aux camera it would be selectable as well. If you try it, let me know if it works.
JTrac 03/01/21 09:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 Super Duty Camera system

On my previous truck if I wanted a rear view display while traveling down the highway I had to move the gear shift lever into reverse while I selected the camera that I wanted. The 2021 will allow me to select the bed camera while moving forward. I am considering purchasing the AUX camera to mount on the back of my trailer. Will the new Ford camera system allow me to select AUX and continuously display this camera view on the sync screen? Unless something is different with the 21 models my 20 will not allow any camera selection other than in reverse. That includes the auxiliary camera for the rv, which I have. The only camera I can select going forward is the front mounted camera and it only works at below 10 mph I think. The only option I have seen is a work around that some company markets that requires removal and rewiring of the dash monitor. Not anything I would do. I have a Furrion camera that came with our Pinnacle and I use it for going down the road. Since I already had the Ford camera I installed it also and use it for backing.
JTrac 03/01/21 07:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jayco?

We have a Pinnacle with single pane windows. Our previous fifth wheel had dual pane. After 4 or 5 seasons they started to fog. They are not comparable to a sealed window you have in your home and as stated are just 2 panes of glass. I think they do help some which is common sense but we didn't want them again. We've had our Pinnacle out on some really hot days and I did have to close the shades where the sun hit the windows. We didn't have any problems keeping it cool. Look up the Josh the RV Nerd at Haylett RV in Michigan. He has some really interesting videos, including one on the dual pane windows. He is also a Jayco dealer.
JTrac 02/21/21 06:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

I researched the Goose Box for several months before I bought one. I only found one issue and that was in 2015 when a fellow hit a road hazard of some sort and had frame damage. It was so bad that even his truck shut down so not sure if there would have been damage not matter what hitch. I never found any complaints of frame damage related to the Goose Box other than this one incident. I would stand to be corrected if someone knows of more. Reese introduced the Box in 2012 so plenty of time for complaints. We changed from a 2107 F350 dually and an Excel fifth wheel last year. We towed the Excel with a Trailer Saver BD3 air ride hitch. We downsized somewhat to the Pinnacle, a single rear wheel F350 and the Goose Box. The ride is a lot better than what we had with the previous rig. It is smoother with very little rebound after hitting a bump but it may be an apples to oranges comparison as so many dynamics contribute to the type of ride you will have. Of the several truck/fifth wheel combo's we have had in past 30 years, this is the best riding. All that is good but the best part is I remove a 5 pound ball and my truck bed is ready for use. I do use safety chains but it only takes a few seconds to hook them up to the clips on my puck system. Hookup is a breeze with the cab mounted camera on our truck. I can see where it might be a little more difficult without it.
JTrac 02/19/21 09:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for New Fifth Wheel with Bigger Windows

Look at the Alliance Paradigm 310RL. Lots of big windows and 34" 11".
JTrac 02/15/21 05:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford super duty 3.31 rear end. Will it be a big mistake. ?

I've had mine with the 3.31 for a year now. I have not regretted it for one single minute. We have towed the new Pinnacle, which weighs 14,700 loaded for a trip, for about 5K miles, to include a trip to the Colorado Rockies last fall. It tows as well or better than any combo we have ever had and that goes back for 40 years for us. The 10 speed is amazing in my books. It is so smooth and when I do get a downshift while towing I rarely even notice it. Usually it just drops to 8th gear. It can hold 10th gear surprisingly well most of the time. I wanted the 3.31 because we use our truck for road trips as much as we do towing. Here is a picture of my trip meter on a recent trip to the sil's house north of Chicago. Either rear end will work and work well but I've certainly had no issues with the 3.31. Couldn't get the picture to work but the mileage was 21.8 for 733 miles.
JTrac 01/21/21 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
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