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scottkeen

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Posted: 12/30/17 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone know what is the brand and model of the wheel? There's no spare wheel/tire included with the used 347THT I'm buying.

Or do you just get the cheapest spare wheel/tire you can find so you can hobble to where you need to go?

Or do you just get Good Sam roadside assistance and skip on the weight of the spare wheel/tire?


Here's what I have. Do you know what is the brand and model of the wheel?

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navspecwarops

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Congratulations! What year model are you purchasing? Any idea how many miles are on it and what it was used for? Did they routinely have a heavy motorcycle in the back? Did you ever figure out what that modification was in the front compartment? We have the Onan 6.5KV Propane Generator in that spot.

Having a spare tire depends on how long(miles) of trips you plan to take away from civilization and if you will be very diligent in maintaining your tires at correct pressures as well as replacing them every couple of years.(Trailer tires have a one year warranty, not based on mileage.) When this rig is loaded to maximum gross, one is pushing the limit of the axle capacity. I have gone to 8K leaf springs and higher weight rated tires as we do routinely carry a big touring bike in the back. We have Good Sam Roadside and had a blowout a couple years ago. They came out and efficiently changed to the spare so we could go another 65 miles to next town that had a decent tire shop. The tow company can bring out a tire to sell to you and change it at their emergency price point. However, some require taking the wheel back to their shop and putting on a new tire while your rig sits on the side of the road. I would recommend you carry the spare. Since the spare carrier is up underneath you can get any steel wheel the correct size with the correct tire for the short amount of time you'll have it on the rig. I suspect any RV boneyard would have something as it's a common 16 inch size. Our spare that came with it is a regular steel trailer wheel. We had a good experience with Good Sam Roadside so if you're planning some long trips in remote areas, I think it's worth the investment.

As for the rig itself, I'd check the age of the tires, there is a date on them, last time the bearings were repacked, age and condition of the battery, condition of the roof, and take a whiff of the black tank through the open toilet and front galley tank through the left side kitchen sink to ensure they have been properly maintained. New tires and a battery are not a big cost to a dealer and won't break the sale if you don't like what you see. They stopped making this particular model in 2012 but I still have mine, highly modified, and we use it quite a bit. If you have any specific questions, fire away.


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Thanks!!!

navspecwarops wrote:

What year model are you purchasing?

2011

navspecwarops wrote:

Any idea how many miles are on it and what it was used for?

No, and don't know. I asked. Dealer doesn't know, they took it on a trade.

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Did they routinely have a heavy motorcycle in the back?

No motorcycle, I don't think so and dealer doesn't think so either. The garage has a curtain over the ramp door and the previous owner put the carpet (removable) over the D-ring floor area and put the dinette set in there. I think they used the garage as their dining room. They put a recliner in the living room where the dinette goes. I don't think they used it as a toy hauler.

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Did you ever figure out what that modification was in the front compartment?

I was told on the Montana Owners Club forum that all Montana front compartments look like the pic I posted. Most of them said they either put an aluminum plate or plywood in the space to make it usable storage if I don't put a generator in there. I'm planning in the future to rig up a solar controller charger and bank of batteries in there. I'm planning to go with (2) Honda EU2000 portable generators with 30A outlet when used in tandem.

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Our spare that came with it is a regular steel trailer wheel. We had a good experience with Good Sam Roadside so if you're planning some long trips in remote areas, I think it's worth the investment.

Thanks! I will get both a spare wheel/tire -- probably the cheapest one I can find -- and the Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Where does the spare wheel/tire attach?

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I'd check the age of the tires

The dealer installed new tires. The DOT date stamp is "5215" which I think equates to "the last week of December 2015". New tires, but 2 years old (dealer new old stock?)

navspecwarops wrote:

last time the bearings were repacked, age and condition of the battery, condition of the roof, and take a whiff of the black tank through the open toilet and front galley tank through the left side kitchen sink to ensure they have been properly maintained.

Will do!
Might be hard to get a whiff of the black tank through the toilet, as the dealer has winterized the rig and there's pink antifreeze in the plumbing.

Thanks very much!

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The spare tire is up against the undercarriage toward the rear of the trailer. Nearly directly beneath the garage. There is a lowering crank device on the curb side located behind the rear axle and before the back steps. This is similar to the spare set up under the bed of most full size pick-ups. The trailer might have a spare up there but at any rate, I believe the mechanism is standard equipment.

You're correct on the age of the tires. They are two years old so probably old stock as you suggest.

You don't need the water running to smell the black tank. Just open the toilet valve with the water off. If nothing major or overwhelming comes through you should be good. I noticed you are in VA so with the freezing temps you might not be able to smell anything anyway.

There are/were a couple of people on this forum that happily full time in this rig. We don't but one of the drawbacks for us when we're out for weeks at a time is there are no decent outdoor viewing windows on the curb side or back as you might see on more residential floorplans. We replaced the couch with two powered recliners pretty early on but there isn't much of a view unless the entry door is open. I took the screen door to a local glass shop and had them cut two Lexan panes that fit inside the lip on the top and bottom of the screen door(screen still in) I can quickly install so we can leave it open when it's brisk. My wife really likes that modification.

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On a separate topic...

Is there a simple way to make the loading ramp into a "party deck"? I don't party, but a fenced or gated deck that was level with the rest of the rig would help improve the view out the rear plus give my dog a good safe place to hangout outside.

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Leather Euro Recliners and Ottoman...

I think this was an option when buying a 347THT.

Can someone with the Euro recliner and ottoman option let me know the approx size and weight?

I might be able to buy one, but it's going to have to be shipped so I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the shipping cost.

Thanks!

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