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fowlthing

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Posted: 01/20/21 06:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are very interested in the Montana FL camper 3710. But got reports yesterday that the rear end drags and the bumper gets damaged.

The person that has this camper is really sick about it and has torn the bumper off twice..

Any other reports or stories. Thanks for any insight or suggestions for other similar designed campers etc.


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Posted: 01/20/21 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not heard of a problem but some questions about this "guy":
- Does he have the hitch height set up correctly. If it's bow high, that will put the stern low and make it more prone to dragging. That's operator error not an issue with the trailer.
- Where did these incidents happen? Some driveways have a sharp change in grade from the road to the driveway. Was he boondocking on rough roads? Again, it could be operator error not considering where you are driving. If you are arriving at one of these situations, you need to stop/slow down and figure out if you can make it.

There's nothing special that I can see about this unit, so I'm betting it's operator error.

There are some things you can do to mitigate:
- If the axles are attached above the springs, you can have it moved below gaining you 4-5 inches of clearance.
- If you have enough space between the overhang and the bed rails, you can often move the hitch down which will raise the stern.
- If you do come to a sharp grade change, cross it at an angle will usually help. If nothing else, have someone get out and watch while you creep slowly across it.


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Good reply above, from an obvious boat guy! [emoticon]

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I once had a 36ft Mobile Suites and it came from the factory with built in skids at the back. Only dragged on the skids once coming out of a rediculous steep and short gas station exit that I should not have used. Pure operator error.
I agree that "this guy" either had a poor set up or operator error in where he was taking his unit.

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Posted: 01/20/21 08:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would agree that that falls into the "Operator Error" category . .

Without seeing the set up that is


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I would suggest you go over to the Montana Owners Club forum and ask the question. I know there have been a few that have had a problem with rear end drag on very uneven surfaces. Some have added skid plates or rollers. But I don't know what floorplans those were. But I don't know that it is any more of a problem on Montana than other 40' 5ers with long rear overhangs.

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Posted: 01/20/21 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the feedback...my understanding is that it has happened on local paved roads...we do live in a hilly area.. thanks..

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Posted: 01/20/21 09:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fowlthing wrote:

Thanks for the feedback...my understanding is that it has happened on local paved roads...we do live in a hilly area.. thanks..


Hilly areas are very prone to steep grade changes as you enter driveways or even crossroads.

Just driving along a paved road with no obvious damage, I can't see how even with a low clearance you would be dragging.

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Posted: 01/20/21 10:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Typical of any long RV on steep or hilly areas, our driveway is pretty steep and I have learned to drive in/out a certain way to avoid scraping rear end. It is not specific to Montanas as I have never owned one, any RV I have owned over 30' has caused this issue to occur.

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@40' long and the axles towards the center that leaves a big section from the axles to the bumper. If the 5er is a couple inches high in the front that will compound the issue.
FWIW I have a 31' TT with the axles more towards the center vs rear. Just exiting my driveway one of my stab jacks almost drags. I'm running 16" tires and a robust suspension and my driveway's not steep at all.
My thinking is the guys pin high vs level and thats causing the rear bumper to drag more often.

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