We have been coming to the RGV for 14 years and the last 2 years have been the coldest. I think last year was actually colder but this year has been wetter and way more clouds. I too hope this is not the new normal.
We always hook up a day or two before we are leaving if weather is likely to be questionable. If there is adequate room, we also hook up the night before when on the road as we like to get an early start. As you said, leave the legs down to take weight off of TV and to provide stability.
We drove 6 hours to get our last one. Closest dealer was 2 1/2 hours away but I wouldn't have gotten it there if they gave it to us. Absolutely horrible sales dept. and have heard service is no better. Because of distance involved, we had an agreement that any warranty issues, preauthorized, could be done by local independent RV repair shop. So check out that possibility if you buy from distant dealer.
We are on our second Cedar Creek and would buy another in a heartbeat. We had the 2004 Creek until 2013 when we traded it on a new one. Only a couple of minor issues with either of them and those issues were taken care of without any problems.
As someone mentioned Forest River covers a lot of lines and comparing an entry level line to a Creek is like comparing apples to oranges. Cedar Creeks and Silverbacks are built in their own plant in Topeka, IN. The factory support for their product is incredible.
We did the 24 to 31 route last August although is reverse as we were leaving the FROG rally in Goshen. It was not a bad route although there are several small towns that you have to go through. We will probably use that route again this year if we go to the FROG rally.
I will second all of those that say they would not have another fifth wheel without auto leveling. We bought a 2013 Cedar Creek 30RL with the auto level. We absolutely love it. Also as we get older, the convenience of the auto level is awesome. We love the 30RL but Cedar Creek took it out of the line in 2014. The actual length is just over 34'. It has the best layout in the living area of any we looked at. The pantry space is a little sparse but that was a trade off we could live with. As Sandsorrel said, Cedar Creek customer support is excellent. So if you are looking in this length, you might try to find a gently used 2013 CC 30RL. There may also be few 2012 30RL's out there.
Peaches, I think you are making way more out of this than people intended. You say you have no problems borrowing from or loaning planes to folks. But you further qualify that by saying that you taught them to fly. Thus that implies a level of training has occurred. Furthermore, most folks don't fly since it is a rather expensive undertaking.
That being said, we have a sizeable investment in our trailer and tow vehicle. Could it be replaced? Yes and it is covered by insurance but that misses the point. RV systems tend to be somewhat unique. Towing is not the same as hopping into your car and hitting the road. So there is the question of liability and the question of damage, unintentional or not. You will note that most that replied they would loan qualified that by only to certain people and in certain circumstances. They have some confidence the borrower would take care of the unit, but the owner would most times take the RV to the site and set it up. I don't see that as being selfish at all, just being prudent.
You wouldn't loan a plane to someone that didn't know how to fly, so why should we loan our RV to someone that is not familiar with all that RVing entails. And there are some people that can destroy a crow bar. Why would I even consider loaning to them.
All this being said, I am in the group of no and no.
My nephew has asked me for some help in evaluating bunk house models while he is currently serving overseas. I understand there are pros and cons about whether a bunk house is desireable or not. I am more interested in specific comments about the units he has on his short list. The tow vehicle is not an issue as he will be purchasing it after he has decided on the trailer.
His current short list includes the Cedar Creek Silverback 35Qb4, Mountaineer 350QBQ and Open Range 3x 427BHS. I have already noted things like fresh water capacity, access to the fridge when the slides are closed, cargo capacity and bunk size. I am really more interested in comments on build quality, accessibility and comfort.
Thanks for your input.
We are on our second Cedar Creek. The first was a 2004 that we traded in 2013 on our current Creek. The only problem we had with it was that the axles were misaligned. That was when Lippert had axle problems and many were being replaced. After determining that our axles were not bad, FR paid to have them aligned. End of problem. We also had them vent our microwave (at no cost). We went back to the factory with our durrent Creek for a few warranty matters. Awning fabric was crooked causing stress when retracting, microwave was not vented and it was shipped with a conventional oven instead of the under stove top storage that we had ordered. All items, and a couple of other minor things that we didn't consider to be a warranty issue, were taken care of promptly.
This August we went to the FROG (Forest River Owners Group) rally. There were over 500 various typed of FR rigs there. Before we went we sent in our service request. All of the things on our list were taken care of by factory techs at no cost. They even replaced our convection/microwave at no cost. I personally saw them working on rigs that were long past any warranty period. Most things were taken care of at no cost altho in a few instances there may have been a small charge for parts.
Three members of our CCRVOC had extensive repairs, caused by suspension problems, that would have ranged from $5,000 to $8,000 done at no cost to them. The scuttlebutt going around the fair grounds was that FR put out $100,000+, not counting factory tech time that was paid while they were at the rally, in repairs during the rally, or back at the factories if repairs couldn't be completed at the rally, at no cost to the owners.
If this doesn't make you lean strongly to a Creek, I don't know what else I can say. They are a well built, attractive unit with excellent factory support. And as SandsOrrell said, the CCRVOC is an added bennefit. A great club.
You might hang a couple of no pest strips in the rig when you are through using it. Home Defense makes them but there is also a generic one available at a farm store that works just as well. When you get ready to use it again, remove the strips and air it out for a couple of days.
We leave the no pest strips in the basement area year round but I wouldn't have it in the living area while we are using it. Works on bugs that you don't even realize you have inhabiting the trailer.
Well after spending another week in a campground where there was little off air TV available, we have determined that we will be taking our Direct TV with us.
We can take the SD receiver from the family room without much problem. However, we don't want to take down the dish each time. We have an extra round dish, with a single LNB, that we used with our old receiver. But when we switched service so that we could get local channels, we got an eliptical dish with three LNBs. I realize that we won't get local channels when we are on the road but will the round dish with the single LNB work with the SD receiver? Or do we need to find an eliptical dish like is hooked up at the house now.
I looked at the Direct TV website but couldn't get an answer. I'm sure for a price that a technician would come out an get us fixed up. But I'd rather do it myself if possible.
We have the same tire on ours, about the same age, only our fifth wheel is about 2,700 pounds lighter, loaded and ready to roll. We have 10,000 miles on them and no problems but we will replace them before we make our first trip next spring just to be on the safe side.
I agree the manufacturers could and should make better tires an option. However, many buyers out there will not be knowledgable enough, or don't want to spring for another couple hundred bucks (about 1% on a $25,000 purchase) to order better tires. I imagine that the manufacturers have computed the warranty rate for repairs due to tire failures and have determined they can still save X dollars going with the cheaper tires. Until consumers as a whole demand better tires, as a standard item, we are not likely to see this change.
I think that this will be too much trailer for your truck. We have a 2010 Chevy 2500 HD long bed, Duramax and the max pin weight is 3000 and max trailer weight is 13,300. Our 5th wheel weighs 12,280 loaded (no water) ready to roll and the pin weight is 2840. This setup pulls just fine, but I would not want to go any heavier.
You can find a FW that will fit within the tow limits of your GMC, but it takes some looking and you need to know your tow specs. Now I will get flamed as someone will post that they pull what you are proposing with their 2500 SRW and have no problems. Be that as it may, we prefer to stay within our limits. I'd like the truck to last us a long time.
We just came through 152 to west I435 last Sunday. There was no blockage although they had been doing some road work in the area. Maybe we were lucky or maybe you were unlucky but that is the route we normally take.
Second taking 152 west at Liberty to west 435. Once you get past the two or three stop lights on the east end of 152 it is smooth sailing to 435. It doesn't seem that traffic on west 435 is as heavy as east 435 and it is shorter.
You might try cleaning the threads on the water heater with a small wire brush. Corrosion can build up enough to make it hard to thread the rod. When we store the RV for the winter, we clean the threads, put a light coat of vaseline on the threads, and then put a clean cloth loosely in the hole. This keeps bugs, etc out of the water heater and keeps the threads from corroding. When we reinstall the rod in the spring, we start it with our fingers, then tighten just enough to snug it with a socket. We also use a wrap of teflon tape on the rod.
A similar thing happened to us about 5 years ago. We plugged into a 30 amp circuit that had mistakenly been wired to 220. You are correct in that it fried more than the microwave. It fried all items with a circuit board, converter, refrigerator, 2 TV's, microwave, satellite receiver, etc. Our insurance covered the fridge, converter and microwave because they are "attached" to the RV. The TV's were on us. All told, the cost to replace everything was over $2,000. So with our $500 deductible and having to replace the TV's on our dime, we were out about $1,000. This little disaster did not raise our rates on our next renewal.
When we got home from that trip we bought a Progressive Industries surge protector/low voltage unit and have used it religiously since. But so far, that has been the only surge that we have experienced. We have had shut downs for low voltage several times.
There a couple of roads in KS that you can take to get over to US 83. Take 83 to North Platte, NE. Holiday RV park there is a nice and easy in, easy out park. Take 83 north of there to 2 and take 2 west to 385. Roads are decent and the route is a scenic as it gets in the panhandle of NE.