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RE: Forest River pecking order

Yes... That looks good!! BUT feels like PLASTIC when touched... IF I am paying upwards of $65,000.00 - $70,000.00 I don't want to feel plastic on my counter tops... and I want a rear cap.. That's JUST MY opinion...Different strokes for different folks is all... They were my exact thoughts too after looking at the Solitude....
kakampers 04/08/15 01:01pm Fifth-Wheels
Pop Up Ads??

What is with these little green circles with Ads...i.e., selfies gone wrong, etc.???
kakampers 04/06/15 04:58pm Forum Technical Support
RE: day one with new montana; need furance help

That is exactly how our furnance was acting when the control board went out in December...
kakampers 04/04/15 08:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is the 2015 CHEVY SILVERADO 3500HD a good tow rig

Another vote for the 2015 Chevy. It handles our 17,600 pound Landmark like a dream...and we also like all the new features over our 2011 Chevy. Have had zero issues from the 2015 and only a few minor, DEF related from the 2011.
kakampers 04/04/15 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hard folding Tonneau Cover...Bakflip VP??

I have a Bakflip HD in a four panel model for our long bed. I fold it back to the last panel and secure it with a couple of bungee cords and have not had any problems towing our fifth wheel. The only issue is it does block the view of the hitch so I have to do it blind. I did put a piece of red tape on the center of the folded panel which I use to line up with the pin. Has not been a problem. I have one other question...how wide are the rails? How far do they intrude into the truck bed??
kakampers 04/02/15 09:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hard folding Tonneau Cover...Bakflip VP??

It looks like the Bakflip can be secured without standing it up...using bungees...it has hooks just behind the cab, so you can fold it up, and secure it with bungees to the siderails?? My problem with a retractable, which we've had, was the back of the pin box hit the siderails and destroyed them..the are too wide and protrude too far into the bed area.
kakampers 04/02/15 04:28pm Fifth-Wheels
Hard folding Tonneau Cover...Bakflip VP??

Have to replace our hard folding tonneau cover...anybody use the Bakflip VP?? How does it do with your fifth wheel??
kakampers 04/02/15 04:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: White vs. trailers with color

We are approaching our third summer in the Texas heat and sun with this full body paint Landmark. With occasional washing and one waxing the paint on this still looks brand new...in addition, we have no problem whatsoever keeping this rig just as cool and comfortable as our previous "white" fivers with decals...full body paint is the only way to go!! http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff162/kakampers/2ce98b84-f4f9-4c4c-92f7-f0ca0cf551a9.jpg That is what I like to hear. We ordered full body paint on MS on order. I was concerned about the darker colors but Alicia at RR almost insisted on a 3rd AC unit so we went with her advice. Your combo looks very nice! Thanks! I think the cream colored roof and white a/c units help keep it cool...but we've had no issue even with temps around 100 keeping it around 78 inside. BTW...that's our old truck.. We now have a burgandy 2015 Chevy...:) Just noticed the pic of what your new one will look like! Nice... Same colors as ours! You will love full body paint!
kakampers 03/29/15 10:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: White vs. trailers with color

We are approaching our third summer in the Texas heat and sun with this full body paint Landmark. With occasional washing and one waxing the paint on this still looks brand new...in addition, we have no problem whatsoever keeping this rig just as cool and comfortable as our previous "white" fivers with decals...full body paint is the only way to go!! http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff162/kakampers/2ce98b84-f4f9-4c4c-92f7-f0ca0cf551a9.jpg
kakampers 03/27/15 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Excel Closing Its Doors

Recreational vehicles are all a matter of what trade off's can you live with. When trading our 2001 Newmar we narrowed our search to DRV and Heartland. Many models including Excel, Lifestyle, Redwood and Nuwa's all were considered and passed on for various reason's (serious quality gaps, weird layouts, weirder interior decoration colour scheme's). Final decision was again a trade off decision. How strong was the investment climate to earn investment returns and how much saved retirement capital were we comfortable liquidating to pay down a large portion of our purchase versus how quickly would investment returns grow our nest egg back before retirement in 2 years. In the end a skeptical lack of confidence in the markets and a decision to postpone selling our S&B lead us to purchase the Heartland over the DRV. Overall I am quite satisfied with the HL Landmark. It will never be on par with our old Newmar. Is it comparable to the Nuwa, Excel, Lifestyle, Redwood, absolutely! It is a step down from the DRV product's in build design (frame and walls), weight, cost, available customization's and a few options. From what I saw in numerous factory tours build quality of all the brands I have mentioned can be hit and miss even with the DRV. As I see it money no object the New Horizon is and has been the cream of the crop. But you better be ready to purchase a F450 as a minimum for a TV and plan on spending another 175K for the trailer. For serious well-heeled fulltimer's sack I hope New Horizons continue to produce unit's for many years to come. Perhaps then if something happened to my Heartland Landmark in the future I might be able to afford and find a used New Horizon. Thank You! For a long time I thought I was the only one who felt this way...we made the exact same decision, and do not regret one bit buying our Heartland Landmark over the DRV and all the others that you listed. We too carefully looked at each one and came to the same conclusion...however, if something happened to my Landmark I think I would be looking toward Forks RV...
kakampers 03/24/15 07:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Excel Closing Its Doors

And we need to see what Thor has in the wings for DRV. Ken Nothing negative yet. In talking to the DRV folks, nothing has changed except for the backroom operations - personnel, payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable, which moved from Howe to Elkhart. All the engineering and operational personnel as well as management remain the same. They said that the deep pockets of Thor are actually benefitting them at this point as the Thor suits came to Howe and asked, what do you need that you don't have to be better, and Thor opened their checkbooks for improvements to and expansion of the Howe facility. Time will eventually tell, but I wouldn't have any concern purchasing a DRV just because of the ownership change as of this 5 minutes. Hopefully Thor understands what they bought and are trying not to screw it up by Thor-izing DRV. With the closing of Excel, that's pretty much the end of the road for the Hitchhiker brand, I suppose, so (as Excel management stated in their announcement) the options these manufacturers face is to be big enough to reach critical mass or die - Excel couldn't do it. DRV apparently has, though we may not be thrilled about the purchaser. Some of these newer startups - the clock is ticking; let's see what happens when they burn through their startup capital. Rusty This is exactly the same thing that Heartland has experienced since their acquisition by Thor over four years ago. They have been able to expand and improve dramatically...and actually it's Heartland who now owns DRV. DRV should be left alone except for the administrative end of the business and now have the funds to do what they want to do...win, win for all involved...IMHO.
kakampers 03/21/15 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Excel Closing Its Doors

Yes...and if I'm not mistaken, Excel was building the "new" NUWA units, so now NUWA is also gone again...
kakampers 03/20/15 12:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Owner Questions

We have been in our 2013 Landmark since December 2012...prior unit was a Bighorn and we full timed in it for more than six years. We waited to buy the Landmark until we could get exactly what we wanted...even added Mor Ryde IS and disc brakes...the plan is for this to be our last coach and so far I've not seen anything that would change my mind.
kakampers 03/19/15 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Most reliable 5th wheels

There isn't a single RV made that will be trouble free...some might come close, but none will have zero issues.
kakampers 03/16/15 11:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: heat pump

We have dual heat pumps too...the best feature is the auto setting...we set the temp where we want it and the auto setting decides which is needed, A/C, heat pump or furnace...keeps our rig comfortable no matter what the outside temps do...
kakampers 03/12/15 01:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hydraulic slides and leveling

Our 2008 Bighorn had one switch inside to move all slides, one at a time, in a specific order. However at the pump we had valves where we could isolate each slide so we could move which slide we wanted individually...our Landmark has a switch for each slide inside the coach...we like the individual switches better. Makes it easier if I need to get to something while one the road..I can move which slide I need only.
kakampers 03/04/15 06:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: FIRST TIME using 6 point leveling

Yes...we have lifted one side using manual to change a blowout, and we used it to replace all 4 tires and wheels in a campground, one side at a time.
kakampers 03/04/15 06:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: FIRST TIME using 6 point leveling

We have had 6 point Level Up since 2009...not one issue and I've have never heard of anyone's fiver dropping down on it's landing gear...not to say it couldn't, but have never heard of it...
kakampers 03/04/15 02:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: frozen sewer hose and water line

Have always left grey open...no problem in over 30 years...to each his own.
kakampers 02/22/15 05:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling With the Propane On

I know Mac the Fire Guy...did many shows with him when we vended. I have all the respect in the world for him...However, I still run with my propane on. Have seen enough rolled trailers in my lifetime to realize the emergency shutoff valves work...not one of those trailers ever exploded or even caught fire....
kakampers 02/22/15 05:09pm General RVing Issues
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