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RE: Curt Hitch

I have a Curt 16530 and really like it, now. But it took some getting used to. There's something you need to know about the Curt - The Curt Q20 is a different kind of hitch and is not hitched up like other hitches. Some people who have had other brands of hitches have trouble with this. I did too, until I realized the reason. Most fifth wheel hitches “fall back” at an angle to provide a “ramp” for the trailer hitch plate to ride up on when hitching. This doesn’t work very well for the Curt hitch because of the way it is made. The Curt hitch has a solid steel shank that is affixed to the hitch plate that extends down into a thick, rigid, rubber mount. This mount provides damping and prevents most “chucking and bucking” prevalent in many hitches. When the hitch is not coupled, the "resting" or "static" position of the hitch plate is parallel to the ground instead of tilting back like most hitches. It does provide a slight bevel at the trailing edge of the hitch plate. When you are hitching to the Curt hitch, I have found it is best to elevate the trailer pin so that the hitch plate is almost at the same height as the truck hitch plate – within ½”. Most other hitches are a little more forgiving on the height because they will elevate the trailer 1-3 inches with the “Ramp”. The bottom line is this – the Curt hitch is a little more finicky when hitching; but, once you get used to it, it’s no more difficult than the others, and the benefit is better damping and a smoother ride. Interesting post, it took me about ten tries to get my trailer hooked up this weekend as I was always taught to have the trailer a little low as the hitch would lift it and you didn't want to high hitch. It is significantly more finicky I find with the Trail air kingpin on my new trailer that rotates (its the rota-flex or whatever it's called, not the actual air bag one) I am glad to know it's not a problem with my hitch and I just need to change my tactics a little bit. Edit: Need to update my signature, I have a 2014 Ram 3500 DRW with factory prep and a Curt Q24 that I am very happy with. I have to agree...our Curt Q24 drove us crazy at first. The first one had a bad head...Curt replaced it without issue after tech was on the phone for hours trying to help us get unhooked. The new head works great, but there still was a learning curve with this hitch...but now that we understand it...it is a great hitch! Like it almost as much as our Pullrite Super fifth 20.5.
kakampers 05/19/15 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to fifth wheeling

X2 on the B&W Companion hitch that fits in the factory-installed puck system. You can easily take it apart (two pieces) and remove it exposing your full bed like it came from the factory. Easy peasy. I don't believe there is a factory-installed puck system for the Chevy Silverado. There isn't... We installed a CurtQ24 in our new Chevy, but it's a long bed. In the short bed I'd go with a Pullrite automatic slider.
kakampers 05/17/15 11:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big horn ordering question

The roof lamination process is completely different from the way the sidewalls are laminated. Heartland has been doing this since 2009 and I have not heard of one single problem with these roofs...ours is just fine. The.one thing you will notice they are a little bit noisier when it rains...
kakampers 04/22/15 05:54am Fifth-Wheels
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
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