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RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

Sorry guys, been away nursing a slipped disc. Thank you for the well wishes guys. As far as the AC, not really sure. The hottest day we had was 86* so not really a big test. We are going to the lake the end of the week and will most likely get a feel for it then...pardon the pun! They did change out all of the vents and put in ones with almost no neck on them. The airflow has increased some. They re-taped all of the vent openings to try and help too. Of course this is really the first trip we've used both ACs after my dealer replaced the control board in the rear one so it cycles the way it should now. One very funny moment while at the beach and we were gone to dinner. We had turned down the T-stats to around 64* just to see what would happen for a bit. We were gone about a 90 minutes. When we walked back in, my wife who very seldom uses bad words, called me to the camper and said, "Are you happy now? It is 63 effing degrees in here right now! I'll have to admit, it felt REALLY good in there. We usually keep them around 75-78 or so, so I was really shocked when it got that cool. So maybe, just maybe the ACs are doing what they are supposed to do. I will let you guys know about the week at the lake here in GA in July when we get back. Again, thanks!
nremtp143 06/24/17 06:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

We have been home from the Myrtle Beach now over a week. The camper did fine. No flex in the nose at all and the caulking is still intact. As far as the warranty goes, we were only offered an extension until September. The paperwork was waiting on us when we returned. Maybe the flex is now permanently gone and we can get to enjoying the unit.
nremtp143 06/18/17 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

Late yesterday I received an email stating that they had approved my warranty extension until 9/26/17...which is 4 months from now. The email totally ignored the problems caused by the driver and even said they had never had any problem with a transport driver before, however did mention the toll charge and said they would pay it if I sent them the fine. Absolutely no mention of the why the rear bumper was replaced either. I talked to them today twice and have heard from Montana by email twice today stating that the paint is an exclusion to the warranty. I'm waiting an answer to the email I sent back asking why they felt they were not responsible for the damage that was caused when they had control of the unit. Listening to you guys it is apparent that I should have bought a Montana years ago as the quality was much better. Unless things change drastically, I've owned my last Montana. But as long as they stay "#1 in sales", why would they want to change as they are milking a cash cow. Along the same lines, a buddy of mine in Michigan has turned his into his dealer as his is five months older than mine with the same flex in the side. Montana has denied his warranty as of now stating that the 1/2" flex in the side is within spec, even though it breaks the caulking every time the unit is picked up. So he and his wife are in a hotel in Michigan waiting to hear something as other avenues are being sought. I believe his is about to get ugly. When I talked with someone from Montana recently, I was told that they didn't care about anything I put online and they are definitely not afraid of a lawsuit. I guess as long as they can still sell them, they truly don't care. One thing I can tell you is that the sales side cares what it said about them on the net. If the AC units do not cool as they are supposed to when we are at the beach next week, we will go ahead and take the next step. Describing that would violate forum rules here. I will update as I can if you are still interested.
nremtp143 05/26/17 02:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestions for Roof Rack to Haul 2 Kayaks on Quad Cab Truck

I have a Thule square bar system on my '13 dually and carry two kayaks at times there. I also have the front hitch and the Rhino-Rack T-loader for the front when carrying the 12-15 foot ones. If you put the square bars on form any brand, they will have to have something in front or on them to stop the wind noise. I chose to go cheap and wrap a 3/8" piece of rappelling rope around it from side to side which stopped all of the wind noise and helps cushion the kayaks sitting on the bar. I tied it on on one end and use black zip tie on the other end. All you need to stop the wind noise is something to break up the vortices going over the bar. It's worked well for us.
nremtp143 05/21/17 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CK-4 oil

Just received from Amsoil my order of 5W40 Signature Series MaxDuty diesel oil. It happens to meet CK-4/CJ-4 specs. I checked the spec sheet, am I missing something? Ford has been very vocal about the "wear" test that they've conducted on their Powerstroke engines with the new CK oil. Also, a major brand tractor trailer engine maker did the same, just can't recall at this moment. The engine parts tested had higher wear with the new oil versus any of the previous oils. The newer oil has a lower viscocity than previous ones which is causing the concern. Here is Shell's response to their oils Shell's Response
nremtp143 05/21/17 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Firestone Transforce tires

I just put two Transforce A/Ts on the front of my dually as the BFGs that came on it were toast at 25K miles. They will go on the back when they are done too.
nremtp143 05/15/17 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Settle an argument about CCC

The reason I know this is our '12 Sandpiper 365SAQ came with 6k axles and weighed a lot more than they claim it did. So after loading generator and having it weighed, it had 137 pounds of CCC BEFORE anything was put into it. After a 6 week problem solving conversation with FR, they sent new wheels, axles, springs and U-bolts to me dealer for them to put in. Since then, they've changed out over 40 that we know of. Just beware.
nremtp143 05/15/17 06:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

So, this brings up a point. If someone has to send their unit back to the factory, should they take off the plates and make the dealer/factory use their transporter plates? After reading this, I would think twice about leaving my plates on my 5er....... We were told by our dealer that they would use dealer/factory plates but as we can see, that did not happen.
nremtp143 05/15/17 06:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I-85 Reopens through Atlanta

It's all about the money. To do something like this requires lots and lots of it. I'd bet the expense of restoring that highway was probably three times as much (or even more) as if it'd been done the usual way. Doing infrastructure improvements or repairs the way we do in this country these days (not until something breaks) is the only way they can be done without raising taxes to pay for them. Show me of a politician that will say we need to do that, and I'll show you one that won't be in office next week. We've only ourselves to blame. Completely correct! I just thought it was funny that they are saying that when the same ones are complaining about the repaving of the south end is so expensive:B
nremtp143 05/15/17 05:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Additional spring leaves or airbags?

The cheapest way would be to add Timbrens or bags, but for the $800 you are talking about a local spring shop adding a leaf, you can buy an entire heavy duty set of replacement springs for the rear of the truck from ATS or The Suspension King with new U-bolts cheaper than that. I've put all 4 springs on my Excursion and F250 for under $800 for each truck. And that's all four corners with me doing the work which can be done in your driveway with common hand tools, jack and jackstands. Just throwing out another option.
nremtp143 05/15/17 05:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions on road testing of 2017 Ford 250 and 350

Ride quality is subjective. DITTO! All that should be different between the 250/350 are the rear springs now. Another possibility would be that either one was supplied with a camper package or snow plow prep package. These two options change the spring rate. Plus, a stiff ride to you may mean a firm ride to me. "Similarly equipped" can mean different things to different people. For instance, our new truck to pull the mass casualty trailer at work is a '16 F250 4x4 6.2L gasser that was replacing a '12 F250 4x4 6.7L diesel. The new one with the gas engine will jar you to death, but the 6.7L rode great. I'd have to compare window stickers line for line with the weight differences and the options before deciding anything like that.
nremtp143 05/15/17 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

Toll evading is not something to be taken lightly. I just can't believe a CDL driver would do that knowing the consequences for his license, but oh wait, he was pulling our trailer with our tag on it so he didn't bother to stop. :D
nremtp143 05/15/17 05:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Settle an argument about CCC

I was just looking into this and one unit I looked at stated a full tank of water and propane tanks were included in the calculation of the CCC. Most trailers I looked at did not calculate it that way. My advice would be to verify by manufacturer. You are correct. The chief engineer at FR says that they do weigh for propane on all models and water and propane on others such as toyhaulers. Check the stickers and if unsure, call them.
nremtp143 05/15/17 05:31am Fifth-Wheels
I-85 Reopens through Atlanta

Early Sunday morning all lanes through downtown Atlanta were reopened. It took only 6 weeks to rebuild two bridges that were destroyed by fire. Even though the contractor received a huge bonus for completing the work early, the community wants to know why all road improvements aren't done that quickly!:B
nremtp143 05/15/17 05:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dropped the fiver today, and how was your day? Part 1

Mike, have you thought about trying to find a take-off bed at a local Ford dealership or a truck body shop? It would be cheaper on the insurance company that way as you only have to have it painted. BTW, that tailgate with the step, when they came out they were a hot stolen item around here. Some insurance companies here paid as much as $3700 just for the tailgate and step. Anyway, sorry this happened and hope you are back on the road soon.
nremtp143 05/14/17 01:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert steps up to the plate.

Thanks for the report! Glad they sent you a good one.
nremtp143 05/14/17 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

I got a response from them late Thursday afternoon saying they were sorry that they hadn't been in touch with me sooner. We were offered a 5 month extended warranty which would be until August. Since the regular warranty expired over 48 days ago and no communication with them since, it really kind of was a slap in the face to us as it would only be a 90 day warranty. That wouldn't even cover the down time of the unit at the dealer, collision center and back to the factory. Since we are still having issues with the AC units and since they were never tested at the factory like the work order said they would be I explained that to them. Dometic said last week that their units are functioning as they were designed and that it must be in the "delivery system" to the inside of the coach. I also mentioned that our unit has some damage to the rear hitch, which was not there when it left, the rear bumper has been replaced and no one knows why or will own up to it, and a much more minor thing is that the bay door they replaced the weather stripping on is now pouring water during rainy days(just fixed that today myself). I would just like to know why the bumper was replaced. Was it an accident on the road? At the factory? Also on Thursday, we received a fine from the State of Indiana stating our camper was photographed going around a toll plaza when it was being delivered back to GA!! Makes me wonder about the driver now, which might have something to do with the bumper.(who knows!) We've now towed the unit about 125 miles and the nose has been intact. Very thankful for that. We'll see what they say about my response to their offer. In the mean time, we are preparing for our annual Myrtle Beach trip at the end of the month. The AC units will get a test there. Hopefully they will be better than last year.
nremtp143 05/14/17 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible frame weld broken on new Montana

Still no reply from Montana. 5 calls and 8 emails later with no response. I was warned that this particular manager would do this very thing by PMs on this and other forums. Shelley apparently has gotten quite the reputation for not following up on any promises made during the problem. Although I was told that see a service survey from them, I've yet to see that either. In the words of another poster, "Looks like typical Keystone" apparently.
nremtp143 05/07/17 02:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Landing gear hard to raise under load

Will the jacks operate "normally" with no weight on them? If so, it is best to replace the both legs at the same time, only after making sure the motor has the voltage it needs. Just replaced my work partners on the her Montana as they became increasingly harder to lift the unit. Very easy to do with the rig on the truck. As stated above, Etrailer.com is a great place to order them from. Montana campers have to have them ordered from Keystone due to the difference in the welded support brackets for the legs.
nremtp143 05/01/17 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel "airbag" kingpins

We've never had a chucking problem with any of the 5ers we've had, but our latest one(Montana) had the MorRyde pin box on it from the factory and I noticed a bit of difference in ride quality with it. That being said, if you've followed my saga of the broken structural component in the nose of the Montana, I wanted something to two do things, 1) was to protect the nose of the rig a little more and 2) was to smooth out the ride of the truck some. Last summer we went from GA to Wisconsin Dells on a summer trip and the roads were horrible. The MorRyde did what it could, but good lord the jarring was bad. Plus, the dually has has onboard air and airbags that I was constantly adjusting. Not too big of a deal, but thought there had to be something better. So we bought a TrailAir pin box. We did NOT get the TrailAir FlexAir as we'd been warned by several that it would cause a bit of chucking especially on the interstates. There are even reviews on YouTube about it. Around here in the SE, we don't have roads like I-39 and I-57 up around Wisconsin(thank God), but we do have I-20 and I-85. The pin box has helped quite a bit on these roadways as the truck doesn't jar nearly as bad. Was it worth it, to me so far it has been. I will have a better idea in about a month when I go to Myrtle Beach from ATL up I-20. Just remember, everything you read on topics such as this are going to be subjective just like "does your truck have a harsh ride". Everyone is different, that's why they make many different models.
nremtp143 04/28/17 02:50pm Fifth-Wheels
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