Just some help if meeting in ND. If you meet in Bismarck at I-94 Exit 161 there is not only a nice sized truck stop to get food, fuel, etc, but about 300 yds down that street is Capital RV. It is one of the bigger dealers in the state and they have plenty of parts and accesories in case you go to hook up and you are missing something or need assistance. If you plan on meeting on US Hwy 2, I can suggest Minot as it also has a Capital RV right on the Hwy west side of town.
2011 Jayco Eagle 365BHS
2007 Chevy Silverado CC/SB 2500HD, Max & Alli
Beautiful Wife of only 17 Years
Boy - 15yrs, thinks he's 20
Boy - 8yrs
Well, just got a comformation on a date from my sister on trailer pick up. Meeting in MT end of April. Whoo-YA! Now If I can get my truck together AGAIN! Went to do front brakes and broke a frozen slider bolt and a flexline. Oh well, they are the original '99 parts. So will replace both caliper/bracket asy's and hoses. Had a New England 'Can't make up it's mind' storm last night rain,snow and ice. Supposed to be clear on Sun. Get the brakes done and then work in the hitch. Hopefully get it all done this weekend.
Well, things have changed a little. Hopefully spring 2012 I will take delivery of the 5ver. I came upon a craigslist sale for a SuperGlide 16K (older model) that was used only twice (towed the rig home and back to trade it in on a MH at the end os season) then stored in the garage. It's in great shape. Just needs dusting and lubed. Even came with the Super Rails and pins. No brackets, when he sold the truck, there was 2 feet of snow on the ground. And he wasn't pulling them off. So I ordered a set from Tweety's. Three days later they were on my steps. Picked up the "T" connector for the trailer feed and a replacement plug for the bumper with a 7 pin recepticle. Found the brake controller under the dash- still need to get one. (Was looking at the P3 Prodigy).
Just talked to my Sis in AK. They've had 'bout 4 feet of snow this week. Had to use the small 'dozer to clear the driveway. She has all the manuals for the rig and the accessories that have been added. Not sure where we will meet up. They want to pick up another flatbed goose-neck, and they're cheaper down south.
I figure about 2 days driving time to just west of the Missippi, unless they go to TX/LA.
I guess the only thing of importance not yet mentioned is a BRAKE CONTROLLER. Other than that, pulling a 25' 5th Wheel is absolutely no sweat, newbie or oldbie. Get the controller installed and enjoy the trip!
Another thing I don’t see mentioned specifically here is age of the tires. According to the rule many RVers follow, the 5er should be on or due for its third set. Needless to say, this is an issue that should be dealt with before your sister leaves Alaska.
I did not see it mentioned here, so I will. I strongly suggest to jack up each wheel and spin them and check for wheel bearing noises and play. I would not want to pull a trailer very far the first time unless I checked and also inspect the tires real good for bad spots and inflate to proper psi. As long as brakes,lights, tires and bearings are good it will run good down road and any thing else that needs fixing can be done when you get to your place.
Jim & Georgeanne + Lucie the beagle
"excavator" on the DieselStop.Com
1996 F250 Powerstroke, Baby Swamp injectors,BTS Trans TW Chip,210,000 miles,
1995 Fleetwood Wildness 30 ft 5ver
Welcome to the RV Lifestyle Mike! We are pretty new to all this but I can offer one piece of advice we learned the hard way. NEVER sit with your dump valves open - even when hooked up to sewer - keep valves closed and dump when 3/4 full or so - black first then grey. Failure to follow this WILL result in an extremely undesirable condition AKA the "Black Hills"!