If weight of 5er, (figure you're talking about a 5th. wheel), is to be 7,000# or under, sleep 2 and be able to handle temps that you're talking about, you're probably out of luck....not too many around with a wieght of 7,000# that are super insulated as you are wanting one to be.
What truck are you driving that you need such a light weight 5th wheel? May want to look at a Travel Trailer.....Lot of variable you've brought up...weight restrictions, sleep 2 and handle REALLY cold weather...
The wife and I still love all 4 seasons...maybe one day, we'll summer in the mountains and winter where temps are "abnormally warmer than we're used to:).
We'll be at our camp in WVa, on the river in the mountains..."IF" it's going to be really cold (ie, in the teens...last year we were there and temps. dipped to zero, but we still enjoyed ourselves..guess you got to know how to dress for it:)). We'll load up and spend the better part of the week in Seiverville TN.....Still in the mountains.....
24,000!!!!!!!!!!! ...Guess you've had a lot to say Jon:)....We spent a lot longer on this thread than I would have ever expected...It's got a start date on it of November 8th, 05', SON, that was 9 yrs ago, had a lot of friends come and go in that time frame , but if you remember, it went on for a month or so before that date and a mod deleted it instead of moving it to the ATC forum, thus the reason we re-started it on the above date...Gotta admit, kinda cool:)
Been a litle cold around here the last couple day's, temps in low 20's and highs in upper 30's to low 40's yesterday..25 now with a high around 50..
Kathy and I heading up to our camp in WVa tomorrow.for thanksgiving. Will compare weather forecast for there and Sevierville TN, "IF" it seems it's going to merit the move as far as weather is concerned, we may head there Saturday....(our camper is already at our camp).
So we'll be gone from tomorrow until Sunday, November 30th.
Hope all of you are well, Handbasket, rosie, hope all is well with y'all..believe it's just the 4 of us keeping this going...
Jon, take care and be safe out there buddy...catch y'all later.
i forgot to mentioned
Me and wife #2..honey mooned in the Smokey mountains ,,, in Nov 1976
in a Borrowed VW camper
the cold gave us a good reason to stay in the camper
NO snow..cold & clear we did a lot of sight seeing..including Clingmans Dome
went too "deep creek" campground on the Cherokee side of the Smokies
the EX is long gone but still camping with #3
Pretty country, I've towed and camped in those area's over the years...Gotta love the mountains:)
Not too bad today, cloudy, temp was 33 this morning and is 52 right now...BUT....Monday and Tuesday, we're getting another "Polar Front"....my fingers got cold just typing it:)..
By Tuesday, chance of snow with temps in the mid to upper teens and a high only in the mid 20's...yep, that is brrrrr weather to me....
I work Monday, Tuesday and am off until Dec. 1st.:B Will head up to our camp in WVa on Friday and if weather holds out, we'll stay there, if not, we'll head to Sevierville TN and finish up down there and put the camper up until Feb. or March when temps. warm again.
hope all of you are well and hope you're having a great weekend.
Well, let's see, though not very news worthy, in August of 1970, I had just turned 20 and the wife had just turned 18 when we got married on August 8th, 1970....Had a pop-up camper that we spent our honeymoon in at a campground in WVa..(didn't have the money to visti 50 states, but we both had jobs:))........now 44 years later we're still enjoying our camping together....
yep, nowhere as news worthy as the OP's, but the wife and I still talk about that Honeymoon we had together for a week in a pop-up a little over 44 yrs ago.....( hope the newly-wed's marriage last that long:)
Forget dry weights, stay with GVW of the unit you're going to tow....Don't know if that specific truck will work that well for you...No way do you need a 1 ton to tow that TT with, but you may want to think about a 3/4 ton truck...IF you want to keep what you have, you may want to consider a lighter weight TT....Look on your drivers door sill and see if you can see what your trucks GVWR is as well as it's RAWR (rear axle weight rating)....but the 5.3 with 3:55 may not be happy loaded with family and loaded trailer...
Others may chime in and be able to help you more.
Most TT & 5er manufacturers do not recommend more than 50 psi water pressure into the unit...Got to be a reason for that, whether a faucet is open or not....I set my air pressure when I blow out lines at 40-50 psi and open one tap at a time.....again, never had an issue either way I've done it, whether pumping in RV antifreeze, or just doing the blow out...
50 psi a little high ,I like 30 , and a nice easy blow back the lines , I take my strainers off the faucets and blow back. don,t forget the strainer at the water pump. only thing I ever froze in ten years. most times I blow twice.
Water pressure at many western parks is over 100PSI.
Always leave faucets open to allow for expansion.
.......or use a water pressure regulator, that's what they're for, to lower high water pressure. ...100psi is really high, most RV manufacturers recommend keeping water pressure at or under 50 psi....at 100psi I would expect water line failures sooner than later.
My truck will be fine.
Trailer is 9750 dry.
Max weight 12,900.
Dry pin 1825.
Assumed approx loaded trailer weight is 11,500.
Assumed approx loaded pin weight 2200-2300 lbs.
I just have a preferance to sit with minimum sag.
A lot of "assumptions"...Don't believe you'll need any suspension help....But do yourself a favor and ignore "dry weights".....The GVW on your 5er is 12,900# period...hitch weight will be based on what you ACTUALLY load to....So you're "assuming" you will load 5er to 1,400# under it's GVWR..cool...hitch weight at 11,500# will be as you suggested, around 2300#.
Don't see why your truck would have an issue with this or why your would have to "beef up" the suspension of a brand new truck:h I would think you could load to 12,500#, have a pin weight of 2500#, still be ok with the 2015 2500 and still not have to beef up your trucks suspension...
your money, your truck, your suspension fixer....truck and 5er should work out fine.:)
I am in the market for a new Fifth Wheel. I have been shopping the different dealers in and around the New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Hammond Louisiana area and have some idea of what I want.
One dealer is offering "Warranty For Life" on their new units.
The other dealers say that this is a scam, and has a bunch of hoops to jump through in order to actually use the warranty. They also say that you have to pay a bunch of money for this warranty, and that it actually doesn't cover much.
Do any of you have any experience with the Warranty For Life programs being offered at some dealers?
Thanks,When I was looking at a new RV at a dealer here in WV the unit I was looking at the Lifetime Warranty on it. The dealer gave me a brochure that detailed what was covered and what was not covered. As stated by someone else it was mostly basic coverage on the listed components. The only real caveat was that had to have the annual maintenance performed by a dealer. I asked if it had to be them and they stated no but it had to be a dealer that performed the work. As far as cost I assume that it is built into the price since they were offering it as a free item.
Personally I don't think it is a scam but that is JMHO.
Most things are covered for 1 or 2 years depending on the manufacturer.. I personally think it is a scam and price built into cost of unit, and I'd "want it in writing" if I had it checked out at another dealer and 6 months later something happens, you take it back to your original dealer...wonder at THAT time what they would say...Find it extremely hard to believe that 8-9 yrs down the road they'd replace spring packs, landing gears, slide motors. maybe a refrigerator, convection oven and on....couch that has gotten some on it over the years? Naw, not buying it....
.....If it sounds too good to be true................
Probably have to take it in and get it inspected every so often and first time you miss, the "Warranty for Life:R, is no more....just another stupid scam
I wouldn't buy a camper from them if they're slinging that kind of offer around....wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw a MH.
Worked the last two day's..(when you work 12 hr shifts, by the time you get up, get there, do all paperwork at end of shift and get home, it's like 14 to 15 hrs....Off this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we'll be here at home this time...Heading up to our camp next Friday and will spend the next 10 day's either at our camp in WVa or head to Sevierville TN, (depending on the weather).
Right now it's 26 degrees and with windchill, it's 13.....high today is going to be 38...so we're getting that "polar blast" this weekend...and may get some snow later.
hope all of you are well....(warm:)), and having a great day.......
Sorry if I am highjacking the thread - I have USAA and have never made a claim, so I can't comment on that. I do carry AAA car/RV (gold membership if I remember right). I carry because they will tow both truck and trailer (two tow trucks) if I need. I have not had that happen, but am glad I have it just in case. Can anyone comment on AAA gold membership?
GS ERS and Coachnet will tow both rv and TV also, even if it takes two tow trucks...
Thanks for all the feedback. After reading here and doing a little more research I have decided on the Bridgestone Duravis tires. They do fit my budget better then the Michelin. Although I know they are an excellent tire (Michelin), I am hoping the Duravis will perform well also. Thanks again for all the help !! ;)
The Duravis will work just fine for you:)
Don't know about USAA TOWING insurance, but for $99 to $109 a year, Good Sams ERS or Coachnet will tow every vehicle you own, including your TT, 5er, MH, whatever you own to be towed to nearest dealership...They will do unlocks, change tires and deliver fuel, as well as help you map a route if you need it. The insurance offerings are hard to beat for the price. A lot on RV.NET won't leave home without Good Sams ERS or Coachnet, and I'm one of them. I have Coachnet now, but both have more than paid for themselves over the years I've carried one or the other.