Our fiver has a slide that is 3 x 13, with a dining table with a leaf for six people and a couch that will sit 3 people. Have not had a problem with it, even the family members sitting down. But I will not put support jacks under it, as it could bend the frame for the slide.
We have a fiver, and we put dryer sheets on out back level jacks as they are close to the body frame. Also we us them on our tires, and put small rocks of top to keep them in place. Along with the other suggestions, foam and steel wool around inlets for water lines and vents.
Good Day: We purchased our fiver without the cover on the slides. We put care free on our three slides, some what expensive, but well worth it. Keeps the hear off the slides and more shade. Yes when the wind blows they do may some noise, and if needed we pull the slides in. We are still happy to have them.
I do the same, pull them out of the fiver, I charge them independley, that way I know if one is going bad, they are about the same age but I want to make sure if one is going bad I know it. I had them for 7 yrs and are getting ready to replace them, got my use out of them.
I have the same gen. and no problem running it at with my fiver, or any place that I dry camp. Have the same ac. Had it for 4 yrs and not problem, except the new ones have a remote. ( bummer )
Same question, why have concreate under your slide, unless you are doing it for apperance. I have gravel, but where I live I don't want concrete, esp. under my tires as it gets to -25 degrees, and above 98 in the summer. Concrete is not good for tires, cold or hot if sitting for extended time. I use treated wood, but have concrete pads, 12 x 12 under my front legs, and jacks at the rear of my unit.
As on my profile of my truck, I followed the manufacture's recommendation. At 500 got ride of the firsgt oil, then every 8 to 10 will change it. I have an indicator on the pu tells me when oil life is left. I use my judgement when to, after towing and city driving. I don't follow these quick lube recommendations places, all the want is your money. Sure I it's 7 yrs old, I put about 2500 miles on per year, and don't put many miles on this one, but have done this will all my trucks and cars which get more milage the my truck.
I have been camping over 30 yrs, first thing first, check your spot where you plan to set up. Check for ants, bees, and still water, wet grass. Avoid these ares, unless like you asked an ant powder. Just spread it over the area, be carefull as to where you will walk.
Lakota owner here, as you can see by my profile I have a fifth wheel, and the yr. Bought it new, still have it. Have had no major problem, except the radio went out, replaced by the dealer first month and no problems. Wife and I love this unit, took five yrs looking for one and seen this. Yes they went out of business along with other, but they are ready to market them again. They are equal to the Hoilday Rambler, ours is aluminum frame. If you wish more information, send a note to me, glad to answer any question. We do perfer this model over others the were popular at time of purchase. Yes we would buy another one again, but this one will do us just great.
Most all the the fifth wheel's come with white coating on the roof. Even mobile home request when you redo the roof use a white coat of mixutre. It refelcts the heat from the sun. If you ever use a solor shower, which is black on the one side to asbored the sun to heat the water you will understand the principle of the color. It's like wearing black clothes in the summer!
All of the other responses you got are great, follow them and you should haved no problem. However, check and make sure the hitch has clip that will hold the arm in place for safty reason. ( It should )But I use a lock every time I pull my fifth wheel. I have heard and seen results of some one who just happens to pull the arm open, truck unattended, and the owner drive's off. Unfortunely, now they have a big problem to contend with. Yes it does happen, sorry to say. Juat an added extra safty thought.
I place my fifth wheel front armes on concrete, but I always leave my tires on treated wood. Even during the winter, as the concrete or asphalt will effect the tires after a period of time. I have never had a problem with them while I had them on the trailer, up until I replaced them when needed.
Interested question, I may have an answer for you. I tried an experment with a coleman cooler, the chest type for large amounts of food and soda. I left a block of dry ice in a empty one, in the shade of my back deck. It lasted for 3.5 days. Then I tried a block of regular ice, same time frame, 3.5 day before it melted. So it was pretty close melting for the two, only difference is that you can't TOUCH the dry ice. So it's a toss up. Hope this helps.
I park my fith wheel legs on concrete, but where I live it does get below -20, I do not set my wheels on concrete. I place them on treat wood to protect the tires from the concrete in the cold. Also I raise the whole frame up as to lighten the wt. on the wheels during the time. Tires on my first camper lasted until I was ready for new. I do the same for my fifth wheel.
The other post are good on how to do black tank flush, to clean out your tank, mine says leave the valve open and have it ready drain. However I use a flow restricker, I use it on all of my inlet's as not to blow a valve as per the manufacture specks. I do this at a dump station, yes some people behind me in a line get frustrated taking a few minutes to do this.
I agree with the other comments, our 5er is closed, slides in we can use the micro, ref. the tv. and the couch. Also the bed up above, it was one on the main reason's we purchased this unit. With the wind at 50 plus we have pulled the slides in, and we were still comfortable for the night.
I would recommend Big O any day, never had a problem with my pu, my suv, my four door sedan. Willing to help and fix any problems. Better then some of the other well know tire company's here in the west.