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RE: Montana Fifth Wheel

But, I think part of the problem is, people expect it to be like their house in the winter. No trailer right off the lot is that well insulated. Snipped and trimmed. I don't know about that, early last spring we were in ours at 7 degrees F. with a 35 mph wind coming from the back/street (slide) side of our 5er and we weren't chilly at all. Yes we ate some propane, but we were very comfortable and the furnace was cycling. I didn't think we could ask for anything more from it. Sure you were comfortable but you probably ate a lot more propane than if you were in your house :) That was my point... you can stay plenty warm in a trailer, you'll just use up more resources to get there than you would in a house. Reminds me of one of my first apartments when I lived in Chicago. It was a real junker, but cheap. I kept the heat at 55 because it was so poorly insulated (you could put your hand on the wall and it would be freezing) and old single pane windows, and my gas bill was still $150/mo. Moved to the next place, similar style/age of building around the corner but with better windows and insulation, and my gas bill was cut in half and I was comfy at 70. That was my first lesson in "you get what you pay for".
JAC1982 01/26/21 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana Front Living question...does the bumper hit often

I would agree with the suggestion to go on the Montana owners forum to find other 3710FL owners to ask them. It is not a floor plan they make anymore. If I recall from the Montana Owners Facebook group, the High Country 376/377FL has this issue occasionally, but it's a different floor plan and has a rear master with loft above it, so the rear is lower than normal.
JAC1982 01/20/21 01:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

We just did research on this as we just purchased a second F350 with a shortbed (still have the DRW in my signature too). As my signature states, our rig is a 2020 Montana High Country, with a curved front. It would be nice to use this new truck for trips to places like South Dakota where we want to go park "in town" to do stuff and don't want to deal with the dually's size. We determined that we could get by without a slider hitch in certain circumstances, but the last time we were in SD, the park we stayed at put us in a spot that was plenty long, but still required us to jacknife the truck to get the camper in (road narrowed and turned right there, with a post in the way). We would not have been able to park in a spot like that with a short bed and no slider. So I think it comes down to where you want to camp, and the type of camping you do. If you tend to stay in nicer "big rig" friendly campgrounds with easy pull through spots, you're fine. But if you tend to camp in places with tigher spots, might want to look into the slider.
JAC1982 01/15/21 04:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinion on Resort fees

If it's the only place available in that area, and you NEED to stay there... then you pay it. Who cares what they call the fees, in the end, the total is the total. We pay, what I consider to be, a really high amount to stay at the KOA in Laramie, WY sometimes when UW has home football games. We're basically only there to sleep and then head home the next day. It's not a nice park, we're like sardines, and it's right next to the interstate. But we pay it because it's the only park in Laramie pretty much, and it's still cheaper than a hotel. Supply and Demand.
JAC1982 01/14/21 01:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Snow loads for Trailer

We park indoors now but our previous two were both outside and we never had an issue with snow or water intrusion. The sun did more damage than any other kind of weather. Sun can be a killer on all trailers and boats. Yup especially when the trailer is dark gray (Keystone Impact). The whole side that faced south looked absolutely awful. I noticed they only did the dark gray ones for a few years and have now switched back to white.
JAC1982 01/14/21 12:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rentals

My mom and stepdad rented a camper van via Outdoorsy last summer. Their experience was good, but be sure to read the fine print. For example, after 150 miles a day, they were charged mileage, which isn't uncommon, and they did know about this before they rented it so it was not a surprise. But I could see some people not paying attention to that. This doesn't appear to be a thing with trailers, but definitely with vans/motorhomes. The unit itself was nice, well maintained and clean. The only issue they ran into was the space heater in the inventory list was missing, and the owner didn't catch it before they picked it up. Apparently the prior renters had kept it. So the owner offered to reimburse them if they went to buy one themselves. In the end I think it ends up being similar to Air BnB. It's going to depend on the owner and how well they clean/maintain the units. You can read reviews of each unit to determine how nice it is.
JAC1982 01/12/21 12:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Snow loads for Trailer

We park indoors now but our previous two were both outside and we never had an issue with snow or water intrusion. The sun did more damage than any other kind of weather.
JAC1982 01/12/21 12:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions on Grand Design Fifth Wheels

When we were shopping I had it narrowed down to Keystone and Grand Design. Keystone because our last two rigs were Keystone Toyhaulers and we had a good experience with those. Grand Design because they had a decent reputation. Then narrowed it down more to Montana High Country and Reflection. The floor plans were virtually the same. What sealed the deal for the MHC was it had an option for generator prep. The Reflection did not even offer it as an option, only the Solitude did. So that decided it for us, not sure if that is helpful information for you.
JAC1982 01/12/21 12:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mt Rushmore and Yellostone National Park

Another vote for Custer's Gulch in Custer. We stayed there this past June for 7 nights and it was really pleasant and there's plenty of Big Rig spots. Lots of space between sites, which was a plus for us with our dogs. Gets very dark at night (a positive). We'd stay there again. Only big negative was the cell service wasn't great with Verizon, and the wifi wasn't good either. Satellite worked fine. If you have dogs, there is a dog park that was almost always empty right on the east end of town in Custer. Our dogs enjoyed the "leash free" time there. Rafter J Bar looked nice too, and it has more amenities like a swimming pool (also means it attracts more children in certain areas of the campground). It costs more than Custer's Gulch but the location, IMO, is a bit better as it's slightly more centrally located. We'd consider staying there sometime though. The KOA near Rushmore looked like my worst nightmare when we drove through it. Most of the sites are crammed in like sardines, kids running and screaming everywhere...just no. If you have kiddos though, it probably would be fun. Gave us anxiety just driving through in our dually because it was so tight though.
JAC1982 01/05/21 03:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Montana Fifth Wheel

I didn't think our Montana HC did too bad in some cold weather we encountered in September (well below freezing overnight, didn't get above 40 with no sun and super windy outside during the day, in WY). We utilized the fireplace as a space heater, and kept the heat around 62 and just wore an extra layer. But, I think part of the problem is, people expect it to be like their house in the winter. No trailer right off the lot is that well insulated. If I were stationary and living in it full time, I would spend the money on some good skirting.
JAC1982 01/05/21 03:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Love my Fithwheel but looking for more...

Our first rig was a 30' bumper pull toyhauler. It had a separate 9' garage. It was tight in there. There was no real bedroom, just a bed shoved in the front corner with a curtain. No actual couch, just a dinette bench. Kitchen was tiny. Only thing spacious about it was the bathroom, but you had to walk through that to get to the garage from the living area. The garage had the normal toyhauler folding couch/bed things, but they weren't comfortable. Point being, the smaller you go, the less functional it gets when it comes to trailers. I can do without a lot of bells and whistles, but climbing over each other to get in and out of bed, and getting out the camping chairs to sit and watch a movie when the weather was bad got real old real fast. If you're wanting space for a recliner, I don't think either option you mention is going to make you happy. Just look at smaller 5th wheels. Ours is 34' (downsized from 38' toy hauler 5th wheel) and I could live in it full time if I needed to. They came out with a 32' model a few months after we bought ours.
JAC1982 12/31/20 01:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for mid bunkroom 5th wheel

Montana High Country 334/335BH has a rear bunk with a half bath and it's not much bigger than the one you're looking at. But it has less living space. The 31MB is a nice layout.
JAC1982 12/31/20 01:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

I did a survey of "Independent" RV/HotShot light trucks in 2016 traveling from SoCal to Elkhart, IN. It was EZ-PZ as mentioned pen and paper. Example below. The result was RAM #1 by far, Ford and GM were close until we got into Elkhart area and there were many 7.3 older Fords doing local hauls between suppliers. https://i.imgur.com/101EYwzl.jpg My father in law had an oil field hot shot business for years. Always ran Dodge/RAMs, except he got himself a GMC 3500 Denali at one point :) Ended up getting in a wreck w/ the Denali and it got totalled, and they still have the Dodge 5500 that's still truckin' along even though they shut down the business. It just tows their 5th wheel these days :)
JAC1982 12/28/20 11:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 Fall trip MI to Rushmore then AZ

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I plan on going south and not over the mountain. Was wondering about 18 down through Lusk after Rushmore then down 85 to 25 around Cheyenne. We will never have a day over 400 miles, don't stop for restaurants, but do walk the dog. The two non-interstates are my only concern but will look at them before the trip. After AZ we go to FL for the winter until April. We live NE of Denver and did a trip to the Black Hills in June and we stayed in Custer, so we did the route heading south of Custer on 385 and eventually ending up on Highway 18 then 85. It was an easy drive overall... a little windy but that's going to happen anywhere up there. Roads themselves are good with no low overpasses or trees or anything like that (our rig is 13'5" tall). There's a truck stop (Western Travel Terminal) on the east end of Torrington with lots of parking and easy access gas pumps. I-25 through Denver and all the way down to Colorado Springs stinks pretty much all the time, even in a car, just like any interstate through a heavily populated area. You can take E470 to get through the Denver part, which is a toll, to avoid most of it, but it will cost you around $25 to go all the way around. Right now there is lots of construction with narrow lanes on I-25 around Monument, but I don't know what the ETA is for completion. To avoid that, you can take Highway 83, then hop back on I-25 in the Springs. It's a 2 lane highway, but easy driving. There's a chance of a snow storm in October, just like this year there was snow right after Labor Day... but some years there's nothing so you'll just have to watch the forecast when the time comes and be ready to wait it out a day or two. If you do have to go through, chains are only required on I-70. I don't even own a set.
JAC1982 12/18/20 03:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Smallest RV anyone has full timed in?

She doesn't full time anymore, but https://rvsueandcrew.net/ full timed for years in a Casita, her and a couple pups. I think I could happily full time in a 28' trailer... just gotta ditch the husband ;)
JAC1982 12/07/20 10:25am Full-time RVing
RE: Purchased my first RV

If any of these other options aren’t feasible for some reason, you can make a storage “tube” out of pvc with a threaded cleanout cap on one end and mount it under the trailer. Ours came with this :) To the OP, I also suggest that in addition to the hose, you get a plastic bucket (I bought mine at the grocery store, it's a cheap 3 gallon one), and put this under the cleanout to catch any drips when you open it prior to putting the hose on. In that bucket we also keep a few rags, some paper towels, some rubber gloves, and Clorox wipes. The bucket came in handy on our first dump on our last rig. We didn't realize it had a second gray tank valve (this won't be the case with you), and when we opened the cleanout, gray water starting pouring out. We were able to get the hose on pretty fast, but the bucket was able to catch most of the water before we got the hose on.
JAC1982 12/03/20 01:08pm Beginning RVing
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