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RE: Will I regret this truck?

I also have that truck. Our Pinnacle has 3120 hitch weight and 14,700 total weight. The truck has over 4K pounds of payload capacity and is really a sweet match up for our fifth wheel. It's the best riding and handling rig we have ever owned in our 40 plus years of rv'ing. I will average around 10 mpg towing, sometimes it goes above 11 depending on the conditions. We've taken several long solo trips with it and the mpg has been around 22 every time.
JTrac 10/22/22 06:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need your help Pinnacle Vs Redwood?

Ok, Jim is here. We spent 6 months looking and comparing at the different models in the class range of the Pinnacle and Redwood. That included Solitude, Vilano, Alliance and a few others but basically it was between the Redwood, Solitude and Pinnacle. It finally boiled down to the Pinnacle and Solitude. We just could not find a Redwood in the model we wanted to see during that 6 months. Ford Truck Guy was helpful in putting me in touch with a Redwood rep but the local dealer never got one in for us to see. The Alliance was still not readily available around here but I would have really liked to see one. We chose the Pinnacle for several reasons. I felt the running gear was a bit more substantial as at the time it came with US made Goodyear Endurance tires. I understand they are now using a Uniroyal tire. Jayco also used MORryde LRE4000 shackles with a cross member which I liked. We also felt the fit and finish inside was a bit better than the Solitude. It's only a look but Jayco uses a molded rear cap as opposed to the flat one on the Solitude. Also, Jayco had just started using the apartment size slide in type ovens and the wife really wanted one. Jayco also has a 2 year warranty vs 1 for most of the others we considered. I just had a small issue show up right before the 2 year warranty ran out so something to consider. Finally the dealer which sold us our Pinnacle is the best we have ever dealt with. We've had very few issues with the Pinnacle but the few we have had were handled promptly and correctly. We were very impressed with Redwood and the models we did see we really liked. We were trying to stay under 38 feet and for some reason the Redwood model in that length was in short supply at the time. It seems like disc brakes were standard on the Redwood but an option on the Pinnacle. Ours didn't have them but it didn't take me long to have them converted to disc, a must in my opinion. One thing to consider. I am also big on how a rig handles and rides going down the road. We had a Reese Goose Box installed by the dealer and it has given us the best riding and handling truck/fifth wheel combo we have ever had. This past spring I added a Roadmaster shock kit and a couple of MORryde X Factor cross members to the spring hangers which made the ride even better. We have been very impressed with our Pinnacle. I would say it is our favorite of the 6 or so we've had in the past 40 years.
JTrac 09/01/22 06:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: goosebox

If he's talking about the Reese Goose Box I have had one our fifth wheel for over 2 years now. Lot's of info about it, just Google it. It replaces the pin box and all that is needed for your truck is a goose neck ball and a couple of hook up points for the safety chains. It has a couple of shock absorbers and an inflatable air bag. It is the best riding hitch I have ever owned and that includes a few. Reese does list the frame boxes it will fit so he would want to see what box yours has.
JTrac 07/31/22 07:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Hitch Buyer's Guide

Best advice you can get. You will find very few instances of failures of any brand or they wouldn't be in business. I've had several brands of standard hitches including Reese, B&W and Trailer Saver. They were all good. Hitches like the Trailer Saver have an air ride system that kind of puts them in a different category. I now have a Reese Goose Box which is a different animal as the hitch replaces the pin box on the fifth wheel and all that is needed is a goose neck ball in the truck bed and a couple of hook up points for the safety chains. The Goose Box also has an air ride feature. It's application is limited to the type of frame box used on the fifth wheel so it is not universal like a standard hitch.
JTrac 07/29/22 06:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel length question

Our favorite park has a 38' length limit so we only looked at units under that length when we bought a couple of years ago. There are plenty to see but it seems 40 plus foot fifth wheels are the norm. Ours is 36' 8" which is just right for us. It's still very roomy and comfortable.
JTrac 07/11/22 09:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes - Saved me $$$$

Joe, not an option on my 20 model but were starting with the 21's. PTB did an excellent job. We've had them for a year and a half now and definitely worth the cost.
JTrac 06/03/22 10:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes - Saved me $$$$

I had gotten used to the disc brakes on our previous trailer and was disappointed when the only option on the Pinnacle we got a couple of years ago were drum. I thought I could deal with it until I made my first panic stop. I called Performance Trailer Braking and had them come to my house to do the conversion. What a difference it made. My drive is much more relaxed knowing I have much better braking power.
JTrac 06/03/22 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Outside Stairs

This thread has come back to life which gives me an opportunity to say how much we also like our TorkLift Uprising steps. Our fifth wheel came with the MorRyde steps and I didn't have enough room in our rv garage to lower them. The Uprising steps solved the problem. They are sturdy and cam be deployed in tight spaces. Also, with 5 steps they are pretty easy to climb. What I did find when installing them is the frame well for the old style steps is still there hidden by some sheet metal. I actually considered trimming it back so I could mount a set of steps in the well but I felt it might not be good for resale down the road.
JTrac 05/29/22 06:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch or gooseneck for new 5er

Look at the Reese Goose Box. It's probably approved by Lippert for use with your frame. It has an air ride with 2 shocks which gives ours a really nice ride. Nothing but a small ball to deal with when you unhook. Another option is a Trailer Saver conventional style hitch with an air ride. We've had one of those also and they work as advertised. We've also had a B&W. A very good hitch. Lot's of choices, mostly good.
JTrac 02/25/22 05:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

We had an Excel for 7 years and never had an issue with it other than a few components like the water pump, etc. It had a fully boxed frame and all hydraulic operated slides. Heating and cooling it was never an issue.
JTrac 02/12/22 06:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gooseneck Extenders

Have you looked at the Reese Goosebox? As far as I know it is the only goose neck type hitch that is approved by Lippert for use on their frames. It has an air bag and 2 shocks which really cushion the ride. We have used ours for 2 full seasons on our Pinnacle. It is super convenient and really does make for a better ride.
JTrac 02/05/22 07:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Pin Box?

We had a Demco on our Excel and had to replace the bushings a couple of times in the 7 years we owned it. Combined with a Trailer Saver BD3 air hitch it rode pretty good. The aging process was making it more difficult for me to remove a heavy hitch from my truck bed so when we got the Pinnacle I had the dealer install a 20K Reese Goosebox Gen 2. I'm not sure how much the Reese contributed as we changed trucks at the same time but the ride is the best we have had in our 40 plus years of owning an rv of some sort.
JTrac 02/02/22 06:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

Actually, the Pinnacle is Jayco's top line fifth wheel. The NP is the next down in the line up. Doesn't make it bad just an FYI. As a counterpoint after owning a motorhome and a fifth wheel with dual pane windows they are not something I want. Both developed the dreaded fogging. We've had our Pinnacle since May of last year and other than a slide adjustment it has been trouble free and seems to be well built. We've had it in all kinds of weather and it heats and cools very well. The single pane windows have been a non factor in our use. On hot, sunny days I just keep the shades closed on the windows in the direct sun.
JTrac 12/11/21 06:31am Fifth-Wheels
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