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RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

Well I ended up putting the gooseball in. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48623741857_aab0f01547_c.jpg Also put air bags on. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48705768392_91f0d19271_c.jpg Only thing I haven't figured out yet is if I am going with Goosebox or Anderson. I go back and forth. I think I should be ok with the Goosebox, but I didn't realize how much bed space is not usable with the hitch swinging around. I can't use an auto slider or sidewinder with the gooseball so those are out of the question currently. Everyone says the Anderson ultimate will destroy your frame, however I haven't found much evidence supporting this. And for the offset ball, I did the calculation on another forum and it comes out to roughly 80 lbs off the front axle with 4" offset. That's not much. I would get a new truck, but I am not going to buy a first year Ram. I have at least another year with my current truck. 4 more weeks to decide what to do...
RoyBell 09/09/19 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Let's talk generators - again.

I would not feel comfortable inside Cracker Barrel eating lunch with my truck engine running to keep A.C going for the dog! Sorry but I do not have that much faith in my fellow man that someone won't drive off with my truck,5th wheel and dog! However leaving dog inside RV with the AC on is easy with the 5500 lp. Push the button for the electric, and turn on the AC. No cords, no chains,no gas worries. Far fewer security risk. Secondly yes the RV can be hot but it starts to cool immedaily. 2 AC's going with slides retracted you feel the cool air immediately. The animals are not exposed to very high heat. Certainly no worse than getting into a hot car during the summer. My dog is very content in RV with AC on. I leave my dog in my truck when we are out and decide to stop somewhere to eat or a location that does not allow dogs. I lock the door from outside and leave the truck running. Parked in a parking lot it's not too likely someone is going to notice a truck running in the middle of the day and attempt to steal it.
RoyBell 09/04/19 06:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Let's talk generators - again.

I rather have the Gasoline version personally. Easier to see how much fuel is left with an actual gauge. I would think you could get gasoline much easier than propane at any given moment. With 30 and 40 lb tanks you are limited to a refill rather than an exchange. I am only 37, but manhandling 30 and 40 lb propane tanks every time I go camping seems like an unnecessary chore to me. Propane is less efficient than gasoline and costs more as well. If propane is 1.1 gal per hour, for 48 hours of use you are using 52 gallons of LP. 1 gallon of propane= 4.2 lbs. My local joint is $1 per pound for a refill. 52 gallons x 4.2 lbs= 218lbs total. @ $1 per lb, that's $218 for 48 hours of generator use. Gasoline version is .9 gal per hour, over 48 hours of use you use 43 Gallons of gas. Gas by me is currently 2.50 a gallon, so $86 in gasoline. To extend that out, assume 400 hours of generator use for a year, which may be in line for a full timer? Propane= $1848 Gasoline= $900 Another thought, if you only use half of your propane bottle, you still have to pull it out to refill it. If you use half of your gasoline, you can fill it up when you are filling up your vehicle. The only downside of the gasoline version is gas doesn't last as long sitting idle. However, I never had an issue with gasoline if it's been treated for long term storage. This includes all my vehicles that sit for 5-6 months at a time over winter.
RoyBell 09/03/19 06:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Another generator thread? yea, want your ideas, please?

I would get a built-in petrol generator. My truck uses diesel, but it's much easier to carry around cans of petrol and fill stuff with petrol out of a can vs diesel which seems to always get all over everything. I have used portables on my TT and they are a pain to use, usually loud since they are out in the open unless you put them in your rig, and then their tanks are so small you are filling them often. A Propane generator runs approx 20% less efficient than gas, so it's going to suck down propane unless you size it 20% larger than it should be...at which point it will still suck down propane. I enjoy watching full timers on youtube and it seems that people have good luck with solar and lithium batteries. Apparently they can run quite a bit with a decent setup, including AC. If I was going to full time, I would do some deep research into this setup.
RoyBell 08/27/19 06:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How big a pain to sell a 17 year old Alpha Gold?

Tips for a quick sale - pictures, lots of them. Quality pictures too. If something is broken or scratched, take a picture. If you have 500 pictures, then the people looking in person will already have a good idea of what they are looking at. I imagine a lot of people that end up with no buyers is because they only have a few pictures so people are going there sight unseen. - Price it realistic. Having it priced too high, no one will look. Priced too low and people will thing something is wrong with it. If you get a solid offer, take it or counter with something realistic. Don't lose a buyer over $500. Your time is worth more than that. check RVtrader for the same or similar models. See what they are listed at. If you are higher, you likely won't get any bites. - Fix anything that needs fixed. People like buying things that are ready to use. No one really enjoys buying a camper and needing to put tire son immediately, or fixing a cabinet door....etc. - Clean it out. Selling a camper full of someone elses possessions is really difficult. Good luck.
RoyBell 08/23/19 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Financing for used toy hauler.

If buying from a dealer, it's always best to have an idea of what you are approved for before you step in the door. Then let them know you have acquired your own financing but willing to use their bank if they have better rates. The dealer was telling me up front their rates were 6.25%. I let them know my CU was 5.2%. Then all of a sudden the dealer was offering 5.2% too. My first rig I bought not knowing what I was approved for...hoping my CU was less than the dealers. Thankfully it was.
RoyBell 08/20/19 09:12am Toy Haulers
RE: Financing for used toy hauler.

In my experience, local CU seem to have the most aggressive rates unless you can beat the dealer up to match. I am buying new and my local CU is the same as the dealers bank this time. Both are ~5.2% on a new rig ($40K loan). I am hoping that rates drop a bit by the time it comes in or I may just take out of savings. My last RV loan in 2015 with the CU was 4.25% (albeit a lot less $) and the dealer bank wanted close to 6%. Crazy rates for the amount of financing on these bigger rigs.
RoyBell 08/20/19 07:00am Toy Haulers
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I am looking at the goose box, which is not an adapter, but a whole replacement for the king pin. https://www.reeseprod.com/products/pin-boxes/goose-box/gooseneck-rv-coupler/Jsbr87GrqXnapVUQgaaYyvax6qakN26Y The frame of the fiver is still not built for it and there have been many stories here of damage being done. If you do a little research on the interweb, you can see how different the frames are. The risk woudn't be worth it to me. Actually I have done my research. I have yet to find a single instance where using the Goosebox has damaged a frame of a fiver under normal towing circumstance, ie: not hitting bad road/holes/etc that cause other damage. In fact, since Lippert does not void the frame warranty while using the Goosebox, it says quite a bit about the product. Please show me where 5er frames are blowing apart while using the Reese Goosebox under normal towing.
RoyBell 08/16/19 12:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'd have =real= issues towing 4" behind the axle, even if you have a 3500. At GVW, you could easily have 4k on the axle, and now you want to move that load 4" further back. As much as I'm a B&W fan, I'd opt for an autosliding hitch. You =can= install an puck system aftermarket. Not sure if any of the autosliders have capability to use a GN base. I just don't know since it's never interested me and I've never researched it. Lyle My understanding is that the weight is still on the gooseball location over the axle. The pivot point/ball is moved back 4". Therefore, the weight has not moved on the truck, but the pivot point is further back. I am not an engineer but it makes sens to me? The point contacting the truck has not changed. https://oi245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/kingdaddyusa/BW%20offset%20ball.jpg?t=1561005330
RoyBell 08/16/19 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I am looking at the goose box, which is not an adapter, but a whole replacement for the king pin. https://www.reeseprod.com/products/pin-boxes/goose-box/gooseneck-rv-coupler/Jsbr87GrqXnapVUQgaaYyvax6qakN26Y
RoyBell 08/16/19 08:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I don't know what I thought the B&W was an auto slider....
RoyBell 08/15/19 06:12pm Fifth-Wheels
Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I am not getting much response to this question on the ram/GD forums so I figured I would try here. I currently have a 2016 Ram Megacab with no hitch system in the bed. When I ordered it , I said I would never need a 5th wheel......Well, here we are with a 320G on order. During my research, it appears the happiest folks are those with a gooseball and goosebox on the trailer. My biggest concern is not having decent clearance with the 320G, even if I use the 4" offset ball. Does anyone have this setup with a 320g/350g? It appears most of the toy haulers have a similar cap though so maybe any momentum would be the same? Looks like my other option is to get something like a B&W Companion slider hitch. It still mounts to a gooseball so I think I am pretty safe at least putting the gooseball in. Except I don't get an airbag on the hitch like the goosebox unless I change the king pin....It's an extra $1000 and more BS to deal with, heavier hitch, but I know it will have enough clearance then. The 320G is pretty short @ 36'. My Bumper pull is 34' and I never had much issue getting into any site we had...but we do plan on going to new areas with the bigger camper. Is the need for 90 degree clearance that overrated? Will a gooseball and goosebox get me close? Option 1 B&W Turnover- $480 4" offset ball- $180 Goosebox- $1400 Total: $2,060 Option 2 B&W Turnover- $480 B&W Companion slider- $1500 Trailair air-bag King pin- $1100 Total: $3,080 I read all the posts that go back and forth on best options, but not too many have the SB Ram and a Momentum. My ideal setup is option 1 since it's cheaper and much cleaner. However, if I am going to have a hell of a time with the SB, then I rather bite the bullet on the slider. The momentum looks like the cap is cut pretty good for SB trucks, so I would like think I should be pretty safe...unfortunately that's a lot of coin to drop to find out I was wrong and the 2 options are not compatible. https://cdn1.rvtrader.com/v1/media/4cae019b-1c33-4f24-81ec-5ff9cb58b886-1.jpg/ width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
RoyBell 08/15/19 04:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design purchase

There are discounts to be had. I stopped by 2 local dealers and both were not that eager to work with my on pricing for 2020 models. I emailed a couple that I would have to drive to and the pricing was much better. My local dealers all of a sudden were eager to get an order when I stopped talking to them for a couple weeks. I told them what the out-of-state dealers were willing to sell for and they matched it. When I told them what I was looking to pay, they originally laughed and said that's not possible. Well, the final deal was pretty dang close to what I was looking to pay at the end. We decided to order one exactly how we wanted vs getting one off the lot. I imagine buying off the lot you have more buying power since they want these units gone.
RoyBell 08/15/19 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to value trade?

Just an update: I sold my camper pretty quickly. I had it listed @ $18K and didn't get many bites. I dropped it to $17K a week later and got quite a few emails. 1st guy to look only had $15K to spend but said it was the nicest one he's looked at from the 6 he looked at. 2nd guy to look purchased at asking price- $17,000. For reference: NADA retail low: $16,550, Average retail:$19,950 Selling it towards the end of summer, I imagine not many people are looking so I had to be realistic in it's value. Had it been spring time I think $18,000 would had been pretty easy to get. For reference, I ordered my new camper @ about 30% off MSRP. They would only give me $12,000 for mine with that deal. So with roughly $1,000 tax savings with the trade, selling private I ended up about $4,000 ahead.
RoyBell 08/15/19 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

So with the help of everyone here, we have planned our trip...for the most part. 1 day everywhere, minus traveling time and 2 days in Gatlinburg. Mon-Weds Louisville, Kentucky Weds-Fri Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia Fri-Sun Roanoake, Virginia Sun-Weds Gatlinburg, Tennessee Weds-Fri Nashville, Tennessee Fri-Sun Mark Twain National Forest, St. Louis Next step is to pick the campsites!
RoyBell 08/12/19 05:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

OK so if we head EAST instead, I am thinking the following. Option 1: Chicago IL Kentucky Bourbon areas KY Nashville TN Charleston SC Jacksonville FL Tallahassee FL New Orleans LA Memphis TN St Louis MO Chicago IL That is 7 stops @ 2800 miles. Average 300 miles a day traveling. Not sure if NO is our thing when camping? I imagine this is the warmest route. Option 2: Chicago IL Kentucky Bourbon areas KY West Virginia Cherokee National Forest TN Charleston SC Jacksonville FL Nashville TN (long haul) St Louis MO Chicago IL Same thing, 7 stops @ 2800 miles. Staying a little further north/east Option 3: Chicago IL Kentucky Bourbon areas KY West Virginia Jacksonville NC Charleston SC Cherokee National Forest TN Nashville TN St Louis MO Chicago IL 7 Stops 2600 miles so the trips are a little shorter. No southern states and going to east coast.
RoyBell 08/06/19 07:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Dang, you all have me worried about heading west now. Is the weather more temperate in KY, TN, Carolinas instead that time of the year? Bourbon trail sounds appealing to me :) Zcookie- I will be storing it at my office/warehouse. No more having to be in storage by november 1st and out by April!
RoyBell 08/06/19 06:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Alternate plan: How about New Orleans for a week instead of knocking yourselves out on the road going west. Take in the Civil War battleground at Vicksburg, MS either coming or going. Save the western trip for sometime when you have at least a month. We will never have a month to travel until we are both retired (30 more years lol). I can sneak a 2 week vacation because of the Honeymoon excuse. Next summer we are talking about heading to Colorado area with the kids, so maybe we would be better staying south with the November weather. We always go to FL over the holidays to visit my parents. We always stop in TN and GA, so not looking forward to going east in November, just to go that way again in Dec.
RoyBell 08/05/19 03:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, keep them coming! We like to explore nature, views, etc. We like the other stuff as well, cities and wineries, food, etc. Those come second when camping to the outdoors. Was debating bringing the Harley with, but again, not sure how the weather will be at that time of the year in states I never visit? Heading through CO mid November does worry me a little as I am not sure how the weather is. If weather is decent I can see heading west on 70 on the first leg and coming back east on 40. If weather would be questionable maybe drop it to taking 40 west and 10 back home and visit more southern states. I am also OK boondocking if we have to. With generator and propane I am not too concerned about spending a night not at a CG. As for travel speed, I hauled my 34' TT around 70mph usually. Seems to be a good speed the truck and trailer liked. It easily pulled @ 80+, but I would back it down so my tires didn't explode, and in an effort to be a responsible adult. Thinking back to earlier this year I did my longest trailer pull with an enclosed car hauler. 1100 miles in one day, but I had a co-driver and we swapped every 300 miles. I think it took us 16 hours. I would not look forward to pulling into an unfamiliar campground after 10 hours of trailing, especially at night time. The next day we loaded up the car, headed back home over 2 days. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
RoyBell 08/05/19 03:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
November Honeymoon trip suggestions

I got the go-ahead to plan a honey-moon camping trip. We get married Nov 1, and would like to travel west for 2 weeks. Home base is Chicago. We should have our new Momentum 320G by October which will give us a month to make sure it's ready for the haul. We have never done much more than a 250 mile trip so looking for some suggestions on how to do this as efficiently as possible. Option 1 is to travel 200-250 miles a day, every day. That would get us to about Utah and back over 2 weeks. Easy drives, but packing up 14 times over 2 weeks is a lot of setup. Option 2 is to travel 400-500 miles a day and spend a day in key cities for exploring. This gives us 7 whole days for exploring and not worrying about packing up and moving every day if we plan it correctly. Option 3 is to put some serious miles in and stay for longer or mix it up. 800 miles one day, 200 the next, etc. I will keep this post going as a log of where we plan to visit. Any suggestions on scenic sites to visit that will accommodate a 36' 5th wheel?
RoyBell 08/05/19 02:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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