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RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

So much information and such nice people on this forum! Thank you! I think I'd shy away from the dual rear wheel trucks because I'd have to live day-to-day with whatever I buy for the long-term. Will a Ford F350 super duty deisel with single rear pull the larger fifth wheels reliably and safely? I think I'd opt for a crew cab and 8' bed, which makes for a really long truck.....but I've been driving large pickups for 30 years or so.... no big deal there. Thanks again!
etcsthorne 09/01/21 05:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

From one Twidget to another.....Thanks for taking the reins...I spent time at Pier 12/13.....LOL.I too am retired from the DON, last 15 years as a flight test engineer, last 3 yrs on TRITON. Hey, consider Forest River's Cedar Creek line....Coastal RV is near by up in the Newport News area. Not sure how many units they have on the lot. We are on our 2nd CC....and Yes, a full bed, diesel dually is the way to go, if you want ease of driving and stability. Your rig won't be pushing the truck around....ask me how I know. Richmond Raceway usually has a RV show, not sure if they still do. AS mentioned Hershey is really great. Good Luck on the search, its the most fun...and as was stated, whatever you buy, will have issues. Mike Thanks Brother. I've been checking out the Forest Rivers models and they're nice. Seems I missed an RV show earlier this month at the Virginia Beach Pavillion! DOH! No issues making a day trip to Richmond or even going to Hershey to look around.
etcsthorne 08/31/21 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

SUMRX4 said the same thing I was going to say as well about attending the Hershey show. Do you have a floorpan in mind already? If so, look at those on factory websites and IF going to the Hershey show, call the mfr up of each brand/floorplan your interested in to see if it will be at the shoe. If not, then what dealer would have it that you could drive to see it within "X" mile radius. DON'T buy on BLING !!!!!! A lot of mfr's/dealers will load/dress them up w/ everything to get your attention and OUUUUUUU, AHHHHHHHHHH. Look at floor plans that meet your criteria and , "we can make it work" if it doesn't. As you've read on this forum, many folks are partial to their brand wether it be RV, truck, hitch etc. Most will agree too that anything over 15k total RV weight is DRW territory. Translated: over 3k in wet pin weight and 15k in overall weight or max weight of RV. Do you want gas or diesel? Diesel will net better pulling and mpg's but they can be $$$ to fix along w/ other factors. Look at gas stats. Will you be in a lot of hills or flatlands? Lastly, THANK YOU for your service to our country and helping the rest of us to be safe and enjoy the freedoms put in place by our forefathers. Thank you for the thank you (service). I'm torn on the diesel part because I know what you say is true about fuel and repairs. Will the larger gas trucks pull the fifth wheels? Electronics Technician in the service and database analyst / program manager in Civil Service and this of all things seems like rocket science to get the weights figured out! LOL! I feel so newbie'ish.
etcsthorne 08/30/21 02:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

Thank you very kindly for all the detailed (and quick!) replies. I will take what I've read here and apply it. I've bought vehicles in Danville, Va in the past because this area is just rediculous in pricing for everything. I will be hooked up for the most part once we get to Oregon. I don't see us boon docking much. Thank you again!
etcsthorne 08/30/21 09:15am Fifth-Wheels
New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

Hello! I'm retired Navy (23 years) and getting ready to retire from my second career (Civil Service). My name is Mark. I'm going to purchase a fifth wheel and towing truck in the next six months for the wife and I to live in, travel and enjoy retirement. I live in Eastern Virginia and will be purchasing here and traveling to eastern Oregon at least initially, since our relatives live out there. My cash budget to purchase the fifth wheel and truck will be $150K. I've spent about a week reading about the various RV makes, quality and reliabilty "opinions" and such. Any recommendations on the best quality RV fifth wheel for around $75K? I can figure the truck out myself and have targeted RAM 3500 and Ford 3500 deisels for further analysis before I buy those. Don't need all the bells and whistles that would drive truck prices up to 90K or so.....I think I'll be in a truck for around 60K with the specifications I want. Thank you! Mark
etcsthorne 08/30/21 06:22am Fifth-Wheels
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