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RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

Agree with the suggestion to check with New Horizons. They will build you what you want but it will be expensive. Also, their rigs are heavy so you will certainly be needing more than the F350. Most of the New Horizons I've seen are being towed by crew cab Freightliners.
smlranger 08/06/19 07:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery replacement brands

If you don't want to fool with battery maintenance (checking water levels, topping off, dealing with corrosion due to gassing) go with AGM batteries. As noted, Lifelines are hard to beat. Full River is another brand that holds up well. I'd go with two pairs of 6volt GC batteries (each pair wired in series to make 12V). Sam's sells Duracel AGM's that are reasonable priced. If you don't care how much you spend, go with lithium.
smlranger 07/22/19 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design purchase

We got a 2019 Solitude in Nov 2018 for 26% off the MSRP. Check with Campers Inn RV. They have many locations but not sure any in Texas. Another dealer that seemed to have good pricing on GD was General RV. RV Trader is a good place to look.
smlranger 07/22/19 04:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide out topper fabric

Stone Vos is outstanding. Excellent fabrics, service and reasonable prices. They don't post prices since every order is custom made. Once you give them your measurements and select the fabric, they will give you a price.
smlranger 06/20/19 05:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 50amp surge protector ?

I have the inline Progressive Industries 50amp model. Been using it for about 6 months and it has been in some serious heavy rain and so far it is working fine.
smlranger 06/18/19 11:16am Fifth-Wheels
Skirting Material

I will soon be placing our 5th wheel on a permanent site and plan to skirt it. I am curious what material others have used for this. I want it to look nice. I am thinking some sort of vinyl material is my best bet.
smlranger 06/15/19 05:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2nd AC installed - Penguin II - Cold enough?

A simple test to see if the unit is cooling properly is to use an infrared thermometer and read the temp of air on the input side and output side on high cool. If the output temp is at least 20 - 25 cooler than input temp, it is working as designed.
smlranger 05/29/19 05:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They don't make em like they used to.

I would look at the grand design lineup. They seem to be at or near the top for materials and quality and still in the realm of affordability. I would disagree. We bought a new 2019 Grand Design Solitude this past November. It was our first trailer after owning three motorhomes. After using it for 6 months, I would say it is no better than most of the similar mass produced trailers from other manufacturers. It's OK for our intended use (parked in one spot permanently. It is clear to me that whomever designed it never spent much time living in any RV.
smlranger 05/29/19 09:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Motorhome to 5th wheel

"No question the 5th wheel has more living space but the build quality of any mass production trailer does not approach what we had in our motorhome." WHY would you compare your High End Country Coach to a "mass production trailer" ??? They are not even in the same Universe! Better question WHY did you downgrade? Agree it is really not a fair comparison. I guess my point was most all towable RV's are made with lighter weight materials and with lesser quality than most class A motorhomes. I expected a difference. We are storing and using the 5th wheel at a premium RV park in Myrtle Beach, SC. That difference in travel intent was the main factor. Also, even though the CC was well made, the cost of maintaining it at 12 years of age was escalating.
smlranger 02/17/19 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Motorhome to 5th wheel

We recently went from a 42' tag axle Country Coach motorhome to a 41' 5th wheel. We loved the motorhome but we were ready to stop traveling and stay in a favorite place nearer to home. No question the 5th wheel has more living space but the build quality of any mass production trailer does not approach what we had in our motorhome. If we were still traveling we would prefer a motorhome. Staying in one spot for prolonged periods the 5th wheel is better for us.
smlranger 02/17/19 07:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design Quality

We just bought a GD Solitude this past November. It is our frist trailer in many years coming out of motorhomes. The trailer is nicely decorated and it looks nice inside and out. However, I would not say it is an example of great quality. Doors and drawers are real wood but all the rest of the cabinets is vinyl wrapped wood and MDF. Plumbing fixtures are flimsy and feel cheap. I've already replaced the kitchen faucet with a Moen. If you go inside the basement storage area and remove the panel that exposes the underbelly, the wiring, plumbing, etc. looks like it was installed by a child or somoeone with no real skill or ability. No wire ties, things just run here and there with no attempt to organize it. The water line to the ice maker in our Samsung fridge is run outside the coach under the galley slide where it then re-enters the floor under the fridge. About 2' of water line is completely exposed to the outside so you have to shut it off and drain it every time you have freezing temps. The mirror glass in our two sliding closet doors is falling out. They were installed with flimsy metal tabs and hot melt glue. I have the glass held in now with Gorilla tape until the dealer can remove and repair them. I suspect all mass produced towables are made this way and if GD is better than others, that doesn't say a lot about the others.
smlranger 01/30/19 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
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