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Best route & Campgrounds East Glacier to Fort Stevens, OR

We are planning to travel in a 40ft 5er from East Glacier to Fort Stevens in June. Looking for some advise on route and campgrounds with sewer sites that will fit our 5er. We have about 10 days to make this trip and prefer to spend 4-5 days at sites so 2-3 stops max. What do you recommend? Any must see places? Thank you MC
speediq99 12/27/21 12:39am Roads and Routes
East Glacier to Vancouver BC - help with route

Hello, We are planning a trip this summer from East Glacier to Vancouver via Banff. We have 43ft 5er and we like staying next to water or mountain views. We would like to travel 250 miles/day max and stay for a week or so. Any recommendations on large RV parks or campgrounds along the way? Any good place in nature to stay in Vancouver? Thank you. MC
speediq99 12/19/21 10:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best place online for RV loan

Thank you I will give Bank of the West a call. MC
speediq99 12/16/21 08:53am Beginning RVing
Best place online for RV loan

Hello, We just learned our local bank does not do out of state loans. We reached out to Alliant and learned they dont loan to individuals buying from private parties. It seems a lot of banks are very risk adverse these days. Does anyone have a recommendation for a reputable online bank that lends 100k+ to individuals buying from private parties? Thank you
speediq99 12/15/21 12:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

It makes sense. That seems to be our struggle. We are trying to like a front living layout because of the features. We love our views out the back and we like the living room concept. The front living NP is great but when you sit on the living room you are going to end up looking at your neighbors truck or the front of their trailer. Our next decision is whether to get a mid bunk Solitude or a rear living. The bunk seems to take usable space and is probably not an ideal space for anything other than sleeping. We thought it could be good for our dog but that is about it. Even as an office, I have a feeling we would want to work where we have more views, space and more light. Perhaps if we had kids with us full-time, the mid bunk would be a no brainer. We seem to be leaning towards a rear living 375 with the separate lr, kitchen and bedroom. The wife doesn't like the open Floorplans as much anymore. MC
speediq99 12/11/21 11:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

Thank you. We like NP. It feels that we are giving up views on the back but then again, they are outside the door. Curious to know what combo W/D you went with. NP is preplumbed for it so we may add it if we go this route. I heard a few combos not being so good. MC
speediq99 12/10/21 02:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

North Point new is 153k msrp Solitudes are 125-130k new I am just wondering if any of my pros and cons are significant or insignificant when it comes to living on these 5th wheels. MC
speediq99 12/10/21 01:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

The more expensive one is actually the North Point new at 152k msrp. The others msrp around 125k. MC
speediq99 12/10/21 11:17am Fifth-Wheels
5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

Hello, We are ready to go from a 32ft TT to a 40ft 5th wheel. I was wondering if anyone could offer some insights. I know there are a lot of 'it depends' but I am looking for some feedback on how big or small the pros and cons listed below are in real life. There will be two of us and a 65 lb golden. Children/adults 'may' drop by for a week or two a year. It will be full-time for 4-5 months in the summer. Parked the rest. Options: 2022 Solitude 378 2022 Solitude 375 2021 Jayco North Point 382 Pros/cons of each Solitude 378 Rear Living New 2022 Some options + Mid bunk, good for doggy, kids and offic + 3 ACs on it + 40 ft long + 1 gray and 1 black tank + Large walk-around in bedroom - 72 inch bed slideout, not true king - Limited counterspace kitchen - Limited outside storage - 1 bathroom * Open floorplan Solitude 375 Rear Living New 2022 Basic + Great windows/views + Good area for conversation + Lots of storage inside and out + Good kitchen counterspace + 1 gray and 1 black tank + 41ft long - 1 bathroom - 2 ACs - 72 inch bed slideout, not true king - Less walk-around space in bedroom - Most expensive by 15-20k over others - No doggy room or private space for kids * Split floorplan North Point 382 - Front Living used 2021 Loaded. 30 day use only + Comes with 5k generator + Factory warranty 12/24 months left + 85k vs. 110+ for others + 8k axles with disc brake + Dual pane windows + 3 ACs, Solar, awnings + On demand water heater + 1/2 extra bathroom. + Good storage inside and out + 75 inch slideout space for true king - 44 ft long - Limited views, no views out back - Darker than the others, smaller windows - 3 grays and 2 black tanks, double dump - Smallish kitchen * Split Floorplan Any feedback would be appreciated. MC
speediq99 12/10/21 10:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Calling weight police - help

It looks like this may be a good thread to ask about gear ratio given how many here run duallies. I have 3.55 or 4.10 option for the F350 Dually. Towing 16k. I like running around at 65-70mph. Read somewhere that 4.10 mpg really suffers after 65mph. No trying to save on fuel as much as trying to preserve range. I also enjoy a quite ride. A 10 speed will allow me downshift with a 3.55 to get the rpms higher for the right torque. Should I go with 3.55? Would a 3.55 climb a 6% hill just as fast as a 4.10? I ordered the truck with 4.10s but I may end up using it 30-40% of the time to travel empty. Thinking about changing to 3.55or. Any suggestions? MC
speediq99 11/16/21 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calling weight police - help

Thank you for all the feedback. This has been quite an education. I seem to go thru it every few years when we change units so I tend to forget the details. We are keeping the Solitude 378 unless someone can recommend a similar quality floorplan with smaller GVWR and hitch weight. Love to hear about alternatives. Regarding the truck, I returned my beautiful King Ranch F350 today. It felt bad but it was the right thing to do. I have come to accept that if you want a large 5th wheel, you need the dually. It will be dedicated to towing mostly and we will use something else as a daily driver. That may help keep the resale value up. We are not fulltimers even though we will spend most of the summer away from the Arizona heat. I have ordered the same King Ranch with a dually from the same dealer. Price is just about the same plus or minus $1000. I get a 48g tank, an 8 ft bed, no need for helper springs, room to carry a bit more w/o worry, room for a cargo box, an extra pair of tires in case of a tire issue and peace of mind. Worse case, we keep it for a season. Best case, we love both the truck and 5th wheel as much as dually owners here seem to like theirs... Thank you again. MC
speediq99 11/15/21 11:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best sliding hitch recommendation

Ruse, Do people go by rear Axle weight rating or vehicle weight rating? I don't need to do the aux tank. I would like to but if that is a deal breaker and forces the dually, it is out. If I am at 3300 hitch, wouldn't that leave plenty of room for the rear Axle to handle it. At 7200 lbs Rear GAWR, I am below the have point. I would gave to put a ton of stuff back there to even approach it. Can you defeat the lawyers with the rear Axle rating? What confuses me is the other sticker on the door that states the passenger and cargo cannot exceed 3340 lbs. That is way below the rear and front Axle ratings. MC This makes a lot of sense. I think I did my homework on the truck. My truck can carry up to 22k 5th wheel and I max out at 16800. That leaves me some room and I am comfortable but I don't want to be ignorant either. Dually was an option, actually cheaper that what I got. It is just too much truck for me as a daily driver and has its limitations as I learned here. Perhaps one day... I have seen a few pics of 90 degree action and it looks extreme. While I probably won't intentionally do that w/o correcting, it is the unintentional that I want to cover. It is still unclear whether a sliding hitch is necessary to fully avoid cab damage with a 6 3/4 bed and a new Solitude 378. I am leaning towards the Pullrite however a comment on Pullrite maintenance is throwing me off a bit. I am buying a new hitch so if there are better options than Pullrite, this is the time to find out :-) I want something easy to maintain, easily to hitch on and off even in uneven terrain, easy on the towing and above all safe for a short bed SRW F350. Thank you Funny how you ask about a sliding hitch and the weight police show up.... I've been using a Pullrite Superglide since 2010. I have never had a problem with it. I did make sure to read and understand the instructions that came with it. Those that don't read and understand are the ones that have problems with them. Since I bought mine there are other options out there. If I were to be looking for another auto-slider, Pullrite would be at the top of the list but I would also be looking at what else is available. The biggest issue I see is people not taking the time to learn how to properly back the fifth-wheel. If you are getting anywhere close to 90 degrees when backing, you either are not doing it right or you are trying to get into a spot you shouldn't be. Well your truck can't Carry 22,000#, it can Pull 22,000#. Our 2016 Ram DRW is rated to pull 25,210# with 3.73 gears. It is what you can carry that becomes the question. Two schools of thought, on this within all ratings, or by Rear axle rating. So by all ratings your going to top out your 11,500# GVWR, I believe that your need a long Bed to get the 12,400# GVWR. I don't have your rear axle rating likely about 7,200# your loaded pin will likely be around 3,200# based on dry pin to dry 5er. you want a slider hitch and an aux fuel tank each about 300# so add to your pin and your are at 3,800# on the rear axle, before any passengers and other stuff. Good camping you will be over payload for sure, and possibly over rear axle weight rating. I was in your boat a while back, and there way too many hungry lawyers out there for me to be comfortable being over GVWR and pushing GVWR.
speediq99 11/15/21 03:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Calling weight police - help

Can someone shed some light on my trucks ability to handle the Solitude 378. My combined weight of passanger and cargo is around 3300 based on door sticker but the Gawr rear Axle is 7000 lbs. Does this mean I can put than much pin weight on that axle? Attached are the door stickers on truck Combined weight of occupants and cargo not to exceed 3341 Front Gawr 5200lbe Rear gawr 7230lbs Vehicle Gvwr 11500 Weight on trailer Uvw 14344 Hitch 2686 Gvwr 16800 We like the floorplan of the Solitude but would be willing to consider a lighter version of it if one exists. We like to avoid a dually as it does not fit in our garage, drive thrus, dual tires etc.. Love the F350 SRW SB 4x4 Diesel Crewcab. This thing gets better gas mileage that the F150 Powerboost we traded it for. I am just a bit confused as to how the rear gawr plays into the equation with the 5th wheel hitch weight. It looks like you will exceed the vehicle cargo much faster than the axle can handle. Any help clarifying this would be appreciated? Thank you MC Loaded for travel, the Solitude 378MBS will put about 3,800 lbs. on the pin. Make sure the truck has that kind of payload left over after subtracting the weight of the hitch, occupants, gear, etc. Personally, I would only pull that trailer with a dual rear wheel truck. Rob How do you get from 2686 dry pin weight to 3800 load. That is about 1/2 of the carrying capacity of the of the trailer. Do you really think that much will go on the pin. Taking dry weights it has 18.7% dry pin weight. Carry the percentage forward to 16800 GVWR of the trailer give 3146 lbs of loaded pin weight. If pin weight increases to 20 percent load, the 3360 would be the pin weight fully loaded. Now we need to talk about generators and washer/dryer. W/D prep is in the nose, and generator well ahead of the axles. I made this work with my 16K 39'4" Bighorn because it had a 2435 dry pin weight with our 2015 RAM SB 4X4 3500 SRW with 11,700 GVWR and 7K RGAWR. And we were loaded heavy as full timers at that time.
speediq99 11/15/21 02:29pm Tow Vehicles
Calling weight police - help

Hello, I am in the process of getting a new setup, truck and 5th wheel. Truck is a 2022 F350 King Ranch 4x4 SRW short bed Diesel. Fifth wheel is 2021 Solitude 378mbs. I am also planning to add Summo spring helpers as I used these before with my F150 and they worked great. There will be 2 Adults and a 60 lb dog traveling most of the time. Nothing on truck bed except for a few chairs. We may add an expansion gas tank down the road 30-40lbs in the bed. It is not a must have. I would like to avoid the duallies but I don't want to be a fool either. Can someone give me some more feedback on this topic? We take delivery of the truck soon as well as fifth wheel so nothing 8s in stone at the moment. MC
speediq99 11/15/21 10:39am Tow Vehicles
Bed cover for F350 with fifth wheel hitch

Hello, Can anyone recommend a bed cover that will work on an F350 SRW crew cab with a 5th wheel hitch and a diesel bed mounted expansion fuel tank. Considering any fuel tanks at the moment that will work with any bed covers. I just want stuff out of sight when 5th wheel is not attached. I have used soft tonneau covers before and they are OK. They just shake around a lot but this may be the only option. MC
speediq99 11/15/21 10:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best sliding hitch recommendation

This makes a lot of sense. I think I did my homework on the truck. My truck can carry up to 22k 5th wheel and I max out at 16800. That leaves me some room and I am comfortable but I don't want to be ignorant either. Dually was an option, actually cheaper that what I got. It is just too much truck for me as a daily driver and has its limitations as I learned here. Perhaps one day... I have seen a few pics of 90 degree action and it looks extreme. While I probably won't intentionally do that w/o correcting, it is the unintentional that I want to cover. It is still unclear whether a sliding hitch is necessary to fully avoid cab damage with a 6 3/4 bed and a new Solitude 378. I am leaning towards the Pullrite however a comment on Pullrite maintenance is throwing me off a bit. I am buying a new hitch so if there are better options than Pullrite, this is the time to find out :-) I want something easy to maintain, easily to hitch on and off even in uneven terrain, easy on the towing and above all safe for a short bed SRW F350. Thank you Funny how you ask about a sliding hitch and the weight police show up.... I've been using a Pullrite Superglide since 2010. I have never had a problem with it. I did make sure to read and understand the instructions that came with it. Those that don't read and understand are the ones that have problems with them. Since I bought mine there are other options out there. If I were to be looking for another auto-slider, Pullrite would be at the top of the list but I would also be looking at what else is available. The biggest issue I see is people not taking the time to learn how to properly back the fifth-wheel. If you are getting anywhere close to 90 degrees when backing, you either are not doing it right or you are trying to get into a spot you shouldn't be.
speediq99 11/15/21 10:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recommended must have for 5th wheel

Hi Russ, My bad. I said 376 but It is a Grand Design Solitude 378mbs Uvw 14344 Hitch 2686 Gvwr 16800 Lenght 40.2 MC What tonnage truck do you have? Gas or diesel? Max weight of trailer? IMO, it's best we have this info to better inform you. I think tho, you may me asking about the 5er only, but if we have more info, we can better provide you w/ answers. This...make sure you have enough truck. 5th wheels tow great but not if you have a substandard truck. Well if one took the time to look up that 5er it is a Grand Design Momentum 376TH, these are the specs. UVW1 15,900 lbs Hitch Weight 3,250 lbs GVWR 20,000 lbs Length 41' 3" Height 13' 5" I would hope the OP has at least a 350/3500 DRW.
speediq99 11/15/21 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recommended must have for 5th wheel

2022 F350 Diesel 4x4 Crew Cab Trailer max weight 16800 Thank you MC What tonnage truck do you have? Gas or diesel? Max weight of trailer? IMO, it's best we have this info to better inform you. I think tho, you may me asking about the 5er only, but if we have more info, we can better provide you w/ answers.
speediq99 11/15/21 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best sliding hitch recommendation

Hi Russ, I don't think I understand your message regarding the capacity of the F350 Diesel Crew Cab 4x4 SRW. According to Ford, it has a GCWR of 30,000 and maximum loaded 5th wheel weight up to 22,000. Can you clarify? It is not a Momentum, it is a Solitude 378 MBS. MC Hello, What is the best sliding 5th wheel hitch out there? 2022 F350 crew cab diesel 6.5ft bed Towing 14k 40ft 5th wheel Side question, are these things easy to install if you have the holes in the truck? Thank you MC I don't think Ford sells a SB F350 DRW, so you should be looking for a bigger TV, as a SB F350 SRW will only have a GVWR of 11,500# and base on your other post you have way more than a 14,000# 5er. Grand Design Momentum 376TH, these are the specs. UVW1 15,900 lbs Hitch Weight 3,250 lbs GVWR 20,000 lbs Length 41' 3" Height 13' 5"
speediq99 11/15/21 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel tank recommendation.

Thank you. I was told by the dealership that a low profile in the bed will not void the warranty. I want to keep it simple. I have a friend that installed a DEE ZEE but I was wondering if there was anything better. MC
speediq99 11/14/21 11:41pm Tow Vehicles
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