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Posted: 08/19/21 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's at the dealer, about 700 miles away, and my truck is scheduled to be built 9/8. Dealer is working with me to hold it until the truck is delivered.

Original plan was to stay somewhat close to dealer for a day or two, in case I find something they missed. Looking at the drive home, and to avoid a major city, I'm looking at 11 hour drive home. With our TT, my wife and I were both comfortable enough we could stretch 11 hours. First time pulling a 5th wheel... not sure this is a good plan [emoticon]

This means, I'm only going to spend one night near the dealer, or chew up an extra day of precious vacation time.

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Posted: 08/19/21 06:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You need to spend overnight at the dealership with a full hook up. That will tell you real quick what the dealership or factory missed. Not fun to be at the end of the 700 mile trip and things are all screwed up.

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Posted: 08/19/21 06:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’d add a night without any hookups to test the 12 volt system and appliances on propane.


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Posted: 08/19/21 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I found pulling a 5th wheel more relaxing than the travel trailer. Maybe it was the switch to a diesel. Either way, bring it over here by Ann Arbor so I can see your new rig. lol. When we go out East West or South, we tend to go far away and I do all the driving. I can drive 14 plus hours...not that I prefer that, but sometimes that is what I have to do. Its not so bad with a fifth wheel. Enjoy the new rig and truck.


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My vote is stay near the dealer until you are satified all is well.
Rushing or hurrying through the shakedown process is never beneficial.
THis is a one shot deal, once you leave the selling dealer you are on your own.
No one else has more motivation than the selling dealer to make sure your rig is satifactory.
Everyone else down the road will not be as motivated or obligated to assist you like the selling dealer. With that in mind stay close to the selling dealer and hold their feet to the fire until you are satisfied and happy.


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May the RV and truck Gods grant you safe travels. Enjoy.


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Sticking around the dealer for a few days is a great idea. We camped at a nearby site for a few days with full hook up so we could check all systems in real conditions.

My transition from TT to 5er was a piece of cake. Everything was so much easier on the road, and as mentioned, the diesel didn't hurt at all. It took a little practice to figure out the difference in backing the thing up, but good to go now.

Good luck with your new rig, and happy trails.


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Even staying at the RV dealer for a day or more I would still consider breaking the trip up in 2 days. 11 hours is a LONG time to be pulling a FW on the first trip. You'll need to figure out fuel stops etc. Give yourself a break in the middle. Not only will you be more physically up to it, you can sort out some hooking/unhooking, overnight, etc.


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Stay near the dealer for a day or two is a great idea. A 700 mile drive is way too much. That needs to be broken onto two 350 mile days. The idea of a recreation vehicle is to enjoy life.

One word of advice is to let the dealer know that on delivery and demonstration of all systems for the trailer, it will not be accepted until everything is 100%. Do not accept any we owe you or we'll take of that when it is back for warranty work. 100% correct before the deal is sealed.

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700 miles will 14 to 16 hours with fuel and potty stops.
I would stay at least one night as close to the dealer as possible and one night on the road. Relax, it's a RECREATIONAL VEHICLE!

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