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etcsthorne

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Splashers3 wrote:

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.

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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.

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Think of it all as a system. The parts have to fit together for the best experience. The towing is going to be more stable with duals. However, do you play in the mud? Drive the beaches on the outer banks? Drive in snow to ski or sled? Maybe then a single rear wheel.

Any homeowner association rules? Do you drive the BWI parkway? Like to use the hammer lanes? Then maybe the dreaded 3/4 ton, or the horrible 1/2 ton. Answer "yes" to any of these and you really limit your camper choices.

Answer "no" then pick the camper first and then second pick a truck rated under SAE J2807 (I think all of the big 3 comply) for the pin weight and tow capacity to fit. Chevy, Ford, Ram they are all good. Diesel or gas, under the ratings both have pluses and minuses. Hard to beat the puck systems, unless you use the rails to tie stuff down. Short bed if you need it for tight spaces, long bed for traveling.

Sad to say, you may have to order well in advance. Wait times stink right now on our toys.

Unless you already drive fifth wheels, a big empty lot, some cones and practice will help reduce stress in backing into the campground. Also work out a system of signals with your co-driver, and be prepared for the occasional discussion.

Make sure you know how to jack up the camper (I use a wedge) and change a tire. Try it once at home and see what you forgot. Get an extra set of bearing, race (cone), seal and store them in a can of grease. Even if you cannot, or do not want to change them, it is nice to have on a Sunday afternoon in Nowhere USA. Parts can be a bear for campers.

Now hit the road, see you round the campfire.

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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!

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I can make a great suggestion on the fifth wheel for a couple - Grand Design 337RLS. Opposing slides in the rear make a very large living area. The bed/bath is very spacious as well with a walk in closet at the front and washer dryer hookups. You can tow it with a SRW 1 ton truck. You can get into the fridge when the slides are closed if that's important to you - can also access the front bedroom.

I'd also suggest the long bed and the B&W Companion. I have the short bed with the B&W manual slider. If possible, go with a diesel engine - better MPG and a WAY better towing experience - especially if full timing.

Arctic insulation is a myth. There is only so much insulation you can get into a thin RV wall. The electric fireplace helps a lot but if you try living in it in extreme cold, you will be miserable - but then you can always move. Good luck


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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!


If you are thinking of ordering a FW, be aware that you may not get what you order. Your contract will likely have a "substitution" clause where the mfr can sub different products from what you want, or you face a much longer wait. Here's an interesting video that I watched a couple days ago: (I have no connection; don't even subscribe to their channel.) https://youtu.be/laNbSFZpXqc

When mfrs are having to go to local Home Depot, Lowe's or Menard's to buy =insulation=, you know the supply chains are F'd up pretty badly. They're also saying that there's likely to be a Luan shortage, so rigs built in the next couple of years using a 2nd, inferior, choice face a much higher chance to have delam issues.

There's a guy over on the KZ forum who ordered a new KZ in December, 2020, with an April/May delivery time. Then it slipped to September/October and now he's being told December, 2021. Not only that but, despite having a contract, they're telling him that his price will be $10,000 higher.

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I would look for hung wall const,eg. cedar creek or others,quieter inside,no delam if you get a water leak etc,have had 3 with laminated const,hung wall NEWMAR WAS BEST IN MY OPINION.

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The Hershey show is a great place to look, you will get to see a bunch of different floor plans and will be able to get a idea of what you want. Be aware that some of the dealers there are pretty high pressure on trying to get you to buy.

The truck I would suggest getting a diesel they are just a much better towing experience, after towing with my diesel I will never go back to gas.
Get the 350-3500 series and depending on the trailer you get you may need a DRW.
I prefer the blue oval brand but any of the big 3 will serve you well.


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Well stated

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When you purchase a new truck say 60k regardless of Dodge, Ford, you can expect at least 2 + maybe 5 + years of driving without any mechanical issues. Zero. When you purchase a new RV regardless of price 25K or 95K do not be surprised if you have issues on your first trip. More than compared to a new vehicle.

I would suggest taking the RV not too far away, test everything out, AC, Water hookups, appliances, lights. Not trying to be negative but high price does not seem to prevent issues. Take a small trip for a few days to break it in before setting off and find halfway to Oregon you encounter a major issue on the road. 90 degrees and the AC ***** out.
In an ideal world paying 60k+ there should be zero issues but in the RV world they are not the same as buying a 60k+ truck.
Some will disagree with me but I have lost count the number of people who purchased RV (5th wheel, travel trailer) and had issues. Just my own opinion. I rather find a major fault local to home to resolve than mid way on a long distance journey.


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