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Old 04-07-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
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Just out of curiosity…potpourri

Just out of curiosity…potpourri

Think I will keep this in the Berky playground. Our 38A has a connection for an air hose up in the front of the RV. Do you folks carry air hoses etc. and if you do, how often do you find yourself using it? Does the engine have to be running?

The 38A is only rated for a 5000 pound tow. Has anyone upgraded their towing capacity or can they be upgraded to a higher towing capacity?

Does your slide behind the driver seat behind stick out an inch plus? The service department told me that they dealer adjusted it “as much as they could.” The other slides are acceptable to me but not the gap I’m stuck with!

Co-pilots! Does it sound like you’re at a boat launch when you’re teaching your significant other how to drive? I’m dreading giving her the first lesson….today. Local streets and slow speeds till she gets the hang of using gas/brake pedals. Our streets are wide and quiet for the most part.

Two months ago I saw a pusher attempting to get on a flat bed trailer. (I-15) The trailer bed was raised about 8-10 ft in the air. Couldn’t believe what I seeing! The MH was fully on the trailer but it hadn’t come down. They make full length flatbed trailers now with hydraulic rams for raising or lowering???

My significant other wants to do a cross country trip next year. From what I’ve read one can’t just take their Berk back to the factory for a repair but instead must attend a FROG rally just to get their rigs fixed. My front step cover was damaged at the RV show and the dealer repair job was/is unacceptable to me. Does FR have a “go-to dealership” where owners can at least get some satisfaction for their money? We are booked out for this year and I have to live with the “it sucks repair job” for a freakin year!

I respond a tad slow but will. Thanks.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:36 PM   #2
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about the air hose... yes I do carry one and I do use it to keep my tires aired up to the pressure that I want. I stay at a camp spot for around 6 mo. at a time so that is why I carry a hose and check my tires.
the engine does need to be running for the air pump to work
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:38 PM   #3
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Just out of curiosity…potpourri

Think I will keep this in the Berky playground. Our 38A has a connection for an air hose up in the front of the RV. Do you folks carry air hoses etc. and if you do, how often do you find yourself using it? Does the engine have to be running?

The 38A is only rated for a 5000 pound tow. Has anyone upgraded their towing capacity or can they be upgraded to a higher towing capacity?

Does your slide behind the driver seat behind stick out an inch plus? The service department told me that they dealer adjusted it “as much as they could.” The other slides are acceptable to me but not the gap I’m stuck with!

Co-pilots! Does it sound like you’re at a boat launch when you’re teaching your significant other how to drive? I’m dreading giving her the first lesson….today. Local streets and slow speeds till she gets the hang of using gas/brake pedals. Our streets are wide and quiet for the most part.

Two months ago I saw a pusher attempting to get on a flat bed trailer. (I-15) The trailer bed was raised about 8-10 ft in the air. Couldn’t believe what I seeing! The MH was fully on the trailer but it hadn’t come down. They make full length flatbed trailers now with hydraulic rams for raising or lowering???

My significant other wants to do a cross country trip next year. From what I’ve read one can’t just take their Berk back to the factory for a repair but instead must attend a FROG rally just to get their rigs fixed. My front step cover was damaged at the RV show and the dealer repair job was/is unacceptable to me. Does FR have a “go-to dealership” where owners can at least get some satisfaction for their money? We are booked out for this year and I have to live with the “it sucks repair job” for a freakin year!

I respond a tad slow but will. Thanks.
The slide on our 400QL stuck out further than I believe it should and they resolved it at the rally last year.

I carry a pump for inflating the tires.


I can't answer your other questions, though.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:53 PM   #4
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Because you said that your towing capacity is 5000 lbs I am assuming that you have an Allison 2500 transmission. If that is the case, you can't upgrade the towing capacity because of the limitations of the that transmission.
As for the repair, you should contact the factory to see if you can make an appointment to bring it to the factory and have them do the repair.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:33 PM   #5
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Yes we carry air hose and use it for airjack changing tires or air up whatever,and yes the motor has to be running to keep up air pressure.Yes the driver side slide is out about 1/2 in so that it does not rub at lower corners per FR.Also check the kitchen drain pipe where it goes behind the fireplace,it might be under the furnace and when furnace gets hot it melts the drainpipe.
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:37 PM   #6
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Well I'm definitely going to be adding an air hose now to my "must have list" for the B.C. trip. Although duct tape, vice-grips, and screw drivers have been my primarily used tools, I had to buy a socket set just to tighten my mirrors. I already have one compartment door that won't latch at all and the dealer's service department has ignored fixing it twice now. Thank God for duct tape!


They sure "blow a lot of smoke" when they're selling you a rig. But it is what is. I I'm guessing that the inconvenient storm of disappointment(s) in the last seven months might end....soon. I'd rather pull a trailer with a vehicle on it but now ....(shrug)


Thanks for the replies too. Like the "heads up" regarding the kitchen drain pipe too!
As for the slide sticking out a bit? The top of the slide is in but the bottom sticks out more in the rear then in the front. So it's cockeyed to say the least.
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:50 PM   #7
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Not only do I carry a hose I carry a compressor that way I don't have to worry about starting the coach. Jim
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:04 PM   #8
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I don't want to buy a compressor but I am considering buying an extra refrig/freezer to put on that slideout tray. Allthough the 38A has a really nice refrigerator I need more freezer space if the deep sea fishing pans out. Plus I can have more space for Tillamook Ice Cream! Dry ice is the cat's meow usually but I don't/won't put dry ice in this RV's basement. My buddy carries an extra generater when we're out in the desert. Had I stayed with the Winne-Sightseer, I would of done the same thing. But now...my generator is no longer underneath my bed! Two thumbs up!
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:59 PM   #9
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I carry an air hose. Be mindful that when connecting or disconnecting there is a good deal of pressure so hold tight. Call the factory and set up warranty work at another dealer. I bought mine in Indiana and get service in Wisconsin.
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:40 PM   #10
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Thanks for the heads-up on that airhose pressure, Dave! I have limited use of my left hand. Limited to about 15 lbs max for carrying anything. Might not be able to connect the airhose but I'm still going to carry one. I found another RV dealer near our winter home that has a good reputation. We also have a nearby Freightliner Shop. I'm scheduled for service at the dealership in 3 weeks. They drop the ball again and a post will appear in the Positive/Negative section
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