To quote an old saying "you don't know what you don't know."
Although the DW and I had camped and pulled our families' TT in the past, we didn't know how to approach the purchase of our first rig. Luckily I am "detail-oriented", and yes there are other names for this trait.
I did do a lot of leg work before we purchased our Windjammer. However, I missed completely that the stated hitch weight was 880# and that weight is not a real world number because of the variables of loading and placement of weight. Weighed our rig on the way home and found that our hitch was actually 1075# for our 1/2 ton TV. Had the dealer take back the 1000# WDH and bought a 1400# to handle the actual weight once loaded.
So, back to the old saying, if you are new you have to know all of these things before you jump in and buy something too heavy. But how? This forum has been a Godsend of information (and fun too) that has helped me understand hitches, GVW, tires, and lots of other things since we became RV'ers two years ago. Still, what do I NOT know? Before everyone responds, I already know the answer is PLENTY
, but I now know of several places to do research before I leap to the 5th wheel purchase shortly.
The question is how do we get this out to others and save them some trouble? Let's be willing to talk to anyone that says they are interested in purchasing a RV and let them know to check forums, TV ratings, and such BEFORE then get excited about that 41' 19,000# 5er that they are going to pull behind their 1/2 ton.
D_B Travelers - 30 nights in 2016... so far. 54 nights in 2015. 2014 Rockwood Windjammer 3001W Diamond Pkg, 2015 GMC 3500HD CC DRW Duramax, Equalizer 14K hitch, TST 507rv TPMS.
"Happiness? A good meal, a good cigar and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle."
George Burns (1896 – 1996)