Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Conway, AR
A Sincere Thank You
Not sure I'll have time tomorrow, so allow me to enter this tonight. Long, so just ignore this if you're busy! LOL But I gotta thank folks.
We leave Tuesday morning for first real camping trip in the new 5'er, pulled with the new TV. To say this has been a long ordeal does not do it justice.
We are not long term campers. 4 years ago we jumped into it with a used Popup that I found locally from an individual. It was ok, we enjoyed it, but we're getting old (I'll somehow be 68 in 2 weeks, unsure how that occurred) and it was just too much work. So we traded it in on a 2013 Grey Wolf 26DBH.
Again, that was great. But "we" bought that bunk bed layout thinking grandkids would be involved. Well, they are 900 miles apart in 3 directions and when we go there, we have a bed! And we sacrificed living area for the 2 of us.
So last August, almost a year ago, we started researching Fifth Wheels. We had made one 'mistake' in size and layout, and weren't going to make another. We looked online at about 23,083,034 fifth wheels. We read every article we could find, and went to similar User's Groups Websites to this one for each one. We narrowed it down and decided Cedar Creek, either Hathaway or Silverback, was the best quality with the layouts we wanted.
That led us to Couch's in Hamilton,OH. They just kept coming up with best price. We emailed, and got immediate responses. Then we went to a STL Cardinal game and just drove up there to see them. Met Brannon, and he spent the next 8 months answering every one of our crazy questions.
Meanwhile, I had a Chevy 2500 Diesel. I had it in my head it would pull anything in North America. WRONGAMUNDO. What folks here make fun of, the "Weight Police", actually finally convinced me that Payload is the initial obstacle to overcome with a Fifth Wheel, and until that is overcome the rest of those capacity numbers are meaningless. I spent a week ticked off............and then realized they were right and if I wanted a big fiver, I'd have to move up. I did.........with a heck of a deal.
And we squeezed pennies and finally ordered the Hathaway 36CKTS. It came in May 9, and DW has spent every waking hour packing every single item of our belongings into every nook and cranny of this. The capacity is about 3,100 lbs, and I'm sure she has put in about 12,000 lbs so far. She still has tomorrow to go (and I've only added a FEW lbs myself!).
I have had questions here nonstop......about air bags, and EMS systems, and tires, and a/c units, and where to stay, and how to back (I've backed boat and ATV trailers all my life), insurance, water, inverters, converters, diverters, proverters, and preverters. LOL I have learned so much, and still have things on my list, like awning poles, and autoformers, and .....well, you get the picture.
EVERY question has been answered by someone with knowledge and compassion for a dummy! I will miss some, but JohnF, Wmtire, Asquared, Flybob, Herk, and literally dozens of others, have graciously guided me.
I say all that for one reason. LOTS of newbies showing up. Good (except we need more campgrounds!!). Ask questions, and pay it forward......help those who ask with stuff YOU know about. And stick around.
My attempts at humor have rubbed a few the wrong way. I apologize. But that's just my nature. Have fun, lighten up, don't let anything 'offend' you ever, and smile.
Leave Tuesday morning early for Nashville to pick up 7 y/o grandson (that we don't get to see often), and going to Lake Greenwood State Park, SC, on Wednesday........will camp with oldest daughter and oldest grandson also. 10 days. Just hope the refrigerator and the a/c unit(s) work......the rest is just a thing! Hope the air bags smooth out the ride, and that my backup camera magically starts working (doubtful).
Can't wait to meet up with folks here, at Rallies, in Goshen, or along the trail. I still think we need a 'bumper sticker' with our FROG name/number!
Thank all of you again.
Bill and Jeannie
"Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man"Calvin Coolidge
"American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God"Lewis Grizzard
2016 GMC Denali 3500Dually--2017 CC 36CKTS