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Old 03-18-2014, 08:28 PM   #11
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To move your hitch around, you could try this:

https://www.campingworld.com/shoppin...itchgrip/75569

I've got one ordered (Camping World) haven't received it yet, looks like it will work well.

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Old 03-21-2014, 12:28 AM   #12
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Thank you all for your thoughts and suggestions. We are going to be looking at them to see what may improve our experience. We are currently using a Pro hitch and we basically leave it locked on the truck (GMC 2500HD 4X4) all the time. The torsion bars and chains are the major issue when hitching up. We'll take a look at the Anderson hitches and see if that might give us some relief.

We have the Rhino-flex sewer set up and it is easy to connect/disconnect once we're down on the ground. The problem is getting up off the ground. DH does use a short length of plywood to give himself some stability and something to push against to get back up. As long as we work with it while the slides are in we may be able to find a milk crate or a bucket that will let us get low enough to reach the connections while sitting rather than kneeling or prone.

Before we bought the V-Lite last year we did think about the Class trade-offs. DH didn't want to drive a self contained (A or C), wanted to have the truck as an alternate vehicle. He also didn't like the high profile of so many of the 5ers so that left us with TT. When we saw our WIKS we loved the floor plan; it's great for the two of us (and the Brittany). So here we are a year down the road trying to create the best possible experience.

Thanks for your help. Are we going to see any of you in Goshen? Bob's going to make an effort to get us in a wider space this year so we can get the slides on both sides out! We are excited.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:34 AM   #13
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While I am still young, I have a hip injury (femoral acetabullar impingement) that makes getting up difficult and painful. Luckily, I have a sister who is an occupational therapy assistant. (Her job is to help people relearn ways to do activities of daily living, such as getting up, ambulating or using devices to make things easier). Her suggestion for getting back up from sitting on the ground is to roll on my side and then push up. Sitting on something like a chair is probably a good idea for you. You may want to see if you can consult someone like an occupational therapist to get some ideas to help you.

For the hitch as others have said, the Anderson is lighter weight or you can get something like the propride. You can also ask for help at the campground. I know we are always glad to help people out (that way we can pay it forward for all the help we have received too). A thank you is all I ask... DH does like a beer though . Good luck to you and be careful.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:06 AM   #14
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We had a Montana 5th wheel. It had a sewer boom like the picture below which stored the sewer hose. It was always connected so all we had to do was swing it out and put it in the sewer connection. If that helps i'm sure you can find someone to fabricate one for your trailer.

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DH didn't want to drive a self contained (A or C), wanted to have the truck as an alternate vehicle. He also didn't like the high profile of so many of the 5ers so that left us with TT.

Thanks for your help. Are we going to see any of you in Goshen? Bob's going to make an effort to get us in a wider space this year so we can get the slides on both sides out! We are excited.

Couple of thoughts on your Comments Steph:

first off on a class A or C, remember you're going to be Dragging a dingy behind you and the dingy will be a lot easier drive than 150 or 250 class truck when you're touring around your campsite

As far as the high-profile I'm not sure we are towing a 8289 WKS with a 150 class truck and our profile is not that High at all --as a matter fact we can zoom down the road at 70 miles an hour if we so choose with no swaying or side wind push at all :-)

Just some more thoughts
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I have some of the same health and age issues you have and the
dew is older and has limited strength. Along time ago , I started carrying a folding metal chair. I keep the hitch in the back of my truck. I place the chair even with the receiver I withdraw the hitch and place it on the chair, close the tailgate and slide the hitch into the receiver. I also use the chair to sit and hook up the sway bars. using the power tongue jack, I raise the hitch enough to attach the chains with out straining. I also use the chair to hook up the water, sewer, and satellite dish. as well as putting the leveling blocks down. The chair has been a life saver for me. Hope this helps.
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For your sewage, just ask your fellow campers on either side of you. If you are at the dump station, the camper just behind you in line will be more than glad to speed you through dumping so they can get out of there quickly.
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We had a Montana 5th wheel. It had a sewer boom like the picture below which stored the sewer hose. It was always connected so all we had to do was swing it out and put it in the sewer connection. If that helps i'm sure you can find someone to fabricate one for your trailer.

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That right there is a fantastic idea and just another reason I love this forum. So many great ideas!

I don't have anything to add for the OP other than to say if I am at a campground/RV park and somebody asked me for assistance I would be more than happy to help. In addition, most RV parks out west here usually always ask us if we need any help. I have never said yes, but I imagine they have a handyman or somebody who would be able to offer assistance. Probably would only cost you a cold beer!
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