Many thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with me. I will certainly add these to the advice of the others who have been kind enough to also share on this forum topic.
Our rig is already fitted with a TrailAir king pin hitch so I am pleased to hear that it is beneficial and not merely an expensive decoration added by the dealer. Generally I tend to drive for about 8 - 10 hours south from Calgary to Montana, so having something that makes this less painful and stressful will hopefully make that drive and the start of our vacations more enjoyable.
I will certainly ensure I check the labeling on the waste tanks too, not that we ever dump without being connected but I always like to empty the black tank first, followed by the galley and finally the grey water from the shower. Although, reading what 38FLCamper wrote, it looks like the shower drains into the same tank as the galley. As we aren't having a washer/dryer I doubt that tank will see too much water going in unless I get them to install a valve to help equalize the tanks and utilize the unused capacity. If that's how it would work?
I am hoping the six point auto level will hold the rig rock steady but I too am a mature build (hoping to downsize before the summer) so we'll see how that works out. If I can get away without the tripod so much the better.
Being an ex-traffic cop and authorized vehicle examiner (albeit in the UK - checkout my Black Rat avatar) I certainly keep my eye out for dodgy tires, brakes, suspension and chassis on any vehicle I buy. I just never encountered any RV this size across the pond. I had noticed the posted height for the rig was just under 13' but allowing for the tires to inflate slightly when they get warm in the summer and someone else's measurements having the chance of being slightly off, I'm going to allow for it being over 13' before I try and pass under a gas station canopy or low bridge.
My current trailer is a Rockwood 8315 which has all the aero dynamics of a house brick when being towed. So I'm guessing only a slight difference in gas mileage towing this wee beastie. Unfortunately, I doubt I'll get to know until late April when we pick up the new rig and have been able to dig ours out from behind the snow drift that has formed around it, although thankfully not actually touching it.
I did notice that it appears the recliner isn't anchored anywhere during towing. Has anyone experienced a problem with it moving at all? I'd hate to find that it has shifted and tumbled into the dining area while we're driving. I was also disappointed to see the sewer hoser storage tube looks like it can only accommodate the actual hose. It doesn't look big enough, from what I've seen, to hold a rhino flex hose with the end fittings or adapters still attached. Is there anywhere you would recommend I can attach the external holders? On the TT I have it slung under the rear bumper (that also doubles as a sewer pipe holder capable of holding the hose with the end fitting/adapter).
Thanks to everyone for their invaluable help and advice, please keep it coming. Once we collect the CC I'll post some photos.
Richard & Diane
2014 Cedar Creek 38FL
2016 F350 Lariat CC DRW
Retired Metropolitan Police (UK)