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Old 01-26-2016, 02:33 AM   #1
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2016 Hemisphere 356QB

Will hopefully pick or new camper up this weekend! Great deal on the new camper and great trade in on our old.

Couple questions:
1. Anyone use the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch? Comments?
2. Anyone with this model have a solution for a bike rack for a minimum of three bikes? Split rear bumper with a swing out grill.
3. Anyone moved the tv mount in the bunkhouse? Would like to move it so all bunks can see the tv.
4. What items should I look for during PDI?

Comments or suggestions welcome. This is our first 5th wheel! Looking forward to new adventures!

Thanks!
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:11 AM   #2
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#4. Here's a link to a PDI checklist from the forum library you can download. http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...do=file&id=112
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:58 AM   #3
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I put two adult bikes on a bike rack that I installed on the ladder. Kids bikes still fit in back of truck.

Make sure you run the front landing gear and have them show you where the in line fuse is above landing gear in front compartment. Also have them explain where fuse box is behind wall in main storage compartment.

Check to make sure the wires under the kitchen are not being pinched when slide is run in. This will affect your lights in the outside kitchen and bunk above.

I have a 2015 and really like it.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:42 PM   #4
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I have not tried this one but have seen them. May be an option if you have a long bed truck.

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Check the rear bathroom door does not run the frame on the bottom. It will chip the exterior off. It seems to be a common problem because the dealer has received 2 doors to replace mine and both damaged so they went to the lot to get one to fix mine and 2 of them had the same problem.


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Old 01-27-2016, 02:13 AM   #5
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I have not tried this one but have seen them. May be an option if you have a long bed truck.

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Heh, that's my truck. That one worked one wonderfully for 1,200 miles and then I upgraded pin boxes. The new rack has 8-9,000 miles on it and is very similar to the original. I carry 3 bikes up there all the time.
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Take a good look up in the wheel wells...with a flashlight.

Look for something like this. Raw wood = No good.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:56 AM   #7
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Heh, that's my truck. That one worked one wonderfully for 1,200 miles and then I upgraded pin boxes. The new rack has 8-9,000 miles on it and is very similar to the original. I carry 3 bikes up there all the time.
Will that work with a short bed? I am guessing not...? Is that a custom rack or purchased? Thank you.
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Congrats on new 356qb. We just picked ours up 2 months ago and can't wait to use it.

You could get rid of the bumper grill and put your bike rack there.

I put a receiver on the front of my truck and put the bike rack there.

As for the tv, make sure you hit a stud. I would just mount the bracket to the wall and remove the tv when travelling. Also make sure the slide doesn't hit when bringing it in.


Look over everything. I have one fender skirt that was put on wrong and sits about 1 1/2 inch back further than it should.

Everything in these units is made for light weight.

Be ABSOLUTELY positive that all doors are closed when you bring in slides or you can damage them.

And yes, the fuses for the slides/remote are behind the large wooden panel in the passthrough storage. I cut a hole where the panel is to access it and made a cover.

I also bought a few cans of foam and filled the areas where the hoses and wires come through the floor. The holes they made were way oversized for what they needed to do.

Not satisfied with the stock switch layout here is how I changed mine.


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Will that work with a short bed? I am guessing not...? Is that a custom rack or purchased? Thank you.

It is a custom hitch that is mounted on the pinbox and then just a Thule rack on it. I know Avrika or some company makes them, but they are expensive. I tried getting my father-in-law to make them for sale.

http://www.learntorv.com/2014/12/diy...bike-rack.html

No idea if it would work from a short bed truck. I could take some measurements and tell you how far from the camper things stick out if you wanted to check clearances.
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Will hopefully pick or new camper up this weekend! Great deal on the new camper and great trade in on our old.

Couple questions:
1. Anyone use the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch? Comments?
2. Anyone with this model have a solution for a bike rack for a minimum of three bikes? Split rear bumper with a swing out grill.
3. Anyone moved the tv mount in the bunkhouse? Would like to move it so all bunks can see the tv.
4. What items should I look for during PDI?

Comments or suggestions welcome. This is our first 5th wheel! Looking forward to new adventures!

Thanks!
1. Anyone use the Anderson Ultimate 5th wheel hitch? Comments?

yes, i like it. Nice to have the bed of truck when needed.
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