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Old 03-14-2013, 06:46 AM   #11
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When I started investigating the axles under my rig, and talking with everyone including the dealer, I was told that the 6ks were sufficient. I knew better, so I went and weighed my rig. And went back to the dealer. The factory rep was called and then I was put in touch with the engineer. I knew something was WAY different when I pulled the 365 off of the lot. I had just pulled a new 355 on the lot to trade. 3 feet of camper didn't make that much difference compared to the weight I was then pulling off the lot. There have already been campers ordered with the 7k axles under them. There are others that have already inquired as well. When dealing with FR, as stated above, I was put in contact with several GMs in the process. So, I do not believe that this is the 'first' they've heard about this. Maybe that one particular individual maybe, but not the department. I have been told on two different occasions now, by two different individuals, that they agreed to change my axles just to "shut me up". Make no mistake, they read these forums. They've quoted things to me and other members here, that have been word-for-word right out of some of these posts. I love that. It shows that they are listening, or at least reading and getting feedback from their customers instead of just relying on dealer feedback. One point for example was the heat vents in front of the TV cabinets getting the TVs and cabinets too hot. Another was the placement of the furnace in relation to the air flow in the master bedrooms. So , they are reading these. I've kept this to myself until now, but here is my take on why 6k axles are put under these units. If you put 7ks under them coming out of the factory, they would eliminate most all 3/4 ton truck owners, due to 20% of the gvwr being(15,500) on the pin. That would make the pin weight around 3100 lbs. Too much for 3/4 ton trucks. The other thing that I haven't said is, that just a plain 365 coming off of the lot, YES, the 6k axles are fine for it! I truly believe they are correct. However, once certain options are ordered, I believe they should 'make' you pay the upgrade fee to the 7k so you would be able to carry the weight as you should. In my opinion, the upgrade to 7k axles will only benefit you on down the road. First off, the rig pulls better. Secondly, you can later put on 17.5" tires and wheels on it(due to 8 lug wheels) to get the "china bombs" off of it and put on high weight capacity tires. I am only sharing with you my experience with this unit so far. If anything happened to my rig today, would I get another one after what I've been through? ABSOLUTELY! But I would order it with a few more of the fancier things they've come out with in the last year and a half, and I would most definitely order it with 7k axles.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:05 AM   #12
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Once again golf, you hit it in the head! With the question about my slider, I have gotten pretty close to 90 on a small turn around and a lot closer than I am/was comfortable with. My experience and opinion would say you don't need to use the slider for regular driving or most campgrounds but rather if you have to u turn in a small area at the end of a tiny cul-de-sac that u might find in some campgrounds or wrong turns into neighborhoods. As golf seems to be the same type if person I am in my opinion, I have the mentality to get the comfort of having one just in case. Rather have and not need then need and not have. If you don't have one, and turns out you need it one day, could be an expensive/costly error in judgement
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #13
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Hey just noticed you are from moosejaw did you order it through Davidson? We are just currently working in the same thing through fast toys for boys.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:27 AM   #14
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What are guys doing up so early? LOL Anyways you convinced me golf. This afternoon I called the dealer and had them add the 7K axles. The fact that you have real world experience towing this unit I trust your comments and suggestions. I was unaware that you could go with a bigger tire. So thanks for that. I figure being this is going to be a long term RV for us that with the upgrade I should have no weight problems in the future. The unit has not been built yet so the dealer said adding the extra option is not a problem. I agree with you that people are listening as they have made the changes. This is not only great for the consumer but also for FR as they are willing to adapt and modify based on user comments.

I had Firestone Ride Rites on 09 F150 and felt the difference immediately pulling a Puma 31KBH. I am just wondering if I really need them on the F350 pulling this unit?

I do have the Trailer Prep Tow package on my truck with the fifth wheel wiring harness. That turnoverball from B&W is a really cool idea. Since I have the TT package, provided to Ford by Reese, I am leaning towards a Reese hitch that I can pull out and utilize my full bed with no rails. TTrost had mentioned something about their current business practices and curious as to what that means. B&W does also make a OEM Ford version which utilizes the TT package. I have both being priced out and will decide in the next few days. The slider hitch was something I really wanted to have in my back pocket but they are not giving them away up here by no means. I will just have to be more careful and not get into precarious positions. Does anyone know of any other brands that makes an Ford OEM version using the TT package? I have searched and can only find the 2, Reese and B&W.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:54 AM   #15
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Hey just noticed you are from moosejaw did you order it through Davidson? We are just currently working in the same thing through fast toys for boys.
Yes we did and they were nothing but a pleasure to deal with. They are only a little over an hour from us which was a deciding factor in case any work needs to be done in the future. I know you will not regret from buying from them.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:04 AM   #16
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Cookie- I'm a B&W fan boy and feel it's a top notch hitch. I have nothing bad to say about it!

I don't have a Ford, so I can't help you there with other drop-in hitches for the OEM setup.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:53 AM   #17
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I had Firestone Ride Rites on 09 F150 and felt the difference immediately pulling a Puma 31KBH. I am just wondering if I really need them on the F350 pulling this unit?

I do have the Trailer Prep Tow package on my truck with the fifth wheel wiring harness.
I have a '10 F350 4x4 Dually that you see in my sig, and I put airbags on it. Did it NEED them, no!. Did it help? TREMENDOUSLY! I put the Firestones on it and then put it a Viair on board air system so I could adjust it on the fly. I did a write up on it here Viair System installed The bags added stability, even for the dually. It also helps a great deal with the interstates to stop some of the bouncing you get from uneven joints. When it gets too bouncy, I just add a little pressure to the bags and the problem is solved. They also help save the suspension components from wear and tear. In my opinion, airbags are the best mod you can do to a tow vehicle. I won't tow heavy without them again if at all possible.
As far as hitches, I am a TRUE believer in B&W hitches. And with you having the Ford Tow Prep, it would only take you less than 2 minutes to have a completely level bed with nothing in the way with the B&W Companion OEM. I love the fact that the jaws of the hitch completely surround the pin. It stops a lot of jerking and looseness in that area. They are made completely in the USA and have the best customer service in the business by far. Reese just announced last week that it is moving all of it's production to Mexico. I am by no means putting down the Reese hitch, just telling you what has become important to me in the last several years. Two of my camping buddies that have Reese hitches have 'hitch envy' towards my B&W due to the ease of operation and how easy it is to hitch and unhitch. Good luck and give us some pics when you can!
Oh and by the way, the B&W slider hitch was unveiled in late December with an unknown delivery date. Shouldn't be long though, but I believe it will first be made for their standard Turnover ball bed system, then the rest of their products.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #18
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I ended up ordering a Reese Elite 18K hitch that drops right into the Ford OEM under bed system. The under bed rails are part of the Ford trailer tow package which is made by Reese. I talked to B&W and they indeed are coming out with a slider but have no plans for it to be released for the Ford OEM underbed system. Since I dont want to replace the OEM rail system with a turnoverball undermount I went with the Reese. If I do decide in the future to goto a sliding hitch part #30070 is all I need as the the head is compatible. I went to a local Ford dealer and test fitted the hitch and it was extremely easy to install. The Ford fifth wheel hitches are also made by Reese as is the OEM TT package. Thanks again for all your input on helping me make my decision.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:15 AM   #19
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Well got word that our unit has been built and should be at dealer next week. Plan on picking it up next weekend. I want to setup the Reese Elite 18K hitch before going out to pick it up. There are 4 sets of mounting holes for the height. My truck is not lifted and was wondering which set of holes I should use. I know that if it needs to be adjusted the dealer would do that for me. I would just like to have it all ready to go. Can anyone comment on this? The hitch height settings are 14.5, 15.75, 17 and 18.25 inches. Out of the box it is set to 15.75 I believe.
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Hey that's exciting. Means mine shouldn't be to far off either as for your hitch settings not to sure, I run a b&w but I know my hitch is set almost right In the middle of its settings, I have an 06 F350 with no lift but 35" rubber. I sat with our old fifth wheel perfect hoping this one will sit the same haha. Hope you find out what you need and have fun getting your new unit all stocked up.
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