Greetings all.Been watching for awhile, time to join and learn.We are planning to purchase a new 2013 38rls 5th wheel and pull it with our 3/4 ton 2000 rusty Dodge 4x4 diesel.We are about to order:>Value package>32" flat tv>spare tire>extra door to garage>4' garage light>fantastic fan (attic)>10 gal. water heater>50 amp>blue outside>Chicago ruby inside>cherry floorConsidering???>insulation package?>heater upgrade?Do our camping in Wisc. and Mich.Is the insulation package worth the $3000.00 price? Does the belly get insulated? Double pane windows?If we upgrade the insulation do we need the upgrade furnace?
Welcome to the forum. Value pkg - yes. I would definately go with the dual pane windows. We ordered them on our Sabre and they're worth the added cost. If you do the upgrade on the insulation then you can probably skip the upgraded furnace. But IMHO $3000 is alot unless you do alot of winter camping.
I would go with winter package if it included sealing the underbelly. I read from another member that had is 30WR sealed as part of the winter package, heated strips on the tanks and extra insulation in the walls ,sealed underbelly and dual pane windows. Don't know if all that was included or special order.
Your getting 50 amp you might as well have them throw on the second AC.
Have you compared the towing capacity of your truck to the weight of the Trailer. The Work and Play is very heavy. Yours grosses out at over 16,000 lbs. Figure 20% for pin weight and you will have 3200lbs sitting over the axles. Check the specs close or you may find yourself buying a new truck...But that could be a good thing...
Thanks everyone. We are checking to see what the $3000.00 insulation package includes. Plan to haul a golf car and the Harly in the garage.As nice as a newer truck would be the budget does not allow for it. We ar hopeful that the rusty 2000 Dodge Ram 3/4 ton diesel will do the deed. Any other thoughts before we commit?Thanks for all your help.PS. Sold the other trailer this morning, got the down payment now.
Thanks again to all for your help.Went to the scales. Truck and tools at 8200 pounds. That is as close to normal load as I could get.New truck is out of the budget. Used maybe. Could sell the 2000 ram and the 2000 f-450 cab and chassis and throw a little at a used truck.Would love to get a 4x4 dually diesel, a work and play to haul the work and play. Never hauled a 5th wheel so this is all new to me. Haul everything on reciever hitch now. Bobcat and endloader on a 16' beavertail or our 14 x 8 enclosed cargo trailer. Thanks again everyone.