Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-15-2015, 02:49 PM   #21
Member
 
Gonetothedogs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Penney Farms, FL
Posts: 41
Mike, The one thing I wished I had done during the PDI was to either video tape or take a quality camera and take photos throughout the PDI process. If you can have another person taking the pictures or video while you lead the questioning and pointing (in the picture/film), then you will be able to go back and relearn from the "firehose" demonstration that you received. WW gave you a great outline and script to follow. Take pictures and have the photo person maintain a log of pictures or order of events as you conduct the PDI. Best of luck and enjoy the ride....vr/ Mac
__________________

__________________
Mac & Joyce
___________________
2012 Ford F-350 Lariat DRW
2015 Sanibel 3901
OK-3 Wire...Living the dream
Gonetothedogs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 02:51 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,413
UVW of 6400 will most likely weigh around 6800 per the yellow sticker. Figure another 1000 for stuff, putting you at 7800. I would still do it with a 5.4, but I'd probably go to a good synthetic oil, run a synthetic trans fluid and possibly add an aux trans cooler. You are still running an old 4 speed in the 03 model, so that will be a limiting factor. I would hesitate to travel into mountainous areas- that 5.4 is going to be working really hard pulling the load. I had an 05 with the 5.4 and it pulled well, but a camper is notoriously difficult to pull because of the amount of wind it catches. I would definitely make sure you are getting a REALLY good hitch, too. I'd want either an Equalizer BRAND or maybe a Blue Ox. Do NOT let them give you a standard chain type with a friction bar. You will NOT be happy towing with that. I'd also go with the Prodigy P3 brake controller. I would also suggest LT tires if you currently have P tires, upgraded shocks, and possibly a set of air bags for the truck.
__________________

__________________
dustman_stx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 02:52 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,413
You aren't by any chance getting your camper from RV-Max in Sherman, are you???
__________________
dustman_stx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 03:37 PM   #24
Professional Texan
 
TexasBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 324
I had a great dealer and they did a great walk through. They even found something wrong before I got there and had ordered the part that I had changed out a few weeks later. That said they didn't know squat about setting up my equalizer hitch. Before I left I knew it was wrong so I pulled out, drove it a few miles, found a flat parking lot and did a proper set up. Its been great ever since.

I tell this story to let you realize you may have to do something like that and you may have to take it back. In this case I didn't want take the time to teach a course on equalizer hitch set up. Even if the set up had felt good I still would have walked through the set up to double check the measurements.
__________________
Texas Bob
2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD2500 Z71
2013 Prime Time Tracer Executive 2640 RLS

TexasBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 04:41 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
Bowhnter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Van Alstyne, TX
Posts: 149
Quote:
Originally Posted by dustman_stx View Post
You aren't by any chance getting your camper from RV-Max in Sherman, are you???
Yes I am, why do you ask? Do tell
__________________
Mike and Susan
Cavalier King Charles - Jack (4) and Sadie (3)
2015 Columbus 320 RS
2017 Ram 3500 6.7 Diesel
Bowhnter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 04:44 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
BamaBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Whereever our Berkshire is Parked!
Posts: 6,986
Welcome to the Forums from Huntsville AL! Annnnd...welcome to the RV Lifestyle!


Don't forget to post some picts of your new Rig!
__________________
Bob & Anne-Marie [BamaBob & 6 Actual]
| 2017 Berkshire XLT 43A with Ultrasteer Tag | Blue Ox Avail + KarGard II |
| SMI AF-1 Air Brake | 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD | Pedego Bikes |
Nights Camped: 2013 - 242014 - 422015 - 56Jul 2016 - Fulltime
BamaBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 08:45 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2,413
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bowhnter View Post
Yes I am, why do you ask? Do tell
I know they carry the Vibe line and when you said North Texas I put 2 and 2 together.
__________________
dustman_stx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 01:45 PM   #28
Boss Ox & Drovergirl
 
oxcamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: N.E. Ohio Snow Belt
Posts: 671
Write back and let us know how it goes with your PDI!
__________________
Mark, Vicki, & Scout THE dog
2015 Hemisphere 282RK
2010 F250 Super Duty
1992 Goldwing Aspencade
oxcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 02:30 PM   #29
Senior Member
 
Bowhnter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Van Alstyne, TX
Posts: 149
Will do and I am getting some excellent advice from you all, Thank you
__________________
Mike and Susan
Cavalier King Charles - Jack (4) and Sadie (3)
2015 Columbus 320 RS
2017 Ram 3500 6.7 Diesel
Bowhnter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 02:54 PM   #30
Site Team
 
dcheatwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3,375
Look, I was so new at it on my first one that I asked the pdi guy if the wall plugs were 12 v or 110 v. You can only absorb so much in the pdi so ask, go home and read, tinker with the bells and whistles, ie radio, TV, a/c etc. Read the forum and pick these guy's brains. Call a friend with an RV to come see yours then pick his/her brain. You'll be amazed at how much you pick up. Enjoy.
__________________

__________________
2013 Rockwood 8282WS
Reese Revolution Pin, Reese 16K
2008 Tundra Limited Double Cab 5.7L
Air Lift 5000 w/Wireless Air

dcheatwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:15 PM.