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Old 12-14-2019, 12:58 AM   #1
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I'm somewhat of a newbie here - although I've been reading as a guest for a few months now in an effort to decide what to buy, and once we bought, to learn about all sorts of things.

A couple of takeways from my reading:
1) Diesels are better than gassers
2) Gassers are better than diesels
3) 5th wheels are better than bumper pulls
4) Bumper pulls are better than 5th wheels
5) Any product is THE ABSOLUTE BEST as long as it meets two criteria: a) it's the one you bought; and b) you didn't have any problems with it.

Fortunately we're not new to RVing - we previously owned a C-Class, but here in Arizona in the summer the only place we used it was up in the mountains. The thing was HEAVY and the Ford V-10 would scream going uphill in some places. Probably wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't know anything about motors, but every time we went north I was certain a piston was going to come through the oil pan.

I especially enoyed one of the threads about rear view monitors and back-up systems - the poster had THE BEST - his wife standing on the back bumper, although he admitted that it irritated her when he changed lanes too quickly at 65 mph.

One of the best things has been that I haven't NEEDED to ask a question about anything - a diligent search has (so far) always provided the information I've been looking for.

Having never towed anything bigger than a 10' utilitity trailer I was "optimistically concerned" (OK, poopin my pants) about pulling a 5th wheel - curbing the tires, trailer swing, and like most, backing it up the first time. One of the best posted responses to someones similar "fears" was to the effect of "people do this stuff every day. it's a learning curve, but if you can drive, you can do it,"

Fortunately for me, the owner of the RV dealership rode home with me giving me a few pointers about taking turns and such, and then guided me into my side lot. He was nice enough to offer to do it for me - but I figured I had to do it myself at some point, why not start right then (with the guidance of someone who knew what they were doing). Needless to say, it's nestled snugly next to the garage.

So thank you everyone especially those with knowledge and experience but also those who appear to not have a clue what they're talking about as well as those whose answers had nothing to do with the question.



One quick question: I entered my TT and TV info where the user setup stuff is in my control panel, but it's not showing … does this information go in the "garage" area?

I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future, and I know that if the answer isn't already out here I can rely on this group for help.

Thanks again.
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Old 12-14-2019, 02:43 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

So I gather from your post that you bought the 5th wheel in spite of the 'advice' you gathered here?
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:37 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.. You can go back in to the user CP put your information in for each category but before going on to next make sure to save your changes if it ask you before going on to next category. Later RJD
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:03 AM   #4
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Welcome from SW Ohio , 5thwheel IMHO were the best towables we had, no sway !
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:43 AM   #5
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One quick question: I entered my TT and TV info where the user setup stuff is in my control panel, but it's not showing … does this information go in the "garage" area?

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Your equipment is showing in your profile. if you are looking for it to show at the bottom of your posts, it needs to go into the signature section. You can add it via the User CP under signature
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Old 12-19-2019, 02:47 PM   #6
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Thank you Flybob !
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:05 PM   #7
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Welcome from SoCal! - A very nicely witty (and accurate) post.
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:13 PM   #8
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Welcome from Western Maryland!
You've got us all figured out, huh?
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:57 AM   #9
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:18 AM   #10
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PatrickY, Sounds like you are a perfect fit for this forum... welcome to the forum from central Florida...
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:26 AM   #11
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OK, Patrick, you may not fit in here. I mean......actually SEARCHING for an answer rather than say "I've looked but can't find this addressed. Can anyone tell me how to set the water valves for winter?"..... LOL


You may be a Moderator in short order. I think you've figured all this out.


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You do know, right, that that 3/4 ton won't pull your trailer???? LOLOLOLOLOL
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:35 AM   #12
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You've hit the nail on the head.
On top of the things you've mentioned... don't ever poop in your toilet, never carry a full fresh tank of water, never run down the road with the refrigerator on LP, always carry the MAX air pressures listed on the sidewalls and always keep your awning retracted even if you are sitting under it!
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:19 AM   #13
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Smile what?

BandJCarm: I figured my 3/4 ton might not PULL the trailer so I was planning to PUSH it backwards … BUT … (see below)

5picker: All sage advice from an experienced pro, except one thing - the awning... I figure that if I leave it extended, at highway speed, it should provide enough lift so that my 3/4 ton truck could PULL the trailer, contrary to BandJArm's assertion that the truck won't do it.

Thank you all for the welcome - have a very merry Christmas everyone, and we're wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

P, B & J
(no, not peanut butter and jelly, duh - Patrick, Barb and Jasper)
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