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Old 06-16-2018, 07:34 PM   #1
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New to fifth wheeling

Just getting set to go on our maiden voyage with our 2018 3120RL. Looking forward to our upgrade from a Springdale tt. And away we go.....Gary, Sue and lab dog Lucas 🇺🇸
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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Very nice. Congratulations from WA.
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:24 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! I think you'll find pulling a 5th wheel much more enjoyable than a TT.
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:43 PM   #4
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Welcome to the MOC family from Washington St! Have a safe trip watch it on the turns swing wide and watch your height. remember your taller now.
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Welcome to the forum, have a great trip!
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:42 PM   #6
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:44 PM   #7
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Welcome and have a great first trip with your new Montana.
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:26 AM   #8
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:40 AM   #9
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Congratulations. You'll find that a 5th wheel handles much better on the road. You won't have the sway issues of a travel trailer when being passed by semis. Good Luck!
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:44 AM   #10
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Nice upgrade. Congrats and enjoy.
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:05 PM   #12
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Old 06-24-2018, 02:43 PM   #14
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Welcome

Welcome to the world of 5th wheel rving. If I could suggest one thing it would be to get into a routine for hooking and unhooking. Take your time and try to follow the routine every time then the chance of tailgate or vehicle damage will be greatly reduced. Happy rving
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:13 PM   #15
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New 5th wheelers

We also are new to 5th wheeling! Yes a routine is great! We also have a check off list!
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:18 PM   #16
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We also are new to 5th wheeling! Yes a routine is great! We also have a check off list!
And have your "do Not Disturb face" on while hitching and unhitching
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:13 PM   #17
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

So, already having issues... the bottom plate on the hitch fell off. Before we even took off... needed additional help from 3 more experienced fivers to get unhitched once in camp, then couldn’t get the only house door open... seems like we weren’t Supposed to camp this week.... still smiling though!
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:07 PM   #18
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:04 PM   #19
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So, already having issues... the bottom plate on the hitch fell off. Before we even took off...
I don't understand what happened there, but am trying to picture it. Could you elaborate?


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needed additional help from 3 more experienced fivers to get unhitched once in camp, then couldn’t get the only house door open... seems like we weren’t Supposed to camp this week.... still smiling though!
Never hurts to ask for help when you are having trouble. Since you were having trouble getting unhooked and the door would not open, I suspect you might have not been in a real level spot and things were twisted a bit.

I had an old hitch that did not swivel from sided to side and if I ever had to pull the pin and I was not perfectly level side to side, it was near impossible! Bent the handle many times trying. I finally bought a Reese that tilts side to side and that cured that problem for me.

Like others have said... watch your height! I drive truck for a living so that is automatic for me, but I have seen many 5er's on the road with front end damage or vents torn off the roof on the upper deck. Also, don't get distracted when hooking or unhooking your rig. It is not a good idea to open the endgate to pull the plug when unhooking, and then close it again and drive the truck away. The endgate is not made to drag a dollied off trailer across the lot. Don't ask me how I know that

Enjoy your new home!
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