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Old 05-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Updated-New Montana High Country

Hello,
I'm Dan in Montana.
My wife and I just purchased a new 2012 Montana High Country 303!
We traded in a 2011 Springdale 232 SRT
We needed a trailer with a bit more room than the 232 has.
This 303 should have plenty of room for 2 choc Labs, and 2 house panthers(Manx cats)
To be comfortable.
We are both long time trailer campers , but this is our first 5er.

90% of our camping is in the mountains in unimproved sites.
Hopefully this Montana HC has the ground clearance !
I just finished installing a B&W turnoverball, and companion hitch in my 2011 Dodge 3500. Supposed to pickup the Montana on May 11th.
Glad to see there is a web site just for Montana owners.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Congrats! You made a good choice! Come to a rally and meet a nice bunch of people.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your new rig! May it bring you many years of wonderful memories.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:06 AM   #4
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Congrats & welcome! We have a 343RL High Country and are quite happy with it.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:35 AM   #5
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Early tomorrow morning we're taking out brand new 343RL High Country on it's maiden voyage from Southern California to Zion NP in Utah. We're as excited as kids waiting for Christmas.

We've added a solar system and a satellite system to the trailer, an electrical surge protector, plus we've moved a bunch of our knick knacks from our old trailer into the new one. We've added a 20K 5th wheel hitch with Blue Ox bed saver to the 2012 F-250 diesel 4x4 crew cab truck. We also added a tire pressure monitoring system, a height warning system, as well a notched and louvered tailgate. The 6500 watt Onan generator is here but there wasn't enough time to install it before we left, but it's already wired in and will be installed as soon as we get back and before we leave on out BIG two month trip this summer.

Ain't retirement grand?!?!?!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:46 AM   #6
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Ain't retirement grand?!?!?!
What's this "Retirement" you speak of????

I wish I was retired!
The wife and I are both employed by the US Govt (don't hate me)
so will probably never be able to retire.
My agency has no mandatory retirement age so will probably be here forever!
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #7
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congrats welcome to the forum a great place for all kind of info on our montana's enjoy your high country, we have a 2011 323rl high country and love it. enhoy your travels
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new rig! We recently trade our hybrid TT on a 2013 High Country 338DB and we love it! This forum is a great place for those of us that are new to fivers to get all sorts of excellent information!! Safe travels!
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:43 PM   #9
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Enjoy your new Montana, you will love it. Be sure to get a good PDI. We really enjoy our High Country.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:03 AM   #10
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Update:
Took the Montana out for her maiden voyage over the Memorial holiday!
Spent 5 days Boondocking in the mountains.
Trailer was plenty roomy enough even with 4 people and 2 Chocolate labs !
Temperatures were in the low 50's during the day,low 30's at night.

Love the B&W companion hitch!
Had no problem pulling into or backing out of our camp spot. Plenty of clearance over the bed rails, even when going through some deep holes, and over rocks.

Found a few water leaks under the galley, and bathroom sinks.
Tightened the fittings and leaks stopped.
Below are a few pictures from the trip.

Loaded up and ready to roll:

Camping spot:
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:49 AM   #11
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So, you didn't have any problems with ground clearance, since the HC's have reduced ground clearance because their "basements" are so huge. Heck, I was even thinking of making the pass through a mother-in-law cottage!

You've got a good looking rig there!

Just one question: in the second picture at your campsite, what do you have hanging from you pinbox?
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:40 AM   #12
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LOL, I was thinking the same thing Rainer. As far as mother law space.... don't do it...experience
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:41 AM   #13
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Congrats and welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:22 PM   #14
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So, you didn't have any problems with ground clearance, since the HC's have reduced ground clearance because their "basements" are so huge. Heck, I was even thinking of making the pass through a mother-in-law cottage!

You've got a good looking rig there!

Just one question: in the second picture at your campsite, what do you have hanging from you pinbox?
Trash bag !
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:25 PM   #15
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So, you didn't have any problems with ground clearance, since the HC's have reduced ground clearance because their "basements" are so huge. Heck, I was even thinking of making the pass through a mother-in-law cottage!

You've got a good looking rig there!

Just one question: in the second picture at your campsite, what do you have hanging from you pinbox?
No problem with ground clearance.
I was worried that the front jacks would hit, but they didn't .

I have a king pin tripod , with a trash bag hanging under it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:03 PM   #16
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We just took our new High Country 338 DB out for the first time this week-end loved it.. Plenty of room for all (myself, husband and pup) we traded in our Keystone Everest which was a great Fifth wheel but it was time to retire the old girl and always loved the Montana's. We are actually pulling it with a Ford 2500 super duty . No problem pulling it at all. Love the outside Kitchen on this saved the wear everytime someone needed a drink or snacks. Glad we made this choice.. Sure you will enjoy yours as well so congrats.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:06 PM   #17
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Congrats on the new rig! We recently trade our hybrid TT on a 2013 High Country 338DB and we love it! This forum is a great place for those of us that are new to fivers to get all sorts of excellent information!! Safe travels!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:35 AM   #18
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The High Country is built to be light, (Helium Technology). They weigh in at less than 10,000# dry. You have made a great choice when weight is a primary concern.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:00 PM   #19
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Congrats on your new rig and welcome to the forum. Look forward to hearing about your future experiences, good and bad. This is the place to let it all out because there ain't much that someone on the forum hasn't experienced in the past. Stay safe and Keep Kampin'.
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quote:Originally posted by RainerThe 6500 watt Onan generator is here but there wasn't enough time to install it before we left, but it's already wired in and will be installed as soon as we get back and before we leave on out BIG two month trip this summer.
Picked up the unit a few days ago with the generator and MorRyde pin box installed. Wow, it's a sweet suite!

I also installed six 5-LED puck lights throughout the unit that turn on individually or via a wireless remote. I picked them up for less than $30 at Costco, with all batteries, AAA, included. I set up two in the bedroom so that if DW is sawing logs, I can still find my way to bed without waking her up with the regular lights; I have one in the bathroom, one each over the dining room table and over the counter in the kitchen, and one opposite the electrical control panel by the stairs - this serves two purposes: one it's low enough so that I can turn it on just reaching into Monte from the outside steps (with the door open) making it easy to navigate the stair and see that control panel. The remote will turn all on or off just from my bed, so they kind of also work as indoor panic lights. An additional feature is that there is a 30 minute timer on the remote. Can you tell I'm really excited about these lights!
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