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Old 08-04-2015, 05:29 AM   #1
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Amazing these things hold together at all

Just returned from an 850 mile trip from north TX US 75/69/I-40 thru eastern OK, up to Eureka Springs, down to Petit Jean State Park, down to I-30 and back to TX. About half the roads were great. Many newly repaved and some even completely rebuilt. The other half will beat you to death. A stretch of 75 in TX heading toward the Red River has been terrible for years and just keeps getting worse. Many miles of 69 south of Eufaula has also been rough for many many years. But other parts that used to be bad have been repaired and are good. Much of I-40 has been rebuilt and is nice. But some is also pretty bad. Miles of nice newly repaved asphalt highway in Arkansas was very smooth. EXCEPT, about every half mile there would be a significant jolting "bump" that stretched completely across the highway. What is with that? They are rebuilding parts of I-30 between Little Rock and TX. Much of that is great. But there were also miles of seemingly newly rebuilt concrete highway that was like driving on a washboard. Constant thump, thump, thump.

Overall every thing survived, except my pocket door finally dropped down on the back. Had been drooping a little before and I had neglected to fix it. Now I will have to. But it is pretty amazing that things hold together as well as they do. Guess I can't complain too much.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:49 AM   #2
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I feel the same about I-65 anywhere in Indiana.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:50 AM   #3
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Any of us who haul any distance have experienced some bad bumps and crappy roads. It's a wonder the rolling earthquakes we live in don't require more work than they do.
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:45 PM   #4
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Agree with all the above. My hometown roads are like downtown Baghdad. Just returning from a trip to Franconia Notch NH, I will say the state of NH does a pretty good job of maintaining their roadways. Once in Mass. all bets are off.
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:54 PM   #5
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Makes you wonder what they do with all that gas tax
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:36 PM   #6
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Around here they don't just build highways. They build artworks. Overpasses have decorative walls and support beams, often with imbeded images, and then painted in soft earthtone colors. Medians and sides have sometimes elaborate landscaping with many varieties of plants and with curved concrete edging. Little attempt to stretch the dollars. And then they complain about not having enough money for other highways. Now toll roads are being proposed and built all around the area to make us pay more for more roads. But those new roads don't ride any better than their predecessors.

Same with schools. Basic school buildings are no longer considered. Now they have to be elaborate showplaces with multi million dollar high tech athletic facilities. And they too complain about the lack of money to build additional schools needed due to overcrowding. And I doubt the kids learn any better in those showplaces than we did in our basic brick buildings of long ago.

Oops! Off my soapbox now.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:21 PM   #7
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I say it all the time. These are faux homes that take a lot of punishment. We never broken a glass or anything. When people complain I often explain its a wonder our cabinets stay in place. Been to NY and back several times. Highway 40 in New Mexico nearly killed us! I 80 across country is no walk in the park. Yet after all the punishment the Montana holds her own! I 5 in California has sections that polygrip can't hold! I think they are marvels of engineering after the abuse they get on the road!
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:17 AM   #8
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I am amazed that "a trailer" built like a Montana can sustain only minor damage on our roads. I often wonder if Keystone really designs the "trailers" to be towed more than 5 miles to a lake! I have upgraded my suspension and constantly check it--only had 2 blow outs in 9 years towing about 6000 to 10000 miles a year. SO--the "trailer" part of the Montana is holding up well--not so for the furniture, etc. as many of us know. Still--not going to trade "UP" or "OUT". Got it this far and will just keep fixing and going! Enjoy the scenery even if the road makes it rough to look at.
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:21 AM   #9
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We put a lot of miles on our Montana's. Installed IS suspension. Secure down all cabinets and doors. Strap down the Tv sets. Leave nothing laying around that could fall on the floor. We have still had lights fall off the ceiling .Fresca and trim fall off the walls. Screws pop out of fenders. Never travel with holding tanks even 1/2 full. Since May 0f 2006 and two Montana's I estimate at the minimum 85K miles towed all over the country. Many of our roads are nightmares and we have been on everyone of them. Just my opinion but these things any brand are not designed for the use that many of us high end users put them to.

Strange thing is that our truck is always right in front of the Montana's and nothing has ever fell off it..
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:05 AM   #10
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When stuff falls off the truck it's usually from under the hood and not a good thing.
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:11 AM   #11
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IMO the addition of the Mor Ryde Is suspension system is a huge help in keeping these things together particularly if you are a high end user. I understand the Mor Ryde is a option on some if not all Montana's and if you are a high end user I would seriously consider it. BTW our 06 3400 had the IS suspension and we did get our money back when we sold it in fact it was a huge selling point.
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Old 08-07-2015, 12:37 PM   #12
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We have the Dexter EZ Flex installed which really helped a lot and I even think the LT tires make it run a little smoother. With the rear kitchen we do pay attention to where and how things are stowed. We still Velcro strap the cabinet doors and TV's even though they do stay shut pretty well. And I always build a door prop for the pocket door. The one I built now really locks the door in place and does not allow it to move at all..... Just don't trust screws to hold that door in the air as it gets slammed up and down going down the hwy...
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:09 AM   #13
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No doubt about it. We travelled down to Memphis last weekend and the last few miles of I-55 heading north out of Arkansas are some of the roughest we have travelled on. That stretch has been pretty bad for as long as I remember. They are rebuilding the southbound side now and will hopefully do the northbound lanes once that is finished. I really expected to see things moved around a lot in the Monty but when I checked all were good so maybe the ride was smoother there than in the truck :-).
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:12 PM   #14
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I'm in the White Mountain National Forest area in New Hampshire now and my GPS took me down a real crappy 20 foot wide road that turned in to a dirt road. Fortunately, a resident passed by and informed me that there is a side road about 1/2 mile down the dirt road that is wide enough to turn around, so down the dirt road I went. I was able to turn my 3610 around and returned to the paved, crappy road. I'm in the middle of an approximate 3500 hundred mile trip and the rig is holding up pretty well. Had a couple of plastic light covers fall, but nothing major. Still enjoying my 2014 Monty.
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:40 AM   #15
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Spent the day yesterday replacing screws that hold the aluminum in place under the Monty. In spots where the screws had torn through the metal I used fender washers when re-screwing the aluminum in place. One would think the factory would realize the stress that is placed on the unit where screws hold the aluminum in place and would have done a better job in securing the metal under the trailer. Mind you, does the factory really care? Probably not.
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:30 AM   #16
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Im thinking of getting a Keystone Montana 3625RE it has a Mor/ryde Hitch Pin is that what you are saying you should have with it? Thanks
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:31 AM   #17
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Im thinking of getting a Keystone Montana 3625RE it has a Mor/ryde Hitch Pin is that what you are saying you should have with it? Thanks
The Mor/ryde pin box is a shock absorbing pin box. The Dexter EZFlex suspension is an aftermarket add on for the rear suspension for older Montanas. But newer model Montanas come with various forms of Mor/ryde suspension systems.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:51 PM   #18
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There is a stretch of I26 coming into Johnson City, between Boones Creek and North Roan St, that I avoid like the plague! Even in the wife's Miata it will jar your teeth loose. It's like a concrete washboard. I think the deterioration of the interstate system in this country is a real shame. I think we pay around 18 cents tax per gallon nationally and another 20 cents on the state level. I would prefer our esteemed leaders cut waste and find the monies that way but I think we all know that aint gonna happen. Charge me five more cents for a gallon of gas but... PAVE THE DANG ROADS!!!
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We have the Dexter EZ Flex installed which really helped a lot and I even think the LT tires make it run a little smoother. With the rear kitchen we do pay attention to where and how things are stowed. We still Velcro strap the cabinet doors and TV's even though they do stay shut pretty well. And I always build a door prop for the pocket door. The one I built now really locks the door in place and does not allow it to move at all..... Just don't trust screws to hold that door in the air as it gets slammed up and down going down the hwy...
Do you have a picture of the door prop you made? I'm using a rubber door stop right now, but not really happy with it.
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Old 09-04-2015, 02:55 AM   #20
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A common phrase in our truck is "This would be a good place to build a road." Maybe it's the higher speeds, but the Interstates seem to be the worst roads for a bad ride. Having said that, the absolute worst paved road we've traveled was State Route 70 through Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Your teeth rattled at 15 mph.
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