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Old 11-30-2004, 02:03 PM   #1
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Shakedown

We picked up our new Mountaineer 328RLS Nov 19 and took it to Galveston Island about 340 miles from home over Thanksgiving weekend.
We absolutely love the coach. Our biggest problem was a slight leak under the bathroom sink. All I had to do was tighten the fitting. We set the smoke alarm off useing the oven for the first time cooking out turkey.
Before we left home, our area had a nasty storm, if a slide was going to leak this would have done it.
It towed like a dream extremely satisified with the powerstroke and my concern with only having a SRW is gone. I am glad I did not get a dually. I am getting about 11.8 MPG @ 70+ MPH. I was not wasting any time getting there.
We stayed at Delanara RV park. It has full hook up but a bit tight with the three slides.
We checked out the Galveston Island State Park while we were there. It is on the beach with spacious parking just no sewer hook up. It just has a dump station. I think we will stay there next time.

But after hearing all the posts of problems we were very relieved all worked beyond expectation first trip out.
We love our Mountaineer!!!!
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Old 11-30-2004, 02:48 PM   #2
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GLAD to see everything went well for you. May you have many more great trips in your Montana.
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Old 11-30-2004, 05:46 PM   #3
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Great news. America is your playground, go out and have fun.
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Old 11-30-2004, 06:24 PM   #4
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Great!!! Glad you had fun. We were down the coast a bit a Quintana County Park. Check it out sometime. Cheers.
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:11 AM   #5
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Congratulations, neighbor! Glad it went so well. Many happy trails!
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:08 AM   #6
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Happy to hear everything went so well. It is always great to hear good news. Continue to enjoy your Mountaineer!
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Old 12-01-2004, 02:57 AM   #7
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Were glad everything went well with your first trip. We also agree with your favorite quote 100%.
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Old 12-01-2004, 04:32 AM   #8
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That's good to hear, trukdoc. I'm glad you had an enjoyable trip and no serious problems.
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Old 12-01-2004, 04:01 PM   #9
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We are happy that you enjoyed your new Montana. I am glad that you only had a minor issue with the trailer. I agree on the towing after moving up from a TT. We wish you many more happy trips.
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Old 12-02-2004, 01:51 PM   #10
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Biggest problem we had is that we did not want to come home!
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:48 PM   #11
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Tukdoc, what did you think of that new Tow Command brake controller?
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Old 12-04-2004, 02:00 PM   #12
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quote:Originally posted by trukdoc

We picked up our new Mountaineer 328RLS Nov 19 and took it to Galveston Island about 340 miles from home over Thanksgiving weekend.
We absolutely love the coach. Our biggest problem was a slight leak under the bathroom sink. All I had to do was tighten the fitting. We set the smoke alarm off useing the oven for the first time cooking out turkey.
Before we left home, our area had a nasty storm, if a slide was going to leak this would have done it.
It towed like a dream extremely satisified with the powerstroke and my concern with only having a SRW is gone. I am glad I did not get a dually. I am getting about 11.8 MPG @ 70+ MPH. I was not wasting any time getting there.
We stayed at Delanara RV park. It has full hook up but a bit tight with the three slides.
We checked out the Galveston Island State Park while we were there. It is on the beach with spacious parking just no sewer hook up. It just has a dump station. I think we will stay there next time.

But after hearing all the posts of problems we were very relieved all worked beyond expectation first trip out.
We love our Mountaineer!!!!
Well trukdoc it sounds like you guys had a great maiden voyage. I am sure you will have many happy miles ahead. How did the truck do with the brake controller?? Also, glad to see someone from East Texas. I get home to Texarkana as often as I can.
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Old 12-04-2004, 04:55 PM   #13
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trukdoc,
Glad all went well and you enjoyed your trip.... only suggestion I have is to slow down and smell the roses! And remember that the main problem with pulling a trailer is NOT pulling the trailer but STOPPING it.

QUOTE from trukdoc:
"I am getting about 11.8 MPG @ 70+ MPH. I was not wasting any time getting there."

These are great rigs and they do handle well.... even at high speeds... Don't ask me how I know! LOL.... I've since slowed down and really do enjoy the smelling of the roses much more. HamRad
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Old 12-05-2004, 02:44 AM   #14
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Admittedly I do not have a lot of experiance with brake controllers. Most of my towing has been done with big trucks with air brakes all the way back.
But what towing I have done, I was very aware I had a trailer back there. When I hit the brakes the trailer would bump the truck. And adjusting either made it to soft or too strong and end up dragging the tires. I just got to the point I was glad I had brakes.
With the tow command I knew if the brake circut was good as soon as I hooked it up. The controller automatically comes on and shows the level it is set at. The braking was so smooth I could not feel the trailer. I cut the controller back just to see what happened. It really is working. But extremely smooth operating.
With motion controllers it has to sense slowing down. With the tow command it works through the antilock computer if I understand it right. It knows the instant I start braking and sends a signal to the trailer. I do not feel it at all. Needless to say I think it is a good investment. At $350 I thought it was a bit steep but I am glad I had it added. It is not part of the tow package. You must specify for it to be added. I give it two thumbs up! lol.

Rick.


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Old 12-05-2004, 05:56 AM   #15
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Rick, we haven't towed with ours yet and I know I'll have to travel a ways before I can find a good place to experiment with controller settins. Would you mind telling me what gain setting you are using? That might be a good place for me to start with ours.

Ford must have figured the $350 would seem a little bit high. The brochure says the Tow Command System includes both the brake controller and the telescoping mirrors. Without the package apparently the mirrors don't telescope. On our '03 F350 the telescoping mirrors were part of the tow package. So don't you feel better now that you got both for only $350? I, too, am glad we got the Tow Command System even though we've not used the controller yet.

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Old 12-05-2004, 11:08 AM   #16
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Steve, I still have truck envy with all you guys getting new TV's. Hope they give many miles good service.
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