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Old 12-04-2020, 06:19 PM   #21
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Welcome, I agree the 3500 ( but a 2500 will work in this case) would give you a wider margin in weight and ride. I ordered a 2020 ("everything" except paint) in Sacramento (not Camping World) and highly recommend the dealer, beat everyone's price and service is great.
Thanks, pretty sure that's the same dealer we've been working with, Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2020, 06:23 PM   #22
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Welcome to the forum. I'm a retired LEO as well, from Napa. We bought our Montana from Reeds RV in Petaluma 3 years ago. I really shopped around and they gave us the best price. Their service department is very efficient and accomodating as well. Can't say enough good about them.
Hi John, I retired from Santa Rosa. I've been into Reed's. They are a very well respected dealer, but they don't have what we want and don't know when they're going to get any new coaches. In fact they didn't have any new Montanas.
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Old 12-04-2020, 06:29 PM   #23
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So tell me why youíd rather a fifth wheel than an A? We had a C, pop-up and a few fifth wheels was wondering if an A is easier?
HI, I have always liked driving a truck and trailer. We bought the class A to tow a boat, we had a 5th wheel prior. We no longer have a boat we can tow, so I want to go back.
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Old 12-04-2020, 08:11 PM   #24
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I have an F-250, gas engine. I would prefer the extra payload of a 350 so I wouldn't have to be so weight conscious. My 250 has air bags and heavy duty aftermarket adjustable shock absorbers and tows flat. Keep in mind that a diesel has 250/2500 probably doesn't have enough payload for a Montana.
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Old 12-04-2020, 08:37 PM   #25
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Congrats and caveats.. the 2500 has a gxvw of 10200, truck is 6600.. pin is 2300, you and wife guess 350, hitch say 150.. you may be over the gvwr or rawr on the 2500. Many may have had little issues with theirs. Ours has been the worst. In 5 years, the trim moulding near the roof disintagrated, rear axle bolts came out or broke, large slide cost 1200 to fix, the the cable slide broke. 500, then 700 to fix. Black wTer tank busted, outside slide wipes ate comng apart.Shower door handles fell off, gfci failed, refer went to liop error.. fan blades came apart.. fireplace wont turn off without banging on it. Toilet never held water, black water valve failed..Carpet needs replacing.. eats tires like a kid eats candy..They say this is normal...The 250 or 2500 will give a better ride.. yes our 3500 dually is stiff.. good.. luck
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Good luck making it to Quartzite.

Let me be the first to warn you. This Forum will spend your money. Worse if your wife gets on it.
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Old 12-05-2020, 08:20 AM   #27
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Thanks, pretty sure that's the same dealer we've been working with, Thanks.
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Your results may vary but for me, 1 year 3 months and 12,000 + miles the bedroom closet door came off it's upper track and broke a small piece of plastic inside it and I had a leaking front jack, other than having the washer and dryer put in by (CW in Sacramento, they were the lowest price by hundreds), that has been it. This is a rolling house so I do expect more over time.

As suggested all over this forum do a thorough walk through before signing and paying. I went as far as to bring a creeper with me and did front to back ground to roof and everything in between and found nothing, but I suspect that was because when I got the notice it had been shipped I sent them the 3 page document (I created it from reading this forum) on what I was going to check, they had it almost 2 weeks before they called me to pick it up.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:42 AM   #28
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Congrats and caveats.. the 2500 has a gxvw of 10200, truck is 6600.. pin is 2300, you and wife guess 350, hitch say 150.. you may be over the gvwr or rawr on the 2500. Many may have had little issues with theirs. Ours has been the worst. In 5 years, the trim moulding near the roof disintagrated, rear axle bolts came out or broke, large slide cost 1200 to fix, the the cable slide broke. 500, then 700 to fix. Black wTer tank busted, outside slide wipes ate comng apart.Shower door handles fell off, gfci failed, refer went to liop error.. fan blades came apart.. fireplace wont turn off without banging on it. Toilet never held water, black water valve failed..Carpet needs replacing.. eats tires like a kid eats candy..They say this is normal...The 250 or 2500 will give a better ride.. yes our 3500 dually is stiff.. good.. luck
Actually my 2020 Silverado's GVWR is 11350, GCWR is 27500, Pin weight is 2775, payload is 3375 and towing is 18500, we'll be OK. Thanks for the response and sorry to hear of all your issues.
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Old 12-05-2020, 12:10 PM   #29
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Excited for you Greg.....you'll love it.
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My wife is more cautious and slower to make a decision. I'm working on her!!
I told her today that we could make the rally in Quartzite, but she laughed at me.



Funny how that is...my wife is the same way. Where's their sense of adventure!
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Funny how that is...my wife is the same way. Where's their sense of adventure!
Considering you found one with paint and all the options, someone will scoop that unit up. No pressure or anything. lol
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:21 PM   #32
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This is a great place full of experienced knowledge that you will love. But some people love them dually s. Before long, you will need a HDT to pull it with. LOL. I’m just kidding folks. The reason I commented was to see why you are going from class A to FW? I’m looking forward to retirement also, but we are going to Class A. Twenty five years of towables. Maybe I’m getting lazy, and are looking for the easy way out, but less worries of weights, brakes, chassis, and just less worry free. Cut the engine off, and go to bed or eat instantly. So many pros and cons, but we are convinced. Good luck with DW and Montana. We really like ours.
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I'm not so sure about "No more worries about weight" Have Friends with a Gas Class A, they found out that once they're both in their seats, they're slightly over the front axle rating.
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Welcome to the forum, Greg. I retired from Jacksonville Beach, FL in 2010. Still working though, just not on the street anymore. Congrats on the new rig. Hope you enjoy your retirement as much as I do.
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I'm not so sure about "No more worries about weight" Have Friends with a Gas Class A, they found out that once they're both in their seats, they're slightly over the front axle rating.
Wow, we have a Tiffin ďgasserĒ in our vision and will get the 26000 lb chassis, instead of the 24000. And Iíll make sure my DW maintains her slim figure .
Canít justify diesel pusher. But nothing over 36 ft either. But agree with you, always facing weight limits. Thanks
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The one I mentioned is a George Town, probably close to 10 years old now.
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