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Old 11-21-2023, 08:47 AM   #1
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Hi - If any of you Montana 2006 or similar owners have time to help I would appreciate it. We have purchased a used RV that is still in storage about 3 hours away so I can’t do this myself. We have looked at the manual and diagrams on line but they don’t answer our questions as far as set up on our lot. We want to prepare the site and make sure our temporary power pole is okay. Can you tell me:
Distance from front of RV to first tire.
Distance front there to end of second tire.
Distance from one side (outside of tires) to the other (8’?)
Basically we want to know where to place the pavers we are placing it on.
Comes with 30’ cord- can you use extension RV cord or do you have to use longer cord? we were told they sell 50’ cords.
Thanks in advance for any help. Betsy and Paul
 
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Old 11-21-2023, 09:20 AM   #2
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It's possible that someone will have what you need but you will need to post the model of your Montana first. Good luck with the setup.
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Old 11-21-2023, 09:37 AM   #3
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Also, are you going to live in it and use 30/50 amp service? Or just 15 amp for charging and running the furnace or such? If 15 amp, you man need heavy duty extension cords if you have a long run. I had a 50A cord and an adapter from 50 to 30 and then a 30A cord and an adapter down to 15A. So cord length will depend on what kind of hook up you have. And the hook up is at the back of the rig, so location of power pedestal will determine length needed. Width is probably around 8'6" to cover the awning on the sides. If you are using it while hooked up you need to allow for the slide out dimensions. Hope this gets you started.
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RV extension cords come in multiple lengths, 25, 35, 50 feet. They come in 30 am and 50 amp. If getting a 50 amp, make sure it's an "extension" and does not have the bayonette plug on the end instead of a 4 prong plug.

I have an extra bayonette cord for my fifth wheel. It's 25 feet long, (long story why I have 2 of these cords. The original that came with the camper is 35 feet). I also purchased a 50 amp "extension" cord. Both ends have the 4 prong plugs. It's 35 feet.

My 30 amp campers all had the attached 30 amp unbiblical cord that was hard wired into the camper and the cord was shoved inside the "mouse hole". All all 3 of my travel trailers, that cord was 35 feet long. I ended up purchasing "extension cords" for the 30 amp (again .... 3 prongs .... not a bayonette mount)..... and I had 2 fifty foot and 2 thirty five foot cords. The way we camp, there were times I used every bit of those cords at one time or another.

When I got the 50 amp fifth wheel, I gave way all but 1 of those 30 amp cords and got the 30 to 50 amp adapter so, if we had to, we could plug the 50 amp camper into a 30 amp RV outlet. I've used that set up many times too. It was a good call keeping that 30 amp cord.

It's hard to tell how much cord you will need. We (on this forum) have no idea what model you have or where the power cord is located on the camper, or if it is a bayonette or an unbilical cord style. The cord could be on the very end, or it could be in the middle on the back side, or even located near the front. It's hard to tell. There are no hard and fast rules for all RV's. Every one is different.

About using pavers. I went back and looked at your previous post. You are from Mexico Beach, Florida. You are parking on sand, most likely. Just a bit of warning... if you plan on using pavers.... If you use the 2 inch type purchased for laying down to make back yard patios, I guarantee you, the weight of the trailer rolling over them will cause them to break, unless they are placed on a very, very, very solid surface. And even then, the sure weight of the camper could still cause them to crumble when driving over them.

If you are using pavers, especially on sand, you some that are extremely thick and they really need to be placed on extremely hard packed sand.

In the other thread, it was highly recommended to use treated lumber. That is still my suggestion. It's relatively cheap, weather won't hurt it, it makes a small foot print, and you can run multiple boards and make a run for the tires. Then remove the boards, except right where the tires sit.

You may find, attempting to pull the camper (or back the camper) over soft sand may be a reall challenger, or you may even get the camper stuck. You can use the lumber to make a temporary driving pad for the tires to roll on. That lumber will last for 30 years too, and it can take the weight of the trailer.
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Old 11-21-2023, 12:33 PM   #5
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Here are the APPROXIMATE dimensions on my unit - and the dimensions of various units from the 2006 brochure. My unit is longer than anything offered in 2006 - but this should help.
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Old 11-21-2023, 03:43 PM   #6
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Here are the APPROXIMATE dimensions on my unit - and the dimensions of various units from the 2006 brochure. My unit is longer than anything offered in 2006 - but this should help.
Leave it to Mike Well done. I noticed in the brochure that the older rigs were a lot lighter! Also taller? 12' 9"? Todays rigs are 12' 3" with the air con? I've cleared 12' 6" so I'm assuming....
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Old 11-21-2023, 03:55 PM   #7
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We cover the electric cord connections with milk jugs to keep them dry.
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I think you are wrong on new unit heights. I am pretty sure they are over 13'3 inches.
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Old 11-21-2023, 07:28 PM   #9
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Leave it to Mike Well done. I noticed in the brochure that the older rigs were a lot lighter! Also taller? 12' 9"? Todays rigs are 12' 3" with the air con? I've cleared 12' 6" so I'm assuming....
Tony, did you really clear 12' 6"?? According to Keystone your 2022 (and all the other models) are 13' 4" tall (and that assumes you are not nose high).
Ref: https://www.keystonerv.com/product/m...h-wheels/specs
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Tony, did you really clear 12' 6"?? According to Keystone your 2022 (and all the other models) are 13' 4" tall (and that assumes you are not nose high).
Ref: https://www.keystonerv.com/product/m...h-wheels/specs
Yeah, Tony's got to be taller than 12'6". I went through a gas station with a posted 13'4" clearance and barely squeaked under it. A bit of a clencher...moved very slowly with a couple folks keeping an eye out.

I have to assume that Tony's rig will be about the same as mine with the front AC.
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My bad I meant 13' 4".

Yes I did a clear 13' 6" bridge. I think I posted a pic here somewhere. The bridge is over 100 years old. The only reason I went was thousands of fifth wheels have gone before me. If you zoom in you might be able to see the trusses have been hit allowing another inch or so. I think they under rated the height on the sign.
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I am 13'5" on the front AC, so I must be a little high on the front end. Most likely the Air Lift bags on the truck.
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A bit off-topic, but since the Monty is almost 18 years old the first thing I'd do with it is replace the water heater! The water heater in my 2006 3400RL finally rusted out Oct. of 2022 even though I replaced the anode rod every few years so it had to be replaced. Also replace the backflow preventer at the same time, that will prevent headaches later on down the road!
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Thank you very much.
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Thanks for the help.
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Really appreciate the advice.
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Thank you. I was able to figure out measurements from brochure and pics. Ours is a 3500RL and I was able to get floorplan online.
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Hi - If any of you Montana 2006 or similar owners have time to help I would appreciate it. We have purchased a used RV that is still in storage about 3 hours away so I can’t do this myself. We have looked at the manual and diagrams on line but they don’t answer our questions as far as set up on our lot. We want to prepare the site and make sure our temporary power pole is okay. Can you tell me:
Distance from front of RV to first tire.
Distance front there to end of second tire.
Distance from one side (outside of tires) to the other (8’?)
Basically we want to know where to place the pavers we are placing it on.
Comes with 30’ cord- can you use extension RV cord or do you have to use longer cord? we were told they sell 50’ cords.
Thanks in advance for any help. Betsy and Paul
Aloha Betsy and Paul,

When I set up at Oshkosh each each time each year, I have two six foot 2 X 4’s I slide up to the back of the tires or pull forward on the boards as the case may be.

At Evergreen COHO SKP RV Park where I have a lot with a pad, sometimes I park too far back and my electric cord is too short—it is probably thirty feet long. Yes, I carry an extension cords but it s easier to just to pull forward a the few feet necessary for the mfger’s cord that attaches on the rear of my 2009 with a hard to find plug so don’t loose the cord.

Yes, I have all the step down plugs from 50 to 30 to household 110 plugs male and female. Harbor Freight has the extension cords that you might need.

Hope this helps,
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I am 13'5" on the front AC, so I must be a little high on the front end. Most likely the Air Lift bags on the truck.
Well you all got me thinking now. Never crossed my mind to have to measure what my actual height is
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