Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 

Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > GENERAL DISCUSSIONS > Full Timing in your Montana
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-26-2021, 02:22 PM   #1
montanaowner
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Mesquite
Posts: 27
M.O.C. #26686
Full time in a rural area

Hey guys. I am a full timer going to live in an area where the nearest city is 70 miles.

I am asking a question about spare parts I might keep on hand. For sure circuit boards for everything. That is high on the list. Considering keeping a spare inverter since I am 11 years old and it is original equipment.

Any other ideas?
 
montanaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2021, 03:31 PM   #2
Montana Man
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Carson City
Posts: 1,548
M.O.C. #21963
If you are 11 years old you may want to ask your parents about this.
__________________
2016 3160, Legacy, Sailuns, Splendide 2100 xc vented, 1 1/2" axle lift blocks, 2014 Ram 3500 SRW SWB 4X4 6.7 Aisin Mega Cab, EBC slotted disks and brakes, Titan fuel tank.
Montana Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2021, 03:58 PM   #3
montanaowner
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Mesquite
Posts: 27
M.O.C. #26686
I am a lot older. The camper is a 2010. Still would like to hear from folks about spare parts or strategies they use when in a situation like this.
montanaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2021, 05:17 PM   #4
DadsHemi
Montana Master
 
DadsHemi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Florence
Posts: 652
M.O.C. #20472
Tools would be your friend
__________________

2018 Ram 3500 MegaCab 4x4 Aisin, 4:10 Gears
Thuren 1.75 Front Springs, Fox Shocks, AirLift 5000 Bags
DadsHemi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2021, 10:42 PM   #5
h2ojocky
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Rancho Santa Margarita
Posts: 583
M.O.C. #13025
Mine is 16 years old and though I don't full time, I would not stock up on spare parts. Maybe some spare shark bite fittings. You can always go to town IF your rig breaks down. Definitely have a multimeter and know how to use it.
__________________
Russ and Linda, So. California
2004 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, D/A, SRW, SB
2005 2955RL, Pullrite Superglide 16K hitch. Bridgestone Duravis R500 tires. EZ Flex Equilizers with wet bolts.EMS HW50C, Disk brakes
h2ojocky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2021, 04:51 AM   #6
RMcNeal
Montana Master
 
RMcNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 949
M.O.C. #25165
+1 on the shark bites. A quick fix in the event of a leak. I keep a few elbows, couplings and caps on hand.
__________________
Robert & Diana McNeal
2019 Montana Legacy 3791RD 20th Anniversary Edition
2014 F350 4x4 6.7L SRW
RMcNeal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2021, 07:42 AM   #7
Theunz
Montana Master
 
Theunz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Catoosa
Posts: 645
M.O.C. #18384
You could run up several thousand dollars in spare parts only to have something unexpected go wrong. Some plumbing bits and some eternabond tape will stop most water leaks which is the biggest danger to your rig. Most any other problem is just an inconvenience.
70 miles is only an hour and a half or so drive if you need something major. Even then the dealer might have to order it anyway. Amazon Prime is just a day away and you don’t have to drive 70 miles and pay inflated dealer prices.
__________________
2015 3100RL legacy...2005 Ford F-250 CC SB. Tows like a charm! 4/19 Updated to 2017 Chevy 3500 CC SB SRW -hope it tows as well as my F 250 did!
Theunz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2021, 07:57 AM   #8
JandC
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Frostproof, FL USA
Posts: 2,350
M.O.C. #13272
Quote:
Originally Posted by montanaowner View Post
Hey guys. I am a full timer going to live in an area where the nearest city is 70 miles.

I am asking a question about spare parts I might keep on hand. For sure circuit boards for everything. That is high on the list. Considering keeping a spare inverter since I am 11 years old and it is original equipment.

Any other ideas?
I assume from your wording that you are not actually a "full time RVer" but instead attempting to live in your stationary RV permanently?

After a few years your situation creates different maintenance and upkeep issues compared to an actual full time traveling RVer. If I were you I would make sure you had tools to service your water heater and a/c units for sure.
__________________
Previous: 2008 Montana 3400RL & 2014 3725RL
Current: Full Time F350 pulling SOB Toy Hauler
JandC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2021, 08:56 AM   #9
DQDick
Site Team
 
DQDick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wilsey
Posts: 18,092
M.O.C. #11455
Make sure you have a big enough socket to remove the anode rod from your water heater. Eternabond tape, self leveling lap sealant, and a good collection of shark bites would be my suggestion. In addition, a 2010 won't have LED bulbs in the lights. I would change to LED's and keep a few spares.
__________________
Dick, Joyce, Diego, Picatso and Gustav
2017 3720 RL, and 2013 HC 343RL
2017 3500 Dodge Maxi DRW 4X4, Pullrite Hitch, IS, Disk Brakes, 3rd AC, Winegard Traveler, Bathroom door mod, Dometic 320, couch for desk swap, etc.
DQDick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2021, 02:27 PM   #10
mlh
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Salem
Posts: 6,112
M.O.C. #2283
I would sure have generator at least 2000 watts and a charger for my truck batteries. Some tools socket sets, wrenches a hammer and things of that sort.
Lynwood
__________________
www.harrellsprec.com
Lynwood Harrell
323 RL HC 2008 F250
mlh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2021, 04:17 PM   #11
AZ Traveler
Site Team
 
AZ Traveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Oro Valley
Posts: 2,649
M.O.C. #20477
Mathew,

You can buy most of what you need and have it delivered by Amazon.
__________________
Zack and Donna plus Millie and Ranger
2018 3160RL

"Life is too short to stay indoors, enjoy the ride!"
AZ Traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2021, 04:07 PM   #12
northern lights
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Santa Rosa Beach
Posts: 49
M.O.C. #18757
Send a message via AIM to northern lights
Just about anything you need in RV parts is at Amazon & with quick shipping too. No matter where you are in the continental USA.

And don't forget independent dealers like Lynwood Harrell with his fun non RV products who will really work with you.
northern lights is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2021, 04:13 PM   #13
mlh
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Salem
Posts: 6,112
M.O.C. #2283
Quote:
Originally Posted by northern lights View Post
Just about anything you need in RV parts is at Amazon & with quick shipping too. No matter where you are in the continental USA.

We had a customer in New Mexico. When we sent him something it took the UPS driver 4 hours to get to his place and 4 hours back. It was an all day trip. The driver was out of comminution for 5 of those hours but UPS always delivered his package at no additional cost.
Lynwood
__________________
www.harrellsprec.com
Lynwood Harrell
323 RL HC 2008 F250
mlh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2021, 09:53 PM   #14
rohrmann
Montana Master
 
rohrmann's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Box Elder
Posts: 3,655
M.O.C. #12947
Quote:
Originally Posted by montanaowner View Post
Hey guys. I am a full timer going to live in an area where the nearest city is 70 miles.

I am asking a question about spare parts I might keep on hand. For sure circuit boards for everything. That is high on the list. Considering keeping a spare inverter since I am 11 years old and it is original equipment.

Any other ideas?

You might want to consider placing the model and year of your rig in your signature line for when you have an issue, it will make answering much easier. Also, is it an inverter or are you talking about your CONVERTER?
__________________
Bob & Becky
2012 3402RL
2012 Chevy 2500HD D/A CC 4WD
rohrmann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2021, 03:27 PM   #15
DebNJim B
Montana Master
 
DebNJim B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Northville, NY
Posts: 647
M.O.C. #21158
Some 1/2" shark bite fittings makes sense and some cheap items that frequently ware out along with a good variety of tools and supply of fasteners.
MY experience though is that any significant part that I acquire and keep for a spare pretty much guarantees that part will not fail.
__________________
Jim B
2017 Lariat F-350 FX4, CC, SB, 6.7 PSD 4WD
2018 MONTY 3731FL, at our private winter site in GA

DebNJim B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2021, 05:37 PM   #16
mlh
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Salem
Posts: 6,112
M.O.C. #2283
If you had everything you might need you would need another camper to store it in. Pick what you might need that you can replace yourself and get some of that. And have the tools to work on a camper.
Lynwood
__________________
www.harrellsprec.com
Lynwood Harrell
323 RL HC 2008 F250
mlh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2021, 04:53 AM   #17
montanaowner
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Mesquite
Posts: 27
M.O.C. #26686
Quote:
Originally Posted by rohrmann View Post
You might want to consider placing the model and year of your rig in your signature line for when you have an issue, it will make answering much easier. Also, is it an inverter or are you talking about your CONVERTER?

Would you be kind enough to explain the DIFFERENCE?
montanaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2021, 05:06 AM   #18
montanaowner
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Mesquite
Posts: 27
M.O.C. #26686
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlh View Post
If you had everything you might need you would need another camper to store it in. Pick what you might need that you can replace yourself and get some of that. And have the tools to work on a camper.
Lynwood
Obviously was looking for practical suggestions. Having a spare refrigerator, water heater, furnace, faucets, W&D, and ACs isn't practical. Where I was going with this question is what commonly fails? Thankfully the man I bought this from did an excellent job of keeping it up.

Tools area great suggestion. I've got plenty. Air compressor and some cordless stuff too. Got a couple of good generators. The shark bites suggestion was great. I didn't know there was a product like that. If there are any more practical tips like that I would genuinely appreciate hearing them.

Tossing out another question. Anyone have experience with Soft Starts for the ACs? Almost $300 bucks each for essentially what is a capacitor seems expensive. Any alternatives?

2010 Montana 3600 RL
montanaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2021, 05:06 AM   #19
DebNJim B
Montana Master
 
DebNJim B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Northville, NY
Posts: 647
M.O.C. #21158
Quote:
Originally Posted by montanaowner View Post
Would you be kind enough to explain the DIFFERENCE?
The converter is a unit usually found near or behind the fuse/breaker panel that "converts" ac shore power to dc to maintain the battery.
The inverter "inverts" dc power from the battery to ac for a specific circuit generally found in a rig with a residential refrigerator. I don't think you will find one in a 2010 unit unless someone has added it for a specific circuit such as a TV or Cpap.
__________________
Jim B
2017 Lariat F-350 FX4, CC, SB, 6.7 PSD 4WD
2018 MONTY 3731FL, at our private winter site in GA

DebNJim B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2021, 05:16 AM   #20
montanaowner
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Mesquite
Posts: 27
M.O.C. #26686
Quote:
Originally Posted by DebNJim B View Post
The converter is a unit usually found near or behind the fuse/breaker panel that "converts" ac shore power to dc to maintain the battery.
The inverter "inverts" dc power from the battery to ac for a specific circuit generally found in a rig with a residential refrigerator. I don't think you will find one in a 2010 unit unless someone has added it for a specific circuit such as a TV or Cpap.


And that's exactly what I was talking about. Sorry, I didn't mean to misgender the Converter.
montanaowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.