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Old 06-23-2021, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! My wife and I recently purchased a 2011 Montana 3150RL. We are not new to rving but this is our first fifth wheel. Hoping to learn more about this rig from the MOC.
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Old 06-24-2021, 05:54 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new Montana. If this is your first fifth wheel, I hope you have an easy learning curve, at least easier than I experienced. I was a travel trailer owner / user all my life. At 63 years old, we got our first fifth wheel, and it took me 6 months to finally feel somewhat confident backing it into a campsite or the driveway. When I finally had the "Ah Ha!" moment, it clicked and now, it's no problem at all. I also had problems reaching into the bed of the truck to even reach the fifth wheel hitch release, trying to reach over fat fenders in a dualy. I never had to deal with any of that towing a trailer. (and there were more).

There are some differences and some mind-set adjustments you have to recon with when you get a fifth wheel the first time. (At least for me) ... all the hoopla-and-hollar how easy it was going from trailer to fifth wheel was simply not true. Now.... after almost 3 years, it's no problem any more. I can honestly say it's different, but I cannot not say "it's better" than a trailer. They are just different in their own ways and each serves a different purpose.

Enjoy that new Montana. Welcome to these forums. Hope your transition to fifth wheel is smooth and problem free, and you are among family here (being all Montana owners). Welcome!
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Old 06-24-2021, 06:44 AM   #3
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Welcome. Hopefully the fiver works well for your needs. I'm happy with a smaller trailer but the DW wanted to go big.
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.
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Old 06-24-2021, 07:19 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! May your new rig bring you many years of wonderful memories.
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Old 06-24-2021, 01:04 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum and I'm sure you will find the people here friendly and very helpful. Enjoy your new 5ver!

I've pulled both TT's and 5ver's and I truly enjoy the difference and ease with which we can pull and park the 5th wheel unit. We recent purchased a new Montana 3121RL and other than keeping the shades working love the unit! We have the residential frig, solar panels on top, the king bed and love all the storage. We previously had a Heartland Greystone 29MK, but it just got old on us as do we all!

Anyhow, enjoy your new rig and be safe out there!!

Larry & Marilyn Gubbels
2019 F-350 Diesel 4X4, Short Bed, BW 18K slider,
closely followed by a 2020 Montana 3121RL
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Old 06-24-2021, 02:41 PM   #6
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Congratulations on the 3150RL. We have same unit 2013. Love it. Ask your questions here and you will get a lot of help. Safe travels.
Larry and Jackie Moore
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Old 06-24-2021, 03:31 PM   #7
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Welcome and safe travels
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Old 06-24-2021, 04:42 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum!
Zack and Donna plus Millie and Ranger
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Old 06-25-2021, 07:47 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum. Hope you make lots of great memories in your Montana.
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Old 06-30-2021, 01:48 PM   #10
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Welcome - ours is a 2013 3150RL and we love it. Lots of great info on this site but start with the wheels and tires for safety - you need a G rated tire on the rig and trust me I learned the hard way! Next on my list were disks brakes - probably the best upgrade I have made.

Enjoy the club!!

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Old 06-30-2021, 02:47 PM   #11
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We have a 2012 3150RL and have always been happy with it. Big enough to have plenty of room, small enough to go anywhere we want and easy to navigate and back up.
John & Janet from Texas via Connecticut and Vermont
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Old 07-10-2021, 04:51 PM   #12
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Welcome! We just bought our first fifth wheel in March, definitely a learning curve on backing stone it pivots differently, but getting better at it. Cheers
Rick and Theresa
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