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Old 10-11-2018, 06:51 PM   #1
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Hello, new member 2019 Montana 375FL


Been a member of forums for many, many years. Also a member of forums. My previous travel trailer was an Outback.

My first travel trailer was a Dutchmen Sport (18 feet) and I towed it with a Chevy 1500 Suburban. I liked the user name DutchmenSport so decided to continue using it on any forum or website RV related. So, I kind of feel this is my identity, it's as much "Me" now as my real name.

After 1 pop-up and 3 travel trailers, I made the jump to a 5er, and what a 5er it is! 41 feet long, curb side and street side entrance doors, and front living room, roomy bathroom, huge kitchen, all electric house hold refrigerator, and electric 6 point leveling! Wow!

Been the proud owner for 2 weeks now! 2019 model. First 5er ever owned or towed.

Have a 2014 Chevy 3500 Silverado diesel dually duramax crew cab, long bed purchased brand new with 50,000 miles now (not even broke in yet) as my tow vehicle. Went camping over an extended week-end, last two weekends in a row. Although not "conquered" I think I did pretty good backing into those campsites. Staying home this weekend.

Learning all the in's and out's of this "little" puppy. We've slept in it every night since we took delivery. We can park on our own property and actually use it. Have hook ups and septic available from my previous trailers. Currently hooked up to 30 amp, but with colder weather approaching, no need to run both air conditioners right now anyway. Most likely, this next Spring I'll be getting that 50 amp RV box installed.

Pretty excited about the new "camper". Loved our previous Outback rear living room with opposing slides a lot, but this front living room with the full front window on the 5er absolutely beats the beloved travel trailer.

The whole experience has been a bit daunting. I'm 63 years old and been towing bumper-pulls all my life, never a 5er. So I'm learning, and learning fast how all this works. As i stated on another forum, this old dog IS learning new tricks.

Funny though, the Montana is more than 5 feet longer than my Outback, yet the overall length when hitched is only 1 foot longer than the Outback hitched. (59 feet now). I have a cargo carrier, but am reluctant to try it on the Montana rear hitch. Putting anything on it will block that back storage door. So for the moment, not using anything on that hitch until more bugs get worked out.

After 2 weeks, I've either worked my way through most of my questions on my own, posted questions on, watched YouTube videos, and searched different forums. So, right now, all is well, except to say "Hello!"
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

This is a great place to learn and share. Don't be afraid to ask questions, we all learn from them.

My big lesson going from a TT to a fifth wheel was paying more attention to vertical - you are a lot taller so watch those trees, gas station covers and bridges.

Enjoy your new rig.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:36 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum from Washington state and congratulations.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:41 PM   #4
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Welcome!! I have been watching your progress over on and was hoping you would try out the MOC. You tend to get better, more accurate answers here with a base of over 15K Montana owners. Lots of pertinent experience here to take advantage of.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:08 PM   #5
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Welcome to the MOC from Washington St! Have fun with the new rig.
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:52 AM   #6
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Welcome to MOC, glad to have you as part of the community.

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Old 10-12-2018, 07:52 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum! Be very careful with that hitch. When they put them on the older Montys they were only good for a bike rack.
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:54 AM   #8
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Welcome and safe travels with that new rig!
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:37 AM   #9
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:59 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forum from Arizona. That thing is a lot higher than your old rig so be careful.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:21 AM   #11
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Welcome and enjoy the forum.
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:38 PM   #12
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Welcome! Enjoy your New Montana!
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:17 AM   #13
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Welcome aboard Dave! Sounds like you've got things organized pretty good when it come to learning about your new unit. You've found a great place to learn even more. If you have questions ask away and you'll get answers from the experts-- actual Montana owners that have experienced your situation or have answers to any question you might have. There is a wealth of experience here on the Forum so take advantage of it as much as possible. Think about attending some of the Regional Rallies that take place across the nation and join us at the MOC Fall Rally in September in Goshen, IN where your unit was born. Great times had at all of the Rallies and great way to meet some of the folks here on the Forum and also those that are sitting back in the shadows reading what is going on with other MOC members. Enjoy that new rig and hope to meet you somewhere and sometime along our journey's across the US.
P.S. If you didn't know there is also a Facebook page for Montana Owners so check it out also.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:43 AM   #14
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Welcome to the forum Dave,
I took a similar route to my fiver as you, only I had 3 popup's and 1 TT.
Getting a feel for the height is critical of course but my biggest transition was in making turns. Seems the 5er cuts it closer as the pivot is over the rear wheels rather than behind the bumper. I've learned to take turns as wide as I can. Scraped a storage door on a gas pump post on my SOB once and learned.
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