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5th Wheel RV's (1,316 members)

Here you can talk about any thing to do with RV 5th wheels , from hitches to type of trucks to pull with , to electrical , pluming , mods you have done . Photos of your 5th wheel ,... see more

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  • Nancy & Jonathan
    Nancy & Jonathan :
    February 17What is the most difficult thing about driving a fifth wheel? I think I (the wife) am going to be doing most of the driving. We have a 30' retro with an F-250 gas.
    • Mark and Nga and 2 others like this.
    • Nancy & Jonathan
      Brewurown February 17 Finding the steering wheel.
    • Nancy & Jonathan
      kpp01 February 17 Getting in the truck😆😎That is my problem.
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      • Nancy & Jonathan
        Nancy & Jonathan February 17 HAHA - when I went to test drive the F-250, the salesman asked if I thought I could get in one without running boards.  Well, I tried, but I am only 5'3".  That just was not possible.  Even with the nice running boards we got on ours, it is...  more
    • Nancy & Jonathan
      kpp01 February 17 Actually, hitching up, not to difficult, but I definitely find it easier since I put a backup camera in the rear cab light.
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      • Nancy & Jonathan
        Gene & Connie February 17 Where did you find the camera to put in didn't know they made them to fit?
      • Nancy & Jonathan
        Charlene Houle February 17 When we first hitched up @ purchase it seemed not too bad 👍 then it became a bit nerve wracking & one of us cannot help because the other gets 😡 lol it’s kinda scary but I’ll come to you in time! The one most IMPORTANT thing was (we learned from an expert...  more
      • Nancy & Jonathan
        kpp01 February 17 Found it on Amazon. SDS360 for RAM 3500. Fit right in. Ran the wire around to front under trimming to go into monitor I got for wireless cameras on 5Ver that I got from Tadi Brothers. Could possibly have done wireless for RAM camera, but was not hard runn...  more
    • Nancy & Jonathan
      Rick & Lil Mon at 7:52 AM Not to hijack this topic but, it's NOT a good idea to pull the emergency brake-a-way switch and leave it disconnected for any length of time. The trailer brakes are 12v and once pulled and disconnected from the truck, you're using the battery on the trail...  more
    • Nancy & Jonathan
      Charlene Houle Mon at 10:34 AM Thank you for this information 👍 we only do this while we’re hitching up as we were told that we wouldn’t need to worry about it moving 🙏🏻 We do chock it also
      I’ll remember this information thank you again!!
  • Charlene Houle
    Charlene Houle:
    February 14My truck sounded strange the engine so I had it checked & the mechanic stated it’s the turbo? Apparently in this cold weather in NH the turbo is trying to protect itself?? @ least this is what I was told . Then no heat & yes itsss freezing 🥶🥶🥶 cold here s...  more
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    • Charlene Houle
      Hank & Shirleen February 14 We understand! Best to you! And hope it all gets straightened out! 
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    • Charlene Houle
      DK4Nature February 14 Holy Cow!  Thanks for posting. Agree with Hank & Shirleen hope this works out for you. Wow.........sounds like Missouri
    • Charlene Houle
      John & Sandy G February 14 Politicians aren't the only crooks!
    • Charlene Houle
      Charlene Houle February 14 Apparently not 👍 when you put your trust in a business & they do something like that it makes it very hard to trust again 😢
  • Cary & Lee
    Cary & Lee:
    February 14Does anyone have a tandem kayak that you take with you on your trips? We are fairly new to RV-ing and have only been on 2 - 3 short weekend trips in our 5th wheel. We have a 16’ tandem kayak and was wondering what is the best way to take it with us? We t...  more
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    • Cary & Lee
      Steve&Tina February 14 Join the group "Canoe/Kayak campers. My best suggestion for taking it with you is to deflate it and put it in the basement of your 5er. I have 3 of them in there. 
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      • Cary & Lee
        Charlene Houle February 14 Awesome idea 👍
      • Cary & Lee
        Cary & Lee February 14 Thanks Steve&Tina! Our kayak is fiberglass so...😝
    • Cary & Lee
      Ben & Angela February 14 Thinking your best solution is two single kayaks on the back of your 5er or go inflatable.
    • Cary & Lee
      kpp01 February 14 I had a tandem 14.5'. I sold it and bought a shorter kayak as the 14.5 was too long when I would back up and I had to make a slightly sharp turn, it would hit the cap of the 5 ver. I have a Ram 3500 crew cab with 8 foot box.
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      • Cary & Lee
        Cary & Lee February 14 Thanks! We have a 8’ bed too. We haven’t taken the kayak with us and was just wondering if it was even possible.
      • Cary & Lee
        kpp01 February 14 It is possible, just keep in mind that you might have to take it off the truck to get your 5ver parked.😎😁😊
    • Cary & Lee
      Steve&Tina February 14 Sorry, using a bit of humor was apparently not appropriate. Buy an inflatable for travel and leave the hard shell at home. Thats what we do. 
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  • Grelon&Tammi
    Grelon&Tammi:
    February 13has anyone had their backup camera stolen?
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      Ben & Angela February 13 No? Did you?
    • Grelon&Tammi
      Dan & Belinda February 13 No, where do you suspect it happened?
    • Grelon&Tammi
      Kevin & Lonnie at RVing.Website February 13 Yikes, mine is at the top of a 5th wheel and was a pain in the butt to put up. I can only imagine it would be a bit of a pain to rip off and hardly with the effort for what we paid for it. Sorry to hear someone was such a jerk.
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      • Grelon&Tammi
        Ben & Angela February 13 I don't know if he had one stolen or was just wondering about the possibility.
    • Grelon&Tammi
      Grelon&Tammi Mon at 1:14 PM actually just wondering if it's a problem, thanks for the feedback
  • Lloyd S
    Lloyd S:
    February 11I'm looking to buy a new 5th wheel. So far the Grand Design 3740 BH has the best floor plan for me. I'm wanting information anyone has on Grand Design, quality, service.....
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    • Lloyd S
      Shirley & Dave February 12 We have a Grand Design Solitude that’s 3 years old. It has not been totally trouble-free, but the service from Grand Design has been great. They use the same components (Lippert, Dometic, Furion) as everyone else, and those things can fail, but every time...  more
    • Lloyd S
      JVBV February 12 I've heard Grand Design delivers with the fewest initial defects. As another person responded all the subsystems are the same companies. Very important : look at the load rating on the tires!! They tend to put very marginally weight / temperature rated ti...  more
    • Lloyd S
      Swtpea February 13 We have the same GD that you are looking at.Had one problem with the fridge going out after 2 yrs,but everything else is fine. Wouldnt trade it for anything else
    • Lloyd S
      Mark and Nga February 13 Was looking as Montana now after reading the above post looking at Grand Design. Interested in the 375RES. Can't find the difference between the 375RES and the 375RES-R. Anyone know?
    • Lloyd S
      Ernie and Teri February 16 On the 310 the R is for the residential refrigerator
  • Gypsy Lass
    Gypsy Lass:
    February 10Hello everyone I’m new to the fifth wheel RV style...years ago I went cross country in a class A and this time elected to go with a 5’r. My biggest reason was not being able to back up if I got into a situation as I was towing my car. Curious how you guys...  more
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    • Gypsy Lass
      Charles Korte February 10 Pulling and the maneuvering fifth wheel it's a lot like driving a semi-truck.  Consider getting some tips and or lessons from a CDL help company near you, or from somone with similar experience.  You must account for cornering  and tail swi...  more
    • Gypsy Lass
      Debbie Lockey February 10 My husband amazes me every time we are pulling our 44ft toy hauler. Years ago, he drove a tractor trailer, so those years paid off nicely!
    • Gypsy Lass
      KurtO February 11 It is a piece of cake 🍰!  Nothing to it.  If you have the right tow vehicle, you never know the trailer is behind you!
    • Gypsy Lass
      Charlene Houle February 12 We purchased a 36 footer & absolutely love 💕 it ! I will be learning how to drive it also new experience for me 🙏🏻 Nervous but I’ve driven a 24’ Shasta RV without any problem but this is all new . Great question thanks !! Looking forward to reading more s...  more
    • Gypsy Lass
      Jim Shepherd February 12 Piece of cake!  Just don't try backing it up on your blind side then it's easier in a Jack Knife position you can see out your driver side window.  The proper truck is important as I see all the time RV'ers pulling their rig with  an under ...  more
  • Dragon & Wolf
    Dragon & Wolf:
    February 10Pulling a 41ft Montana 3820FK 5er with a 2016 3500HD dually diesel. Start/stops, hills, tanks empty or full and winds all play a role in fuel consumption. Two years we have averaged12.8 on 22511 miles towing. Hope this helps
    • Charlene Houle and 2 others like this.
    • Dragon & Wolf
      kpp01 February 10 Pulling an Arctic Fox 27-5L, 30', Everytime I have checked was within a couple of tenths from 10 mpg. 3500 HD 6.7 Cummins SRW. Ranges from 14 to 20 when not towing, depends on driving conditions
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      • Dragon & Wolf
        Ellen White February 10 The 30 foot arctic fox is the five or that I’ve been looking at how do you like it? Did you buy it new? Have you had many problems with it?
      • Dragon & Wolf
        kpp01 February 10 We picked up second hand, like brand new. We put more scratches in it on the trip home than the original owner had made in a year. We had a few minor issues. We had to recaulk the shower in a couple of places, easy enough. The gas regulator went on the st...  more
    • Dragon & Wolf
      Ellen White February 12 Thanks.. I too am full-time, but right now I'm in a Class C and wanting to change to a 5er and really like what the Fox has to offer, wondering if it's all true....what year is it?  have you had a chance to winter camp in it? Is it truly warmer in winter?
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      • Dragon & Wolf
        kpp01 February 12 We have not winter camped. However we have done low 40s and mid to high 30s and we just used a very small room electric heater to stay warm. If we want a quick heat we turn on the furnace and we are toasty. We were happy with it in the cooler weather, but...  more
    • Dragon & Wolf
      Ellen White February 12 Thanks for the info... it sounds like it's a real nice unit.  I'll be looking for one!
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      • Dragon & Wolf
        kpp01 February 12 Good luck. We actually found ours on Craigslist in Oklahoma City, OK and we were living in Albany, NY at the time.
  • Ellen White
    Ellen White :
    February 10Hello everyone! I was wondering those of you that pull your fifth wheels what your gas mileage is when you’re towing your fifth wheel also are you towing with the 1500 or a 2500 or 3500 hp truck? Thanks I’m thinking of switching from a classy to a fifth wheel.
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    • Ellen White
      Richiee Rich February 10 3500 RAM  dually cummins pulling  26 ft  , 13 - 14.5  , 21 -22 not pulling  ,  @ 62 on cruise
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      Ben & Angela February 10 Pulling a 35' Open Range with a 2017 6.2 F-250 ( gas ) avg is 8 mpg. towing.
      You need to decide on the 5th. wheel you want and match your trucks capabilities to the weight of the rv. Educating yourself on this is KEY to selecting the right truck for the job.
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      • Ellen White
        Ellen White February 10 I was thinking of a Keystone Cougar 27ft approx 9,000 lbs and tow with a 2500 not sure if I want Ford, Chevy, Dodge or GMC-- put it would be gas and 4 wheel drive
    • Ellen White
      Steve&Tina February 10 I met a guy in New Mexico who had a whole fleet of diesel trucks, mostly Fords but a few Dodge, that moved heavy trailers of drilling equipment around. He said he put monitors on the trucks so his drivers would only drive 65-66 mph. He said he found out t...  more
    • Ellen White
      J&N Wanders February 10 Have a Keystone Montana 39’ Fiver and toeing with 2013 GMC 3500HD SWR with Airlift 5000 airbags and 6.6 Duramax. We are averaging 14.8 mpg.
    • Ellen White
      Bernie & Donna February 10 Pulling a 37" Montana, 13.5k With a 2015 Chevy 3500 DRW gas.
      7.5-8.5 mpg with, 14-15 mpg without.
  • Charlene Houle
    Charlene Houle:
    February 6We are fairly new to R/Ving we love our 5th wheel ♥️♥️♥️
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    • Charlene Houle
      Pete & Beaver Hester February 6 We still consider ourselves newbies too. It will be a year in May. We love our 5th wheel!
    • Charlene Houle
      Joe and Lori February 7 Us too. We got a Triton 39' toy hauler in October. It's stored right now, until April. Gonna love the more space and feel. Hope to be full timing in the next year and a half tops. Lori is retired already I have 10 months. We can't wait
    • Charlene Houle
      JVBV February 7 We're a year ahead of you. My message: GO FOR IT! There will be some frustrations and waiting on the side of the road and spending way more $ than you ever planned - but the people you'll meet and the places you'll see are worth every penny!
  • Darren and Cathy
    Darren and Cathy:
    February 4Hello fellow fivers , I have a 2018 ram 2500 and tow a keystone carbon 337 toyhauler. When I tow I’m getting the check trailer connection , check trailer brakes , trailer brakes not connected.
    I have had. Truck and trailer checked at the dealer . Both ca...  more
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    • Darren and Cathy
      Pat and Bobbe February 4 Get your trailer brakes checked.  Had the same issue and 2 of my brake assembles were failing.
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      • Darren and Cathy
        Darren and Cathy February 4 Thank you , I’m having that done tomorrow. I had to insist for them to take the wheels off and look at it !
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      Ramon & Elisa Alanis February 5 I got the same warning "check trailer connection" on my Chevy 2500HD from time to time. The problem with mine is the contacts with the 7wire trailer power connection from the 5th to the truck. Inspect the connector and clean if necessary and spead the or ...  more
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      • Darren and Cathy
        Rick & Lil February 5 Yes. A sloppy fit can cause connect/disconnect issues. Also, after thoroughly cleaning both sides, apply some dielectric grease to both. This will help keep corrosion to a minimum.
    • Darren and Cathy
      Kim & Jess February 5 It could be your trailer plug. I had that happen, and after replacing it, the error went away.
    • Darren and Cathy
      Darren and Cathy February 8 Update, the dealer has changed pig tail on trailer - no fix. Clean contact points - no help . Towed a different trailer with my truck - and there was no problem . Keystone the mfg of my trailer says it my truck that is the problem. Rv dealer working on th...  more