Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-09-2014, 01:24 AM   #15
Junior Member
 
CorgiMommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 17
We live full time in a Keystone Alpine 5th wheel and made it through the coldest winter in memory in our area of the mountains of western NC. Unit must have heated compartments and holding tanks.
1. Electric drinking water hose (got it at Amazon and it worked great). Never once lost water due to frozen hose.
2. Vinyl removable skirting helped to keep the wind and snow from under the unit.
3. My gas company installed a 100# tank to the 5th wheel for $85.00 install fee and $50.00 annual tank rental fee. You don't want to try to fill your removable gas tanks at -5 degrees in a blizzard. Gas company fills the big tank one a month.
4. Have used an electric mattress pad for years to stay snugly warm on those cold winter nights. They have dual controls so we each stay warm at our own setting.
5. Make sure your sewer hose has no low spots or is on the ground. Residual discharge will freeze blocking the hose and potential messy backup.
6. We built a removable staircase to the front door. 5th steps in ice and slush are downright dangerous.
7. Also used portable electric heaters during coldest days.
8. Be prepared for higher than normal utility bills.
9. Cuddle Duds and insulated underwear are a must.

With common sense and planning we managed quite well and did have several -5 degree nights last winter. Hoping this winter won't be as bad but are prepared if it is. Good luck and think warm thoughts.
__________________

__________________
CorgiMommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-09-2014, 01:55 AM   #16
Member
 
kakampers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by CorgiMommy View Post
We live full time in a Keystone Alpine 5th wheel and made it through the coldest winter in memory in our area of the mountains of western NC. Unit must have heated compartments and holding tanks.
1. Electric drinking water hose (got it at Amazon and it worked great). Never once lost water due to frozen hose.
2. Vinyl removable skirting helped to keep the wind and snow from under the unit.
3. My gas company installed a 100# tank to the 5th wheel for $85.00 install fee and $50.00 annual tank rental fee. You don't want to try to fill your removable gas tanks at -5 degrees in a blizzard. Gas company fills the big tank one a month.
4. Have used an electric mattress pad for years to stay snugly warm on those cold winter nights. They have dual controls so we each stay warm at our own setting.
5. Make sure your sewer hose has no low spots or is on the ground. Residual discharge will freeze blocking the hose and potential messy backup.
6. We built a removable staircase to the front door. 5th steps in ice and slush are downright dangerous.
7. Also used portable electric heaters during coldest days.
8. Be prepared for higher than normal utility bills.
9. Cuddle Duds and insulated underwear are a must.

With common sense and planning we managed quite well and did have several -5 degree nights last winter. Hoping this winter won't be as bad but are prepared if it is. Good luck and think warm thoughts.
We had virtually the same scenario living in our Heartland Landmark in TN this past winter in temps dipping to -6 degrees, with only two differences. We did not skirt our RV and did not use a heated mattress pad. It can be done, but as they said you must plan for the worst!

One other thing we did was to use batten insulation to wrap the propane tanks and regulators and we covered the water connections in the docking center as heat does not reach that area. We also have tank heaters and heat wrapped main water line. Also, remember if you use electric auxiliary heat that your furnace MUST cycle to keep the belly warm...Good Luck!
__________________

__________________
2013 Heartland Landmark Key Largo
2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 DRW
kakampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2014, 02:01 AM   #17
Junior Member
 
CorgiMommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 17
Another thing we did was build a
simple PVC frame placed on top of the slides to keep the slide toppers from sagging under the weight of snow and rain water.
__________________
CorgiMommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2014, 06:05 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
soundman7's Avatar
 
Mid Atlantic Campers
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Solomons Island MD
Posts: 244
Purchase a well built hi end used 5th wheel.
__________________
soundman7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2014, 07:10 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: North Central Vermont
Posts: 1,018
Quote:
Originally Posted by SultanGris View Post
They quit making that in 2004, lol! The 6.7 is the new one, came out in 2011 and it's awesome.
Wait! If I was wrong, don't you think I would know it! LOL!

My mistake, too much info in my head as I have the Ecoboost and apparently only remember the $8500 price tag on the diesel.
__________________
2015 F350 XLT PSD CCSB SRW, Andersen Ultimate hitch
'12 Cougar High Country 299RKS, Mor/Ryde Pinbox
1/77 Armor Bn, 5th Mech, I Corps
SkiSmuggs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 08:21 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 141
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adam Hunter View Post
I'll throw in my thoughts;

Have a look at a high quality used unit, slightly used units can be had at a fraction of the original MSRP - especially if its going to sit alot in PA.

You are going to get alot of members telling you that their brand is the only brand to full time in - you will really have to pick a floor plan, price point and build quality that is acceptable to you. If you go new it really makes a BIG difference to get a manufacturer that is easy to deal with and stands behind their product.

We looked at a variety of units before we purchased our most recent fifth wheel, While the Pinnacle has some neat design ideas, you would have to be gentle on it to full time with it - get out there and really do a hands on comparison.

Have a look at used Newmar fifth wheels - these were well built units and can be had in full body paint at great prices these days - I believe Newmar did the last production of their 5vers in 2009/10 before they switched to all motorhome production.
As far as the TV goes - well that opens up a even bigger can of worms.....

My opinion is this; having had a multitude of Ford F150's, F250', F350's and a F450 for farm and towing use over the years I would not be able to put my hard earned money down on their current diesel engine. The 7.3 version was the best that I drove;
After having 2 motorhomes with the Cummins ISB and ISL variants I knew that my next truck for towing would be the RAM with the 6.7L.
In my next life I will be able to order a 1 ton truck with a Ford interior, a Chevrolet transmission and Rams engine.....
Again, get out and test drive some trucks and talk to as many people as possible.


Adam
The truck you describe with parts from the big three is what my son calls a frankenstein. Yes with those parts it would be a super truck. Diesels are now having problems with their new cp4 pumps. If the pump dies, it explodes and send metal though out the fuel system. Cost to repair 12 to 15K. cp3 pumps (older version was a much better pump). Ford so far has been the hardest company to deal with in regard to fixing the truck under warranty. They tell you you bought a bad tank of fuel from what I have been reading. I wish now I would have bought a used older truck without this problem. Please don't think I am bashing Ford trucks-my prior truck was Ford V-10 gasser and it was a great truck.
__________________
sk734 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 11:00 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,211
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mobilcastle View Post
The truck you describe with parts from the big three is what my son calls a frankenstein. Yes with those parts it would be a super truck. Diesels are now having problems with their new cp4 pumps. If the pump dies, it explodes and send metal though out the fuel system. Cost to repair 12 to 15K. cp3 pumps (older version was a much better pump). Ford so far has been the hardest company to deal with in regard to fixing the truck under warranty. They tell you you bought a bad tank of fuel from what I have been reading. I wish now I would have bought a used older truck without this problem. Please don't think I am bashing Ford trucks-my prior truck was Ford V-10 gasser and it was a great truck.
Ram still uses the CP.3
__________________
Cumminsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 01:45 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
terry735001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,158
Blog Entries: 11
not sure if some one said this all ready

but the price fro a good 5er and a good truck used or not you could add that up and get a nice class A DP for the same price giving what your looking at

the 1 hr setup and tear-down of a 5er well ..../may / ... have you wanting to upgrade to a class A any ways later down the road .. that is giving how much you want to move the RV
__________________
terry735001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 02:23 PM   #23
Registered User
 
Excel Owners Club
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Farmington NM
Posts: 1,822
My 5er setup is 15 mins. Many folks have upgraded the other direction..MoHo to 5er. Just saying
__________________
chief02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 02:32 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
rjsupersonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 487
we went from a Cameo 5th wheel/Ford F350, to a Class A. The class A has less storage below but other than that we haven't looked back. We tow a small car so we can bum around where ever we are and only put about 4 to 5 thousand miles a year on the motorhome.
__________________
2007 National Sea Breeze
rjsupersonic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 03:09 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 563
If you are going to fulltime at one park ,and have travel trailer to travel in.
I would consider a "Park Model"! If I understand you right.
__________________
John and Susan. New 2016 Chevrolet 2500 2 WHD . 6.0 Gas.Extenda Cab Short, Bed W/Topper. 2017 Grand Design 297 RSTS. Our rescue dog Annie. Still ,Full timing since 07-01-2011. No sticks and bricks.
poppopc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 06:16 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
glennwest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,085
Quote:
Originally Posted by terry735001 View Post
not sure if some one said this all ready

but the price fro a good 5er and a good truck used or not you could add that up and get a nice class A DP for the same price giving what your looking at

the 1 hr setup and tear-down of a 5er well ..../may / ... have you wanting to upgrade to a class A any ways later down the road .. that is giving how much you want to move the RV
Never saw a 5thr that took an hour to set up. Most all come with hydraulic auto levelers, yes we unhook but you unhook toad, sewer hook up same, water hook up same, power hook up same.
__________________
2003 Teton Grand Freedom. 2006 Freightliner Century 120 with Detroit 14L and Ultrashift.. Full time going from job to job. Building and maintaining plants across the USA. Sold 2006 Mobile Suites 32TK3
glennwest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 11:13 PM   #27
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 307
Yea it never takes me longer than 15 min to unhook the truck, hook up the connections, level and pop out the slides. If even that long, it's not difficult and there's nothing heavy or hard to do. Pull a lever and start Pushing buttons, lol
__________________
SultanGris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 12:12 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,211
Most of the MH's I see pulling a toad have to unhook outside of the CG when going to back in spots. If you don't want to unhook then you need a long pull thru spot to get the MH and toad into. That right there would limit the places most go to visit. IMO DP MH's and toads are only good for RV parks.

My 5'er sits level when towing. If I pull into a pull thru it only takes me a few mins to lower the rear landing gear if I'm not unhooking. If I'm in a back in then maybe 15 mins tops to level and unhook.
__________________

__________________
Cumminsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5th wheel, full time



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to raise my 5th Wheel 5" oldgeezer 5th Wheel Discussion 27 08-23-2014 09:51 AM
5th wheel 40+' TH - 1st time buyer gnarlymilk Toy Haulers Discussion 11 08-18-2014 04:16 PM
Time to Choose which 5TH wheel to live in? TxTravlrs 5th Wheel Discussion 42 06-07-2014 06:23 AM
Making the switch to a 5th wheel fishermark 5th Wheel Discussion 52 12-31-2013 08:10 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.