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Old 04-17-2015, 05:05 AM   #1
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Looking? what to watch out for.

Looking for Fiver, Trying to find what to watch out for, what slide out mechanisms should I avoid or look for in a used Fiver? seems to be one of the weak links.

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The first link to check is your truck. What do you have to pull a fifth wheel with and what are its weight capacities.


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Old 04-17-2015, 05:20 AM   #3
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Looking for 1ton truck diesel right now, I'm looking at 12000- 15000 gvw triple slide fivers. heard a lot of comments on forums and sales people about the trouble spots on units just want to be informed as I look.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:18 AM   #4
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Check the floor close to walls for soft spots. Look for soft walls. Open up cabinets and look for any signs of water damage and also use your nose for anything that smells funky. Also, if you open a cabinet and it feels warmer in there RUN, don't walk away from it since that is normally caused by a severe mold problem.
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:38 AM   #5
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A used 5th wheel is the best bang for the buck out there. Look for leaks and water damage. Stains or soft spots along walls or roof would be an indication of a leak.

Tires and axle capacity would be another item to look at.

The general inside appearance should look clean and neat.

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1st and formost get up on the roof

A 35' 5er roof replacement cost $7000 on average...If the roofs bad run don't walk away...
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:56 PM   #7
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Make sure you run the slides in and out before buying. Two reasons come to mind:
1. You want to see what it looks like with the slides in. When traveling, you may want to stop and have lunch or just use the bathroom. Can you get to whatever you want to use with the slides in?
2. On a used rig, there could be a problem with a slide that caused the former owners to sell. Listen as the slides go in and out. Any "weird" noises? Especially watch for "jerking" or irregular movement (anything other than smooth and steady). This could be a sign of a problem that will be expensive to fix (ask me how I know).

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