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Old 02-24-2008, 10:24 AM   #1
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Just joined this forum today and will be starting my search for a 5th wheel next week. I've been looking over these pages and it sure appears that I have come to the right place for expert advise; so here goes!
I do not plan on taking the trailer around the country but rather keeping it in a year round trailer park in PA. Some members of the family have advised me that they would like to use the trailer in the winter to go skiing, and I have seen some the Forst City models are rated for zero degrees(?). Since the price of these rigs are much higher than others does it really make a difference which trailer to use or should I take the plunge with the all season models. I have my eye on the Cedar Creek or Silverblade, but I also like the non all season Salem and Sierra. Can anyone give me some guidance before I write the check.
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Just joined this forum today and will be starting my search for a 5th wheel next week. I've been looking over these pages and it sure appears that I have come to the right place for expert advise; so here goes!
I do not plan on taking the trailer around the country but rather keeping it in a year round trailer park in PA. Some members of the family have advised me that they would like to use the trailer in the winter to go skiing, and I have seen some the Forst City models are rated for zero degrees(?). Since the price of these rigs are much higher than others does it really make a difference which trailer to use or should I take the plunge with the all season models. I have my eye on the Cedar Creek or Silverblade, but I also like the non all season Salem and Sierra. Can anyone give me some guidance before I write the check.
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Old 02-24-2008, 12:33 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. You will get some good advice here. I just have a couple things as food for thought. Will others that use your 5er be using your TV or theirs? If so do they have enough TV for the job? In fact do you?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by richbaum7:
Just joined this forum today and will be starting my search for a 5th wheel next week. I've been looking over these pages and it sure appears that I have come to the right place for expert advise; so here goes!
I do not plan on taking the trailer around the country but rather keeping it in a year round trailer park in PA. Some members of the family have advised me that they would like to use the trailer in the winter to go skiing, and I have seen some the Forst City models are rated for zero degrees(?). Since the price of these rigs are much higher than others does it really make a difference which trailer to use or should I take the plunge with the all season models. I have my eye on the Cedar Creek or Silverblade, but I also like the non all season Salem and Sierra. Can anyone give me some guidance before I write the check.
Thanks Rich B </div></BLOCKQUOTE>That is quite accomodating of you to permit such a risk(loaning) with an expensive 5th wheel trailer. "Zero rated" is a misnomer. If one is not adept at proper maintence in below freezing weather, let alone 0*, there is a high possibility of freeze damage to water lines, holding tanks, water inlet,etc. Winterizing will be required in PA winters, unless you are present to oversee your investment daily.
Next is the issue of towing in snowy weather to those ski locations. Very few long experienced RV'ers risk towing in slick weather.
It's your money to spend as you choose of course; however, there will be some liability exposure in a worst case senario.
Family and friends are the first to hang you out there where money is involved.
For your needs, you can have a trailer towed to your permanent site and set-up. This eliminates the need for at least a 3/4T tow vehicle. Any RV parked for several months at a time demands attention to wheel bearings, brakes, and tires before being towed again. Of course you know that since you've been reading irv2.com forums already. Will the borrowers know proper maintence procedures while in possession, or rely on you for all maintence?
That is my thoughts on your questions; do not take them for expert advice.
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Welcome to the forum. Take heed in Ray's comments. Rated to ZERO means the trailer is occupied and the furnace is operating. You have to run the furnace to get the heat into the basement areas where the tanks and plumbing are located.

I certainly would not loan an RV to anyone...relatives included for winter use. You do not just open the door and turn on the furnace. If the trailer water system is kept dry through the winter, it would not be a problem, but I am sure they are expecting water and sewer capabilities.

Another issue for winter use is moisture. You have to keep a vent open as people put out a lot of moisture, then the cooking and showers add to this problem.

Just my though is that the relatives could all pitch in and help you buy the 4 season coach you will need for the winter use. I don't really consider any of the Forest River products as 4 season trailers.

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As far as brands are concerned, I have the Cedar Creek. The Silverback is built exactly the same. The big differences are the options on the Silverback are standard on the regular Cedar Creek. Interior colors are different too. If you are planning on parking this RV on a seasonal site, I sure would not spend that much money on a new one. In fact for a seasonal site a park model might be a better choice. No matter what brand you choose, I would not want to spend winters in PA in one, no matter who's brand it is. There is simply not enough insulation to keep you really comfortably warm.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Next is the issue of towing in snowy weather to those ski locations. Very few long experienced RV'ers risk towing in slick weather. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I don't consider towing any kind of trailer in slick conditions any fun although I have done it. If you choose to do it be sure to have chains for TV AND trailer and know how to use them. I have a 4X4 and still chain up both. I would rather use my slide in camper for that kind of travel.
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Thanks to everyone for their valuable advice. I knew I came to the right place. I certainly learned a lot, not ot say the least that I should problably leave the winter stuff to the professionals, until I get a little experience under my belt. Thanks again everyone.
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