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Old 06-11-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Talking Our first 5th wheel experence

Well after several years of looking at 5th wheel trailers we finally took the plunge and bought a 1998 Sunnybrook Mobile Scout 27RKFS. We paid 4500 for this rig and our insurance valued it at 6500 for our full timers insurance. Of course the people said everything worked great. And from what we could see at the time it seemed so. Now we have full timed for about 6 years first in a 1963 kencraft 12' pull trailer for about 3 years and then upgraded to a 1984 newmar class c 27' no slides for 3 years and we were star struck when we saw the 12 foot slide and the Queen size walk around bed. Wow what room. We had spent 6 years passing each other sideways to move around and sleeping on jack knife beds. Now we could not get a R.V tech to look at the unit because we were deep in the mountains where a 5th wheel trailer should of never went but did. We had to trust the sellers and take a chance. So we bought it and moved in. First night out in the wild was great with our new rig the next morning I went to hook my suitcase solar panel to the batteries that were supposed to be brand new 4 (6 volts batteries) and when I went to check the water all was low. Ok no big deal I made the 100mile round trip to get distilled water came back pored in the top and the water came out the bottom on every one. As I pulled out them out one by one, all were split on casing making the batteries useless, off I went to battery plus to buy 2 6 volt batteries a 130 mile round trip so we could run our generator with out fear of ruining the inverter which looked new and expensive. Hooked all up again and was happy once again. Took us a few days to hire some one with a truck to tow our new home to where we were going to work for the summer in Montana. We did not have a truck sense we had a motor home and a geo tracker as our toad. The tower was awesome it was quite the ordeal to get out of those mountains. When he arrived he hit the switch to raise the landing gear to back under and hook up and the left leg would not go up or down only the right one so we had to cut wood for a platform so the bottle jack would raise the broken side up high enough to hook up to the truck. After about an hour we had the legs up and secured and was heading down the mountain. It took us another 3 hours to go 5 miles to the county road. I had to borrow 6 6x6x10 to put under the truck tires because the hill was so steep the front part of the fifth wheel was touching the bed of the truck after 2 hours of that we made it to the main dirt road. An hour later we hit pavement. Everyone was so tired he towed us to his house were we decompressed for the night and started out early the next day doing the last 165 miles without incident. Needless to say we tipped the man 100 above his price for his efforts, wanted to give him more but we were almost broke by that time. 12 days later as we sit in our new home watching the deer in the evenings and sleeping in our queen size bed we laugh about the trials we went through to get this. And we think it was worth it. We are saving now for a truck to pull our home and the 400 to fix the landing gear. By the end of October we will be ready to head to Arizona to enjoy the winter at Lake Roosevelt and to look forward to our next summer adventure.

Bryan and Debra Davis
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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What an adventure. I would be headed for divorce court before the end of that saga.

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Old 06-11-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
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Wow, that is quite the experience!
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You can order the bad leg directly from Lippert for $150. Fairly easy to replace also.
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