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Old 11-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Question What to tie down when hauling?

I'm very new to the RV scene and am going to take my fifth wheel on our first voyage (more than a few miles away). My question is concerning everything in the RV while we are moving. Do we need to tie everything down and empty the cabinets? For instance, our flat screen TV, a large end table that we're adding, and a few other things that didn't come with the RV originally.

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Old 11-18-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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The short answer is yes. Things will get tossed around. Especially if you hit a rough patch of highway. Don't travel with items on the counter as they will slide off and onto the floor. Like soap in a bottle will always fall on the plunger and squirt soap as it hits the floor.

We will put items in the sink as we travel. That way they will not end upnon the floor.

More inportant make a checklist on steps to hook and unhook. Look at the list. Like tailgate up or down. The two most common things I have seen are trucks with a dented tailgate or worse yet dents on the bed rails when the 5er falls on the truck if not hitched properly.

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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Drive gently/slow until you discover from experience how things ride in your trailer. The refrigerator door should have a latch to keep the door(s) closed. Those spring assist bars sold for keeping things from falling out when you do open the door are a good investment, as are the ones for overhead cabinets.
We place that non-skid shelf-liner in all cabinets and drawers to keep items where they are supposed to stay. Drawers and cabinet doors are self-securing and should not open by themselves. No you do not need to empty them.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:22 AM   #4
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For instance, our flat screen TV,...
If it's a wall mount TV, then it's best to remove it from the wall mount and place it on the bed or in the bathtub. Those things are relatively heavy and can tear the mount out of the wall on rough roads or when you hit a chug hole. My ultralite TT with standard wall mount included a blurb in the Owner's Guide to always remove the TV from the wall mount before towing the trailer. It may not be as much of a problem with heavier RVs that have stronger walls.
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A lot depends on the suspension of your RV...an air bag suspension will help tremendously, however light things will still jump around. We use the spring loaded curtain rods within the medicine cabinet...and the magnetic push latches on the medicine cabinet doors are worthless...I use a mirror hanger bracket to ensure the doors do not open during travel. We use a thin plastic plastic light diffuser panel from a 2x4 florescent light fixture cut to fit our spice cabinet shelves...it keeps our multitude of spices/herbs from hitting the floor when the door is first opened. The coffeemaker rides in the sink. We do strap our flat screen TV down.

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You don't say what you have for a fifth wheel. If you have a kitchen at the rear, things can bounce more inside the cabinets, and things can bounce out of the sink. But it depends on your particular unit, length, weight, axle rating, etc. and even the rating of the truck (1/2, 3/4 or 1 ton). Having a set of good HD shocks on the TV can help. If your kitchen is closer to being over the axles, you probably won't haven any problems. Generally speaking, in terms of physics, things closer to the tail end of a trailer will experience more bounce.

With our current TT with rear kitchen, things bounce out of the sink, cab. doors can open and even the grate has bounced off the stove. We have used a bungy cord on the door handles now. We've even had the vertical plastic rod for opening/closing the blinds on the rear window bounce off the little hook on the track. On our old TT with a kitchen over the axles, we had zero problems with anything bouncing out. Even the cutting board stayed in place on the counter.

With the TV, if you have a newer trailer, the TVs are quite light now. And if it was installed by the factory, it should have some sort of locking mount. If this is the case, you will not have problems leaving it in place. If you've added it, it depends on how you mounted it and the weight of it. An articulating arm mount can be heavy so along with the weight of the TV, if you have not secured the mount to something solid (like framing or joists) you *could* have a problem. I added a TV and articulating mount to the side of a cabinet in our old TT and I added bracing up to the ceiling joists. A factory often includes provisions for adding a 2nd TV and there will be a backing plate inside the wall. If you've added the TV, or are still concerned, you can add Velcro straps and use these clips: http://http://www.theclip.com/store/...cat=248&page=1 It'd be a nuisance taking the TV down all the time and you don't have to if you secure it with Velcro straps. I've even seen a few trailers come that way from the factory. But don't rely on screwing into thin luan plywood to secure anything. I'd consider Oscar rivets for that.

You won't know what bounce is like until you just go and use your FW. Most folks don't have problems while a few do. I've even read about some having clothes hangers jump off the rods in a closet. If you seem to have more bounce than you'd like, you could consider adding shock absorbers.

You should have no problems leaving loose items sitting on the floor. We leave cases of bottled water, a cooler, etc. on the floor and they're fine. For long distance travelling, you could always secure an item to a table leg or something with a strap or bungy cord.

If you ever added a rack on the back, that's where things can be thrown harder up and down because of the leverage effect. I read the other day where a guy had his bike thrown clear off but still stayed attached because of a cord attached to the rack. He dragged it way down the road before someone honked at him.

Otherwise, sometimes it's a case of just slowing down over potholes and bumps. A speed bump can end up catapulting things in the air inside your trailer if you hit the speed bump fast enough. I've done that a couple of times at the Canada/US border crossing.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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You don't say what you have for a fifth wheel.
We have a 2002 30' Keystone Montana. In the very rear is the lazy boy recliner and a heavy wooden end table where we set our TV. The TV isn't mounted to the wall. Any good ideas where we put the TV? Maybe wrapped in a blanket in the closet? It's a 36" flatscreen. Also, do we need to strap down that large end that's in the back? It weighs about 75 lbs.
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Originally Posted by jluksetich View Post
We have a 2002 30' Keystone Montana. In the very rear is the lazy boy recliner and a heavy wooden end table where we set our TV. The TV isn't mounted to the wall. Any good ideas where we put the TV? Maybe wrapped in a blanket in the closet? It's a 36" flatscreen. Also, do we need to strap down that large end that's in the back? It weighs about 75 lbs.
We have a front bed so the TV goes face down on the bed. We also have a mid Kitchen so all the soaps and things from the counter go in the sink. Have not had stove grates or stuff bounce out of the sink. But you need to think worse case for bumps bridge transitions sudden sways etc. We never worry about stuff in the cupboards but don't have any china either for the trailer.

Always double check the latches on cupboards and fridges. Nothing like finding the fridge door open and a jug of milk on the floor. Its amazing. Milk falls 5 feet but splashes 7 feet up and 10 feet away.

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