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Old 04-24-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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5th Wheeler Newbie

My husband and I purchased a 32 ft. 5th wheeler the end of March 2011 and are feeling a little overwhelmed. There is so many things to remember "To Do and Not To Do" that we are a little apprehensive as to do anything for fear of doing something majorly wrong. Although we have family that have 5th wheels, we have never been around when they were taking care of all the many details so really have no foundational knowedge. Even the actual driving and backing seems daunting.

With all that being said we are excited to have our very own 5th wheel. Our plans are to retire either this summer or the summer of 2012 and start the next chapter of our lives.

Any thoughts/tips you might share with us we start this new adventure?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

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Old 04-24-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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First welcome! Second put the details on your signature of what model you have and what you're towing it with. That way you will more likely get the right answers from members with like setups. Also where you hail from. You can also join forums with your type RV.

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Old 04-24-2011, 03:51 PM   #3
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Perhaps you should develop, steal or borrow some checklists for the 5th wheel. When we first got our 5th wheel I had checklists for packing, departure, setup in camp and take down at camp. Gradually I learned everything on the lists and no longer kept them but some people continue to use them forever.

There are checklists available for sale at RV stores and on the Internet. There are also free ones available for download on the Internet if you google them.
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome and for the ideas.

Hopefully, my signature will now reflect our home away from home.

I have also done a Google search for checkists for 5th wheels. What I have tried to do is compile the information I have collected to create a checklist that works for us.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:04 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig.

Many happy and safe miles.
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