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Old 06-17-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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I am new to the forums and wanted to say hi. My wife and I just brought home a new 07'Denali fifth wheel and am in the process of "moving in". We had an 04' TrailLite 8305s (about 30')and decided to upgrade. I am not sure I am sold on the fifthwheel over the TT yet but I do have alot of practicing to do. I could back the TT (with Load levelers) in on a dime but it took me five tries to get this beast in to the hole I keep it in at the house. Something about where the pivot point is I guess. I pull with an 05' stroker and have a Reese 15K slider. The whole way home I was watching my mirrors in every turn and sweating it. The upper corners are bad enough without watching the rear bumper against the lower front of the rig. Man thats tight! In any case hello to everyone and thanks in advance for the education the forums will bring.
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I am new to the forums and wanted to say hi. My wife and I just brought home a new 07'Denali fifth wheel and am in the process of "moving in". We had an 04' TrailLite 8305s (about 30')and decided to upgrade. I am not sure I am sold on the fifthwheel over the TT yet but I do have alot of practicing to do. I could back the TT (with Load levelers) in on a dime but it took me five tries to get this beast in to the hole I keep it in at the house. Something about where the pivot point is I guess. I pull with an 05' stroker and have a Reese 15K slider. The whole way home I was watching my mirrors in every turn and sweating it. The upper corners are bad enough without watching the rear bumper against the lower front of the rig. Man thats tight! In any case hello to everyone and thanks in advance for the education the forums will bring.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:40 AM   #3
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Roadhazard, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Congratulations on the new Denali. I am sure with some practice you will come to like the 5th wheel even better than the TT. Good luck and have a great summer.
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:35 PM   #4
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Thanks Mike. I am just up the road in Mooresville. Used to be in RH and grew up in Columbia. I have been in Charlotte as an commercial/industrial hvac tech for 20+ years. Hats off to fulltimers. I have pondered the idea but am too chicken to leap...lol
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:02 AM   #5
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If you are ever going to be down in my area let me know and we will see if we can meet for coffee or lunch. I work in Monroe and stay off exit 90 of I77.
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Hi Roadhazard, welcome to iRV2! Also good luck with your new fiver.

If you're interested, check out the iRV2 Chatters chat room. We are there each evening starting around 8:30pm and we talk about just about everything... sometimes even RV's! lol
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:37 AM   #7
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Glad to have you here on IRV2.

Backing a 5er is different from backing a TT. But once you get the hang of it, you will be able to put the 5er in spots where you could never get a TT.

Sounds like you have a short bed truck, so be very careful in tight turns so you won't crunch the truck or trailer.

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Thanks Skip, Thanks Ken, This has been some interesting and enjoyable reading to say the least. I do have a short bed crewcab (7 ft) and so I had to have a slide. I was considering a R5 pinbox extension until I read the instructions requiring welding it to your pinbox. That is a turn off on a brand new RV. So now I will just practice until it becomes second nature. I really love the fifthwheel layout over the TT though. I'm sure trading it was the right decision. Thanks again, Doug
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