Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > New Member Check-In
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-02-2009, 02:29 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 1
greetings RV'ers:
Retired in '99. Bought first RV in '02; Prowler 25J. Looking to ujpgrade to 5w since the purchase of '05 Dodge 2500 w Cummins Diesel.
Wondering if it is better to buy local or save money by picking up a rig in the midwest from RV Direct? Any experiences out there?
Thanks, Barbless

barbless is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-02-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus

Monaco Owners Club
Excel Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hangin' with Sacs and the Pins
Posts: 9,412
Welcome to iRV2! We are glad to have you here..you have found the friendliest RV forum on the web..we some great information to be shared.

May I ask what brand fifth wheel are you considering...it might make a difference as to what your responses will be. I am also going to put this as a shortcut to the Fith Wheel General Discussion where some others who normally don't come to the "New Member " forum might be able to help you.

Again..welcome to iRV2..we hope you visit & post often!


*MonacoMama with the 2 Pins & SacsTC Nearby*
*2007 Monaco Diplomat 40' SFT<>2006 Chevy VortecMax Toad<>2006 Buick Lucerne Leading the Way*
MonacoMama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
Community Moderator
"007"'s Avatar

Nor'easters Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 24,487
Welcome barbless to irv2.
Interested in 5th wheels, here is a LINK that may be of interest to you.
Good luck in your quest, enjoy the forums and do post often.
98KSCA, 99MACA, 03 KSCA-3740- 8.1 Chev-- ALLISON Trans, now in good hands
"007" is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2009, 11:59 PM   #4
Community Moderator
RV Wizard's Avatar

Country Coach Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Gulf Streamers Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Chattanooga, Tn.
Posts: 11,814
barbless, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us. I am sure you will enjoy this website and get a lot of feedback on your question. Good luck and keep us posted.
Mike, RVIA & RVSA Certified Master RV Technician
Amy, Dr. Assistant - Roxie & Mei Ling, four legs each
2000 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 450 hp & 1330# torque
06 Saturn Vue, 06 Chevy Z71 4x4 & 2014 Corvette Z51 M7
RV Wizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2009, 03:35 AM   #5
South East Texas Area Leaders
MikenAmber's Avatar

Texas Boomers Club
Forest River Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 961
barbless, Welcome to irv2.com glad to have you. We had some friends order from an outlet and had many problems with their unit upon picking it up, some we serious enough to have them repaired prior to purchase. We looked for quite some time prior to our new unit purchase in June. With the economy the way it is right now, you will probably do just as good with a local delear and have selling dealer service to back any problems. Many dealers can service your purchase from an outside source, however; they are a bit reluctant and in many cases slow on non sold units, just my 2CW. Again Welcome to irv2.com we're so glad to have you. Keep us informed of your decisions and travels.
2008 Coachmen 288FKS-2000 F-250 4x4 V-10/
Fur Baby Lilbit and Diesel
Come grow old with me the best is yet to be TEXAS BOOMERS
MikenAmber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2009, 05:25 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
TXiceman's Avatar

Vintage RV Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Full Time, TX Home Base
Posts: 17,139
Blog Entries: 21

Glad you made it to our site. I hope to retire some day and hit the road.

Amateur Radio Operator (KE5DFR)|Full-Time! - 2012 6.7L Ford Crew Cab Dually -2013 HitchHiker Champagne 38RLRSB - Travel with one Standard Schnauzer and one small Timneh African Gray Parrot
TXiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2009, 03:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
Ray,IN's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 12,303
Delivery charges are rather spendy,somewhere around $1.25/mile. That is one reason Americana RV sells with pickup at the Indiana factory, reduce pricing. If you don't mind two cross-country trips, the return could be your "shake-down trip" to discover any factory defects, flaws, and just plain mistakes. This means you don't have the option of dealer prep, which is cleanup of factory debris, etc. If you wish to eliminate dealer prep, you should be experienced in what to look for and how things should operate.
I'm assuming you have already determined the maximum GVW 5er your truck will safely tow. Never use the dry or published weight, it's virtually useless, unless you plan to tow an empty trailer.
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert theConstitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2009, 02:09 PM   #8
Senior Member
Riverdog's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Spokane Valley, WA
Posts: 202

I see you are from WA State. You might consider checking with Russ Dean RV in the Tri-Cities. I have found in past dealings with them that you can generally get 25-30% off list very easily with them. They carry Keystone & Komfort products & possibly more.

Good luck.
2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD - Duramax/Allison

2009 Komfort Trialblazer 285S
Riverdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2009, 04:09 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
K-Star's Avatar

Newmar Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Fulltime - Currently somewhere in the lower 48
Posts: 2,209
Good luck and welcome to iRV2.

Take special note of weights in your search for a 5th wheel. Take care that the weights of the trailer do not cause you to exceed the weight ratings on your truck. A 5th wheel trailer can very quickly exceed the ratings of a 3/4 ton (2500) truck, especially the GVWR.
John, Joyce & Libby the Yellow Lab. - Fulltime since `08

2005 Kountry Star FW-35LKSA by Newmar
2012 Ford F-450 Lariat
K-Star is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2009, 03:36 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 772
Welcome to the forum.

2007 Gulfstream Innsbruck 36FRS
2006 Palomino Puma 27FQ
1999 American Cruiser RE2000
rjf7g is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Our new Sightseer has arrived! Gary the Wombat Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10 04-01-2008 05:07 PM
New Journey Has Arrived Muddy Flats Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 03-06-2006 06:12 AM
He arrived this morning Xeroid Southeast Region 9 03-06-2006 01:39 AM
We Have Arrived MikeT Northeast Region 9 10-09-2005 09:15 PM
Just arrived Travel Trailer Discussion 10 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.