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Old 09-24-2020, 07:20 AM   #1
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Newbie with Pilgrim 5th wheel

Not only am i new to this forum, I'm new to RVing! I'm 66 years old and have tent camped my whole life, but time has made some strides in catching up to me so tent camping has become a bit less comfortable! But, not being willing to surrender to creeping old age and quit camping, my wife and I went out and bought our very first RV! Having never owned one before I had little knowledge and experience to fall back on so we got ripped off to a point. After buying our 2006 Pilgrim 280RB5SS, 32', 5th wheel camper I discovered water damage! I was about to roll new sealer onto the rubber roof, was trying to get the TV antennae up out of the way, when the entire TV antennae assembly fell through the roof and onto the interior floor below! I was frozen in disbelief of what I had just seen happen and stood attempting to process what my eyes were telling my brain that my brain did not want to believe! At that very moment my learning curve became totally vertical and my search for knowledge began!

Although I knew virtually nothing about the mechanics of RV's when I bought it, I did remember my price negotiating skills and bought the unit for well under book value, so I have set about learning and fixing! The camper looks good inside and outside although its furnishings are dated. But that's no big deal!

My question: Are there any other Pilgrim owners out there with whom I could exchange information as I need it? I have accessed the attic over the rotted area and pulled out the wet insulation and rotted wood, patched the hole I cut in the roof with EverBond tape, and rolled on 3 coats of Dicor Roof Sealer. Then I set about replacing old plastic exterior covers and caulked anything that even vaguely looked like it could allow water to seep in. I also installed all new slideout seals, and for good measure I changed all exterior lights to LED and sealed them. Then came what was probably its first exterior wash and wax in years!

As far as I can tell, everything is dry now but I still will have to deal with some rebuilding of the roof structure and maybe replace the rubber roof. Weve taken it camping 3 times so far and have really enjoyed it. As for the guy I bought it from, I confronted him but found no sympathy or remorse over what he did. Oh well! If he can live with it, so can I! I'm still good on the money I have in the unit and I intend to finish the repairs and enjoy it for years to come! And, the repairs will continue as needed and so will updates and upgrades! Oh! Can anyone reccomend a good Super Quiet 3500 watt or better generator?
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Predator 3500.......you can also add a remote start system to it and a extended stay fuel tank....
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new Pilgrim! Hope you can get those pesky problems solved quickly. I would go with a Honda generator. Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Predator 3500.......you can also add a remote start system to it and a extended stay fuel tank....
I've seen those at Harbor Freight but wasn't familiar with the brand or its quality, although the price was attractive. Have you had experience with Predators? If so, any drawbacks?
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new Pilgrim! Hope you can get those pesky problems solved quickly. I would go with a Honda generator. Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Thanks! I'm working out the issues as I find them. Of course, the moisture problem was first priority but I think (hope) I'm on top of it now. This Pilgrim was a really nice camper when bought new in 2006. It hasn't been abused per say, but it has been neglected for some time, which I guess equals abuse! Anyway, it looks pretty good for its age but a lot of small odds and ends need fixed or replaced. I've been working on it all summer and feel that I'm learning a lot and making good progress as I DIY! Thanks for the reply! Happy Camping!
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I've seen those at Harbor Freight but wasn't familiar with the brand or its quality, although the price was attractive. Have you had experience with Predators? If so, any drawbacks?
Yes, I own one.......only thing I can think of it's a little thirsty, but is quiet and has never failed ......they weigh 100lbs, so I leave it in the truck bed and added a plugin on front of 5er, so when stopping when traveling, I can power up.....the genny has a hour meter and several other nice features......I also have a pair of Honda 2000's that I still carry, as these only weigh 45 lbs each.....If one buys a different fuel cap, you can add a extended stay tank which is 6 more gals, but needs to be above the genny as the Predator doesn't have a fuel pump like the Hondas do....and being the Predator is either a pull start or electric start, I added a wireless remote start system that works from inside the 5er....
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