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Old 01-17-2022, 09:33 PM   #1
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We have yet to go on any real trips in our class A RV. We just bought a 2005 Fiesta workhorse a couple of months ago and living in Montana, it has been a bit cold to do much yet.


My wife will be retiring the end of June this year and we are looking forward to doing something, even if we don't know what yet. We usually do dry camping with our old class C, but when it quit working right we had the chance to buy this one which has only 2500 miles on it and is like new.


We know very little about traveling with it, towing a car or car-hauler with it, weight it can pull and just about anything else with this kind of camper.



Would like to hear from others and get some friends to talk to once in awhile.
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Old 01-18-2022, 10:59 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new rig! Just poke around the forums and ask any questions that you have. Folks here are happy to help! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-18-2022, 12:00 PM   #3
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You have so many awesome places in the West to use your new RV! You can still boondocks as you're used to it.

Towing? Do you have a vehicle in mind right now? I'd highly recommend towing flat down rather than on a dolly.... a lot easier. However, some vehicles can't be towed flat so if you're in the market for a new vehicle check it out first. Here are some towing guides from 2020 and earlier. https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/

This forum has a Fleetwood owner's section and you may get some specific answers about weights, towing, etc. there. You need to give your size and other specifics to your RV. Look at the top of this page for 'Owner's Forums'.

Hopefully, someone can help. Have fun!
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig.

You are joining a good group of friends here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 01-20-2022, 11:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the info and help. Towing flat is what we have been told but have no idea where to start for one. I'll look at the link listed.
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Old 01-21-2022, 12:44 PM   #6
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Help again

Since the weather has been so cold, I decided to start the RV and generator last week. The exhaust for the generator was beside the garage wall. It ran for about 15 to 20 minutes then I shut everything off. Later that day the CO2 alarm went off and hasn't stopped yet. I opened up the RV and aired it out, but the alarm is stilll going off. It is hard wired in. Any suggestions? Never dealt with this before?
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Since the weather has been so cold, I decided to start the RV and generator last week. The exhaust for the generator was beside the garage wall. It ran for about 15 to 20 minutes then I shut everything off. Later that day the CO2 alarm went off and hasn't stopped yet. I opened up the RV and aired it out, but the alarm is stilll going off. It is hard wired in. Any suggestions? Never dealt with this before?
Open it up and see. I think even the hard wired ones have batteries, but I doubt yours is hard wired. Since its new to you would be a good idea to change the batteries in it and the smoke detector.
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Possibly, the RV batteries are low which will cause an alarm.
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:50 PM   #9
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We have yet to go on any real trips in our class A RV. We just bought a 2005 Fiesta workhorse a couple of months ago and living in Montana, it has been a bit cold to do much yet.


My wife will be retiring the end of June this year and we are looking forward to doing something, even if we don't know what yet. We usually do dry camping with our old class C, but when it quit working right we had the chance to buy this one which has only 2500 miles on it and is like new.


We know very little about traveling with it, towing a car or car-hauler with it, weight it can pull and just about anything else with this kind of camper.



Would like to hear from others and get some friends to talk to once in awhile.
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Old 01-22-2022, 11:20 AM   #10
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I had a 05 Fiesta. Sometimes I wish I hadn't upgraded it to DP. Very easy to work on. Made 300 modifications and fixes. Got 9 mpg. Put 25k miles on it. Pulled a motorcycle.
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Old 01-22-2022, 01:16 PM   #11
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Very curious about ours. Had a 3o ft Class C that was old when we were given it and had a chance to go to this one when the other started breaking down. This only has 2500 miles on it. Original owner didn't like how it handled so parked it and left it for years. Wish I could do something with the sun damage on the siding, really don't like the cracks in the design. Like new on the inside and got a lot of check ups and fixes(from sitting) done from the dealer we bought it from. Surprised how different a class A is driving than the class c. But really excited to use it this summer.
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We had basically the same coach (sister coach) Fleetwood Terra 32'. Yours has the Chevy 496 big block and is a beast of an engine. We liked the coach, but it had a few issues. The Chevrolet 496, especially used in Class A motorhomes would tend to burn up the spark plug wires because of exhaust manifold heat and lack of air flow. It will manifest itself as an engine miss while under load, like hill climbing. Just something to be aware of.

In order to get the coach up the long ramps into my backyard, I needed to lift the rear end. The easy way was to add Firestone air bags to the rear with a small compressor and gauge in the cab, that allowed me to fill and adjust the rear height. I did the add on, just to get it into my yard. However, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to lift the rear and level it out, side to side. Once I did that, the coach handled sooooo much better.

You also have airbags inside your front springs. They can be adjusted form 0-100 psi. I found, along with others that 85psi was a good pressure for height and handling.

Another mod was to add more doghouse insulation on the underside to quiet down the cab.
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