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Old 12-19-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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Greetings You'all:

I've been lurking for a bit, but now that I've ordered a 5h wheel toy-hauler, I thought I should actually register.

I'm pretty new to RVs, I've borrowed a TT a few times, and rented a Class C once (more on that later, including the tire "explosion that took out the holding tanks, the "minor" fire under the dash, the 300 mile tow, and the rental car after abandoning the RV 1500 miles from home!). After my "wonderful" experience with the Class C, I decided that a self propelled RV was not what I wanted. I need to take at least one bike with me and would like to take both (Victory Cross Country Tour and Victory Vegas 8-Ball). I eventually will be full-timing with this rig if everything works out right.

I started looking at 5th wheels a few years ago and transferred to toy-haulers after retirement when the motorcycle bug bit and horribly infected me.

I just ordered a Forest River Columbus 3400TH from RVW. They beat all the local dealers by a large margin. Large enough to make me consider ordering from out-of-state and dealing with independent local RV repair shops instead of a dealership. I'm right at the maximum limits for my tow vehicle, but that will be remedied soon. I have a 2005 Dodge 2500 Diesel with the factory tow package and 4.10 rear end. First upgrade will be the trailer brakes to disk anti-lock and tires. I've pretty much decided on the brake details, but still undecided on tires (just know I don't want the "China-Bombs). Depending on what comes on the trailer, I may upgrade the suspension, axles, brakes, tires, and wheels in one swoop by the end of the summer. Kinda sucks to have to spend so much on a brand new trailer to get it to where it should be from the factory! Since I'm buying this instead of a retirement home in the mountains, I can justify the cost (at least to myself!).

I'll be soloing as my ex-DW decided that she didn't want me around any longer. The kids are grown and this will be a great way to visit/harass them!

Anybody that has suggestions, tips, comments on how stupid I am, etc, are more than welcome to reply! I've already learned a lot just by lurking.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang here!

Congrats on the new rig! Hope you enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Welcome and glad to meet you!

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