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RE: Opinions on Grand Design Fifth Wheels

We like ours but it certainly hasn't been trouble free. Nothing major, just a few things that I have fixed myself and a couple of those were appliance related issues that could be present on any new RV. For some I'm sure these things would be griping points. I have had enough RV's over the years to know that early issues are pretty normal. I'm not sure you are going to find much difference among any of the brands built in the sub 100k price points. They seem to all be built with a keen eye on price point and profit. One big like I had was that GD has a consumer repair facility with overnight rv spots. If I needed a major service such as a broken frame or slide etc I would rather have a factory repair over a dealership. Ultimately we will be going to a custom unit but for now our Solitude has been good.
work2much 01/11/21 11:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Got the Goose Box installed. Install was pretty straight forward. When it was delivered I had it loaded right into the bed of the truck and unboxed it from there. Using a system of blocks and trailer landing gear was able to bolt it up and align the bolts without asking a buddy for help muscling the 160 pounds around. Quality looks good and trailer tows great behind it on a quick test run. Looking forward to a longer trip to give it a better test. I don't miss manhandling the Curt hitch in and out of the bed, that's for sure.
work2much 01/07/21 06:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Looks great, what brand kit did you get? Thanks Roadmaster kit for 7k axles.
work2much 01/02/21 08:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Thank you for al the responses, much appreciate the time you spent helping my decision. I have decided to order a Reese 20k Goosebox and associated ball/chain hardware. Yesterday I installed a shock kit on the trailer so I am anticipating a smoother ride overall once the hitch is installed. Cheers!
work2much 01/02/21 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

This would be on a 2020 Grand Design Solitude 35' and 2017 Ram 3500 DRW. Looking for thoughts on these two options to replace the factory 1621 King Pin and Curt Hitch. Thoughts? Thanks!
work2much 01/01/21 10:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheels with an onaboard Onan

I have a factory installed Onan 5500 lp and it's a fantastic option. I agree if your camping style involves hunkering down off the grid and using the gensets all day long for days in a row, gasoline is a better option. However if you are a convenience user and use the built in for rest area breaks, lunch stops, overnighting, leaving the dog in the camper. The built- in Onan gives us lots of options vs. a portable genset or no genset at all. There is no planning , no hauling ,no carrying no set up, no cord pulling, no carb issues, no stale gas or ethanol talk no security issues. Just push button convenience and you can have full electric wherever you are. I too think its a fantastic option ,if one needs it . In my case it was a pretty much wasted 4500 dollar option, that one Honda 2000 could have served "OUR" needs , and now does with my present fifth wheel without the onboard generator. For us it was live ,and learn :( Very few actually need an onboard genset or must have one in order to camp. However the Onboard genset expands your camping options. You can overnight most anywhere even in extreme hot weather because you have electric for AC available. You can leave dog in RV on a hot day while you go to lunch or tour an attraction. You can boondock or visit places and have full use of your RV without planning. The genset gives you the option to do more. Taking advantage of these options is up to the end user. However without the genset many of these options are unavailable. We have all those same options with our solar/lithium system. Also with a propane generator you still have carb issues, planning for the purchase of propane and planning for normal maintenance. Just pointing out that having a propane generator (and I used to) isn't trouble free, carefree nirvana. Ours quit working more than once..
work2much 10/30/20 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheels with an onaboard Onan

Usually optional. Some dealers stock a few with the genset installed but typically you need to order the unit or have it dealer installed. Many people prefer a portable gas unit for cost savings, weight savings, noise reduction and efficiency. The propane unit has the advantage of simply hitting a switch to start it. Look for units that have generator prep and the dealer can take it from there. This is a costly add on though whether you order the trailer with it factory installed or have a dealer/repair shop install it. You might also want to look at the weight addition and make sure you have enough cargo carrying capacity for it along with all the other stuff you load into the trailer. Some 5th wheels have a surprisingly low load cargo carrying capacity after filling up on propane and water.
work2much 10/28/20 11:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: any Cougar 2020 315 RLS owners out there

Well the Keystone website shows a 4k TV. I'm sure somewhere they also list something to the affect of "specs subject to change" The dealer is telling you to pound sand? TV's are so cheap now you wouldn't think they would try and pull such a silly stunt. Manufacrtures often do swap out components based on supply availability. If the dealer isn't helpful maybe keystone can help.
work2much 10/17/20 06:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

Dually has the payload to handle pin weight. As an example our Dually has a cargo capacity of 5200 pounds. Our 15k gvwr 5th wheel has a pin weight of 3100 pounds. Add our aux fuel tank/tool box, fuel, passengers, dogs, small generator, hitch, wheel chocks and we are close to 5000 pounds of cargo capacity. A SRW would be over the cargo numbers for sure. I see many who do run over their trucks cargo ratings even guys with 3/4 ton trucks towing 3 axle toy haulers. Not here to judge others choices but for us we like the stability and cargo capacity of our dually.
work2much 10/17/20 10:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water-less RV washing

I use wash wax all. Works fine if you keep up and don't let things get too dirty. Otherwise wash first with water then finish with wash wax all. "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
work2much 10/03/20 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you store bikes inside your Truck Camper?

This is how we did it in an older camper of ours. Arctic Fox 1150. Cushions just stowed on the bed. "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
work2much 09/12/20 08:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

Thanks for all the nice comments! We are headed out of Custer State Park in South Dakota tomorrow to Fort Robinson in Nebraska for a few days. Custer State Park is a great place to stay if you enjoy hiking some pretty amazing trails. Clean well maintained park. Cheers.
work2much 08/19/20 04:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

Wow! I'm thinking you could teach manufacturers how to do this. There is some movement in large systems. Keystone Montana offers a big system now. Link $20,000 though for a system smaller than mine. If you can supply your own labor you can save a bunch. My system all in including a couple specialty tools to make the custom length cables was under $10k. Still though it is cool to see solar becoming a more prominent feature/option on newer RV's.
work2much 08/12/20 07:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

I hope you’ll provide some more information on your setup as I’m interested. I’m guessing 12x 40 cell 200W panels for 2400w. Is the battery bank 24V and there is a 24 to 12V converter? Yes, (12) x 200 watt panels. Link The battery bank is (24) CALB 3.2v @100Ah cells configured 3p/8s for a 24v battery @ 300Ah with a Daly 200AH @24v BMS. There are (2) Victron Orion 24 to 12v converters in parallel to handle the house circuits, electric jacks, slides etc..
work2much 08/11/20 09:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: full time solar, maybe?

i would like to see pics of that layout. must be a whole loota roof top. Didn't want to hitchhike this thread so I started a new one with some pics.
work2much 08/11/20 06:01pm Fifth-Wheels
Our new solar/inverter power system

Some expressed interest in our system on another thread. Here it is. Not a great roof shot but here is a progress shot. You can walk the entire roof for cleaning and maintenance. Combiner box with circuit breakers for each series connected panels. Panels are 200w arranged in 3 in series 4 groups. approximately 100v @24v. The batteries are installed under the stairs on a sliding tray. I relocated the basement wall to add space for the equipment and additional storage. (see picture below) BMS unit for battery. Pretty much complete. The blue tape is that stock basement wall line. You can see how much wasted space existed behind the stock basement wall to hide the waste pipe. We have a couple weeks now on the road and everything has been great. The 4000 watt inverter will run everything we need including 2 big loads like air conditioner and microwave or water heater at the same time. The solar has been generating 10-16kwh per day mainly limited by the solar charger tapering off as the battery is full often. I could easily increase this by 30% with tilting panels. Not needing more power though as we try and avoid hot weather and the need to run the a/c a lot. Cheers :)
work2much 08/11/20 05:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: full time solar, maybe?

We have 2400 watts on the roof along with a big lithium battery and 4000 watt inverter. Ran the AC all day since 10am here in Utah. Also cooked dinner, water heater, coffee machine, Ice maker, TV, chest freezer. Big systems are expensive but who wants to listen to a generator all day? Not your camping neighbors and where we stay there are often restricted hours to use them. Holes in roof? meh, just seal them properly.
work2much 08/10/20 09:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Comprehensive mobile app for campsites/grounds/rules

Allstays and campendium are pretty complete. is also a good resource for free or cheap typically dry camping on public lands.
work2much 07/30/20 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Remote Door Lock?

I just keep in mind the fact that my son (the Chevy Technician) keeps saying "The more gee-whiz/flash-bang features you have on any vehicle, the more chances that something is going to poop in your hat!" Do I REALLY need this?? A Sounds like what I refer to as FRED. It would be handy if you have the need for multiple people to have access when you're away. Other than that, one more gadget to fail. My thoughts on locks in general; You can give somebody a key, then get it back when they don't need anymore. A combination, you give it to them, they got it. Another way to look at it: If you give someone a key they make a copy, they got it. If you change the combination their old combination key is useless.
work2much 07/29/20 06:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Remote Door Lock?

Also, they have a reputation for having a pretty good sale around Thanksgiving. I think 30% off or so. How often do you have to change the batteries? Will they last a year or only a few months? Not sure first hand as we just installed ours. On the longer term reviews I have seen close to a year for full timers. Ray from Love your RV did a nice review of this a couple years ago and an update as well. I like his channel, he is short on flash but long on sincerity. Original review. Update I keep a little lithium battery charger and AA and AAA cells with us for a number of devices. I will probably just put it on the maintenance calendar to charge them every 6 months and see if that works.
work2much 07/29/20 01:39pm Fifth-Wheels
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