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speediq99

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Posted: 11/14/21 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,

Finally took the plunge and bought a 5th wheel. We have been camping with Class C and travel Trailers for many years so we have all most the stuff. First 5th wheel so we are excited and a bit nervous.

I was wondering what specific things we need to buy to make our 5th wheel life easier. Bought a 2021 Solitude 378.

Thank you

* This post was edited 11/15/21 09:04am by speediq99 *

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Posted: 11/14/21 10:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello. Adding Sumo Springs to my truck 5 years ago made the ride a lot less jarring and more smooth while towing our fifth wheel. Wish I didn’t wait so long to put them on. They’re easy to put on and they help a lot.


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speediq99 wrote:

Hello,

Finally took the plunge and bought a 5th wheel. We have been camping with Class C and travel Trailers for many years so we have all most the stuff. First 5th wheel so we are excited and a bit nervous.

I was wondering what specific things we need to buy to make our 5th wheel life easier. Bought a 2021 Solitude 376.

Thank you



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What tonnage truck do you have? Gas or diesel? Max weight of trailer? IMO, it's best we have this info to better inform you. I think tho, you may me asking about the 5er only, but if we have more info, we can better provide you w/ answers.


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ACZL wrote:

What tonnage truck do you have? Gas or diesel? Max weight of trailer? IMO, it's best we have this info to better inform you. I think tho, you may me asking about the 5er only, but if we have more info, we can better provide you w/ answers.


This...make sure you have enough truck.

5th wheels tow great but not if you have a substandard truck.


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speediq99 wrote:

Hello,

Finally took the plunge and bought a 5th wheel. We have been camping with Class C and travel Trailers for many years so we have all most the stuff. First 5th wheel so we are excited and a bit nervous.

I was wondering what specific things we need to buy to make our 5th wheel life easier. Bought a 2021 Solitude 376.

Thank you


1. Trailer Aide Chock for changing flat tires without having to use jacks. You just roll the good tire onto the chock which will raise the flat tire up enough to change the flat tire without using any jacks.

2. Large trailer flat chocks. Buy the flat chocks that are twice the length of the single yellow chalks. Makes backing up the trailer onto chalks to level the trailer %100 easier. You can actually back up the trailer by yourself just using your mirrors.

3. Buy a lock wheel chock to fit between the trailer tires to make the trailer stable and eliminate trailer movement.
4. Plastic doughnut flat ring on the kingpin to make hooking up the trailer smooth instead of metal on metal.
5. Emergency Road Road service policy. Would not recommend the AAA plan due to limited coverage service throughout the U.S.

6. CB radio in truck and a handheld CB for the person giving you directions when backing up. Or, A set good Walkie Talkies. My choice is the CB so I can also get road conditions reports from truckers as I travel. i.e. accidents, detours, and closed-off ramps. I hear more offensive language on any High School campus than from truckers.
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valhalla360 wrote:

ACZL wrote:

What tonnage truck do you have? Gas or diesel? Max weight of trailer? IMO, it's best we have this info to better inform you. I think tho, you may me asking about the 5er only, but if we have more info, we can better provide you w/ answers.


This...make sure you have enough truck.

5th wheels tow great but not if you have a substandard truck.


Well if one took the time to look up that 5er it is a Grand Design Momentum 376TH, these are the specs.

UVW1 15,900 lbs
Hitch Weight 3,250 lbs
GVWR 20,000 lbs
Length 41' 3"
Height 13' 5"

I would hope the OP has at least a 350/3500 DRW.


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Most of what you need will be the same for all RV types, two specific that I can think of are:
1. SnapPad - great addition and have been very useful
2. If your unit doesn't have it, a cord reel. We added ours after market and it's way better than lugging that heavy 50amp cord around. Self stowing and convenient.


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rhagfo wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

ACZL wrote:

What tonnage truck do you have? Gas or diesel? Max weight of trailer? IMO, it's best we have this info to better inform you. I think tho, you may me asking about the 5er only, but if we have more info, we can better provide you w/ answers.


This...make sure you have enough truck.

5th wheels tow great but not if you have a substandard truck.


Well if one took the time to look up that 5er it is a Grand Design Momentum 376TH, these are the specs.

UVW1 15,900 lbs
Hitch Weight 3,250 lbs
GVWR 20,000 lbs
Length 41' 3"
Height 13' 5"

I would hope the OP has at least a 350/3500 DRW.


My first choice.

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