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RE: Retracting jacks while unhooked

Yep my Montana does this every time lowers the front all the way then does it's thingSometimes my auto level system will bottom out the front Jack's as part of the leveling process. Actually displays "bottoming out jacks". So I doubt it puts undue stress on the front axle.
topjimmy 05/20/20 11:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 KEYSTONE LAREDO 298SRL

O.K. that is not true at all I have owned 3 Montana's a 2004, 2012 and my 2015 and NONE have had delamination problems and No not all Keystones's are "entry level" trailers they do have some like most Mfg's like the Laredo which are no better or worse than any lower-mid priced 5er and you see ALOT of them so people seem to like them but I sure is heck would not call a Montana a Entry level at 75K large and also yes You should be able to haul a lighter 5er like the Laredo at around 9K without gear with a 2017 F250 Gas Every Keystone trailer I have ever seen has front delamination problems. A gut came over two days ago....same problem with his 2016 within two years of purchase.
topjimmy 05/09/20 10:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Fiver these days

I have a 2015 Montana 3735MK with 2 entry doors and it has been a real good reliable 5er for us over the years me and my wife love the 2 entry doors and mid kitchen layout BUT Montana does not make that model any more but I am sure you could find a nice used one out there somewhere
topjimmy 04/28/20 07:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana 294RL for Single person fulltiming

I have had 3 Montana's a 2004 ,2012 and my current 2015 and yes they have all been good 5er's with just minimal issues and I fulltimed in all three for 8 years starting at age 50(retired early):B towing with 1 Ton Duallies now I am off the fulltime Gig now and went down to a 2500HD Duramax GMC for short trips and by the way the guy who said Heartland makes Montana Keystone and Heartland are both owned by THOR
topjimmy 03/13/20 10:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Paradigm RV Alliance

They need to hire away Grand Designs PR people and use their Vulcan mind-meld control skills to convince people their brand is the next revolution in 5th wheels :B
topjimmy 03/02/20 11:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana vs. Arctic Fox vs. Grand Design

I have bought 3 Montana's all from Tacoma RV and all have been very good 5er's for us my Buddy bought a Solitude from RV Country accross the HWY with some minor problems and got Terrible service he will never go there again he finally called GD and they authorized him to take it to another dealer to get it fixed (not a GD dealer) and now he is happy with it but the bottom line is ALL these 5er's are pretty much all the same construction, same workers that get paid by the piece same quality etc.. etc.. buy any of them that suits your needs and do a Good P.D.I. cross your fingers:B and go with it, folks that say their brand is so much better are talking crazy talk and I have been in all of them in 8 years of fulltiming Including MANY Solitudes Arctic Fox's and of course a Boatload of Monty's ETC>>>>
topjimmy 03/01/20 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide topper for full wall slide

I have had toppers on my last 4 5er's and loved them until I moved to the ocean Now we hate them anything over 35mph winds and they make a heck of a racket and yes mine are as tight as they can get with zero sag sometimes we have to close the bedroom slide to get any sleep when the winds get above 35-40 and yes we have tried beach balls under them but they just fly out and gone forever
topjimmy 02/23/20 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone have Keystone cougar 30RLS?

My son bought a 2018 rear den Cougar and has had no problems with it we Rv all the time together and he loves it
topjimmy 02/19/20 11:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alliance 5th Wheels

True Story!!! thats funny:B Just think Grand Design was a small start up just a few years ago. Grew big, cashed out and now they have a cult like following. Dan And now their build quality is no better or worse the FR, Thor or Keystone. Seems GD spends most of their resources on keepin’ the kool-aid vats well filled for the thirsty faithful.
topjimmy 01/23/20 11:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Prepping RV for private sale

X2 on that there are too many ones for sale that do not have Leaks and YES you will take it in the shorts trying to sell it I tried to sell and trade in my 2015 Fully loaded Montana in Great condition and was shocked at what little I could get for it so I just kept itWater leak, broken ladder. I'd take one look and run away. A slide topper is not a repair for a water leak.
topjimmy 01/13/20 11:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Keystone Montana for fulltiming??

Yep just got off he road after 8 years of fulltiming in 3 of them a 2004,2012 and my current 2015 up here in the PNW with very few issues,would I do that in Minnesota or Wyoming, Dakota's etc.. were it gets REALLY cold and a lot of snow HECK NO! stay in decent climates(like Florida) and you will be great
topjimmy 01/05/20 11:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cabinet Quality

My Montana Legacy edition has all Cherry wood cabinets and frames
topjimmy 12/22/19 10:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just curious?

You paid 77K for a High Country????? WOW they are the "entry level" Montana still nice But my fully top of the line Montana Legacy edition cost 72K and that is out here on the West Coast where they are more expensive and she has been a great 5er with few problems very happy with it as well as my other 2 Montana's My Montana High Country listed at $77,000. It's a good camper (now) since I've done several self-improvements and fixes to it. But, even at $77,000, as it came from the factory, (in my opinion) falls far short of what one expect for $77,000. So those 5er's with a price tag over $100,000??? True!!... the "glitch" is really nice! They are absolutely beautiful gorgeous "campers". The electronics, the technology, the outside paint jobs, all the unique ways they've utilized space for storage, all those things that are appealing to the eye, are way over the top! Beautiful. But in the real world, traveling with them, cross country trips, bouncing down the road, parking at campgrounds, interstate driving with bridges that have those horrid expansion joints and when you hit them you swear you've just flattened all the tires on your vehicles, rail road tracks that are rough as washboards, turning, twisting, uneven roads, backing up, skidding tires, normal wear and tear, real world use??? ... how do they hold up? Are they really worth the $100,000 and upward price tag? Are they really better built? Or is that $100,000 and upward price tag to cover all the "glitz" and modern technology in them? If you have one of these over $100,000 5er's, how has it held up over the course of time? I have no plans to sell or trade my Montana. It's perfect for us (and completely paid for)! I'm keeping it for a long time! But still, when I see these videos, it makes my jaw drop and I think to myself, "Wow!" Thoughts?
topjimmy 11/10/19 11:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

When I was fulltiming I had a 1 ton GMC Dually 4WD hauling my 14K 5er and it worked Fantastic but now I am part time so I sold the Dually and Am now towing it with a 2500HD GMC shortbed 2WD Duramax with airbags and It does it better than I thought it would and I have never been in a situation where I needed 4WD and works great for shorter trips if I went back to fulltime it would be back to a Dually 1 ton 4WD And MAN do I like driving the shortbed around town better and so does my wife:)
topjimmy 09/29/19 11:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What Size RV is Right for Full-Timing

was fulltiming with my wife and 2 cats and a dog for 8 years and in my opinion get the biggest one you can afford and your truck can haul,we started out in a 34 fter and that was too cramped for us and quickly went with the big boys, I have never had a problem either of finding a rv spot to fit in some are tighter than others but we have always been fine BUT after 8 years on the road we had enough of living in 420 sq feet and we finally settled down and bought a house but it was a great run:B
topjimmy 09/27/19 10:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert ground clearance issue

You are kidding us right??????:h I have had 2 5er's with 6 point auto level and yes they hang a little low but I have NEVER had a problem in 6 years of fulltiming with them dragging or being torn off so something is not right with how yours are mounted ,if I had to take my feet off my jacks ever time I pack up i would not bother having 6 point auto myselfMine are the same way (6 point system). One of our first trips I pulled into a mo-dock gas station off the beaten path for fuel. The ground was beaten-up hilly asphalt. The rear jack ended up dragging...dragging...dragging. I got over that spot and on my way. Next stop I checked everything out and the jack pad was gone! I know exactly where it came off, but that was 200 miles ago. Well, we replaced the jack pad at the tune of $50. Ordered it from Lippert, had it in my hands 3 days later. Ever since then, I take the time to remove all the jack feet after I get hitched up. And put them back on right before unhitching. By removing the feet, it gives me about another inch and 1/2 clearance. Never drug one again, and I am keenly aware of the ground surface now too. However, this last week-end, I had to back into a campsite by cutting the corner through the grass backing in. The asphalt was higher on the road and the campsite area. The grass dipped down. The tires went down and when backing up, the rear jack stopped me at the asphalt. I was backing up so slow nothing got hurt or anything, the jack just stopped me from going farther. HOWEVER! the inside of the jack shaft tube was filled with about 4 inches of packed dirt! I had to use a screwdriver and dig out that dirt before I could put the pin back in to reattach the foot. BUT! I've not lost any more feet this way! And I'm NOT looking forward to shelling out another $50 to replace another one. So, I just take the time to remove the feet. It' helps all the way around.
topjimmy 09/18/19 12:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What options?

Auto level,Mor-ryde susp mine is the SRE4100,upgraded pin box,I have 2 entry doors and we love that,heated underbelly and tanks,LOTS of storage inside and out, king size bed with a good Mattress ,G rated tires ,Dual Batteries,we fulltime so our Sony DVD/Bluray surround and TV are a must:B and of course our Tailgater Dish
topjimmy 08/23/19 11:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

I have a 40ft Montana with Sailuns for 4 years traveling all over the West Coast and I do not feel much bouncing I run mine at about 110 P.S.I. my Montana also has the Mor-Ryde SRE4100 Susp.and I think that helps also my tires are not even balanced on top of that so you must be going over some nasty roads
topjimmy 08/21/19 10:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those with auto leveling systems

My thoughts Exactly I have had 2 5er's with auto level and been a fulltimer for 7 years and I have rarely had a problem auto leveling but just like CarnationSailor said I do sometimes put a few of those orange blocks on the middle and rear jacks from getting Hyper-extended and by the way I have had my wheels off the ground MANY times and the jacks can handle it no problem just a little more wobble inside that's all and also anybody that is manually leveling with auto level is not doing something right or they need to recalibrate the systemI just can't bring myself to manually level the 5th when I have auto-level available, so I never pre-level by putting blocks under the tires. and also anybody that is Manually leveling with the auto system is not doing something right or you need to recalibrate the system At first I was concerned about the tires being off the ground, but then postings on this forum convinved me that the jecks are designed to carry the weight of the trailer when the tires are off the ground. Also, after observing all the Class A's with their front tires off the ground on sites that are barely out-of-level front to back, I am further convinced that tires off the ground is not a problem. However, on an unlevel site, I do use blocks under any jack where they are needed to prevent the jack being "hyper extended".
topjimmy 08/17/19 11:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Limited selection

O.K. like I said I have met and been inside and talked to a few folks in my travels with a Columbus and they are a nice 5er and up to par with my Montana, Grand design or ony other brand in it's class just my 2 bits from a guy who has been in an seen them all in 8 years on the road
topjimmy 07/17/19 11:56pm Fifth-Wheels
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