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Old 07-24-2014, 12:51 AM   #1
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Well, I'm joining the ranks of what we hope is a good community using a good product. At least the community is good, right? We are moving up to our first 5th wheel (3rd overall travel trailer), and felt like, why the heck not? Let's try this and see how we like it. We are about to take delivery of a 2013 Redwood 38BR, and I have some immediate needs just to get ready to tow.
* Hitch....located a Pull Rite 24K Super Slider locally that comes with the Super Rails.....(Good choice?) It's been used to pull about 8 times according to the current owner.
* Capture plate. Oh boy....I have no idea what comes with the Redwood 38BR, and thus my post. Anyone out there have a feel for what RW specs normally? We are buying a preowned unit, and want to be sure how to "rig up" correctly....
* Anyone out there having any issues with 2013 38BR?
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:59 AM   #2
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Welcome! And nice choice in rigs!

Redwood came standard with a Trailair pin box, and optional Tri-glide Trailair pin box. Neither is going to have your capture plate installed unless the prior owner just happened to use a Superslider as well. You will have to get the correct capture plate from the hitch manufacturer.

Why a slider? Are you using a short bed? If your Redwood has the Tri-glide pin box (air bag and shock), I don't think you need a slider at all. When we picked ours up, and turned a few times and got rid of the slider because the radius nose combined with the length of the tri-glide I had no chance of hitting the cab.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:39 AM   #3
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How 'bout that? Quick response, and much appreciate the input. 2015 GMC Denali 2500 Duramax, standard bed (6.5') for towing. The RW has indented nose cap, and some say get the slider, others say pull it first then decide. Just don't want to have an "Ahaa moment" Might wait on air bags till 1st tug to see how she handles going down to Port Aransas.... You guys happy with RW overall? Any aches/pains?
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:08 AM   #4
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Always aches and pains I guess, but love our Redwood.
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How 'bout that? Quick response, and much appreciate the input. 2015 GMC Denali 2500 Duramax, standard bed (6.5') for towing. The RW has indented nose cap, and some say get the slider, others say pull it first then decide. Just don't want to have an "Ahaa moment" Might wait on air bags till 1st tug to see how she handles going down to Port Aransas.... You guys happy with RW overall? Any aches/pains?
I would rethink that 2500. There are some that have srw trucks and make them work but in the end, pretty much everybody agrees that a dually is better suited. A 2500 may have some issues without some modifications to handle the BR
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Old 07-24-2014, 02:51 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum and to the Redwood experience. We love our Redwood. Your coach will probably not be perfect but almost none are. Having said that, ours is very nice and we really enjoy it. Good luck and happy camping.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:44 AM   #7
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Welcome Stoker! We lived the past 18+ months with only very minor issues as I hope the same for you.
Also agree with Dave on the 2500, the Duramax/Allison will have no problem with pulling, but you will be considerably over gross on the rear axle, but have seen others doing it, just something to be aware of.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:26 AM   #8
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Welcome to our merry band !
Just an fyi, when we first got the RL, I had a F350 CC SB 11,500 gvw and when I got around to weighing the rig was almost 900 lbs overweight on rear axle. Also was over on Gross Combined. That was when an 8 month old truck got traded on a Dually and we never looked back.

As Dan said above, some do it, but be really careful about your rear tires. last thing you want to do is blow one out at speed.
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Hey stoker, I have the 2014 38br and indeed it's a little heavier than you think. 2500 might be a little weak for that trailer. But I hope you enjoy your 38br
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:41 PM   #10
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Input on the 38BR behind 2015 GMC 2500

Good intel guys re: 2015 Denali 2500 being light for pulling the 38BR. So, not buying another truck, and the 2500 4x4 is going to have to work. E range tires on it already, so I guess the only option is adding a helper spring and/or air bags? 6.5' bed, and my other problem is going to be pin weight I suppose, given that there is an Onan 5500 Genny sitting in front compartment. Boy, I reckon that bonus room in the back of the coach may need some counter ballast? (chuckle). Open for more pearls of wisdom from the "already been there and done it" dept. with my type of setup... Do any of you have a 38BR with a Genny in the front and have any idea what the pin weight actually is? Supposing this preowned hitch I found will work ok? Pull Rite, 24K super glide with super rails, used 8 times.
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