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Old 06-23-2014, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hi,

Made the "mistake" of looking at a Redwood while on a rally with another manufacturer a couple of weeks ago, were planning to buy from our old manufacturer again but had always liked the RW and the dealer carries both. Well, taking delivery of a 2014 36RL this weekend!

Ours still has the old paint scheme which we love (though the front cap LEDs on the new design are cool). Interior seems to be updated.

Any common issues that we should be looking out for during the PDI? We noticed that both our fender skirts were cracked, found a thread re: that being an issue.

Ours also still has the E-rated Marathon tires, we are strongly considering upgrading to the 17.5 G114. Wondering if that would help fuel consumption (215 vs 235, less rolling resistance), and how much we could sell the Marathon tires/wheels for and where (craigslist, ebay)?

No disc brakes as delivered either, and would like to get independent suspension in the hopes of the coach holding up better over time. Thinking of doing tires/wheels immediately, then possibly IS if MOR/ryde can fit us in before/after the August rally, and possibly add disc brakes next year. Truck is GMC dually. Wife wants better tires, so that's probably a given, but wondering if IS and disc brakes make a $3k (each) difference.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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Hi to both of you !! A large YES to all of the above. Definitely do the G Goodyears first. You may or may not need to change wheels, look for a thread where others have done it. You need to check the codes on the back of the wheels and see what pressure they are rated for. Oh, and btw, rim size is the same. The 17.5 size are the H rated Goodyears.

I just did the Mor/Ryde. IS and Kodiaks on mine about a month ago. Going to stop at their facility just before the Rally and probably switch to a slightly softer spring but other than that it is incredible. Difference in handling with the trailer is tremendous and the difference in braking is HUGE. We were in the mountains of PA and up into central NY last weekend and never felt any kind of issue with the brakes or any concern. Whole rig stops as well as the truck does with no drama. Best money I've spent.

As for things to look at specific to the RL, if it has a WD or you are going to put one in, make sure to pull the bed frame up and the panels under it and check the drain hoses and water feed lines. A lot of us have found loose fittings and badly routed hoses there. I would also have the dealer pull the back wall of the basement and check the furnace runs to the bedroom. Most of us have had that fall down too. Easily fixed with some screws and zip ties but a pain on a cold night when there's no heat ........

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Old 06-23-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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Welcome Frank and Pam!

And congratulations on the 36RL! Old paint scheme but what color?

Agree with Vaughan - ditch the Marathon tires. You may be good with just replacing the tires with G614 Goodyears IF you have these wheels:



If you have the wheels below, they won't handle the G614, so you might as well go for the full monty and get the 17.5 and new wheels:



We have the disk brakes and love them. Vaughan can attest to retrofitting the drum brake type with IS suspension and disk.

My fender is cracked and still resolving the paint on the fender issue with the Dealer.

I also has some issue with the bedroom door frame spreading too wide after I put the W/D in (weight). It took some shims in the frame to bring the door back close enough to latch. The Dealer fixed that.

Other than that, it has been great!
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:00 PM   #4
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Frank & Pam, welcome to the Redwood family!!!!

Vaughn and Brad have covered the BIG RL issues so there is no sense regurgitating what they have already said.

I hope you enjoy our RW as much as we have, been in our rig for about 18 months fulltime, we have been blessed with a wonderful coach with very few issues, all of which have been minor.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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Welcome to the happiest place on earth! This forum is OUTSTANDING! Collectively, these people know more about Redwoods than REDWOOD DOES!! It's great and makes owning one a great pleasure. It truly is a family! Congratulations guys! You will LOVEEEE your new Redwood. Been in ours a couple of weeks and could NOT be happier!!!
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Frank & Pam,

Welcome to the forum and our growing Redwood family.

Agree with Vaughan & Brad re ditching the Marathons ASAP. For Goodyear G614 I bought a set locally, just North of Seattle from a chap on the Montana forum. Cost me $800 for tires and rims that only had about 2,000 mls more than the new RW tires. I then sold the Marathons on Craigslist for $500. Sweet deal, I thought.
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FYI Frank & Pam, we're having a Redwood Rally in Indiana, August 8-10. If interested look here on the Redwood website for details.
Come join us for a VERY intense learning session on your Redwood and meet some of us!!
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Hi to both of you !! A large YES to all of the above. Definitely do the G Goodyears first. You may or may not need to change wheels, look for a thread where others have done it. You need to check the codes on the back of the wheels and see what pressure they are rated for. Oh, and btw, rim size is the same. The 17.5 size are the H rated Goodyears.

I just did the Mor/Ryde. IS and Kodiaks on mine about a month ago. Going to stop at their facility just before the Rally and probably switch to a slightly softer spring but other than that it is incredible. Difference in handling with the trailer is tremendous and the difference in braking is HUGE. We were in the mountains of PA and up into central NY last weekend and never felt any kind of issue with the brakes or any concern. Whole rig stops as well as the truck does with no drama. Best money I've spent.

As for things to look at specific to the RL, if it has a WD or you are going to put one in, make sure to pull the bed frame up and the panels under it and check the drain hoses and water feed lines. A lot of us have found loose fittings and badly routed hoses there. I would also have the dealer pull the back wall of the basement and check the furnace runs to the bedroom. Most of us have had that fall down too. Easily fixed with some screws and zip ties but a pain on a cold night when there's no heat ........

Welcome to the forum and you're gonna love the redwood
Thanks! Can you elaborate on the handling differences between fixed axles vs IS? Would it also make for a shorter turning radius? My current 5th wheel is 2 feet shorter and I can barely make the turn to our driveway.

Re: basement walls, has anybody made modifications to provide easier access to the area behind the rear wall?
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Welcome Frank and Pam!

And congratulations on the 36RL! Old paint scheme but what color?
Same colors as yours it appears (black/maroon), love them! Thanks for the heads-up on W/D, now I have a good argument why not to get them (on wife's wish list).
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