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Old 04-27-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Just put a deposit on a 2012 RW 36RL and need advice.

Hello everyone! I recently retired as firefighter (Driver/Engineer) here in CO and just got a contract on our home and plan on full-timing as soon as we close (5/22).. We just put a deposit on a 2012 RW 36 RL in Nebraska and my wife and I love the floor plan (been looking at 5th wheels for over a year!). I recently purchased a new 2014 Ram 3500 Laramie DRW (w/Aisin tranny) with 5th wheel package for our TV. I am ordering the B and W OEM hitch this week. We are going to drive to to Lincoln this week to actually see the rig to confirm our purchase. We would appreciate any feedback on any problem areas we should look for that others have experience with this unit. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 04-27-2014, 05:31 PM   #2
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hi Bill! Congratulations on a great purchase! You might want to check out the thread recently started that is titled "thanks a lot Ram can't get a hitch". It will help you. Enjoy that new RW!
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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I just purchased a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually and talked to Layton Truck in Colorado Springs and he can get me a Curt 24,000# fifth wheel in about 3 days. I looked it up on the internet and there are good reviews on it. Head swivels both ways. Little over $1,000. installed.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:03 PM   #4
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yes I had heard that Curt was going to start making the hitch very soon. I would jump on that because I feel satisfied that a B&W hitch is not to be had for about 8 to 10 weeks.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I will look at the Curt Hitches!
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:36 PM   #6
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Hi Bill (retired FedFF myself). Congratulations on that new rig!

We have the 36RL and have had only minor issues:

  • pantry drawers can damage door - add some sliding locks on the drawers (fixed myself)
  • bedroom door doesn't line up with catch anymore after adding W/D in slide (getting fixed at Windish)
  • cracked fender (getting fixed at Windish)
  • gas struts weak on large cabinet (getting fixed at Windish)
  • drain hose for wash machine under bed can pop loose (checked myself - OK)
Other than that it has been a great rig for us (we don't full time).

PS - lots of folks from CO on here.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:02 PM   #7
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Read this thread. http://redwoodowners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1437

Check your unit to see if the problem has been addressed.
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:08 PM   #8
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Welcome aboard Bill !! Congrats on an excellent choice for a rig and TV.
On our Ram, we went with the RAM adapter for the puck holes and put a 20K Reese on top. Works very well. On your 2012, I bet a lot of the bugs have already been worked out. Few things we had to deal with were a "dead" or loose neutral at the plug in the rear. Lost a lot of electronics due to that little issue and now things seem just fine.

On the way home from our last trip, found out the waste line from the toilet to the black tank was too small Had to do a little "plumbing" work when we got home !! Good story for the campfire

Have a great time, you will love that RAM and the RW!!
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:25 PM   #9
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Oh, I forgot to mention. Once you get settled in, be sure to check out some of Brad's BAM's through out this forum. Sure to make the coach more comfortable !!
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Old 04-27-2014, 07:26 PM   #10
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Okay but I have to ask...what is a BAM?
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