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Old 02-23-2014, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

We did it! We purchased it at an RV show in Austin, but the unit itself was at an RV show in Dallas at the time!

We will probably have the walk-thru some time in the next week or so, but we will have it delivered. No tow vehicle yet!

The most we have ever pulled before was a pop-up camper, so we will be learning from the ground up.

First up will be where to park it. We have enough land to park it wherever we want; but are there any suggestions on what type of foundation to keep it on? When it rains here, our ground turns to a slippery clay mess, so we need something solid, but not concrete if possible. Eventually, we will put a lean-to or some type of cover for it for the months we won't be traveling. Does anyone run electricity to theirs at home?

Thanks,

Shelley
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:14 AM   #2
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Yes on the electricity, generally plugged in 24/7 365 (we're on an extended/long term stay at present), but when at the house it's plugged in.
As for parking, we haven't fully decided. Have parked our previous Rigs on 2x10s set to give a fairly level spot. Would like a full cement pad, but haven't hit the lottery yet.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:26 AM   #3
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Congratulations on your purchase. I hope you have toooo much fun. Kind of got the trailer before the horsepower. LOL I bought a 2 year old SOB about 12 years ago and had the person I bought it from deliver it to my property in the mountains where it was parked and never moved again. I sold the 5er and property October 2013 for enough to nearly pay for my next 5er. I used it as my mountain cabin.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:36 AM   #4
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S & K, congratulations on your new Redwood, we too have the FB and love it. I hope you enjoy your coach as much as we have.

As to parking, the cover is not as important as being able to move the coach when you want/need to go somewhere. These are heavy so being in mud will cause you to have issues, if this is the case I would put down some material, e.g. concrete, gravel, etc. If you choose asphalt you should put some barrier between the asphalt and the tires.

Power would be best if you can swing it, especially if in cold or hot climate so you can keep the coach heated/cooled and keep the batteries charged.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:40 AM   #5
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Hi Folks,

We did it! We purchased it at an RV show in Austin, but the unit itself was at an RV show in Dallas at the time!

We will probably have the walk-thru some time in the next week or so, but we will have it delivered. No tow vehicle yet!

The most we have ever pulled before was a pop-up camper, so we will be learning from the ground up.

First up will be where to park it. We have enough land to park it wherever we want; but are there any suggestions on what type of foundation to keep it on? When it rains here, our ground turns to a slippery clay mess, so we need something solid, but not concrete if possible. Eventually, we will put a lean-to or some type of cover for it for the months we won't be traveling. Does anyone run electricity to theirs at home?

Thanks,

Shelley
We were pop-campers for 35 years prior to stepping up to our Redwood 36RL. I researched 5th wheels for 4 years prior to pulling the trigger on our RW. There is a learning curve, no doubt, but, there is a lot of knowledge to be gained from the folks on this forum and the other RW forum. Don't be afraid to ask question.

When our RW is at home, it is stored inside a pole barn with a concrete floor. I always have it connected to 20 Amp service inside and when outside it is connected to 50 Amp service so I can run the A/C's.

In terms of your situation, I would recommend installing a crushed stone base of at least 6 to 8 inches. Then use treated lumber under the jack pads. I cut 12 inch square pieces of 3/4 inch treated plywood to support the jacks and carry those with me to use while camping. A half sheet of plywood yields 16 pieces which can be used if you end up on a not so level site when camping.

Have fun with the learning experience and soon you will find that you are an old pro!
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Congratulations on that new rig!

Boy if I had the land, it would be in a metal building on concrete.
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Forgot to mention...we too went from a pop-up to our Redwood.

I downloaded Tow Your 5th Wheel Like a Pro DVD an online driving video which gives some good tips, not as good as a driving course but better than nothing.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:56 AM   #8
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I would recommend a breeze (crushed decorative rock) or road base works great. Runs about $15.00 a ton plus delivery. 10-15 tons will give you a nice pad. The breeze after getting sets up very well. You can also sprinkle a little Portland cement over it to help set it. Levels out well and stays put. Does not leave ruts. I would also use it for your front porch area with a
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oops !!!! These touch pads.... with a patio carpet over it.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:25 AM   #10
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Thank you Ramblin for the suggestion. I think that may be the way we need to go.
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