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Old 07-23-2018, 07:50 PM   #11
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With RW, or any 5th of that size, you will find very limited state/national parks to stay in due to the size, but as for rv resorts they are numerous & you'll have no problems.
I wish I had the SRW, but we've been fulltime & the dually has been great.
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:57 AM   #12
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I am contemplating a new RW 3821RL. I have a 2017 Ford F-350 (4x4) the dealer is telling me my truck will pull it no problem which I am sure it will. However, how safe is it to be pulling a 15k trailer behind a SRW F350. I just bought this truck 10 months ago and don’t feel like trading it in for a DRW. Are the Redwoods to much trailer for a SRW 350.

Thoughts and opinions appreciated!
I tow our 2015 RL38 with a single wheel GMC 3500 crew cab 4x4 short bed. My unit is a slide in slide bedroom, washer , drier, dishwasher. On the scales I found I was just under max combine rateing for the truck 24600lbs but over weight by 400 ~500 lbs on the rear axel. This rateing is a combo of tires and wheels not rated for more load. I did a 19.5 tire upgrade to the truck to prevent a blow out, I know I am not Ok with a DOT stop . The turck has 3.73 ratio and pulls it very well even in the hills. if you don't have 3.73 or 4.10 gear ration you may want to rethink your truck. 3.55 I would not do it.


EDIT: I feel air bags are a must and I have fox aftermarket shocks to control the bridge bounce . The roads here in MASS are terrible , we just got back from Maine and the roads up there even with frost heave cracks is much smoother then the B.S. roads I drive on daily. Loaded with camping gear , 100 gallons of fresh water put me 500 lbs over on the rear . I set the bags at 40~45 psi and it rides the same height as empty (just off the helper springs). I never check what the weight add the rear axle was , sorry I don't know the pin weight. I know the trailer axel are 13000lbs combine, not leaving much room for overload. My trailer has goodyear 614 tires and soon to get a 17.5 tire upgrade. The good year tires are rated at 3750 per tire, the 17.5 tires will handle 4500lbs each tire.
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If you upgraded from 17 “ w/3.73 to 19.5 “ wheels, you do have 3.55 now. Just sayin...
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Old 07-25-2018, 01:39 AM   #14
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If you upgraded from 17 “ w/3.73 to 19.5 “ wheels, you do have 3.55 now. Just sayin...
There are 3 sizes of 19.5 tires 225 , 245, and 265 tires that fit my truck . honestly the 245 tire is as big of tire you can run in a unlifted GM truck
It's about 1.5" taller the the stock 265/18 that came on the truck. Net change was 3mph at 75. The speed o is dead matches GPS now it, it dropped about 75 rpm at 70 mph.
No big deal .
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Well I am committed now because I just bought a 2018 3901wb!!!
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Old 07-26-2018, 02:41 AM   #16
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Well I am committed now because I just bought a 2018 3901wb!!!


Congratulations! I have a 2018 3901 MB. Be patient, it may take some time to shake it out. Just understand that itís a house rolling down bumpy roads at 70MPH. Itís well worth the effort. It will provide experiences and sights that you just canít imagine!


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Old 07-26-2018, 02:48 AM   #17
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Well I am committed now because I just bought a 2018 3901wb!!!
Welcome to the club
I am sure you will enjoy it! Many happy miles and smiles!

seriously look at a air bag set up for the truck , 42' or trailer on bad roads is a lot of weight getting put in the bed of the truck.

My wife and I really enjoy going on adventures with ours.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:51 PM   #18
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Well I am committed now because I just bought a 2018 3901wb!!!
Congratulations on the new Redwood ! ! I hope you love it at least 1/2 as much as we love ours !! !

Like stated above, these are rolling down out wonderful roads at 65+ mph.. there will be issues, deal with them as they happen and you will be just fine !

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Congratulations, and welcome to the club. wishing you many safe travels
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Old 07-27-2018, 04:49 AM   #20
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This is not my first 5th wheel but it is my first Redwood. Any suggestions on upgrades needed, or is the trailer pretty stout as it sits. I have read a few threads about axle, tire, suspension, and brake upgrades. I hope they are not needed due to the price and reputation of the coach.

I am just looking for suggestions or options of things for our new coach. I will be installing airbags this weekend before I pick up the coach on the 7th.

Thanks and looking forward to our new adventures!!
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