We are from Vail, Colorado and just bought RW2018 3901WB primarily for full time home for Valerie's father from Denver. We stopped the build of our Casita (tiny home) and decided to buy a high end 5th wheel as his home and hope to travel with it later. We don't have big enough truck yet. Here are some of our issues we hope to find advice on from smarter and more experienced RVers.
1. how to find out limits of the (self) leveling system for 3901 as our planned site has some 1-2ft rise to it? If we don't need to level more and the supports work - great we will do after we are sure this site works.
2. What truck and engine is needed for 17,000lb 5th wheel - 2500 or 3500 with dualies?
3. advice on installing "hard" PVC line to main home Septic System?
4. advice on need to shade the RV from AZ sunshine/heat?
Welcome ! I think I can help on a few of your questions -
You want the site to be as level as possible. While the leveling system can handle a 1’ difference in grade, the shorter you can make the jack extension, the more stable the coach will be.
We are in northern Arizona high desert near Page, AZ. Gets hot and cold. Our 2013 36RL handles the cold with no problem and in the summer, I put on a mesh window covering from EZ Snap. It’s a black, see through UV material that works well. I also did the return air vent mods to the ACunits and that makes a big difference.
Hard sewer connection is fine, just make the first connection from the coach to the PVC a flexible hose so that you can relevel the coach when needed.
Truck - if you’re going to travel with it - a Dually. Many of us have tried to do it with a single rear truck. Some Redwoods you can get away with that if you travel really light. A WB is not one of them. lol
Vaughan & Tracy 2013 RW 36RL, 2013 F350 DRW CC, 2016 Focus. MorRyde IS, MorRyde pinbox, disc brakes, Comfort Ride Hitch. "Life is to be embraced, Grab it with both arms ! "
Thanks piper guy, Useful info!
More level to gain best use of supports for stability
Heat is our concern and reducing degradation of the exterior - thinking of soft covering of some type - Poles hung with UV fabric material for summer
Hard piping to the sewer is a good idea, but with either the hose or pipe DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT leave the black tank valve open, fill, dump & rinse as needed.
Leaving the black valve open WILL create the dreaded poop pyramid directly under the toilet in the tank due to all the liquid draining leaving the paper & poop to harden in a pile, visualize poop paper mache, that's next to impossible to clear out.
Sorry to be so graphic, but it's not an issue you want to deal with.
Danny & Linda
Full-timed 10+ years
Former '13 FB owner
Traded '13 GMC Denali DRW D/A
Currently rv & truckless
Better to have that image than dealing with the real thing.
Michelle & Ann
2018 Chevy 3500HD Crew Cab High Country DRW, D/A, 2016 RW39MB, Dual ACs, Auto Level, Auto Sat Dish, Stack W/D, King Sleep #, 17.5" Sailuns w/Disc, MORryde IS & Pin, Comfort Ride Hitch, 5.5 Onan, Res Fridge & Induction Cook Top