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Author Topic: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver  (Read 2670 times)

Offline TwoElkhounds

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Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« on: July 05, 2015, 11:00:23 PM »
OK, had to post on the big boy forum now that I have grown up!!!   ;D

Took our new Reflection on its first trip this weekend.  Would have liked to spend more time getting to know her, but the summer is burning away so I threw myself into the frying pan.  A few things I have learned:

- You need to be a bit more organized on the outside storage of a fiver.  We lost most of the bed of our truck for storage and now only have the basement for outdoor storage on the 323.   Our previous TT had tons of outdoor storage, but now we have a bigger rig and less outdoor storage.

- Backing up a fifth wheel is completely different than backing up a TT.  The fifth wheel seems to react slower, but once it does react, it reacts quickly.  I need some more practice here.

- Loving my Pullrite Superglide hitch, not the cheapest solution, but it is really nice to have with the short bed truck.

- The 323 has a black awning, top and bottom.  Really liking this as I think it will be easy to keep clean.

So a few pictures of our maiden voyage.   The 323 deployed dry camping at Cranberry Lake in Upstate New York.





And here is my wonderful wife with our new Pug, Minnie.  The most amazing dog I have ever seen or owned, she is one piece of work.  So sweet, yet so naughty ................  So cute you cannot help but smile every time you see her.   So smart, she knows how to play it to get what she wants.  An amazing little girl.



DAN





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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2015, 11:19:05 PM »
Welcome to the club....I think we have more space in the basement of the 5er,  than we had in the outback.  Backing may be different,  but you gotta love the hitching up part. 

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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2015, 11:30:48 PM »
Welcome to the club....I think we have more space in the basement of the 5er,  than we had in the outback.  Backing may be different,  but you gotta love the hitching up part. 


Still not completely comfortable with the hitching, worry about the fiver falling on the bed.  I am sure the confidence will eventually come, but right now I am double, triple checking everything.

DAN


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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2015, 11:50:13 PM »
First of all,  congrats again!

I think the rapid rate of change in turning while baking is that autosliding hitch.  As you turn it slides back which makes the turning more effective.   I'm sure you'll get used to it.

As for the fear of dropping the trailer on the bed,  just raise the legs 1" off the ground, manually luck the trailer brakes with your controller,  and then try to pull forward.   If the hitching is incorrect you won't hurt anything but your pride as it will get your neighbors attention.  Assuming all is well, go out and retract the legs the rest of the way.   It's better than dropping it in the road as you pull out of the campground.   ;)

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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 12:05:06 AM »
Yep, this is exactly what I am doing.  I hitch up, then pull the landing gear up just above the ground.  Then I go in the truck and pull forward an inch or two.  If it pulls, it is all good.

Totally different regime with the Fiver, I am sure we will get used to it.

DAN

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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2015, 05:18:52 AM »
glad you're enjoying your honeymoon dan !

got any more mods on the list for the near term ?

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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2015, 07:52:52 PM »
Nice... scha-weet looking rig. many happy & safe miles traveling with that awesome 5er.
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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2015, 10:35:31 AM »

got any more mods on the list for the near term ?


Of course!!   I have two MaxxAir vent fans that I need to install.  Then there is the 7 gallon bladder tank.   I also have an extra sewer hose tube I need to install.   After wrestling with this monster power cord, I think I will make up a 30 amp cord that I can use instead to connect to the generators.   I also have front and rear stabilizer rods to install.

So many mods, so little time....

DAN



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Re: Maiden Voyage With Our New Fiver
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 11:06:18 AM »

Congrats!  Awesome rig!  Welcome to 5er world.  Here's to many safe and happy miles.   :cheers:

Backing them up sure is different.  Don't have a slider, and never thought of the pivot point moving with the slider and changing the geometry.  Going from a bumper pull to a 5er reminds me of going from a 20' boat to a 35' boat.  Steering input on the 20' boat is quick and reacts immediately.  Steering input on the 35' boat does happen - however, there is a small delay and anticipation is very important.
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