Well we found out that the safety break away brake cable works. The hard way. As Ken was pulling out of our driveway he has to make a 90° turn out of the driveway and onto the street. I guess we had the cable secured to the wrong spot because as he turned it pulled it out of the rig. Instant stop!!!!! Couldn’t figure our for a minute what the heck the problem was then it dawned on me about the cable. Checked it and sure ‘nuff’ it had pulled it out as he made the turn. Perhaps it caught on part of the hitch. Anyway, he put the clip back in and away he went. Nice to know though that it does work.
I closed up and secured everything inside the rig. The RV dealer now has to correct a few small concerns we have and also install the washer/dryer combo. They also noticed a gouge in the dining room table when it arrived so ordered another table. As Jayco makes all their own cabinetry etc. they had to make another table. Supposedly, it has arrived and they will replace it with the damaged one.
As I couldn’t winterize it because they are going to install the washer/dryer and will, of course, be needing to run water, I have asked them to do that for me this year. We really do not feel like bringing it home again and parking it just to winterize. We will do it in the future just as we did for the motorhome. I do like having it parked in the driveway as I can run in and put stuff away as I come across things, but it really is just too big to keep it there all the time, and then we have to juggle between our car and the truck on the other side of the driveway. No sooner have we deposited it back in the store yard when another pile of RV things starts to grow. By the time we get it home again mid December the pile will be quite large.
We were always very comfortable in our Class A but found that things just kind of ‘hung around’. There wasn’t places to put the odds and sods that need to be used everyday so they just kind of sat here and there. Now with this 5th wheel, we find that we have lots more storage and places to put things. Jackie’s bowls, for instant, we now have a great spot out of the way to put them. And Arthur’s litter box, once we park and the lounge chairs are pushed forward there is a whole ton of space behind them and that’s where I put his box, out of the way, visually and physically. Great! On our shakedown trip we found that we were very, very comfortable, much more than before. So much more living room and kitchen space. And I have always hated the bench kitchen table in the Class A and now we have table and chairs. Who rah!! Even in restaurants we always ask for no benches. Funny everyone else seems to love them.
So we are really looking forward to taking this monster south this year. The truck is so much more powerful than our gas Class A, and hills don’t seem to bother it at all. Where as the motorhome would literally slow to a crawl on any significant hill. In hindsight if we had to do it all over again we would have bought a diesel Class A right from the start. But we are loving this 5th wheel or 5er as we call it.
So until later then…take care. Be safe out there.