Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Rig (Fiver + Truck) Part 1

When I first began to research RVs for full-timing I went to a “primary source”. I began reading blogs of people who were living on the road. I also went and met actual full-timers at nearby camp grounds. Once I determined that we would be using a fifth wheel I concentrated on the full-timers who used them. I learned a lot about the requirements a unit would have to meet. I was able to differentiate between a “week end” unit and a “four seasons” unit. Most full time RVers who write blogs have a page or two dedicated to their rig. I am glad they do. So today I am going to return the favor and hopefully help some one understand some of the capabilities their future fifth wheel should have. The next blog (part 2) will address the tow vehicle.

Forest River “Cardinal 3425RT

Length                                      39’

Width                                       8’ 1”

Height                                 12’ 6” (does not include ACs or
                                           Sat. Dish) I use 14’ as my baseline)

Dry Axle Wt.                         12,540

Hitch Wt.                               2415

Total Dry Wt                         16,095

Load Capacity                       3,555

Axels                                    2 (rated at 7,000 lbs each –
                                                14,000 Lbs total)

Wheels/Tires                         4  Alum / Goodyear® LT235/80R16E

Fresh Water tank                   77 gal

Black/Gray holding tanks       40 gal / 80 gal

GVWR                                 16095

Cargo Carrying Cap (CCC)   1800 (Load Capacity 3555
                                             – all liquids 1,756)

Some ordered options include:
Trail Air King Pin, Full Body Paint, 2nd AC, Heat Pump, King Bed, Splendide Washer/Dryer Combo, Winegard Travler Sat controller (DTV Slim line Dish), Safe, Outside Ice Maker, Electric Patio Awning and Central Vac.

This is not meant to be a recommendation for a Cardinal Fifth Wheel. That decision is mostly personal preference and based on individual research. Judy and I vacillated between a MH and 5er multiple times. You can find additional pics on the rightside of the page under the heading "Links".

Welcome to our new followers; Betty, Elise, Mike and Pat (Beaver Driver), and Babette.  In the next blog I will share my thoughts on our Tow Vehicle and some of the rational for our choice.

Next Blog: Friday.


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