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Hello everyone! We are brand new to RVing and have decided to purchase a used 2016 Keystone Montana fifth wheel. We have not yet taken possession of our FW and I want to ask a question beforehand. In your experience how helpful is the RV company in going over the unit and explaining all of the systems? Neither my husband nor I are particularly handy with mechanisms and we will need detailed instructions. We could use a 2-3 hour session in order to inspect and make sure we understand the various components of the FW.



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You need a good dealer. Everyone I have dealt with has been extremely poor. After they got the $ all they wanted was to get you out of there. Hopefully you have a better dealer than we did. As far a the rv manufacturer, one would not talk to us, answer our calls etc and one was really good for the first little while. Buying used. I'd guess you are out of luck with the manufacturer. Good luck. Try people in your rv parks....most will be very helpful.

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You only know "very little" because you've not really started into the available knowledge base out there. Second, don't sell yourself short right out of the gate on understanding mechanical stuff. It's not rocket science. Sure some of it can get complicated, and you have to weigh your time vs the cost of having a pro do things for you, but only you can decide where your limits and priorities are. Knowledge is power, it overcomes fear.

Any RV you buy from a dealer should include a walkthru and familiarization of its systems by the dealer. Ask tons of questions, sign nothing until your satisfied you understand everything. Before that... time to hit the books, the web and fellow RVers for info on everything you don't get, understand and fear as it relates to RVs.

Time to roll up the sleeves, and good luck. Welcome aboard, lots of friendly folks here willing to help with all your questions.

Brian 



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If you don't know much about TVing, how do you know a 5th Wheel is right for you. Did you at least rent an RV for a week's stay to get some idea? One of the best ways to learn about systems is to hire a mobile tech to come and go through them with you and VIDEO the process. Will be money well spent.

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NRVIA Inspectors can go over your rig, inspect it before you buy and they are working for you. Some also have a service teaching new RVers how to use all the components on their RV. Money well spent if you do not know anything about RVs. I would get an inspection done by them before I bought a used 5th wheel if I was in your position.



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Thanks to all of you for your responses. I think that hiring a pro is a good call in our case. I have been online reading everything I can but reading and putting into action are different things. We will take your advice and jump in with both feet as educated as possible and will not sign paperwork until we have a pretty good working knowledge. Thanks again!

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I've been a full-timer for over 2 years but unlike a lot of other FTers, the DW (Dear Wife) and I travel constantly (except winters), packing up and moving to new locales every 2-3 days. (Yup, days.) Here's what I learned after buying a brand new, 2013 Dutchmen Infinity (supposedly their "luxury" model). Their design is weak, engineering was poor, and construction was sloppy. Maybe that's why Dutchmen went out of business in 2014 (or thereabouts). Since starting this experience, I've become a very competent electrician, plumber, carpenter, and mechanic. I can adjust the electric brakes, change tires on the side of an interstate, diagnose slide malfunctions, repair gate valves, and perform the many elements of maintenance that all of us deal with. I suggest you approach your purchase with a very, very open mind. Unless you're putting out a great deal of money, you can expect decorative trim to fall off, leveling systems to fail, wiring to be "backwards", windows to leak, tank sensors that lie, and,..., you get the message. Have a good toolkit. Study "You Tube" videos. Make sure you have the owner's manual for the rig that you intend to buy. Try not to be paranoid but remember, "it it can go wrong, it will go wrong, and at the most inopportune time." And while our good times have way out-weighed the bad times, I'm now looking forward to becoming an ex-fulltimer. Oh, and by the way, I fully understand that my 5er, with its original $72K MSRP (we paid about $52K), became worthless when we pulled it off the lot. Currently wintering in Yuma, AZ, we see a good half-dozen RV consignment lots with many units, sitting around, getting rusty, waiting for a buyer.

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Wow Ann And Steve! A lot to digest but I think you are right on with your advice. We will learn as we go and rely heavily on YouTube and these forums. I am reading the forums voraciously...enough to ask our dealer to replace the water heater anode rod. Thanks!

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Cattntitans wrote:

Wow Ann And Steve! A lot to digest but I think you are right on with your advice. We will learn as we go and rely heavily on YouTube and these forums. I am reading the forums voraciously...enough to ask our dealer to replace the water heater anode rod. Thanks!


 You've come to the right place, many knowledgeable RVers here!smilesmile Also you should review the search engine box at the top of the forum! Going in prepared is the best way to go! There are many different brands of RVs,also there are many people who have owned and experienced them! Just remember the more you move your RV (House) down the road, expect to have wear and tear and some breakdowns along the way!dohdoh I believe everyone should love the great outdoors and camping as it makes them moments easier to manage! It not the Destination that matters, its the joy in the journey!biggrinbiggrin



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youtube.com anything you need.

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Cathy, be sure to join the owners' forum for whatever brand you buy. You can ask very specific questions and get an answer from someone who has the same trailer as you do. In fact, I regularly tell people to join the owners' forums for ALL of the brands they are considering and ask how that brand will be for their particular use before you buy anything. When we were researching several years ago I joined forums for Airstream, DRV, Foretravel, Newell, and Wanderlodge. Seems like there might have been one or two more, too. I also joined several general RV forums, like this one.

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