First Time Buying a 5th Wheel

I know it’s been a long quiet stretch, but things have been happening.  Back in December we finally got our new truck…Ford F350 4X2 (which we special ordered) and immediately after we special ordered our Open Range.  It was a long cold winter, but finally the Open Range came and today was PDI day!!!  That’s pre-delivery inspection …which I didn’t know either before I did this lol.  We did a ton of research on the internet and read waaaay to many horror stories, so Lee and I were both pretty keyed up for the event expecting the worst.  Well I was more than pleasantly surprised …it went beautifully.  Not only was it the first nice weather day in forever…the sune as actually shining…the RV was all setup and ready for inspection when we got to the dealer, Flagg RV in Uxbridge, Mass

Our service tech’s name was Paul and he was an older gentleman with a VERY thick Massachusetts accent.   At first Lee and I thought..oh here we go…but Paul was fantastic.  Based on advice we had read, I video taped the entire walk through and after a couple of our questions showed we had done our homework,  he slowed down and really explained things.   My favorite thing about Paul was if he didn’t have the answer, he flat-out said he didn’t know and then would find someone to give us the answer.  Huge credibility points with me.  The only downside was when the salesperson came back…asked how it was going, and when I said it was great…he actually said “I told you so.”   Seriously who teaches these people…geez.  Other than that moment, the walk through was great though and we had electric, started the generator, turned on everything thing in the camper including heat, AC’s, and the TV’s…which looked fantastic running off the antenna.  I would have never thought the picture would be that good.   At one point I was standing in the kitchen and turned around and it felt like home!!!  What a tremendous feeling.

The only thing we were not able to test was the water but it was clear water had been run through it and it was re-winterized as the shower had some wet in it still.  Lee goes back Weds morning to get the hitch installed in the truck and they will be walking him through hitching/unhitching, leveling etc.  I felt completely comfortable and we had an excellent walk though of the warranty we purchased from the finance guy David.  That was actually one of the most pleasant financing experiences I have ever had.  We talked in detail about the warranty (which we had researched ahead of time) and ended up getting platinum coverage, plus unlimited towing, RV tech travel coverage (so they can come to you), and a $100 deductible for $2300.   I had asked to extend to the longest time possible and got 7 years instead of 5 for a minimal up charge…it’s well worth it to ask.   I maxed out on warranties for the new truck as well…normally I don’t get warranties but in this case we thought it would be well worth the piece of mind.

So we are now the proud owners of a new truck and RV ……so enough talking already here’s the pictures 🙂











Bathroom…had fits over weather to get a colored bowl or a glass bowl went with colored because essentially I am lazy !!!



Lee’s chair..oh yes even in the camper there will be no fighting over this chair 🙂


We intentionally had them take out the right side couch and are building a computer desk in this slot…cost us an extra $230 to take it out but well worth it because we got carpeting that way on the floor underneath which is usually not carpeted


Very excited about my wooden blinds…they cost $400 more but I hate regular blinds because they always get bent. The valances gotta go though they look terrible



Drawers are full length deep (not all are) and the counter covers the double sink underneath. The fancy faucet has a pop off sprayer too which is very cool


Really big microwave and oven…was excited that you don’t have to light the burners with a lighter , but you do have to light the pilot underneath


Love love love my kitchen…nicest one I have ever had


Washer dryer combo…the only weird thing was they didn’t have Splendide but a Pinnacle instead…after asking they said it actually costs them more and is comparable…Splendide’s weren’t available until May




This was the biggest thing…we downgraded from a King to a Queen bed and I am SOOO happy with it. Not only does it open the room up they also went ahead and put in the little side shelves which we thought we would have to build ourselves. Super cool. the mattress is not so great at first glance…but we knew that would probably require an upgrade at some point


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