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Afternoon all. I'm Charles and my wife and I lived full time in our 43 ft 5th wheel for just under 5 years. We towed it in excess of 30,000 miles and we have camped at least 1 night in 38 different US states and 1 Canadian Province (Alberta) since we started RVing in 2014.

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Welcome to the forum! it is a little slow here, but we are working to bring it back again. :D

very nice looking rig you have there! a bit larger than mine, but i have what my tow truck can haul. ;)
 

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Thanks for the welcome.

The F450 is an awesome vehicle. It can literally tow a "medium-sized 3rd world country"!!! We started out with a 17 ft pop up camper that I towed with a 2014 Ford Escape. Our next RV was a 23 ft Keystone Outback Terrain travel trailer with one cable slide that I towed with a 2013 F150. We took the Outback into the dealer to winterize (we had never done that and didn't want to mess things up). We left the dealership with a 2001 Newmar Dutch Star Class A diesel pusher that was 38 ft long and had two gear driven slides.

We kept the Newmar until March, 2017 when we picked up the Landmark. It took a couple of years before I started to get comfortable backing the 5th wheel up. One of the things that makes the Landmark "special" is that it came with 17.5 inch commercial tires. It has all the comforts of home, literally. It came with a Fisher & Paykel dish drawer dishwasher, 2 burner induction cooktop, a residential side-by-side refrigerator, and a 65 inch Smart TV. We had an Onan 5500 Watt generator and a Splendide stackable washer & dryer added as dealer installed options.
 

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F450? yeah, i have a Chevy 1500... probably a little light duty for 5th wheel, but the aluminum skeleton of my 25ft camper makes for a light tow. though once i finish the interior renovation, i hope it will still come in under weight.

my 5th wheel, after renovation, will be lacking some of those comforts of home, just due to space. no fridge, in favor of a cooler (more of a weekender), as the OEM fridge is dead, and i can't afford a new one. but i will be updating to a 3-burner cooktop, and rather than an indoor shower, i will be installing an outdoor shower fixture, again, because of space limitations.

i would love to have a onboard generator, but after buying a used one and failing to get it running (poor compression), i opted for a portable.

I would love "all" the comforts, but on my budget, i think renovating an old 5th wheel is the way to go, so i can get into it little bit at a time. all i need is enough for me, a missus, and her kids.

but enough about my project, as i have my own thread for that in the RV section. ;)
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