Oh yes! We did it! We are now the proud owners of a 2013, F-350 DRW (dually) XL model.
We purchased it today from Loganville Ford through Jerry White. He was so helpful in finding the truck we needed and making it a smooth transaction.
At first I was a little scared driving around such a monster, but after a few days I started falling in love with it. This truck is NICE. It doesn't have all the features of a Lariet, but it has more bells and whistles than anything I've ever owned. I mean, a menu you have to scroll through, come on!
The truck came prepped for a fifth wheel. The only hitch it will take is a Reese and of course, Peco Campers doesn't carry Reese hitches so they had to order it. When it comes in, we can pick up our new Columbus Palomino camper. We can't wait!
The Big Purchase
Friday evening we received a phone call from Peco Campers in Tucker, GA telling us the Columbus by Palomino 365RL has arrived. Saturday morning we walked through the camper and made the decision to purchase our new 5th wheel. We also were able to trade in our 19ft Travel Trailer at a decent price. We can't wait to pull our new 5th wheel to a campground. Now all we have to do is buy a truck to pull the 5th wheel.
The people at Peco Campers were great, especially Chris and Kevin. Chris gave us a tour of the camper and demonstrated a few features. Kevin was a great help in advising on a truck. He had a tow rating guide and was able to tell me if the trucks I am considering will do the job safely. I think I'm going with an F350 Dually Crew Cab Short Bed and use a slider hitch. The dually will give me the stability I'm looking for and is rated to tow 22,600 lbs. which is more than enough since our loaded 5th wheel will barely hit the 16,000 lb mark. I won't have to fuss at Sherrian when she stocks her kitchen with an iron skillet!
I will blog again later when we buy our new truck.
Mike and Sherrian
Poor, poor Jim. Jim and Amanda are a very nice couple from South Carolina who arrived at our site at River's End Campground the day after we arrived. After arriving, Jim stepped in a bed of fire ants. On Sunday he did a Savannah Bike Ride. Part way in to the bike ride the rider in front of him fell and Jim toppled over her spraining his hand and shoulder plus road burn on his face. That nite after walking his dogs, he and Amanda returned to their motor coach and found themselves locked out. After many phone calls we found a lock smith to come within an hour. It took the lock smith about fifteen minutes to get them in the door and thankfully no damage to their motor coach. Jim and Amanda were such a nice couple and we were glad to give them our assistance. We hope Jim is feeling much better by now.
We also met Dennis and Terry from Savannah. They camp at River's End often and told us all about the good places to eat and those to avoid. We hope to see them again if we return to Tybee Island. Also, we got great advice on our search for a dually truck from both Dennis and another camper, Ken.
Although a little cramped because it is a resort campground, it was really great because everything was so accessible. Beaches, restaurants, and shopping were all within walking distance or a short bike ride. The biking was terrific with miles and miles of biking on the surrounding streets and residential areas and a Lighthouse Museum. We also attended an art show on Saturday nite and an arts and crafts market on Sunday. Sherrian even bought a few Christmas presents.
We also erected a new screened canopy made by Street Logic. It was easy to put up and provided much needed protection from the sun.
All in all it was a great trip to Tybee Island and for a more complete review and pics see our Tybee Island page.
We love to travel in our 2021 Coachmen Beyond van about half of the year. Join us, if you will, to see where our adventures take us.