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  • #16
    Well Yoda, I visited the Service department at the Dealer and talked at length with the lead guy. Without hesitation he told me to go with B&W and a slider. So I chose the B&W Companion slider - he said I won’t regret it. Thanks again for your tutelage and I look forward to more fifth wheel and GD tips! Maybe we can meet up some time.
    2022 Reflection 295RL Fifth Wheel. 2016 Ford F-250 Short Bed Super Duty Diesel, with B&W Patriot Slider Hitch mounted on rails. Formerly owned a 2008 40 foot Damon diesel pusher and a 2016 30 foot Airstream Classic TT.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Rgg123 View Post
      Well Yoda, I visited the Service department at the Dealer and talked at length with the lead guy. Without hesitation he told me to go with B&W and a slider. So I chose the B&W Companion slider - he said I won’t regret it. Thanks again for your tutelage and I look forward to more fifth wheel and GD tips! Maybe we can meet up some time.
      All I can say is
      Your quest now is all of the modification you can do to make DW happy. So if I may suggest solar ( sized for your unit ( I am guessing 600W min) with a Victorn Mutilplus II to cover your 50 Amp needs and a DC to DC charger system while traveling. For now make sure you get two batterys from the dealer and look hard at the Lithium upgrades - lot of advice and threads here. Be forwarnd the place can be expensive as I well know.....All good


      Safe travels my friend
      Keith........ a stinky old round short bald dude............................well we wont say (I look like Yoda) wishes you the best on your new adventure.

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      BTW
      Fill out your signature and be sure you put your Vin in the system - there is a welcome letter with all the information on how to do it. It would be grate to meet up.... as long as SWMBO does not ring my neck
      Last edited by Yoda; 04-29-2022, 12:04 AM.
      2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel, SteadyFast system, Star White 2022 F350 King Ranch CC Long bed (HAL), B&W 25K OEM Companion

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      • #18
        Postscript on B&W Fifth Wheel hitches: The Companion slider model only works with the puck system. Since I do not have the puck system in my truck, I must opt for a rail install (which I wanted anyway - just thought I could get the Companion 20K hitch with rails - not the case). So I am getting the B&W Patriot slider model, which will be mounted on rails. I also opted for the slide out covers. I now pick up the new unit on Tuesday.
        2022 Reflection 295RL Fifth Wheel. 2016 Ford F-250 Short Bed Super Duty Diesel, with B&W Patriot Slider Hitch mounted on rails. Formerly owned a 2008 40 foot Damon diesel pusher and a 2016 30 foot Airstream Classic TT.

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        • #19
          Rgg123 -- look forward to reading more of your posts. This will be an interesting transition. The 295RL has the living area of the 315RLTS and the bedroom of the 297RSTS (both travel trailers in the Reflection line). It really is the almost the best of both IMHO (not that my .02 is even worth .02!)

          You're an experienced RV owner so forgive me stating the obvious, but be very thorough during your pre-delivery inspection. When I write "thorough", as an example I even made sure all the tire date codes were reasonably the same (including the spare) in case the delivery driver did something stupid (without the dealer's knowledge). My DW found multiple minor issues in the interior that she made the dealer fix on the spot--might have been tough after they got my check. (Campers Inn was great so maybe it would have been OK, but I took no chances.)

          I hope you and your DW are happy with your new GD unit and that you'll be a regular contributor here.

          Howard
          Forum moderators are not GD employees--we are volunteers and owners presumably just like yourself. Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, we have nothing to gain should you choose to purchase a product or engage a service we discuss on this forum.

          2017 Ford F-350 DRW, '19 315RLTSPlus

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          • #20
            Thx Howard. Our PDI today identified some issues - typical and not major - and the dealer is addressing them. The more I experience the GD product the more I am impressed. Airstreams are great but not perfect. They have issues just as any unit does. But I look forward to all the space and technology upgrades! I was the talk of the dealership - why would anyone trade in an AS? 🤣
            2022 Reflection 295RL Fifth Wheel. 2016 Ford F-250 Short Bed Super Duty Diesel, with B&W Patriot Slider Hitch mounted on rails. Formerly owned a 2008 40 foot Damon diesel pusher and a 2016 30 foot Airstream Classic TT.

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            • #21
              Missed that I was not on the last page, but here are my comments on the turning point. I say lock it out and forget about it.

              The slider hitches are heavier. The turning point requires maintenance and that alone is much scarier than the weight of a slider. Lets not forget to mention that the turning point has a "TOLERANCE" in the play allowed at the back side before replacing or retorquing the bearing bolt.

              https://lci-support-doc.s3.amazonaws...cd-0001724.pdf
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=914q32YQSn0
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKnwicvbHZw
              Joseph
              Tow
              Vehicle: 2018 GMC K2500 Denali Diesel
              Coach: 303RLS Delivered March 5, 2021
              South of Houston Texas

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              • #22
                Yep, that’s what I determined after chatting with some folks. More moving parts = more trouble. Thx for the input!
                2022 Reflection 295RL Fifth Wheel. 2016 Ford F-250 Short Bed Super Duty Diesel, with B&W Patriot Slider Hitch mounted on rails. Formerly owned a 2008 40 foot Damon diesel pusher and a 2016 30 foot Airstream Classic TT.

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