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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 6 days ago #1

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We are doing our final inspection and have a couple of questions and hope you all can help as this is very stressful ;)
1. The front driver's side jack had an oil ring but has not changed measurements (per dealer) in order to ensure of no leaks. Since there didn't appear to be any slippage is there something else we should consider?
2. The load bearing living room and kitchen slide makes a distinct impression in the carpet and on the outside there are two rows of very dark dotted like vertical rubber marks. They became more pronounced as we opened and closed the slide. They are closest to the outer edge of the slide. Is this something to worry about?
3. We have a 2008 well maintained F350. Will this be suitable for periodic towing and then hopefully more travel down the road? It has the Trail Air towing hitch and I'm not certain of any other info but am certain standard tow package, sorry. Currently longest trips will be 300 miles one-way. We have read where it's best to have a dually and are curious if that much machine is needed.
Otherwise we are very impressed with the RW and ready to roll.
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 6 days ago #2

my RL leaves the tan carpet a little dirty every time the slide comes in and out. Its normal for the carpet to matted down flat when the slide comes in out, a quick hit with the vacuum and its normal looking again.

The oil on the jack could be from a hose fitting on the top of the jack , possible on the retract side has a slight leak , check the top of the piston . I have dust on the fitting up top on mine , they don't leak but the dust does collect .

As for the F350 single rear wheel you will have to pack light and not have much water when your traveling . Your rear axel weight is going to be right at the max weight and your should install as set of air bags on the rear truck springs . 35-55 psi in the bags seams about right on my GMC . really good rear shocks in the rear of the truck helps a lot with controlling the trailer bounce front to rear. If you have a long bed and need to get a 5th wheel hitch get a comfort ride .

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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 6 days ago #3

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Thank you so much and what a great wealth of information! We are shopping air bags now.

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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 5 days ago #4

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kkaough wrote: Thank you so much and what a great wealth of information! We are shopping air bags now.


Hi kkaough,
Before you buy any air bags. Do a little research into air cells. They are made by Air Lift. Comfort Ride 5th Wheel Hitches use air cells instead of air bags. I have no experience with them but a friend of mine used the air cells on his truck. He removed the air bags and put on air cells. He thought his truck road better. This is just an idea. Good luck with your truck.

I hope this might help,
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Hi Al. Again, thank you for the info. This is very informative and helpful. we are just disappointed that it appears our F350 might have some issues with towing an rv of this size. We are researching and need to make a decision by Saturday as that is our close date. Keep the info coming and happy rv-ing!

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kkaough wrote: Hi Al. Again, thank you for the info. This is very informative and helpful. we are just disappointed that it appears our F350 might have some issues with towing an rv of this size. We are researching and need to make a decision by Saturday as that is our close date. Keep the info coming and happy rv-ing!


Do you know the GVWR ( gross vehicle weight rating ) of your truck ? It should be in the door frame of the truck. Let Google be your friend. There is some good info out there to help you. I am sorry I don't have any info to help you. Best of luck.
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 5 days ago #7

I have pulled many different trailers and boats in my life. I went to a dual wheel Silverado 13 years ago. I will own nothing else. Infact we have a new GMC 3500HD being shipped to us as I am writing. These trucks ride great, and the control is a great comfort. Not to mention the towing capability. Any flavor of the big 3 is up to you.
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 5 days ago #8

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This has been the subject of very contentious posts during the life of this forum and the other Redwood forum. Several of us started out pulling our Redwoods with SRW diesel trucks and then weighed them, consulted the manufactureers GVW sheets and found out we were over or way over the rear axle and tire capacities. I would just caution you to do the weighing and math comparisons with the trucks rated capacities and make your own decisions. I left a year old SRW truck in Nebraska to pick up our dually; I can tell you the stability difference in towing with a dually vs. SRW is striking. I just wish to bring this up because some new owners are not aware; I know I wasn't. There have been some on here that upon receiving this news started a toxic rebuttal to our suggestions like it was personal. It's not, just suggesting you take a look at the numbers. Sorry for the long post.
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 5 days ago #9

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You might see if the dealer will give you some kind of warranty, in writing, on that one landing gear that shows some concern. They will pick up a lot of dirt and grime along the way, and if you’ll occasionally wipe the legs with a silicone lubricant (not WD-40 oil which will attract grime) then it can sometimes help clean the seal and stop any slight leak with the hydraulics.

We all fight the carpet tracks from the main slide. I’ve had great success with just a couple of shots of carpet cleaner and vacuuming.

On your F350, my guess is that you will fall within weight limitations if you pack light. But get it weighed at a CAT scale so you are dealing with facts, not just opinion. Fill up, weigh tthe combined rig, then drop the trailer in the lot and weigh your truck. Tell them you want to weigh twice and you get a price break for the second weigh. Air bags will help level the truck but don’t change the weight ratings. Your rear axle and tire max load capacity will likely be most critical. And FWIW I was one who started out with SRW and within a year traded for DRW. Good luck!
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 4 days ago #10

as many have cautioned you on the weight I can tell you every time I have been to the scales the rear tires on my SRW GMC has been over the posted limit on the door frame of the truck and over the side wall rating on the tires (600~800lbs over). If I don't carry water and 48 gallons of extra fuel I am ok barely. My truck currently has been upgraded to 19.5" H rated tires and I will have a 2020 duel rear wheel truck when they become available to order. Since upgrading to morryde IS it has also pushed the gross combine weight past the limit of the truck. I know the Sequoia is a little lighter but not by 2000 lbs . if your ok with replacing the truck very soon ,don't pass on the trailer .
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 3 days ago #11

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Such wonder info and suggestions. This discussion has definitely added to the stress level over here, lol! However, we do plan on closing on it tomorrow with fingers crossed and we wanted to say thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement and experiences. We look forward to our new rv and hope you all have a wonderful year!

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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 2 days ago #12

One thing I forgot to point out our RV has a slide in slide in the master bedroom which adds weight we also have a washer and a dryer the ads about 300 pounds in the front basement has about 95% of the year that you would be traveling with four people and maintenance supplies so I could lighten up the basement
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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 19 hours ago #13

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After another grueling day at the dealer and THANK goodness my husband asked to have the brakes checked (none working due to bad brake job last year) we are now the proud owners of a 2015 Redwood Sequoia. We camped out in our driveway :cheer: . Thank you all for the info and support. Happy Travels!!

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Down to the wire purchasing 2015 RW Sequoia 38HRL (41') 4 months 15 hours ago #14

Congrats and welcome to the family
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kkaough wrote: After another grueling day at the dealer and THANK goodness my husband asked to have the brakes checked (none working due to bad brake job last year) we are now the proud owners of a 2015 Redwood Sequoia. We camped out in our driveway :cheer: . Thank you all for the info and support. Happy Travels!!


Congratulation, enjoy your new coach. Hope to see you at one of the rallies.
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