In May 2018, Wendy and I purchased Zane Too, a 39 foot 5th wheel. To be more exact, this is a 2017 DRV model 38 RSSA, pulled by a 2018 Ford F-350.
Here’s a Walk through I found on Youtube by Clay Thompson of Guaranty.com of the same model of DRV (2017 38 RSSA).
We have found that backing a 5th wheel is significantly more challenging than backing our previous 45′ motorhome. This thing bends in the middle! After some practice, we concluded our best strategy is for Clay to stand directly in front of the truck and act like he has a steering wheel in his hands, while Wendy sits in the truck and mimics Clay’s motions. It works for us.
The Original Zane
Our travel adventures began in 2014 with the purchase of the original Zane.Zane was our 2004 Newell Coach #671, a 45-foot Class A diesel pusher motorhome.
Powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, she pushes over 57,000 lbs. including 238 gallons of diesel fuel, 161 gallons fresh water and 161 gallon solitary gray/black tank. She has a steerable tag axle which allows her to turn in the same radius as a 37′ coach.
Zane has a 20,000 watt generator in her nose designed to recharge the 6 AGM Lifeline 12v deep cycle house batteries and to power all the goodies, including three roof air conditioners, an Aquahot furnace, Subzero residential fridge/freezer, Sharp microwave/convection oven, Fisher Paykel dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.
With two 42 inch televisions, satellite dish and endless hot water for showers, Zane makes our life very comfortable!
Wow, is this zaney or what!? Some folks have it all and take it with them, it seems. A luxury hotel on wheels and it’s a beauty too. Having little exposure to the RV-life, I thought “goinginzane” was a cute moniker for a couple of “zaney” explorers. I hope Zane is providing a wonderful trip, taking you to new and enjoyable discoveries. Stay well and safe..
Love, Aunt Evelyn
Thanks Aunt Evelyn. This crazy lifestyle can be attributed in part to your brother. Dad took us on great camping adventures every summer when I was a kid. And when I was older, he and I traveled all over the country in our airplanes. He dreamed of living on the road like this in his retirement and spoke of it often.