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Old 08-06-2013, 07:54 PM
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Here is the hitch I stole off of my Dads new camper. It is too narrow, and the bolt holes don't line up. As you can see, just to move it, I put the back two bolts in, and let leverage hold the front against the camper frame.



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I don't want to put a 5th wheel mount in a truck (that I don't even have yet) because I use the bed too often. I hideaway gooseneck ball is the way I will go, as our other trailers (three of them) are all gooseneck.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:57 PM
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Hopefully, when you clean out the inside you will find some documentation, such as an owner's manual which might include a receipt with a VIN number.
Hopefully, but no luck so far, and I have gone through every compartment I can find.

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Here is the only real damage that I have found, looks like a little bit of water got in. Will have to investigate.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:20 PM
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Not bad over all. The seams probably need resealed a they dry out and crack. My neighnor is a RV tech I have watched him work on many that had leaks.
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What is the name on the front of the trailer?
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Sierra by Cobra is manufactured by Forest River, Inc.

There is one dealer in North Dakota, located in Minot and Bismarck - Capital RV. They might be of some help with a second VIN location.
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Man, that looks like it could be a very comfortable environment camping with......it'll be things like this that we'll look forward to do with the kiddos when they get older....we're enjoying the infant and little toddler stages for now!
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I have all 5th wheel on the truck hitches, soory I can't help there.


Sierra Is a good trailer. It will hold up well


Like randy said, you have some seams leaking on the roof. Could be s antenna, or a vent. They make a special self leveling calking for that. Dig out bad seams, clean and apply the new calk.

If you need to get on the roof to work, use a piece of plywood to lie on to spread out your weight, and not case more damage
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Cool Josh....check out Dicor for any roofing needs.
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Josh, if you want to find the leak(s) the easy way, bring it to an RV dealer and have them pressure test it. I think the pressure test is $200 and they give you the location of all the leaks. They pressure up the inside (low pressure) and use a glycerin/soap solution down the seams. Makes finding leaks super easy. As Duncan suggested the Dicor self leveling is what you use on the roof. Once it is cleaned and re-sealed, treat it with spic and span, it keeps the roof pliable.

There is a ton of debate on using a gooseneck vs the original pin and frame damage. (read all about it at rv.net) No manufacturers allow gooseneck conversions. I like you wanted the bed space without bars or other crap permanently mounted in the bed. So I went with a B&W companion hitch, I can have it in or out by myself in less than 15 min, without any lifting devices.

Open all the access (storage, fridge, water heater, ect. ect. ect.) openings and look for gaps into the living space of the camper, fill all of those with great stuff foam, it is essential in keeping out bugs and critters.

I recommend checking the dot date codes on the tires and replacing them with LT's as soon as feasible.

Check the brakes and repack the bearings and enjoy.
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