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Sparkie
12-17-2006, 11:43 AM
My husband and I are very close in purchasing a shenandoah and would really like any and all feedback on the coach and any problems we should be aware of. We would also like to know if anyone has ever installed steel wheel on the back of there unit so they do not bottom out? If you have, did you have any trouble with the frame or body of your trailer???

Goldenwingers
12-17-2006, 12:35 PM
Sparkie, my only suggestion would be to check the gross weight of the shenandoah and the weight that your 3/4 ton truck is rated for before making a decision.

Don

jpmorgan37
12-17-2006, 01:00 PM
Don was correct in what he suggested. Do a search on this forum on "weight" and you will find that there is a ton of information available.
John

Chulinw
12-17-2006, 09:30 PM
I have a Bighorn RL3400 and the spare tire did bottom out when I sent into a couple of campgrounds and service station. I had to get it moved forward about two feet and I don't have any problem now with the spare bottom out. Never seen one mounted on the back of 5er only on TT.

jbeletti
12-17-2006, 10:49 PM
Sparkie,

Check out post 6 at this link (//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php?t=1458&highlight=shenandoah+larry). Larry (slaytop) has first-hand experience with this model and a trunk that may be similar to yours.

Jim

slaytop
12-28-2006, 10:25 AM
Sparkie,
I have a Shenandoah and I bought it for the shorter length and quality of the coach. I discovered that the tongue weight was greater than what was advertised. Perhaps Heartland has made an adjustment about that by repositioning the axles since I purchased mine.

The tongue weight has placed nearly 7,000lb on my 2500HD rear axle. That is greater than the (axle) tire ratings listed on the truck. The gross weight is OK and is near or at the limit for the truck. I pulled the trailer nearly 6,000 miles last summer without any difficulty but I was a bit concerned about the tires and wheels holding up.

I am compensating for the axle weight by buying a set of Rickson wheels and G rated tires. It is an expensive addition but I feel it is necessary. As far as I know, the rear axle can handle 11,000lb. I also added Air-ride bags to level out the truck when loaded. I haven't received the new wheels because Rickson has had difficulty getting wheel blanks and Goodyear is on strike.

My opinion is that since the Shenandoah has a shorter rear area behind the axles it doesn't have enough weight in the rear to compensate for the heavy front bedroom and storage section. I think that Heartland could solve the problem by moving the axles forward slightly.

Lastly, I like the Shenandoah and still feel that it was a good purchase.

Larry