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  1. Are your fifth wheels designed for Four Season use?
  2. Is the Blue Dow foam insulation NuWa uses really as good as they say?
  3. Can someone explain thermopane versus storm windows?
  4. What is NuWa's opinion of "glide topper" awnings?
  5. What are the differences between the TrailAir Equa-Flex and the TrailAir Center Point air ride suspension systems?
  6. I hear several manufacturers claim to be the "inventor" of the glide room. What are the facts?
  7. What is this NuWa Owners Forum I keep hearing about?
  8. Do I need to upgrade the suspension system on a NuWa product?
  9. Can I use a short bed truck, and if so, do I need a sliding hitch on my tow vehicle?
  10. Can I bring my HitchHiker to the factory for service?

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There were 21 questions found in this category:
  1. questionWhat does NuWa Certified Used mean, and why is it important to me?
    When you buy a used 5th wheel from NuWa, we "certify" that it has been thoroughly inspected and known issues addressed. We don't guarantee what we don't know, but do our best to identify issues that need attention. So what does "NuWa certified" mean to you? Would you rather purchase a used 5th w ...

  2. questionIs there a Campground close to NuWa?
    The City of Chanute operates a campground only moments from NuWa, and the first 48 hours are free! (links to more info are below). City of Chanute Santa Fe Park & Campground informationCity of Chanute Website home page

  3. question I hear several manufacturers claim to be the "inventor" of the glide room. What are the facts?
    NuWa without question can rightfully claim to be the oldest 5th wheel manufacturer in existence today. No company has built 5th wheels longer. As well, NuWa is in fact the inventor of the glide room concept, marketing a unique ball bearing design in the mid 1970's. Newmar should be given credit ...

  4. questionDo I need to upgrade the suspension system on a NuWa product?
    This is a good question to ask members on the NuWa Owners Forum www.nuwaowners.org. Do a search first, as there is quite a bit of information on this topic already posted by forum members. Right now there is a lot of activity by suppliers of suspension systems, pin box and hitch technology to i ...

  5. questionDo you offer factory tours?
    We no longer have tours of the NuWa Industries manufacturing plant - but we still want you to come visit us! Our Kansas RV Center dealership is utilizing most of the previous production space for indoor display of both NEW and Used RV's, including HitchHiker's and several other quality brands ...

  6. questionWhat is this NuWa Owners Forum I keep hearing about?
    "Prospective NuWa buyers will find this forum an especially valuable place to obtain assistance in making your buying decision. It is a great place to communicate with other NuWa owners and ask questions of those with true experience using their NuWa Fifth Wheel"-- Mike Mitchell, NuWa CEOThe Nu ...

  7. questionCan I use a short bed truck, and if so, do I need a sliding hitch on my tow vehicle?
    Many customers are uncertain whether to purchase a short bed or long bed truck, and whether they need a sliding hitch when a short bed truck is combined with a NuWa. It used to be that the typical pickup configuration regarding the cab size and bed length for towing fifth wheels was the extend ...

  8. questionIs the Blue Dow foam insulation NuWa uses really as good as they say?
    Yes, probably better. The rest of the industry typically uses white bead foam insulation board. The same thickness of Blue Dow foam has more than 25% greater strength and insulation than the white bead foam. It would take a 2" thick piece of white bead foam to match Dow's superior characteristic ...

  9. questionCan I bring my HitchHiker to the factory for service?
    Yes, you can. NuWa has provided factory service for many years as support for dealer efforts to meet the service expectations of customers. Chanute, Kansas is in the center of the United States. Whether it be because of convenience for Winter Snowbirds traveling to or from their homes in the Nor ...

  10. questionAre your fifth wheels designed for Four Season use?
    All NuWa products are designed for, and considered capable of four season use. To NuWa this means the trailer is capable of withstanding reasonably cold temperatures without freeze up of water systems, and can be occupied comfortably in these reasonably cold temperatures. We don't say our trail ...

  11. questionWhat are some of the major differences between the various product lines?
    NuWa Industries product lines are explained below from least expensive to most expensive. HitchHiker LS: The very popular HitchHiker LS product family is known for exceptional livability design in smaller sizes. The HitchHiker LS typically is shorter, lighter and less expensive than other NuWa ...

  12. questionWhy don't you recommend what consumers need in terms of tow vehicles?
    This is an issue which our factory representatives are frequently asked about at retail shows. It seems logical that those who manufacturer the trailer should be in a position to tell the consumer what tow vehicle they will need. The NuWa representative will often begin to answer this question ...

  13. questionIs there a "pre-travel" checklist available?
    Is there a "pre-travel" checklist available that will help me remember to do everything before departing the campground with my HitchHiker? Yes there is, and it may even include "Don't forget your spouse." Answers to questions like these are just one of the many valuable benefits of visiting t ...

  14. questionWhat are the differences between the TrailAir Equa-Flex and the TrailAir Center Point air ride suspension systems?
    We are sharing the below question and answer from Ed of Alaska regarding suspension systems, because it is a common question that is often on our customers minds. Q: I'm trying to decide between the TrailAir Equa-Flex Rubber Equalizer Suspension System, and the TrailAir Center Point Suspension ...

  15. questionWhy do HitchHiker products tend to be slightly heavier and more expensive than popular low priced brands?
    NuWa is known for our quality construction and cabinetry, both which tend to slightly increase weights of the trailer. As well, HitchHiker products tend to have more standard equipment than popular lower priced 5th wheels, which adds to the published weights. Customers, who have experienced owne ...

  16. questionCan someone explain thermopane versus storm windows?
    First of all we know of no "real" thermopane windows in the RV industry as are used in homes. Cost and vibration's impact on the window prevent this design. What is available is a "dual pane" window, which does in fact have a 1/16" inert air space housed between two layers of glass instead of ...

  17. questionWhat are the advantages of the Dexter Nev-R-Lube Axle ?
    No need to pull the hubs to repack the bearings OR replace the seals when checking the brakes. Pre-set adjustment means installation is easy and human error is virtually eliminated in bearing adjustment. Pre-lubricated at the bearing factory providing resistance to contamination. Sealed for ...

  18. questionWhat is NuWa's opinion of "glide topper" awnings?
    Although the glide awnings so popularized by motorhomes appear to make sense, NuWa is not in total agreement they are the best investment for customers. The supposed benefits are they keep debris and moisture off the top of the glide room, so it stays cleaner and doesn't allow rainwater to stand ...

  19. questionDoes NuWa have an Owner's Club?
    Yes, we have a very active club, called HitchHiker's of America International. With many local chapters the club(s) continue to grow each year. The annual Fall Rally attracts customers from all over the United States and Canada. More and more focus is being noticed by owners on the local or regi ...

  20. questionWhy does NuWa use tri-axles on it's longer trailers, while other manufacturers don't?
    Tri-axle units sometimes get a "bad rap" from customers, who typically have not experienced a unit with them. Those customers say there is excessive tire drag when turning tightly, and there is more wear on the front tires, or that the cost of tire replacement is greater. These beliefs are not ...

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