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Old 05-20-2007, 03:06 AM   #1
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I have been watching and reading several forums over the past couple of years.

It sure seems like all of you are out there having a great time and enjoying your trailers.

My situation is just slightly different from most others on these websites, but maybe not.

I continue to read comments like, "After all, it is a like a house on wheels and houses need maintainence." And there was a subject on one site where a couple took there unit up the Alaskan Hiway and how they should expect more problems because of the rough ride up there.

My issue is this: There should be unit that is constructed to handle the rougher roads like the AH and unpaved roads and back roads.

We love to travel to the more "off the beaten path" locations and a smaller 5er would be perfect. I just can't find one that is engineered the way I would expect to hold up under these conditions.

We just don't like being restricted to the paved America and staying in the "commercial" RV parks.

Sure would like to hear from you on this post.

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I have been watching and reading several forums over the past couple of years.

It sure seems like all of you are out there having a great time and enjoying your trailers.

My situation is just slightly different from most others on these websites, but maybe not.

I continue to read comments like, "After all, it is a like a house on wheels and houses need maintainence." And there was a subject on one site where a couple took there unit up the Alaskan Hiway and how they should expect more problems because of the rough ride up there.

My issue is this: There should be unit that is constructed to handle the rougher roads like the AH and unpaved roads and back roads.

We love to travel to the more "off the beaten path" locations and a smaller 5er would be perfect. I just can't find one that is engineered the way I would expect to hold up under these conditions.

We just don't like being restricted to the paved America and staying in the "commercial" RV parks.

Sure would like to hear from you on this post.

Thanks............
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Old 05-20-2007, 04:15 AM   #3
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The mass produced RVs are not suited for much backroading, off roading, or expeditions, as there isn't much call for that sort of use.

There are custom RV manufacturers that do make RVs suitable for off roading and expeditions at a hefty price.

However, the mass produced RVs still need a lot of improvement in quality and durability.

As long as we keep buying the current RVs, the manufacturers have very little incentive to change.
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Take a look at the Arctic Fox products. Some of the slide-in camper manufacturers such as Bigfoot are branching out into other RV lines (e.g., Class C motorhomes), but I don't know about TT and 5th wheel offerings.

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For what it's worth, some years back I read an article in our local newspaper about Ron Nash (owner of Northwood) and his vision of an RV built for the Pacific NW. His idea was to build an RV more rugged and with more clearence. That was the Nash. Since they have built an upgrade (Artic Fox).
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Fifth wheels by their very nature are not suited to off roading. Really it is the same for TT's. So if you want to off road, then a camper is probably a better fit. Might want to go and do a search for the Turtle Expedition. Gary Westcott has spend a lot of years in and with off road camping and has built several really nice campers for off roading.
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I have to agree the present selection of 5vers don't seem suited for your puropose and the quality leaves much to be desired. I should say quality control.
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