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Old 05-08-2015, 08:58 AM   #1
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5th wheel bunkhouse suggestions wanted

Hey all... wife and I are shopping for a bunkhouse fiver... shooting for 30k or less.

Anyone have suggestions on layouts / brands?
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New or used? What size?

The Coachmen Chaparral 360 and 390 layouts are awesome, but you sure aren't gonna find em for 30K or less
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:06 AM   #3
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We love our new Heartland Gateway 3650BH but it was 49k new. you may find a good used one in your price range. We love the bunkhouse layout and the second 1/2 bath is awesome for when we have guests.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:42 PM   #4
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Bunkhouse fifth wheel trailers tend to be long and heavy--especially when they have the second bathroom.

You'll have to be on the lookout for a used trailer with your budget.

Hopefully you have a dually pickup because full size bunkhouse trailers' pin weight is often heavier than a 3/4 ton will handle.
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:33 AM   #5
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Thanks guys... I have found a few in my budget that I think might work... I looked last night at a flagstaff with a nice bunkhouse and half bath in the rear, new, and they are asking $27,900. It shows a dry weight of 7800 and payload capacity of 1500 (sorry I don't have its gross weight yet, waiting for message back from dealer). I believe my Ram 2500 cummins should be able to handle that weight just fine, but I am gonna get some weights at the scale to be certain.
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Flagstaff makes good units that are pretty light.

FYI, add the dry weight and cargo carrying capacity of the trailer, and that is the GVWR.
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We like our Bunkhouse. Bought it new in your price range.

We opted for the version without the extra bath because we liked the layout of the master bedroom--not having to climb into the bed pretty much as soon as you set foot inside. There's plenty of room for us to stand & get dressed in our room **a great plus since we take ours deer & duck hunting and need room to maneuver in and out hunting clothes.

Ours actually has the bunkhouse portion "upstairs" in the usual master bedroom location. If we were to do it again, we would have opted for the outdoor kitchen which we do not have. We also would have probably bought the Sandpiper we were looking at, but we wanted to stay under $30,000 at that time. Looking back, over 15 yrs, the payments wouldn't have increased much and our 1 ton was plenty of truck to pull it.

Besides, I have definitely found MSRP sticker price vs. purchase price you can negotiate have quite a wide difference. We probably could've purchased the larger Sandpiper priced in the $40K range for about only a difference of $4-5K.

Best of luck in looking!

Oh & a bit of advice you may or may not think about: on short trips it isn't a big deal for us, but it gets annoying on long trips--our kitchen outlets aren't ideal for appliances (like toasters) with short cords & I end up having to use canned goods to raise the toaster to the right height to reach the plug in. The outlet is located at the bottom of the upper cabinet (so outlet is above counter top as opposed located near the top of the bottom cabinets, just below countertop level) As for using it at the dinette, forget it! The cord isn't long enough due to the location of the outlets (close to the floor).

Minor issue, but something I will know to look for in the future. We do camp for months at a time so this may bother me more than the average person. Come to think of it, maybe I just need to search for kitchen appliances with longer cords

BTW: No dually here and not a lick of trouble. And my dad pulls his 34' Holiday Rambler with a truck like yours & has no trouble even if a dually may be better
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Oh & a bit of advice you may or may not think about: on short trips it isn't a big deal for us, but it gets annoying on long trips--our kitchen outlets aren't ideal for appliances (like toasters) with short cords & I end up having to use canned goods to raise the toaster to the right height to reach the plug in. The outlet is located at the bottom of the upper cabinet (so outlet is above counter top as opposed located near the top of the bottom cabinets, just below countertop level) As for using it at the dinette, forget it! The cord isn't long enough due to the location of the outlets (close to the floor).

Minor issue, but something I will know to look for in the future. We do camp for months at a time so this may bother me more than the average person. Come to think of it, maybe I just need to search for kitchen appliances with longer cords
We have the same problem with the outlets being to high for the toaster and coffee pot cord to reach. I found an easy solution, go to Amazon and search for 1 foot extension cords. You can get a 5 pack for $10. Works great
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Great point on the outlet and room to dress... will certainly have to consider both!

Showme.. what make/model did u end up with?
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Make/model

Keystone Cougar 322QBS 36'


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I really like that layout!... What truck do you pull that with?

I am afraid I wouldn't be able to pull that with my 3/4 ton Dodge (05).

My GVWR is 9000lbs... Truck ready to camp with family weights 7660, so I only have 1340 lbs available for pin weight (even though I have over 3000 lbs availible in RAWR)
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Completely having trouble with my signature...it's there, but doesn't show up when I post--even with the little "show your signature" box checked

Pulling it with '03 F350 7.3 Powerstroke, but have pulled it with father in law's F250
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We have a 321BH Laredo. We paid under 30k and it's a front bunkhouse model. You can pull it with a 3/4 ton. I did for two yrs. But you'll quickly find driving for any length of time you'll be worn out when you get there. We purchased a dually this year. Much better!!! Any ways, great model and lots of features in the Laredo line.
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Thanks quad!
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