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Old 01-04-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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5th wheel newbies

My husband (W1ndChaser) and I have been doing lots of research over the last couple of months trying to find the 5th wheel that will work best for us. We are really interested in Excel, DRV and NuWa but we also received brochures for Forest River's Wildcat and Sandpiper rigs. Just wondering if anyone would recommend either one of those for full-time, four season living.
My husband's job takes us all over the country so there is a good chance we will be dealing with weather extremes.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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Old 01-04-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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Excel, DRV and NuWa are considered full time and four season units. Wildcat, Sandpiper and other such units are really weekend and vacation units.

The problem with full time units is they are heavy and are generally in well equipped 1 ton dually range or larger trucks.

Another full time and expensive unit is New Horizons.

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Old 01-04-2014, 10:09 AM   #3
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If I were going to spend anytime in cold cold weather like 80% of the country will in the next few days I would focus only on Excel 1st then a DRV Mobile Suites 2nd.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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Look into a company called north Wood Manufacturing Co. They make a full time unit for four seasons living called the Arctic Fox. I have attached their link for you to review.

Northwood Manufacturing: Arctic Fox

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Hitchhiker is a very good brand. Mobile suite is top of the line. Those are heavy and you should look at pulling them with a 1 ton truck.
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Excel has a -10* no freeze guaranty and are very well built units. I have been looking at them for a while now as a possible replacement.....
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I want to add that a used NuWa would also be a good unit. Do not buy any unit w/o dual pane windows. That is a must.

Both Excel and NuWa biuld/built smaller units that can be towed with SRW (Single Rear Wheel) trucks. I would recommend a 1ton SRW if towing one of these smaller 5th wheels all around from job to job.

Also the smaller 5th wheels like the Excel Winslow 31IKE would be a lot easier to heat and cool.

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We test drove a 2013 Dodge Ram dually and we both loved it so we've got the truck figured out. After reading the responses here I think we'll keep looking at our top three: DRV, NuWa and Excel.

Thanks to everyone for the responses, we both really appreciate it!
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I would definitely stay away from Forest Rivers product, in 40 years of Rving nothing but bad experience with them, all in the look nothing on quality, built on a toater frame, my personnel opinion take it or leave it. Ouffff I might have made myself some enemy here, but I assumed. With Excel you are in a different range quality and price, like comparing a Hunday and a Mercedes-Benz. Again my opinion. !!!!
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I have experience towing some with my friends 2011 Ram 3500 dually. It is a great driving towing machine. I have a Ford dually that is also a great towing machine. No doubt the Chevy would also be great so you can not really go wrong with a Ram, Ford or Chevy. Now to pick a 5th wheel.

Again - good luck.
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I would definitely stay away from Forest Rivers product,!!!!
Add to the list Thor products...Not for full time.

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Add to the list Thor products...Not for full time.

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Not to be asking a silly question but,Would a Heartland Landmark be suitable for full time use as well?
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My husband and I are also newbies. And have been researching RV purchasing. Originally we were in the Toy Hauler forum because we thought we would sell our condo in Oregon, go full time & needed the toy garage for my husband's jewelry bench. Now we have decided to keep our beautiful condo in Oregon and live there from May to December and will use the 5th wheel (no Toy) for travel to warmer climates January through April. We plan to buy a 5th wheel around 35-37 ft and a used truck to haul it --in the 350 dualie range. Any suggestion on what to consider when buying used? Vehicles that hold their value. Problems to look for. Dealers you would recommend. We are in Sarasota in an apartment till May and hope to make our purchases before we leave here. We would prefer to find the 5th wheel that can be delivered to Oregon for us. There seems to be a much larger inventory here in Florida. Looking forward to your suggestions. Stephanie
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