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Old 10-21-2019, 08:08 PM   #1
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I want to buy a used 5th wheel in the next year. Im selling my house in the MidWest and am moving south to Northern Alabama. I need something I can live in for 1-2 years while I build a new house on a parcel of land. Size is not an issue; I have an F-350 SRW crew cab, 8 bed, diesel, 4x4 that I will pull it with. Its just going to be me so Id be fine with a smaller unit. Id like to spend under $20,000; preferably around $15,000. What brands should I be looking at that offer the most durability in my price range? What ones should I stay away from? For example, a guy in the next town over has a 2014 30 Keystone Sprinter. Asking $16,000. Is this a brand I should even consider? Any help is much appreciated.

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Old 10-21-2019, 08:29 PM   #2
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In that peice range I would look seriously at Cedar Creek or Cardinal. Two years ago I sold my 2005 Crdar Creek for your price range. The buyer loves it still and he put it on a stationary spot. Others to look at would be Teton, and if you can find one Arctic Fox.

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Old 10-21-2019, 08:41 PM   #3
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It gets cold in north Alabama in the winter nights. You can go to YouTube and search 'How are Keystone Sprinter 5th wheels made'.

I just did this for Keystone Cougar 5th wheels and learned they use OSB on both the floor and roof.

And are you set on a 5th wheel or can you make due with a travel trailer. A travel trailer will be easier to heat and cool I think because you have less space.

I would look for an 2005 - 2008 NuWa, Carriage or Excel.

I would also consider a travel trailer from Flagstaff or Rockwood.
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:42 PM   #4
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Excel, Nuwa, artic fox, carriage, Excel TT winslow if can find one. Need more truck to carry a teton. A SRW 350 wont cut it. unless you go with a teton sunrise 33ft. even that your at the max. your looking at 5k pon weight easy on something bigger. I found out on the scales.
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:17 PM   #5
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Excel, Nuwa, artic fox, carriage, Excel TT winslow if can find one. Need more truck to carry a teton.
Agree all these consolenut mentioned would be good full timer 5th wheels and you would be able to find one in your price range. I'm partial to Carriage but I guess that's because we have a Lifestyle.

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Old 10-22-2019, 09:36 PM   #6
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Consider the NuWa

And i know where there is one that needs a good owner. We traded ours in last year on a newer NuWa Champagne.

Let me know if you would like the particulars. I can share the URL for where it is listed - back in Kansas where they were manufactured.

We loved it and you will also.

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