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Old 01-31-2016, 06:48 PM   #15
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Need to check your facts on some of your statements.

ORV and AF are not totally independant of one another as the chassis are produced in a separate plant for both companies.

Glacier Peak fifth wheels are by no means entry level nor are they light weight.

I compared the specs on the websites with the comparable AF unit to mine. While it does weigh 500 lbs more it gives up an equivilent amount of carrying capacity.

The Glacier Peak line is relatively new and not many have appeared on the used market.

AF is a full height fiver while the ORV is a mid profile design. Two distinct personalities in these trailers and both should be looked at as a choice when shopping for a quality unit.

Not trying to turn this into a Ford vs Dodge vs Chevy discussion.

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I took my information from Northwood Manufacturing itself..in an interview that they did...in reference to and after the buyout of ORV.

You are however correct on the weight carrying capacity. I went back and checked what I had then went to the ORV web site.I was relying on one of ORV's dealers who had the specs listed..should have gone to ORV directly. My mistake.

All of this is irrelevant if you don't like the floor plans..

BTW, RAMs rule
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Just funnin'... I pull with a class 5...
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We ordered our 29-5k in Dec. of '14 and took delivery last Feb (will be a year in a few days!!!) and went full time in May of last year. Prior to that we spent about 6 - 7 months of going to RV shows and researching on-line.

We love it and don't regret our choice one bit. In fact my wife and I just went to an RV show and after looking around we saw a few units where we liked this or that item better, but overall can't say that we would make a different choice after 9 months on the road.

The main reason we ordered it rather then taking one off the lot is that we wanted the queen bed so we could have the nightstands (and it is what we had at home so we are used to that) and all the dealers had kings in stock. But we also ordered the dual pane windows, fantastic fans in the living room and bedroom, the fireplace, heated tank pads, the 10 cu ft fridge, slide toppers, the black out roller blinds and the 4 pt levelers and the 16gal quick recovery water heater and the thomas payne dual recliner couch.

We have done our fair share of customizations (composting toilet, swapped out to 6 x 6volt golf cart batteries, inverter install, solar charger, solar panels installed, hard wired surge guard as well as moving the couch to where the two recliners go, removing the recliners and putting a desk where the couch normally goes.

The only issues we have had have been minor.
1.) We don't have the W/D but it is plumbed for that and the plumbing developed a leak. The dealer re-did all of the plumbing and put an extra valve in line so we could turn the valve and not even have any water in those lines.

2.) The ceiling fan in the bathroom had a very small leak one day after a heavy rain due to it not being 100% fully caulked properly around the flange. I re-sealed it myself, no damage.

3.) The brackets for the stove top lid broke (very cheaply made but that is the mfg of the stove's fault not Northwood).

4.) Springs broke in one of the roller shades and it won't roll up (working on getting replacements now but again that is a third party piece of equipment and not something Northwood built).

As someone full timing in an AF I would be happy to answer any questions at all about their rigs.

Not sure if that helps you at all, but wanted to give you some real world feedback from someone that has been living in one for the last 9 months.
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Glad to hear your review Cottersotg!!! We also ordered our 29 5K, will be delivered 1st of April or so. We wanted the queen bed too. We removed the sky light in the bedroom, we go to sleep in bed--no need to watch the stars! or we will make our own Just one more place for the hail to hit :( We had them remove the carpet on the door side in living room. That is just too hard to keep clean. Sounds like the same mods you made however we are keeping the standard windows.
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cootersotg, how do you think a 3500 srw would handle your 5er?
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We removed the sky light in the bedroom, we go to sleep in bed--no need to watch the stars! or we will make our own Just one more place for the hail to hit :(
Good idea, I kind of wish we thought of that. We never open it so it is kind of pointless and it was another thing to design around with our solar install.
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cootersotg, how do you think a 3500 srw would handle your 5er?
This particular AF is pretty heavy. The way ours came from the factory was about 12,500 lbs but is rated at 16k and that is one of the reasons we picked this rig because as full timers we wanted that 3500lbs of carry capacity.

We've maxed ours out. So if you are running it at the full 16k you are probably pushing the limits of what you would want to do with a SRW (even with airbags).

With a rig this heavy you might be fine going down the road, but I would hate to think about what a blowout would be like. That is part of why we went with a DRW, as full timers who move every 5 - 10 days I kind of figured that we are on the road a lot and thus our odds of having a blow out are more significant.

If I was just using this for a few vacations a year, wasn't maxing the weight and not putting a ton of miles on it I might consider a SRW but the way we travel I am definitely more comfy with the DRW.
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Thank-you cootersotg. We are looking at that 5er for FT and trying to figure out what TV to get. This is just the start of our search.
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Thank-you cootersotg. We are looking at that 5er for FT and trying to figure out what TV to get. This is just the start of our search.
Good luck with your search on both truck and 5er!!
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They are BOTH made in the same town, by the same owners about 5 miles apart.....
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They are BOTH made in the same town, by the same owners about 5 miles apart.....

..are not the same trailer ..nor quality lever as high as AF..
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..are not the same trailer ..nor quality lever as high as AF..
I think the levers are the same quality

what do you base your statement on?

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