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Old 01-04-2013, 11:50 PM   #15
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I would suggest Excel but then again I own one. Past that, I did look at DRV but had 2 Excel's before and the experience so far this time has just as good as with the previous ones. They are very well built, especially if you are going to use it in cold weather.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:20 AM   #16
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I am sure I am at a safe weight now. But when we go full time I am sure DW will want a lot more stuff. Even I would load more tools.

I like the idea (this was something I was planning to do anyway) of getting truck and 5er weighed. Already scoped out a Loves truck stop. It would be great if it is much lighter than I think. This has to be step 1.
I thought I was OK too. On the start of a 3 week trip out West, I stopped by the CAT scale and weighed everything. I found out I was 200# overweight. We have about 20% of our storage empty. I don't have a W/D either. Its all corrected now.

There is a DRV dealer in Lansing that had the full DRV line up on his lot. We spent 4 hours tour everything. No hassles from the sale guy either. It sure beat sales brochure shopping.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #17
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Looked on-line at the Excel. Looked for the nearest dealer (I am in central Ohio), ugh there is a dealer in Tenn. and then Ocala Fl. No wonder I never saw one. Wow, minus 10 degree guarantee. That must be a well insulated unit which is a big plus.

Well the Columbus Ohio Boat and RV show starts today. I doubt they will have any Trilogy, Excel, or DRV units there.
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Wow, minus 10 degree guarantee. That must be a well insulated unit which is a big plus.
Ummm....you might want to compare R values.



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I'm not sure I would even put Trilogy on the list. It is a new product and not of the same build quality as the sister Dynamax fivers. It is built on an I-beam and does not even have disc brakes as an option. I was told by a sale person that you MAY be able to get disc on a factory ordered unit but he wasn't 100% sure.
May I suggest you add Lifestyle Luxury RV to your list? Very well built with some great floorplans and good warranty. The R-values are 37 in the floor and with the flex-foil option there are 16 in the walls, and 37 in the roof. Good luck, Phillip
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Well the Columbus Ohio Boat and RV show starts today. I doubt they will have any Trilogy, Excel, or DRV units there.
At the Fall Detroit Camper Show we got our first look at the Tradition, Trilogy and Life Style.
The Spring Detroit Camper Show is pretty big and start Feb 6-10. We usually spend 2 days there. You could check the dealership vendor list and call them to see if they will be displaying what you want to look at.
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I have seen one Lifestyle and all I can say is WOW. Looks to be a really well built RV.

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I'm not sure I would even put Trilogy on the list. It is a new product and not of the same build quality as the sister Dynamax fivers. It is built on an I-beam and does not even have disc brakes as an option. I was told by a sale person that you MAY be able to get disc on a factory ordered unit but he wasn't 100% sure.
May I suggest you add Lifestyle Luxury RV to your list? Very well built with some great floorplans and good warranty. The R-values are 37 in the floor and with the flex-foil option there are 16 in the walls, and 37 in the roof. Good luck, Phillip
X2 - except that both the Trilogy & the Tradition should not be with the Excel.
You could put them with Landmark and Redwood. Or just about any of the 12 inch I beam frame, 7000 lb axle grouping. IMO
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Yes, I like the SunnyBrook. How much to upgrade axles and wheels at a shop? And would you go up just to 7, 000 lb axles or go up to the 8, 000 lb axles?
If you feel you must upgrade your axles to a heavier weight rating, I would buy 7,000# axles. Keep in mind when you buy heavier axles the springs will also be heavier duty. The translates into more road shock being transmitted to the body of the trailer. How much? Contact any RV service center and inquire about pricing and installation.Spring length will not be the same, so there will be welding involved moving spring hangers. Labor will most likely be more than price of the axles. Of course the first thing will be to determine if larger axles and wheels will fit under your trailer without interfering with something else.
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DW and I will be full time in 18 to 24 months. We will be part time this summer. (Part time means 4 to 6 months). We currently have a nice part time 5er but not sure it is heavy duty enough for full time. It is a 2011 SunnyBrook Bristol Bay 3510. It only has 6,000 lb axels (ugh).

So I am looking for a good full time 5er. The 3 that are in our budget is the Trilogy, DRV Tradition, and Excel. Of these 3 which is the better full time unit? Better to me means will hold up longer.
Ok, guy. I have thought about this. To answer your original question....which is the better full time unit - DRV Tradition, Trilogy, or Excel??? Since you didn't offer other brands to us as one of your choices, I would have to go with the Excel.
Good luck and have fun shopping for your new puchase. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Safe travels, Phillip
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There's a dealer down the street from our park that sells Trilogies. We periodically look at other RVs to kill some time on the weekend. One thing I noticed in the Trilogy is the single 20 lb propane tank (i.e., BBQ grill size). Not even two of them!
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Trilogy website specs list a 97lb propane single tank with remote fill...if that is correct, the downside would be you have to have the trailer at the propane source to fill it.
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That 20lb tank must have been in addition to the built in 97lb. tank. I have a Trilogy brochure. They list the 97lb built in tank as having a remote fill. What the heck is a remote fill?
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Remote fill means that the tank is framed mounted and not removeable. Therefore, the LP has to come to the RV - you can't take the RV to the LP. Same as most class a coaches. Phillip
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