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Sandy (my wife, AKA Madame Boomer) answered this question from a woman's perspective recently. Her response was:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I'm RustyJC's "other/better half" and just wanted to put in my 2 cents worth. You guys can talk about all the things of interest for men, but I can share from a woman's perspective.
From the first moment I stepped into a Mobile Suites (two years prior to our getting one) I knew it was THE ONE that I'd be willing to trade our perfectly wonderful 36 ft Jayco Designer for.
I believe the MS rigs are designed by WOMEN! I say that as I laugh, but it is the truth. There are features about the Suites that only a woman would think of! Too many to list in this post, but they are well made.
Keep in mind that all rigs are just machines on wheels and regardless of what you pay for it, they are going to have bugs to work out. We've had a few, but by in large they are minor. The two major bugs that we've dealt with have been backed 100 PERCENT by the manufacturer which is a big plus!
While the Mobile Suites are not the high end range for 5vers (Tetons, Alpha Golds, etc), they are quality made and it seems that Mobile Suites is really trying hard to put first quality equipment and design into their rigs to be in competition with those of the upper $$$.
There are so many extras added on our Suites that are perfect for full timers, but for those of us who are still working, they are luxury items that come standard with the rig.
The ONE THING I like the most about our rig is the kitchen! The drawers are HUGE, counters are so big! There are many other great features that I haven't seen in any other new rig.
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that I love my Mobile Suites and wouldn't trade it for anything else on the market. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Among the features that stood out to me:
1. The frame rails are 15" high. They are made up of 2 each 6" x 2" and 1 each 3" x 2" rectangular sections stacked and welded. This thing isn't going to flex.
2. Ours came with the Mor-Ryde equalizers - it's the smoothest riding, best towing 5th wheel we've ever owned. The Tor-Flex fully independent suspension is an option, and air suspension is an option on the 2005's.
3. The 12VDC system came with a Progressive Dynamics Intellipower 9180 (80 amp) power converter and 2 each deep cycle 6 volt batteries. All I had to do was to add a Charge Wizard accessory to the PD9180, and I have a highly capable battery charger with boost, normal, float and desulfation modes automatically controlled by the Charge Wizard.
4. The running gear consists of Dexter 7,000 lb axles with the Nev-R-Lube bearings, self-adjusting brakes and load range G all-steel construction radial tires specifically designed for trailer service. Although heavier, it stops much better than our previous Jayco Designer XL 3610RLTS.
5. Major accessories are located in a utility bay that is accessed through sliding doors in the basement. From here, one has full access to the furnace, central vacuum system, water pump, water filtration system, power converter, etc.
6. Looking in the basement, all the ducting for the furnace system is rectangular metal duct. The "upstairs" (i.e., bath and bedroom) flooring is supported by welded rectangular steel tubing framing. The basement is well finished, spacious and has the roll-out tray that comes out either side to reach the "stuff" stored in the basement. These same roll-out trays are used for access to the batteries and 40 lb propane tanks.
6. Ours has the 2nd air conditioner option. Both A/Cs are fully ducted and are controlled (along with the furnace) from a single solid-state thermostat. The A/C's use separate return air sensors and are separately zoned off the common thermostat - the bedroom/bath and living area temperatures can be independently set.
7. Sidewalls are something like 3-1/4" thick with aluminum superstructure framing and an R13 insulating value.
8. All hookups except power are made from a single compartment. The power cord is stored and withdrawn from an adjacent compartment. Setup is further eased by independent electric front jacks and electric rear stabilizer jacks. In the 2005's, I believe everything is hydraulic (jacks, slideouts, etc.).
9. King size bed with an excellent mattress as well as a power lift on the upper portion of the mattress - crank the head up and read or watch TV.
10. Full Sony home entertainment unit, home theater system and flat screen TV.
11. All running lights (stop, tail, turn, and marker) are LED's.
I could go on, but the "jist" is that the manufacturer appears to have used quality components wherever possible.