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Old 02-02-2005, 05:37 PM   #1
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Got a question for any full timing RV'er or folks who KNOW or worked at or lived in a REAL WELL BUILT & GOOD warranty? I have done a lot of home work and walked through (not asll that i can find) but basically, looked at Alfa (I guess the new ones are having Waranny problems) lllso there goes "See YAs'! Holiday Rambler is good in their ways plus reputation. And Carrige. I guess the Best I keep hearing I Tetons. $$$$ They are built! But ya get what you pay for.I can't quite go that far...$$ I heard AlpenLite is good. I have to call the company and ask some more questions, to find out some info on construction? . I wish they had more R-value. But any info or suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2005, 05:37 PM   #2
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Got a question for any full timing RV'er or folks who KNOW or worked at or lived in a REAL WELL BUILT & GOOD warranty? I have done a lot of home work and walked through (not asll that i can find) but basically, looked at Alfa (I guess the new ones are having Waranny problems) lllso there goes "See YAs'! Holiday Rambler is good in their ways plus reputation. And Carrige. I guess the Best I keep hearing I Tetons. $$$$ They are built! But ya get what you pay for.I can't quite go that far...$$ I heard AlpenLite is good. I have to call the company and ask some more questions, to find out some info on construction? . I wish they had more R-value. But any info or suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2005, 05:25 AM   #3
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Any of the top end units will work ... just decide your budget and floor plan .... as for warranty, I think you will find most of them are about the same, since the actual warranties are from the manufacturers of the particular appliance and not the coach builder or dealer.
Alfa, Teton, Carriage, all good units. Take a look at the Keystone Montana front living room unit .... very impressive and a pretty good R rating on the side walls
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We know several fulltimers that have an Automate. We like ours but do not full time. Try automaterv.com for more info.
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Having only been on the market for 2 years, the Mobile Suites line by Doubletree is admittedly lacking a long track record with the full-timers. I was extremely impressed with the quality of build and components utilized when we were shopping for ours, however. In terms of value for money, I'd say the Mobile Suites line by Doubletree RV is at least worth a look.

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Old 02-05-2005, 06:44 PM   #7
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We looked at a mobile suite and boy I was impressed by it. I liked how everything was in the front storage compartment and so easy to get to..this would be my choice. They are a bit pricey and weight is there.
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I think you would certainly want to consider New Horizons ( http://www.horizonsrv.com/ ) in the mix. New Horizons claims to be the only five star rated company as defined by the RV Consumer Group. see ya, jeff'
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Question for Rusty JC, We are just about ready to buy a 33ft. Mobile Suite, you seem really safisfied with yours, any comments would be appreciated
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First, welcome to iRV2.com! We're glad you joined us and look forward to seeing you on line here in the future.

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.

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I'm surprised no one has mentined the Nu Wa products. A Hitchhiker II would be on my short list when (and if) I ever upgrade.
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Saw the comments on the Mobile Suites. This product used to be made by Sunnybrook. Rumor has it that when Doubletree bought the product line from Elvey, they made a committment to keep the quality where it was when Sunnybrook had it. By all indications, they did.
Good luck with your choice of a full-timer.
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Old 02-07-2005, 08:22 AM   #13
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Rusty and Madame Boomer, thanks so much for the info. We are looking at 2 Mobile Suites, a 2005 33RS3,base and a 2004 31 rs3 that is fully loaded, fireplace, cen.vac, etc. Having a hard time making up our minds, as one has more room, but the other would be easier to handle, as we like to go to state parks.Also, The 2004 is more pricey that the 2005. Any comments to help us make up our minds? We have looked at about everything in the state of Utah, and we think the Mobile Suite is the best quality. Thanks for your time.
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Have a surf through www.tripleerv.com to see this Canadian built winterised unit. As a fulltimer their double glazed windows and insulation levels should be of interest. Then there's your $ versus ours, could be a deal!!!
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