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Old 10-23-2017, 12:14 PM   #1
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Best made fifth-wheels??

We've been traveling extensively for 15 years and are just starting to look at a newer RV to replace our 2002 36.5 ft Keystone Montana. It has an upstairs living room that just doesn't work for us anymore. Until you start losing mobility, you don't realize how many trips you make between the LR and kitchen every day. We've thought about going to a Class A MH but love our 2004 1/2 Dodge Laramie Cummins 3500 (quiet, comfortable and 20 MPG towing) so will stick to a 5th wheel.

We've been pretty happy with the quality of ours and don't want to get stuck with a lemon. We're almost full timers who have gone coast to coast and border to border a number of times. We need a good, solid RV with lots of storage that can stand up to extensive use. We're looking for a quality 2012-2016 RV. I'd like to narrow our search to a couple of good quality manufacturers or RV's to avoid. I'd like to hear from a variety of owners who either love or hate their RV's and why. THANKS!!!!

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Old 10-23-2017, 12:21 PM   #2
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Forest River makes a lot and have a bunch of different lines

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Old 10-23-2017, 01:35 PM   #3
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A friend just picked up a Forest River Riverstone. He's seems real happy with it so far. He's fulltiming in it.
My self, I have a 2013 Crossroads Jefferson. All I can say is stay away from Crossroads product...
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Old 10-23-2017, 01:40 PM   #4
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Bob Caldwell and ramn4ver:

Thanks for your comments. I was a little worried about Forest River. I've been looking online and am seeing a LOT of almost new ones for sale. It sent up a red flag for me. Also really appreciate your feedback on Crossroads. THANKS!
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:31 PM   #5
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect 5er for your needs! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:44 PM   #6
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I love my Cedar Creek Silverback 29ik. Well built, great features and good support from the dealer and Forest River.
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Our 12 year old Cedar Creek has been fantastic. If I were replacing it today, and after looking at the two on my short list it would be another CC. Second choice would be a Arctic Fox. There are a lot of nice fivers out there, and your going to get lots of suggestions. Grand Design also get a lot of positive comments. But I have not looked at them, so no comments.
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:08 PM   #8
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All manufacturers have their low end, mid level and high end. Probably all of the mass produced high end 5th wheels are about same.

I have always liked the custom builders like New Horizon, Space Craft and Continental (Forks RV).

Also Peterson built some very nice Excel units before they went out of business just a few years ago.
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I have the same truck as you and wouldn't want to part with it although I have never come close to 20 MPG towing. My truck is a dually and the gross combined weight rating is 21,000#. Our truck weighs 8,000# with the two of us, a full tank and the hitch. This leaves 13,000# for a fifth wheel. The well built brands that you will see posted here generally run heavy and to tow one you many need to give up some length. I wish it weren't the case.

Good luck with your search.
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We have a Mobile Suites by DRV. DRV has the best frame in the industry - 15" stacked rectangular tube. The suspension is MORryde IS independent suspension, brakes are EOH disc. When you're towing your house down the road in a hurricane during an earth quake, things like frame and suspension are important. The walls are 3 1/4". The coach is very well insulated. The Mobile Suites is our 3rd 5th wheel and while not perfect, it is by far the best of the three.

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My plans are coming together. Full timing in our Rushmore. Vacationing in our new to us, 2001 27' SunnyBrook. The SunnyBrook is built so solid. My sweetheart just finish her first try at upholstery. She did a awesome job. Will giving it our first vacation run next month.
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Best made 5ver?

If you were ok with a older model, there isn't anything better built and quality build than a King of the Road or a Teton

If it's new you want my first choice is New Horizon

Second place is DRV.
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Keep hearing good things about the Grand Design models, especially the upper end Solitude series. I would give them a look.
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From what I have seen thus far, DRV Suites and Grand Design.

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