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Old 07-24-2014, 01:24 PM   #15
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Light weight or Ultra Light trailers are not suited for full time use, no matter the brand. Forest River is not noted as a full time brand either.

I'm sure that there are people that use them but there are people full timing in popups and Casitas too.
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Some individuals ideas of quality for full time just don't fly. Sure you can full time in anything. But a full time quality unit cannot be lightweight. If you are going to park it and never tow it might be different. Most full timers travel greatly. You tow a unit thousands of miles on these roads and lightweight will fail. There is a couple in the park we in now. Their unit is rotting down around them. It hasn't moved in I understand ten years. They are content. So you see this term full time verifies greatly. We are understanding you want a unit to travel extensively in and hold up well. Forest River with there lightweight chassis, laminated wood doesn't fit. Nothing bias about this. I researched them, toured them, dismissed them for full time. They were beautiful units. The infrastructure just isn't full time capable. God bless and happy camping,
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:32 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for your replies! You've given us a taste of what else is out there. Couple of clarifications (knew you all would catch on to the not being "too specific" in original request). IF $$ weren't an issue, we'd definitely look at the Spacecraft, New Horizons, Continental, but alas those are just more then we need (ha!) and personally believe 2 axles are plenty! (loved looking at their websites tho.) We're not full-timers, we're retired and go out for a couple of months at a time (in warmer weather climates). And we're not getting a new bigger truck (says DW - so whatever comes next after the Bay Hill will have to do with our new Ford. Maybe the better question should've been - what the most reliable 5'er out there? Thanks again for all your responses - we love reading them and then researching!
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:53 AM   #18
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Reliable is still an objective term. You have narrowed your search with your listed usage and tow vehicle. You need to list your budget, I feel.
Also, two axles is plenty until the trailer is too heavy. You need to look at all the weight ratings of the trailer and it's axles, compare it to your truck to make sure it's within specs.
Look at the insulation values of the trailer.
Basically, you get what you pay for in the RV industry.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:20 PM   #19
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Another in the affordable group is the Grand Design units. They have nice ones starting in the $49,000 to $100,000 +. You need to check out the owners group web site for each Unit you have in mind. You will get the good, bad, and ugly from most of the owners forums. Make your choice after thoroughly checking them all out yourself.
Good luck with your choice whatever it may be.
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Likely the best way to classify 5thers is Vacation units, snowbird units, full time units. Vacation units don't need to be heavy duty. They are used for weeks a year. Nice heavy duty units are good to have but not necessary for this purpose. Snowbird units are used all winter. These are those living up north escaping the harsh winters. They need to be built rather strong to hold up with this extended use. Full time, well that describes it good. It best have best available components and construction to hold up and give you good service. God bless
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Likely the best way to classify 5thers is Vacation units, snowbird units, full time units. Vacation units don't need to be heavy duty. They are used for weeks a year. Nice heavy duty units are good to have but not necessary for this purpose. Snowbird units are used all winter. These are those living up north escaping the harsh winters. They need to be built rather strong to hold up with this extended use. Full time, well that describes it good. It best have best available components and construction to hold up and give you good service. God bless
I feel it's worth noting that those terms are relative to each person. They are not industry standard terms.
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Likely the best way to classify 5thers is Vacation units, snowbird units, full time units. Vacation units don't need to be heavy duty. They are used for weeks a year. Nice heavy duty units are good to have but not necessary for this purpose. Snowbird units are used all winter. These are those living up north escaping the harsh winters. They need to be built rather strong to hold up with this extended use. Full time, well that describes it good. It best have best available components and construction to hold up and give you good service. God bless
On top of that is how much traveling you intend to do with it. Most full time units are heavy and doing a lot of traveling may mean a HDT or at minimum a dually heavy duty pickup. If you intend on seeing the country, this means you'll have to budget for a lot of fuel, not just CGs. Full time or extended stay units are larger, so don't expect to be able to fit into every CG or park.

Some lightweight ones are made well, travel well, but are smaller and have smaller tanks. Some extended stay ones are also made well. travel nearly as well and have larger tanks. Ones made for full time living can be made well but don't travel well on two lane roads, etc. You've got to figure out and prioritize what you must have, what you'd like to have and what your budget is first. And thoroughly inspect any unit you think you want to buy.
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Take a look at Heartland mfg. units, or on the upper end, look at DRV.
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$$$ not being an issue, now the Teton Homes, Hitchhiker and Travel Supreme no longer are in business and Newmar does not make 5ers anymore my opinion is New Horizon or Excel.
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Northwood products (Arctic Fox, Nash & Fox Mountain) are a good value, not the top quality, but hard to beat for the price. Yes, there will be some issues, especially if you buy new and have to work out the "bugs". Northwood still makes their own frames from heavy steel "I" beams, so cracking and breaking is not an issue like many of the other lower end rigs. Like previously mentioned, the really good RV builders are no longer in business, the "economy" did them in, nobody can afford to pay for quality any more....
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Actually economy had little to do with it. Everyone wanted cheap and "pretty". Not downing Wally World but they started this. Echart flooded the market with cheap beautiful units. They were very appealing to the eyes and had many features others didn't. Underneath all this beauty was a much cheaper built unit. Quality control went out the window also. Many get very discussed with the warranty work they have to have on their new units. We bought our Teton from the original owners. They stated only issue ever was an unsecured fridge. It "wobbled". Came to his home and fixed it. Quality control like this is no longer in industry except for custom build units.
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The A+ rigs would be New Horizons, Space Craft, Continental Coach. But I will probably never own one unless I hit the lottery.

The next in line, A / A- I would say DRV Elite Suites
B+ Other DRV, PI aka Excel, NU WA,
B Trilogy
B- Cardinal, Lifestyle....maybe..

Most of the other mass production units are C or below and well... For a new rig I think are over priced for the quality. I think the best deal is find that high end unit that is slightly used. Good luck!!
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:13 PM   #28
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Check out the new and much improved Heartland Landmark 365, especially designed for full time use. I think you will find that the new LM will be right up there with DRV.
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