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Old 01-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #15
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My general opinion is to avoid anything made by Lippert...LCI. This includes frames and slide systems. But they have made inroads with lots of manufacturers.

With that said, having had both hydraulic slide systems and mechanical gear driven systems, my preference is for the mechanical gear driven system. My first preference is to have no slides, thus no problems with them.

The Redwood is a showy trailer, but you will be disappointed after your King of The Road as for build quality.

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Warren Buffet buys all kinds of companies, the he places highly experienced people in those companies products to "oversee them" and "improve them" if needed. I don't belive the Lipperts follow the same model.
As was said before, any mechanical system can fail, hydraulic or gear driven. I had two fifths with hydraulic rooms, etc, did repairs on both, nothing out of ordinary, leaks, chafed hydraulic line, adjustment. I like the speed of actuation in hydrailics, gear systems take forever.
I had three fifths, two of high quality and a (new) junker in between. Once you owned a high quality fifth like a KOR, you will never be happy with a glitzy "value junker". It will be like an arranged marriage where she looks good in a wedding dress and a full vail. Once you take that dress and vail off, you will discover buck teeth, halitosis and body hair. And a fact that with that marriage "that bride" will be around for a while.
My suggestion would be that you send you current "bride" to a plastic surgeon, do a chin lift and maybe a little botox. Remember "divorces" can be very expensive.

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I would have said Newmar but they are out of the 5ver business.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:26 PM   #17
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DRV is about the only high quality 5ther left in production, excluding custom units. Even they don't compare to Teton and some of the others that are no longer built.
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You need a Newmar 5th wheel after all Newmar invented the first slides.
If you want to find more on their slides look in QT's 1 & 2.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:10 PM   #19
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But Newmar is no longer in the 5th wheel business.
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No Argument From Me.

You will get no argument from me on quality of the Teton and Newmar's They were all in our top picks. I think it was a Torey Pine with the L shaped sofa, RE that was a top pick.

I am left to wonder IF... Any of these greats will come back?

As more FT take to the road, demands for quality are increasing also.
Economic growth on the rise.
More baby boomers retiring and looking for this lifestyle like us.
We certainly want to be able to select from Quality build units.
Our King is fantastic, I think a referb to add a pantry would be one step and the next would be full body paint job.
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Angry Slide outs

Have a 2012 Brookstone 366. The bedroom slide rolls on two little rollers maybe an inch and a quarter in diameter and three inches long. Just a piece of crap, been in the shop three times headed for number 4 as one is not turning. Have already had the outside seals on the slide outs replaced. Soft rubber seals are pinched between the slide out and the hard rubber part of the seal that holds it on. Not rocket science but Forest River products seem to still be using them.
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You will get no argument from me on quality of the Teton and Newmar's They were all in our top picks. I think it was a Torey Pine with the L shaped sofa, RE that was a top pick.

I am left to wonder IF... Any of these greats will come back?

As more FT take to the road, demands for quality are increasing also.
Economic growth on the rise.
More baby boomers retiring and looking for this lifestyle like us.
We certainly want to be able to select from Quality build units.
Our King is fantastic, I think a referb to add a pantry would be one step and the next would be full body paint job.
Sounds like you have a nice unit now-I would consider refurbing it. I think you would be $$$$ ahead. Good luck
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