Originally Posted by loria
We're looking to by a Bighorn 5er by Heartland. Any thoughts out there? We have keystone Cougar now for trade it's just too small for us.
I would suggest you get down-right personal with any RV you are considering. We owned a 2012 Big Horn and generally, was pleased with the unit for the 3 years we owned it. It was comfortable; it had the same service issues as with any RV. What it did have however, where the typical buyer and many owners don't see, is poor workmanship behind bulkheads and panels where wire ways and water lines are run. The problem was wire and plumbing (PEX tubing) not being secured but simply lying around unsecured as it was run throughout the coach. I found this issue in not only our Big Horn, but also in other brands we looked through. We found pretty much the same lack of quality workmanship in a Jayco Pinnacle that we looked over in Des Moines this past fall. It was built like they were trying to get away from work in a hurry on a Friday afternoon and go home.
After deciding that we wanted to part with the Big Horn last November, we decided we wanted to stay with a 5th wheel for livability/space, and settled down to 2 different rigs, the Mobil Suites and the Dynamax Trilogy. We settled with the Trilogy due mostly to the floor plan, but felt both units had good workmanship where the eye meets the product, and behind bulkheads, i.e. cleanliness of wiring and plumbing, insulation installation, etc. I'm not trying to run the Big Horn in the ground; we enjoyed the rig. I simply feel that quality workmanship and quality assurance is not a priority for many manufactures. Good luck with your inspection and your selection.