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Old 12-13-2015, 11:44 PM   #1
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Cadillac of 5th wheel

We don't know. That's what we're asking.

We've explored class A for a while. And are not sure if that's how we will go. Just starting a fifth wheel search and am a little (a lot) overwhelmed by the number of manufacturers, the styles and the prices.

What manufacturers stand out for producing a good full-timer rv? And are there any exorbitant types - i.e. Newell, Prevost, etc...

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Old 12-13-2015, 11:51 PM   #2
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p.s. - the Redwood RW39FL, front living area, was cool. Any more like that?

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Old 12-14-2015, 10:43 AM   #4
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Augusta RV - Luxury Full-Time Use 5th Wheel Trailers
These people are making a high end fifth wheel. I looked at a couple, but they are way above my comfort level.
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:52 AM   #5
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I would stay VERY far away from Redwood.
Beautiful, all the bells and whistles, supposedly upscale, but we had 18 months of ownership horror that almost made us stop rv'ing altogether.
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Look at the Heartland Landmark 365. There are several floor plans available and are rated and warranted for full time use.
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Totally agree about Redwood. Some friends of ours bought a brand new one and nothing but problems since they had it!
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:52 AM   #8
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Take a look at Continental Coach by Forks RV. Home of Continental Coach by ForksRV
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:14 PM   #9
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Take a look at Augusta RV. They build the Luxe and Ambition high end 5th wheels. Both are rated and warrantied for Full-Timing. Plus they are factory direct so you get a better price, product, and service.
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Take a look at Continental Coach by Forks RV. Home of Continental Coach by ForksRV

Looking at fifth wheels that are out of my budget, these are my favorite.
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just looking today at some pics I got on twitter from KZ of the gold series.....some pretty nice units although maybe not quite as upscale as some of these but nice either way.

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I really liked that floor plan.
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:45 PM   #12
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Thanks, all. We've been looking at all your suggestions. This is fun.
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:17 PM   #13
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We started researching several years ago. Although we ultimately went with a MH, we're back to checking out the possibility of a towable. Some of what we learned still applies.

1. An RV has been described as a rolling earthquake. That's not too far from the truth. A quality coach will be built to minimize the ill effects of this.

2. A high quality coach will be fairly heavy, and that means that it needs a strong frame. Some manufacturers will use an I-beam frame, while others use box beams. The I-beam is cheaper to build, but those who use the box beams say they are stronger.

3. Since you are looking at coaches with gross weights of 15-25,000 pounds you will need a strong truck. At the low end you can probably get by with an F350-class, while at the high end you will be looking at a modified Class 8. Some people go with the Class 8 trucks and a SmartCar mounted on it. That gives an economical car for a daily driver, and the big truck for hauling the big coach. Others have one person drive the big truck with the big coach and the other person drive another vehicle for the daily driver.

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