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Old 03-02-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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Full time 5th wheel

Was thinking of going full time in a 5th wheel. what would be some good top brands for full timers ? What kind of life expectancy would some off the top manufactures have ? Some of the 5th wheels we have looked at are 150k down to 60k we didnt know if more expensive would last longer or just more luxury . Thanks in advance for any info to help
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Seeing that this was your first post,

There are a number of manufacturers who specialize in full-time 5th wheels - and you're right, you have to look beyond the superficial "foo-foo" to find out about the structural design, construction, quality of materials and components selected, etc. That's what separates a full-time rig from perfectly nice seasonal, vacation or weekend RVs that won't stand up to the long-term rigors of full-time use.

I'd suggest checking out the DRV Suites (formerly Doubletree RV) lineup ranging from (bottom to top) the Tradition (Select Suites), Mobile Suites and Elite Suites to get an idea of the construction that goes into a full-time rig.


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Yes drv mobile and elite suites is what is top of our list right now . Just didn't know if spending money on that unit , would hold up to full timing for years to come . Thanks for the info
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I would suggest you give Nuwa at Nuwa.com a look. They have the high end full time Champagne units. Great customer support and service. I would also caution on the DRV. Nothing necessarily wrong them, good high end manufacturer with some great floor plans. Just be aware they have had some QA issues at least up until 2011. Don't know about current.
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I would also caution on the DRV. Nothing necessarily wrong them, good high end manufacturer with some great floor plans. Just be aware they have had some QA issues at least up until 2011. Don't know about current.
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Just remember, Full Time 5th Wheel generally equates to Heavy which means a good HD TV to handle it and more than likely a 1 ton Dually minimum. Check out some of the other RV Forums, there are folks Full Timing in everything from Class Bs and small TT to 40 foot 5th Wheels and 45 foot DPs. See what looks like will work the best for you.
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Try a used Teton, they are the top of the line for fulltiming, very well built for full time living and made to last. Teton is no longer in business not that you would ever need anything that is Teton specific. All of the equipment, appliances, and furniture is standard RV. The only thing that might be needed that would be Teton specific would be the front and rear ends caps if you wrecked it.
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We have had very good luck with three Heartland trailers, 2 Bighorn models and now a Landmark Grand Canyon, both warranted for full time use. Heartland has outstanding customer support and a very active owners forum.
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We have a 2011 Keystone Alpine and just ending our second winter without any problems. They are about 1/2 the price of the HIGH END models and you could upgrade to a new and different one and still spend less.
A new Alpine can be had for under $50k and has lots of storage.

Whatever you get I would get the heat pump ,ours has cut the propane use to nearly nothing. Has worked well down to about 28 depending on the humidity and will automatically switch to furnace if it's too cold out for it
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Was thinking of going full time in a 5th wheel. what would be some good top brands for full timers ? What kind of life expectancy would some off the top manufactures have ? Some of the 5th wheels we have looked at are 150k down to 60k we didnt know if more expensive would last longer or just more luxury . Thanks in advance for any info to help
The term ďfull timersĒ holds so many hidden options itís hard to make valid recommendations to an unknown situation.

For us, full timing was being constantly on the go for more than four and a half years, never staying in one place longer than a few months at a time and never being in extremely hot/cold weather. We did 43 states and put something like 70,000 miles on our fiver. We went with a mid-level trailer to keep the weight down low but still add needed options (our needs) and stay within the safe operating parameters of a 1 ton dually truck. Surprisingly our trailer choice - with few exceptions - has been very durable and after nearly 10 years itís still with us.

So what Iím saying here is plan according to trailer usage. An all weather unit is highly desirable. The newer 1 ton trucks are still out classed when it comes to large top dollar fifth wheel trailers. We have never had a MDT so cannot compare their comfort, expense, usability and durability or maneuverability in the grocery store parking lots. Our dually is pretty wide and long but we always managed to find parking space.

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p.s. The nice thing about a fiver is it doesnít have to go to the shop for servicing and can be parked just about anywhere it will fit. Here is a blog of some Military campgrounds we have parked at.

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As others have said there are a few different "full time" 5th wheels out there and most are good units. I was seeking the same thing up to about 2 months ago. The best RV for you will be determained by price and what kind of truck you'll use for pulling.

I didn't want to buy a dually so I went with the Redwood. They seem well put together, were offering some great deals and I didn't want a dually. I'm sure there are others out there to consider and I don't believe in bashing other units.

Take your time and visit all of the forums that are associated with each brand. Some are more friendly than others but they all are helpful.

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Try the Escapees Forum

The Escapees Discussion Forum is mostly fulltimers. You can find them at Escapees Discussion Forum. You should be able to get lots of good advice there.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:11 PM   #13
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We have been fulltimers for 10 years. We Have a 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 40 foot 5th wheel with four slides. We pull it with a FL60 and have a Jeep Wrangler for a toad. Ours still looks great and we are very happy in our home.
Newmar no longer makes a Mountain Aire 5th wheel but does make a Kountry Aire.
I would also look at New Herizon at Junction City, Kansas. They are made to order.
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