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Old 01-09-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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Full timing 5er questions

We've been essentially full-timing for about 2 1/2 years and are currently living in a 2011 Forest River Cedar Creek 36RE. We really like this 5er and it has some winter upgrades such as a tank heater but it does not have double pane windows, wrapped pipes, etc. I'm interested in knowing anyone's recommendation as to what are considered the best full-time 5ers? We generally live in Oklahoma but spend some time in Amarillo and north Texas.

Also, this 5er has Lippert auto leveling and we're hearing nearly constant popping from below the coach........sounds like it could be in the leveling system but I'm not sure. Has anyone experienced this and know what it is?

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The popping could be the heat ducts moving as they heat and cool off. I'm in a keystone Alpine fulltime but on Lake Michigan so the weather isn't too bad but no problems
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A full time coach also relates to warm/hot weather needs in addtion to cold. Check out Excel 5th wheels. Fully approved and built for full time use. there is a big difference in rigs built for full time use.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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We full time with a loaded Cedar Creek, with the double pane windows, and have been down to 6 degrees no problem. I run the fireplace and an Infrared heater and keep it 76 no problem. I run the propane heater ever now then to warm the floor, Not sure what the popping is, should be able to follow the sound and find it, my leveling is't making the noise. I fill a Cedar Creeks hard to beat for the money, the new Holiday Rambler Presidential will be a great step up from a CC.
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My unit has Level-Up 6 point leveling. I leveled at the end of May, rechecked mid June, in July had to tweak the unit. Lived in the unit until mid Oct. Never heard any trailer noise or popping.
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The noise is in the level up, this has been a project for years for Lippert. Some have used blocking under the pistons to prevent it.

I see lots of Cedar Creeks and Cardinals used by FTers. I feel Heartland product with 12" frame are better units with 7k axles and G tires.
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The noise is in the level up, this has been a project for years for Lippert. Some have used blocking under the pistons to prevent it.

I see lots of Cedar Creeks and Cardinals used by FTers. I feel Heartland product with 12" frame are better units with 7k axles and G tires.
The bigger Creeks have the same frame size and axles and G614 tires.
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