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Old 08-30-2012, 09:11 PM   #15
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As another poster said, check out the Drv Suites owners website. A pretty loyal bunch and there must be a reason for that. Many are on their 2nd or 3rd Drv. We bought a Drv Mobile Suite last fall after owning a Drv Select Suites for 5 years and fulltiming. There's a thread for prospective owners to ask any question you like. Good luck
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:18 PM   #16
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Looking for information about any High End 5th wheel manufacturers, their products and of course reviews.
Here is a site that I used to look at MH's. You can purchase their data base for TT's, 5ers, Mh's etc. I found it to be VERY informative and a big help making my decision on which rig to buy.

https://www.rv.org
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #17
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The Keystone Alpine has so much beauty inside and a huge basement you will think your in a hotel room with a garage. They only use real wood and every corner has a cabnet door placed over it to make use of the empty space. All the cupboard doors open from both sides and they even thought of a special spot for the garbage can. The prices NuWay and DRV charge will give you heart burn but Alpine gives you your moneys worth and some change.
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I purchased a 2012 Alpine 3600RS and have ben happy with the fit and finish with only minor issues to be resolved. The convection microwave is wonderful to cook in. I had a custom mattress made for the 70 X 80 bedroom as the original did not sleep very good! All in all I love m new Alpine!
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:12 AM   #19
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Looking for information about any High End 5th wheel manufacturers, their products and of course reviews.
I would suggest you review each of those listed and generate a spreadsheet. List each item highlighted in the the spec sheet. This will give an apple to apple comparison. If there is a blank then call to get the answer. My quick review of these above mentioned manufacturers raised some questions.
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We looked at a new Alpine earlier this year and decided we got a much better quality on a used Carriage Cameo. The ALpine was prettier with more glitz, but not as well built. Also the bath on the Alpines were lacking in space and storage.

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Old 09-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #21
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Not trying to start something but Open Range is NOT high end. They where on my short list for a while but the build quality of the units we went through (and I mean went through) was not in line with there price structure.

As mentioned Excel, DRV, New Horizon, Continental Couch and NUWA are a few very well built rigs.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #22
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We are shopping & the Excel looks good (also born in Kansas, go Jayhawks)
I don't see a Tub/Shower option, the wife wants the tub for soaking...
Kind of strange....
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i think Excel offers tub/shower combo. You can talk with Excel President Brian about modifying a floor plan to include tub/shower. He and his staff with chat with you personally about what you want. Always good to go to their website and create a Design Your Own and submit it. That gives Brian or Ralph a better idea of what you want. We are Excel owners since 2005 and full timers . Love the company and the people; our home on wheels is second to none.
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Look at Lifestyle RV. They are just starting up. You can check them out here:

LIFESTYLE Luxury RV
Boy they sure look a lot like the Carriage product line; and if so, would make a very nice home on wheels.
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Look at Lifestyle RV. They are just starting up. You can check them out here:

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Looks like they are using 6000 lbs axles only
My unit has 7000lbs axle and to me its the one reason I do own a heartland product

I went to an RV show in Tampa and looked at every high end units that was possibly better build then ours and I was the only one opening basement doors, and looking under for desent framing.
They all walked in the units and said Ohhhhh, well that is not inspecting product manufacturing quality. A good product has to have good base to sit on, and cover to protect it also.
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I loked at a brand new Lifestyle at a local dealer. It was very pretty with the full body paint but it had a tiny underbelly storage. Way less that I require to hold all my stuff.... I'm a full timer. It did have the little chair storage compartment like Carriage had.

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Looks like they are using 6000 lbs axles only
My unit has 7000lbs axle and to me its the one reason I do own a heartland product

I went to an RV show in Tampa and looked at every high end units that was possibly better build then ours and I was the only one opening basement doors, and looking under for desent framing.
They all walked in the units and said Ohhhhh, well that is not inspecting product manufacturing quality. A good product has to have good base to sit on, and cover to protect it also.
I was at the Hershey show on Friday and looked a LS37IK over real well. It is on par with what the NEWMAR Mountian Aire was.
As to the axles I was just reading the specs, and it say's 7000 lb axles Standard. Youcan also have the Moryde IS independant suspension installed, and then you have no axles.
This had to be the BEST rig I looked at all day, and we looked at DRV, KZ, and a whole bunch more.
Just my opinion, but for sure it is NICE.
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The management team at LifeStyle is the ones from Carriage. Evergreen is the parent and started up production and they sure like my Cameo.

Thor bought the Carriage name only and will probably bring out a cheaper namesake under the Redwood line.

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