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Old 08-22-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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High End 5th Wheels

Looking for information about any High End 5th wheel manufacturers, their products and of course reviews.

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Old 08-22-2012, 11:08 AM   #2
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Here's a link to the DRV Suites website. After 8 years of ownership, ours is still going strong - I have not even the slightest inclination of trading for anything else.


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Old 08-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #3
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I have a Newmar and love it. But they stopped making 5'ers .

We've looked st DRV and they are great. We were going to look at NuWa but thwey just announced that they plan to cease production in December. Other than DRV and Newmar I would put Excel and New Horizon in the true High End catagory. But that is simply MOHO.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #4
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Look at Lifestyle RV. They are just starting up. You can check them out here:

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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My own choice was to go with the Open Range - Open Range RV: A Whole New Range of Fifth Wheels & Travel Trailers - 386 FLR (38.5' Front Living Room) model. One thing I particularly liked was the amount of storage afforded me by the raised living room up front aand the raised bedroom at the rear as well as 4-season capability.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:23 PM   #6
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We are enjoying our Heartland Landmark. You should check them out too, rated for full time use, 2 year bumper to bumper/5 year frame warraty, cold weather package and many other options.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:38 PM   #7
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I too am looking at 5th wheels. In the throws of selling my DP. The big reason is we like to get back into a 5th as we like to get a little off the beaten track. I'm having a hard time finding something small enough to be handy (30 to 34') with 3 slides, arctic pac, gen ready, lots of food prep or island. They all seem to really like faux oak with medallions to cover the fact they don't make any of it longer than 8'. The other problem-every time I see something I like I find they are out of business, getting out, joining some one else, or they have capitulated to the bean counter and lowered standard to lowest common denominator. I have a SRW 2004 King Ranch crew diesel, that is my other limiting factor. I guess I'm getting stressed. I would like something different inside other than faux oak, there are ways of using real wood that need not add big weight-yeh I know there are other problems with humidity and other not nice things that affect wood- but at least I'd feel it was organic and alive and not a picture of wood. Saw a 34' See Ya Gold that had a real nice layout with walk in closet, made good use of all areas 4 or 5 slides- but they are kaput and have a really bad rep. I like looking at the used models as I feel that tells me what I can expect from a new one. Any advice? I'd like 3 slides, king bed, much water and black water capacity (See Ya had 100gal) Separate bath as a lower priority, genset ready,well insulated, solid frame, better suspension & brakes, booth dinette (works for entertaining)or table, full time rated (we want to head south for a few months of winter), decent water heater capacity, able to put tow hitch on to pull boat in home province. Am I too picky?
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:40 AM   #8
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Don't discount a NuWa. Right now, they are only stopping production Jan-Mar 2013. Their service center will remain open and they will continue to provide warranty service. Not many companies commit to that. Only time will tell if production will start back up again. Our NuWa was not perfect but the warranty work was taken care of without any hassles at all. It is a great company!
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Carriage was pretty much one of the only companies that made higher end fivers in shorter lengths. Lifestyle Luxury RV is carrying on that legacy and have heard very good things about them thus far. So far, they are not making a 31ksls (the shortest Cameo Carriage made), however, they are making a full wall slide that is about 34 feet long called a LS32Fw that is very nice. Their brochure is now available for download. Like you, we wanted a better quality rig but in a shorter length and bought a 2011 Cameo 31ksls and are very happy with it. Good luck, Phillip
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The Excel Winslow 28RKW is less than 30' and you can get it optioned out just like you want.

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Nu wa champayne is a good start!
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The following statement was recently released by Michael Mitchell, CEO of NuWa:


Limited Time To Order A New HitchHiker

The number of "build" orders being taken by NuWa is not supporting efficiency of the production department. Rather than continue to fund and operate the production department at a loss, I have made the decision to "not" accept "to build" orders after September 15th, 2012. The intent is to complete orders “in house” by Christmas, as the Winter months of January, February and March do not provide enough production activity to justify retaining production staff. Whether this termination of production is temporary or permanent, I do not yet know, but our experience so far is that we cannot generate enough new unit sales to support efficient or breakeven production. This decision goes against management’s desire to retain jobs for our dedicated employees and our community, but shareholders cannot continue to fund the production inefficiencies.

The full statement is available HERE.

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Old 08-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #13
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New Horizons makes 5th wheels that should fit what you are looking for. They will customize any of their standard layouts to fit your requirements

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Old 08-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #14
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Excel will also work with you to modify and customize an existing model. And you even get to work with Brian, the President for this. How many businesses can you say give you that touch? We've had our Excel since 2005 and will get another Excel whenever this one wears out. Well worth the investment for a quality made product with some of the best customer care and service you could ask for. Go to Smith Center Kansas and take a plant tour. You'll be sold.

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