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Old 11-17-2007, 10:12 AM   #15
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If you're just starting to look, I'd recommend going to as many shows as possible. One of the biggest in the country is the RV Show in Hershey PA. Imagine having almost every manufacturer on the market having a few of their models there.

We took a note pad, a digital camera and spnet 8 full hours comparing everything there was to offer. You'd be surprised when you can compare them like that, how shoddy some of them are made with just the simplest of materials.

Make sure they will pull in the slides so you get a feel what it is like when you'll be traveling. One friends of our hate their camper as they have to squeeze through a very small opening to get to the bathroom with the slide closed. SOmething they never thought of till they had made the purchase. This makes a big deal if you're traveling and just pull over to have some lunch and use your own bathroom.

Good Luck
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jacobs family:
Just starting to research the brands and types of fifth wheels out there. How did you come to the one that was perfect for you? Did you go with the brand, floor plan or something else I haven't thought of yet? Just wondering the different ways to go about this. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>\\\

think long and hard about where you want to sleep and sit , how much kitchen space you want and how many you need to sleep all the time and how many need to sleep some times. then find a floor plan from a good quality built MFG. like Arctic fox , holiday rambler , Nash . High quality trailer will have option list , think about will I use this in cold weather (I use mine all winter for snowmobiling) insulation and thermopane windows are a must for winter but nice for summer to. Living area for late night comfort is key... Insulated / room darkening blinds are also a nice add on. My Dad got a sunline that lacks all of this but "looks nice" , think ahead and enjoy for a long time.
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Old 11-24-2007, 05:13 PM   #17
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I can't beat everyone else's suggestions. They are right on the mark. Only thing I've been doing in addition is digging around the Internet to get a good idea of brand quality, warranty service, longevity, and loyalty by their owners. Most brands have owners forums on the internet or at Yahoo Groups. I've really learned a lot, and have eliminated some brands from consideration by reading about the problems their owners have had.

Good luck, and just make sure you are comfortable with your purchase. If you are, then you have bought the best brand for you! Enjoy it!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jacobs family:
Just starting to research the brands and types of fifth wheels out there. How did you come to the one that was perfect for you? Did you go with the brand, floor plan or something else I haven't thought of yet? Just wondering the different ways to go about this. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>We based our purchase on floorplan, brand, and lastly, the dealer. Bathroom access while in transit was important to us. A bunkhouse with a TV shelf gives the kids their own bedroom.

Amazing how many floorplans out there that provide poor visibility to the TV in the living area. Those floorplans did not get a second look.

Counterspace, a super slide, and a full walk-around bed were additional "must haves".
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Old 11-25-2007, 11:22 AM   #19
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Check out pplmotorhomes.com in Houston. It is a consignment lot with lots of RVs(everything from junk to pristeen RVs). We bought our 5th wheel there. Of course, if you are lookin for a new one, then, nevermind(lol).
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Some quick hints:
<LI>Use manufacturers websites.
<LI>get the manufacturer to email you the MSRP
cost sheets (NOT THE DEALERS!)
<LI>when you deal, get 20% to 30% off the MSRP.
<LI>dont buy at "show special price" it will only be about 19% off MSRP.
<LI>order the rig with the options you want. Dont buy a floor or show model.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:19 AM   #21
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For my wife and I we wrote down what we wnated in a floor plan first. Then we wrote down what would be nice to have but not a deal breaker. Then researced on the internet for floorplans that we felt met the criteria. Then dealer vist to see them.
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