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Old 01-11-2015, 08:33 PM   #15
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Don't forget to check out the NuWa fifthwheels. Very nice construction and quite a few people full timing in them. They have a forum also if you want to check out some comments there. NuWa RV Owners' Information Exchange

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Old 01-11-2015, 09:41 PM   #16
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Don't forget to check out the NuWa fifthwheels. Very nice construction and quite a few people full timing in them. They have a forum also if you want to check out some comments there. NuWa RV Owners' Information Exchange
Very true if you are looking at used. NuWa ceased production a couple of years ago. They are now building new ones again but not at their facility. Excel is building the HitchHikers for them, at least they were as of a few months ago, and should be very good quality. I don't think they have a dealer network and can only be bought at Kansas RV Center as far as I know. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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Old 01-11-2015, 11:58 PM   #17
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Check out Grand Design RV's. I've got a 2014 Solitude 369RL, 39'. I've got about 10,000 trouble free miles so far, and totally pleased with it. When we were shopping, we went to the Portland RV. About the third unit in was a GD Solitude. We checked it out pretty close, but had probably over 100 more to look at. Every other one we looked at, we were always comparing to the Solitude.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:10 AM   #18
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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

I leave tomorrow for Tampa, and the RV show beginning Wed. I plan to act on all of your suggestions. Thank-you.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:49 AM   #19
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Peterson Industries (Excel) always has units at Tampa. Don't know what they are showing this year.

We have FTed 8 years now, all in Excel. As mentioned, dual panes, very heavy in- house frame, 8000 lb axels with 17.5 wheels and disc brakes, and fiberglass roof. We have traveled through out the US, Canada, (including Newfoundland) and all over Alaska.

We stayed with Excel on our 2nd FT rig as the customer service was second to none.

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Old 01-12-2015, 08:00 AM   #21
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Whoooaaa… you guys are scaring me.

jimcumminsw - Jim,

So what units would you look at for full-timing?

A lot of comments on iRV2 forums about dual pane windows losing seal & fogging… I’m starting to think single-pane windows would be a smarter long-term choice? The insulation value is not that much worse.

Don’t plan to be in freezing weather very often (if at all), but I do understand the importance of a well insulated unit.
I will not recommend any manufacture since they all have the +/- built into them.

What I do look at are the features built into them such as frame size and welding of said frame and the component manufactures use. I tend to look at Fit and Finish a lot since that will tell me a lot about the manufacture and their units.

On frames are there weld berries or slag inclusion left behind where visible. Are welds under size for the section size of the tubes and plates welding on them. Inside on the wood working side what type of draw slides are being used it is a face frame style light duty or a full drawer support. Are the drawers just but jointed or dove tail and or a box joint. Are the floors spongy if so than the flooring is only 3/8 thick and will not support full time living in the trailer over time.

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What are you going to pull this big dog with? I would carefully review in great detail the tow truck it will take. If your going to be residential then the 5th must be at least a 40 footer and at least 18000GVWR. This in my opinion warrants a F-450/550 or something equal to. I too have reviewed the "coach vs. 5r", not sure what is worth it. I say I like the floor plans of fifth wheels better. Do you want to tow a car behind the coach or tow a fifth wheel behind the truck?
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Northwood - the Arctic Fox - high quality, less bling..
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We've had our Landmark for 1 month of continuous living, and no problems. So far it's the highest quality 5er , or TT we've had by far. You will pay for it though. It's rated for 365 all season.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:18 PM   #26
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If you will be in cold weather a 5th wheel will be insulated better than a motor home. Motorhomes for the most part are not insulated that well.

Look for axle weight capacity...7,000 lb axles or 8,000 lb axles and 17.5" wheels, dual pane windows, have at least a 12" thick I-Beam frame or better yet a boxed frame. DRV Mobile Suits have 3.5" walls. Excel still uses wooded frames, both claim to be insulated well.

Custom 5th wheels are Forks RV, Spacecraft, New Horizons.

Enjoy the Tampa Show
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Thanks for the inputs.

I am at the Tampa RV show today, Thursday 15 Jan. I will be looking all day today at 5th wheels... the one you guys have suggested.

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Go by the Heartland booth where you can talk to other owners and get their direct input on their trailers.

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