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Old 02-23-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Looking for used 5th Wheel... 30 ft. plus

New to the forum...
We are full timing in a 31ft Winnie Chieftain on Lake Travis in Austin...
The wife feels cramped so shopping for a good used 5th Wheel...
Will buy in the Austin area & have towed to our campgrounds...
Don't intend to travel with it...
Looking for at least 32 feet with at least a living room slide....
On a budget so will have to buy an older 5th. wheel...

Can you recomend a manufacteur where I will not need to do constant repairs...

Many thanks in advance...
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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FWIW, the Keystone Montana has been the best selling 5th wheel for 10 consecutive years.
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We had a Snowbird made by NuWa and they have excellent knowledgeable parts people. They helped us and explained how to fix some things even though our correct parts were no longer available. They continue to make the Hitchhiker line of Fifth wheels.
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FWIW, the Keystone Montana has been the best selling 5th wheel for 10 consecutive years.
Going to avoid Keystone, some bad reports... :(
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For a full time unit, look at HitcHiker or Carriage Cameo units.

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:52 PM   #6
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NuWay Snowbird (1998) for $13,000 at PPL in Texas...
Looks interesting...
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There's bad reports on all units. Keystone Alpine here and dollar for dollar I don't think it could be beat. But not cheap they don't lose value too fast. Fulltiming with 0 problams
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Glad you joined us. Hope you enjoy the site. Good luck in your search for the 5'er and hope you find the one that fits your needs. Have a great time when you do find it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:30 PM   #9
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NuWay HitchHiker II

I found a 1997 NuWay HitchHiker II (31RLBG) local for $7,800
May take less on an offer...
Its a 32 foot with 2 slides...

From my research to date the NuWay is a good 5th wheel...??____________

Comments would be appreciated...
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We looked at anew Alpine, and bought a nice used Cameo...betterbuilt.

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Our budget is $8,000 or less as we want to pay cash & have NO payments...
We have to stay with the older Nu Wa or same quality...
Not planning on traveling, will full time at a nice camp on Lake Travis near Austin...
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I don't think there is any brand that you could purchase used or new that would not have some issues--based on forum comments. Used, it really is dependent on what care/maintenance it has had. Roof leaks are something to carefully look for on older units and condition of refrigerator.
Put in the budget to replace the fridge if it goes out, and consider a residential unit since you will be connected to power all the time.
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We full time in a 2011 Keystone Cougar 318SAB, since summer of 2010.
We live on the east coast of Vancouver Island, with average daytime highs of +4-9C (39-50F) & lows of +4 to -4C (39-23F).

We have had loads of persnickety issues, like::

• nuisance irreparable leaky shower, [had dealer service - no joy; had factory trained mobile RV service guy tried & retried 5 times, no joy; problem persists since new.

• this winter moulding on the inside of bedroom closet, wall and carpet, and clothes touching that sloped part inside closet - ruined $2000+ (suits & shoes),

• POURING condensation off bedroom window on wife's side, of course! - if left alone, mould sets up in days, in the trenches, and metal track areas;

• Toilet trap door leaked from beginning. Won't hold water. Was told grease would help. Enquired as to what kind of grease? "Don't use Vaseline," but no answers from 4 dealers, and service centres!

• short large sized rubber gaskets at the slide outs (horizontal gap between exterior overlap edge and wall of slide out plate extension around entire slide out, simply fall out, due to no glue to hold fastened against the overlap.

• all window sills quickly build mould in all the tracks, despite bi-weekly cleaning by my "clean-freak" better half, who considers cleaning a pleasure, but all this mould is "gross and disgusting" even to her - bless her soul!

• insulation must be missing, ;-() -since the consumption of LP, when using the furnace is about 30#/wk. Thank God for electric space heaters that keep up, for about 1/2 the $$!

• impossible to stabilize to eliminate rockin' 'n' rollin'! My beloved's inner ear is hyper sensitive, so it's worse for her, than for me, but try as we might, we cannot move around without affecting movement for all other creatures in the ark! Just recently heard (thru Good Sam) of a system which, if it's all it's cracked up to be, ought to be standard equipment on all 5-ers! Can't vouch for it, but will check on it. If it convinces me, I'll let you all know.

I wonder if I should get a job writing manuals?
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Thanks, will avoid Keystone....

We are leaning towards the Nu Way HitchHiker II, a 1998 or so...
There are several in our area to take a look...
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