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Old 01-03-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Talking looking to buy my first 5er "need input"

I've looked at several trailers an Astrea Collins by Beaver Coach, can't find if they ever made the 5er. 2 of the Jayco's that we saw had problems with the seperation in the passanger side and rear edge comming apart, Is this a Designe flaw or improper care? Which Manifucturers are the best? What problems have you had?
I'm looking for a 28 to 32 foot 5er. which brands should I stay away from?
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2 of the Jayco's that we saw had problems with the seperation in the passanger side and rear edge comming apart, Is this a Designe flaw or improper care? Which Manifucturers are the best?
First, since this is your initial post, welcome to iRV2. We're glad to have you join us.

Are these new or used Jaycos you're describing? Which model - Jay Feather, Eagle, Designer or ??? Jayco has an excellent reputation at its price point - we've owned three and never had a problem with delamination or separation. Are you sure you're not looking at physical damage on that rear corner, like someone snagging it on a curb or something? What does the dealer or selling individual say about it?

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Welcome to iRv2. For the size trailers you are looking at, Jayco and Arctic Fox are both good brands to look at. With any trailer there is a certain amount of maintenance required to keep the RV in good shape.

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seam seperation

the jayco trailers I looked at were both designier series one was a 30-30 RKS the other a 32-30 RKS. the 30-30 looked like they may have caught it on something. I'm looking for a used fiver from 1995 to 2000.
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We owned a 1996 Designer 3030RKSS and a 2000 Designer XL 3610RLTS. Regardless of brand, the condition of a 5th wheel of that age is going to be primarily determined by the maintenance it has had and the severity of the life it has led.

In case you weren't aware of it, Designers through the 2000 model year had wood-framed superstructures while Designers from 2001 up have aluminum-framed superstructures. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

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Everybody says Jayco is good, but IMHO I have ot been impressed with their overall quality. Northwood builds an excellent trailer, but again the money is in the build quality not the interior looks. It really depends on how much your budget is. Lots of people will chime in that theirs is best. And for them it probably is.
What YOU need to do is go shopping. Start by gathering brochures. Eliminate ones that do not offer a floor plan that YOU can be comfortable in. Next start comparing build styles. Aluminum framing will over the life of the RV offer far fewer problems/issues. Next is to look at whether YOU can be comfortable in the floor plan for extended periods of time. IS there a place for the garbage can in the kitchen? Can everybody sit and watch TV without straining their necks? Can someone actually cook a meal in the kitchen? How about sitting on the throne? Or taking a shower?? Well you get the idea.
Once you have your choices narrowed down to a few choices, please come back and post the brands and models. Someone will surely jump in and give you opinions.
One last thought. Be very careful about what size fiver you choose and make sure you do not over load your tow vehicle.
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Don is right on with his post. I wish I would have considered an Arctic Fox. They have a very similar floor plan to my current 5ver but better opitions.
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I have called and or E-mailed several of the manufacturers and I know how the structures are built now. But they don't have brochures on anything older then about 2000. Now Jayco did send me information, but they were the only ones. Thats why I started this thread is to learn as much as I can about the older trailers.
I own a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 HD with the Diesel Quad Cab Long bed. I will have to set it up to pull doubles. and I plan on not going over 10,000 lb trailer
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I am a firm believer that we all want to start at the top with out paying any dues for experience. My first fiver I purchased was five years old and was in good shape. I did this on purpose so I then could look around and see what others had for their brand, model and what extras they had. I lived in that one for almost a year and lost no money trading it for my first new one. I am not going to tell you what brand is good or not, but get a good used one and then decide what direction you want to go. That way it will not cost you lots of money to learn about fivers. Good luck!!
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Here is a good place to look around and get some ideas.

fifth wheel jayco, eBay Motors, 26 - 35ft. Great deals on eBay!

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I ended up buying a 1996 Carri-Lite emerald series 5er RKS630
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We owned a 1996 Designer 3030RKSS and a 2000 Designer XL 3610RLTS. Regardless of brand, the condition of a 5th wheel of that age is going to be primarily determined by the maintenance it has had and the severity of the life it has led.

In case you weren't aware of it, Designers through the 2000 model year had wood-framed superstructures while Designers from 2001 up have aluminum-framed superstructures. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

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Not Excels we have metal frames with wood sides on ours, they're tough and built to last.
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Not Excels we have metal frames with wood sides on ours, they're tough and built to last.
You may have misinterpreted my statement regarding the Jayco Designers. They have steel frames as well, but the superstructure framing was (as in your Excels) wood through the 2000 model year, switching to aluminum in the 2001 and up model year. Each superstructure construction material (wood and aluminum) has advantages and disadvantages. I personally don't think either is a deal-breaker, but the marketplace at Jayco's price point had lambasted wood superstructures as prone to rot in the event of water intrusion.

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