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Old 08-12-2012, 08:45 PM   #15
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I've checked out some of the companies everyone had to offer, I hope they make better trailers than websites. Most of the more custom manufacturers have terrible archaic web sites, which makes it difficult to compare the products. I found space craft to be very intriguing, but I simply don't like the look of the semi conversions. I think we are going to go with forks continental coaches, I spoke with them, they used solid hard wood for the cabinet faces frames and fronts, as well as real wood floors, granite surfaces and a real residential dishwasher. They seem very eager to work with custom floor plans and expect around a mere 200 thousand out the door, I was explained 175 to 200, better err on heavy side. I am still looking at drv because they offer many of the same things, and because of there stock floor plans, would require less custom work therefore lessening the cost.

The new gmc 1 tons apparently have what it takes to get us around, but I am seriously looking at bigger trucks ie freightliner 550, it's surely a dilemma, who wants to fire up the tractor cab to go gt groceries. On the other hand, because I am accustomed to a motor home, I was interested to see if anyone uses a sleeper cab or totter home to pull their rv? I appreciate everyones input, thanks.
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Yes there was a design issue with the slides which contributed to the slide floor rotting. I was just at the factory a couple of months ago and Bryan told me they redesigned the slides a couple years ago so that issue won't happen again.

Before we bought our Cameo, we looked at a couple of Excels in the 2008 range and passed on them both due to obvious water issues around the slides. Sure hope that they have the problem fixed.

Some of the lower cost trailers are having the same issues with slide floors. I guess they all copy each other. As an engineer I could easily see the problem they were having. Obviously it was not a really well thought out design.

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I've checked out some of the companies everyone had to offer, I hope they make better trailers than websites. Most of the more custom manufacturers have terrible archaic web sites, which makes it difficult to compare the products. I found space craft to be very intriguing, but I simply don't like the look of the semi conversions. I think we are going to go with forks continental coaches, I spoke with them, they used solid hard wood for the cabinet faces frames and fronts, as well as real wood floors, granite surfaces and a real residential dishwasher. They seem very eager to work with custom floor plans and expect around a mere 200 thousand out the door, I was explained 175 to 200, better err on heavy side. I am still looking at drv because they offer many of the same things, and because of there stock floor plans, would require less custom work therefore lessening the cost.

The new gmc 1 tons apparently have what it takes to get us around, but I am seriously looking at bigger trucks ie freightliner 550, it's surely a dilemma, who wants to fire up the tractor cab to go gt groceries. On the other hand, because I am accustomed to a motor home, I was interested to see if anyone uses a sleeper cab or totter home to pull their rv? I appreciate everyones input, thanks.
There's a couple of Excel Wild Cargo owners that use HDTs (Volvos I believe) to haul their trailers. They swear by their HDTs. There is also another Wild Cargo owner that uses a Sport Chasis to haul his trailer. He also swears by his choice. If I could have I would have gone with a Sport Chasis but not ideal for a daily driver thus I went with a new GMC dually. Maybe one of those guys will chime in to discuss their superior trucks!
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Interesting thread !!!

As an observation, I guess it's all relative as MOST people would consider ANY RV a luxury - it's a nice problem to have
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One problem with a high end 5th is it will be very heavy. You will need more than a 1 ton to pull and stop it. On the Escapees site there are a lot of HDT owners and you can get an idea of what they have. Unless you mod it so you can put a Smart car on the back going shopping will be a trip.

But then again, if you are going to spend 200k on a 5th and 60k - 80k on a truck and 12 - 15k on a Smart car why not find a good used high end MH and tow a car? I know if I had that kind of cash to spend i'd be looking at H3 Prevosts....
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I would think going with one of those massive 53' custom's would be for special pupose only.. like maybe going to the race tracks or if a movie star wanted a nice place on site somewhere?? The average campground on the east coast won't be able to fit a rig as long as that around their twisty roads in the campgrounds.

In fact when you get up into 53' trailers there are restrictions in some states on which 2 lane roads you can travel.. If going w/ one of these do some serious homework to see if it will work for you!

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But then again, if you are going to spend 200k on a 5th and 60k - 80k on a truck and 12 - 15k on a Smart car why not find a good used high end MH and tow a car? I know if I had that kind of cash to spend i'd be looking at H3 Prevosts....
Currently we are in a discovery 39l, I must say I absolutely love it, and we pull our Yukon behind it. The only pusher I've found with 2 bedrooms is the fleetwood discovery 42a, eehhh like it? Not so fond of it. So we started looking at fifth wheels, I really didnt want to go that route, but what I've found is fifth wheel designs are much more family friendly, but lack the quality feel of a nice dp. By the way were talking about 250 to 300 not half a million as a a low ball, so those semi trailers are out as well as the custom prevost with four slides.

I'm not after alot of the glitz of a fancy prevost really but I I want the quality fit and materials you would find in a nice home, but who doesn't. I sometimes feel al those shiny surfaces would get cheesy after awhile any way. It seems that this is not too much to ask for, but it apparently comes with sacrifice. I can't even imagine what kind of weight solid cabinets add, not to mention real wood floor, a big dishwasher, and stone surfaces, but we live in our rv much more than we drive it so the scales are leaning towards a fifth wheel.

If only you could triple tow with no issue any where.
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A lot of states have limit of 65' on vehicles, with a 53' trailer and MDT you'll probably be over length.
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Continental Coach is another great choice, I forgot to mention that one.Like you said DRV has a lot of the same features as some of the custom guys at a lesser cost and a much faster turn around time. If you can find the floor plan you like it certainly would not be a bad choice, we have some friends with DRV's and they love them. There towing with 350, 3500 with Cummings and 450.
I was on a dealer site (rvsforless.com) looking at DRV when I found the Titanium line and as you can see that's what we went with.
When it come's time It will be a choice between Excel & DRV but probably Excel Wild Cargo.
Keep us posted.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #24
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Look at Trilogy

We just bought one its 40' will pull it with GMC 3500 2013. Looked at NHorizons, loved their old hickory floor option but did not want to go do my grocery shopping with a big Volvo truck and its a lot more cash. But they do have sometimes used units.
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try redwood rv.com
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