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Old 08-01-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Luxury fifth wheel rv

I currently live in a pusher, but recently had a child. I am considering moving to a fifth wheel because they have much more residential feel and can be found with a second bedroom, but I don't want it to feel like a camper. Basically I am looking for the prevost of fifth wheels, so far my research has found drv elite suites to be the closest. My question is what manufacturers create the finest, most spacious mobile residence available?
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Newmar, but you'll have to find a used one as they quit making new ones earlier this year. Very heavy and expensive too.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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I found continental coach, which I think trump drv. Money is not that much of an issue considering we prepared ourselves for a new pusher. I was looking at a one ton Sierra Denali with nearly 800 torque and 400 hp(which I might add is slightly more than the c7 cat in my pusher) and around 6000 payload, but typically I've noticed the use of tractor cabs being used for these larger, nearly park models. I am interested in input on trucks/tractors for pulling the beast I so desire as well.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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Along with DRV, you might try:
LIFESTYLE Luxury RV

The management and engineering team from Carriage went there. Trailers look nice and they are working hard.

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I see no one has mentioned the Majestic line by New Horizons RV. These are wide body custom design RV's, by wide body they mean the coach is 102" wide before slides are opened up.
Here is a link to their site. http://www.horizonsrv.com/
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I second New Horizons. If money is no problem you can have them build a unit to your spec's.
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Excel is a custom high-end 4 season manufacturer. We looked at New Horizons before we bought our Excel Wild Cargo and chose Excel because of their construction. http://www.excelrvs.com/resources/videos. Watch their constructions videos and compare.

We are also full timers and have an eight month old baby. Our unit is a toy hauler that we converted the 'toy' area to a second bedroom for our baby. Here's a link of some pics from before we took delivery - New Wild Cargo 41GKE. We did a lot of custom work so if you have questions please ask. Since these pics were taken we have done quite a bit more custom work.

And incidentally, our trailer measures 45ft long and weighs in at 20,000 fully loaded. We also have a 2012 GMC Denali 3500 DRW and we are within weight ratings for the truck.
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I think this might be worth a look, Thor Redwood. Not tippy-top dollar, but very respectable in terms of overall ammenities: Redwood - Redwood Residential Vehicles
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What a great position to be in.
I spent an enormous amount of time researching and the conclusion I came to was that the top and best of the best are New Horizon, Excel (on my short list) DRV, Marathon Homes, Space Craft MFG.
The DVR Atlanta is a two bedroom unit with a very nice layout.
As mentioned before New Horizon will lay it out how ever you want it.
Space Craft has a 53' Semi Trailer that can be built as you wish, my wife and I came up with a tree bedroom layout and they had no problem with it. Also they where the only company that could build a two bedroom with a toy hauler that I liked.

I am a toy hauler kinda guy, I do like the MPRV (multi purpose RV) but that's just me.

I would encourage you to look at all the websites for mentioned manufactures, call the custom guys and have a blast .

O Yea Freightliner Sport Chassis is really the only truck to tow those big boys

Looking forward to the comments and your follow up in this thread.
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I currently live in a pusher, but recently had a child. I am considering moving to a fifth wheel because they have much more residential feel and can be found with a second bedroom, but I don't want it to feel like a camper. Basically I am looking for the prevost of fifth wheels, so far my research has found drv elite suites to be the closest. My question is what manufacturers create the finest, most spacious mobile residence available?
Excel makes fine 5th wheels. They are designed for full time use and will not void your warranty if you live in it full time like some other manufacturers.
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drfife,

Has Excel got the leaks and slide floor rot problems cured yet. Still seeing some Excel units with rotted floors.
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Has Excel got the leaks and slide floor rot problems cured yet. Still seeing some Excel units with rotted floors.
They solved that problem a few years back.
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They solved that problem a few years back.
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.
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