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Old 01-30-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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We are considering going from a MH to a 5er. What are the best brands that offer the main bath on the main floor. The wife is concerned if something happens to either of us that would hamper our ability to climb the steps to take a shower, as most 5ers have the main bath on the upper level. Thanks.
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Old 01-30-2016, 01:43 PM   #2
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We are considering going from a MH to a 5er. What are the best brands that offer the main bath on the main floor. The wife is concerned if something happens to either of us that would hamper our ability to climb the steps to take a shower, as most 5ers have the main bath on the upper level. Thanks.
Most of these units will be front living room with the bedroom and main bath on lower floor with the kitchen. Forest River makes some such as their Cedar Creek 38FL6 and the Cardinal 3825FL. Another one would be the Columbus 381FL.
I am sure there are others but I know of these units. The Cedar Creeks and Cardinals along with the Columbus units have received high marks from their owners.
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That is an interesting question--is there some particular situation that is leading to your line of thought?
No matter what fiver you would get, some oft-used part of it is going to be on the upper level. It occurs to me that if you were to get a front-living fiver, then whatever the handicap that comes along, your use of the upper part would be limited.
Perhaps one of the newer, longer 3-slide travel trailers would be an option?
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The wife is concerned if something happens to either of us that would hamper our ability to climb the steps to take a shower, as most 5ers have the main bath on the upper level. Thanks.
If you are concerned about climbing 3 stairs to take a shower, how are you planning to get up the steps leading into the trailer from the outside? If you are that feeble maybe RV'ing isn't for you.
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For handicap-accessible, there are more options in motorhomes than 5th wheels.

A toy-hauler might be a way to look, as many have a second bath on the main floor, and the garage can become a bedroom. Worst case, it also has a ramp out the back for getting in and out.
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Well Happy, I'm glad to report that neither of us are feeble, at least not at this time. I did have both knees replaced a year ago, but now the only problem is kneeling on hard surfaces. But, as the DW says, you never know. We are planning on selling our house and going full time. They do make handicap lifts and ramps for ingress, but for a temporary, such as hip or knee replacement, a main bath on the main level would be handy. BTW, she worries about such things. I'm more of a just wing it type. However, I do subscribe to the "happy wife, happy life" theory.
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It's good you're planning ahead. If you are concerned about steps, I'm with Joe...any 5-r will have a major living section accessible only via steps - either the bedroom/main bath will be in the nose or your living room will be in the nose. If you want the 5-r with the bedroom/bath on the main level, then you're going to not have access to your living room in the worst case scenario your wife is anticipating.

I remember seeing only 1 5-r that actually had 2 full baths in it (1 upper with the master bed / 1 lower in a bunk room), most have only a half bath in the bunk room. One would not have to go up the steps to the master suite at all in that one, but it was a monstrously long, 10-ton+ DRV. I don't know if they still make that one.

If you're wife is concerned about future mobility issues & you want to give up the 1 level living of a motorhome, then the 1 level living of a TT would be something your wife should consider. It would certainly be a better use of your money for a suitable TT than spend money on a 5'r with a level one or both of you may lose access to.

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