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Old 06-23-2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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Narrowing down models... Solo/fulltime

I have been looking really hard at 5ers and Tow vehicles for the the past couple months...

Have basically narrowed it down to a few different models with varying manufacturers..

Right now I am looking at a few very seriously...

1. Excel Winslow 31 RLE (2011)

2. Excel Limited 33 TKE (2009)

3. Heartland Bighorn 3010 RE (2010-13')

4. Thor Redwood 31 SL (2011-13')

For tow vehicle I am leaning towards a 2011 GMC 3500 DRW "supercab" Dmax w/ Allison

Any thoughts, comments, or concerns would be appreciated...



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Old 06-23-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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The Excel is the better of the units for full time use.

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Old 06-23-2014, 06:26 PM   #3
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To me, the Bighorn should not be in the same category as all those.
Second, I don't like Thor in general, so Peterson Industries it should be.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:19 PM   #4
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I agree with the truck. I own a Ford but in 2011 Chevy really worked on the frame and is as good as Ford or Ram.

Excel is built much better than the other units and is more a full time unit and will hold up better in a long run. It is a well insulated unit.

I rate them.

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:12 PM   #5
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Appreciate the feedback!

I have heard nothing but good about Excel and Peterson...

these are the two I am currently looking at...



I have read about a possible "leaking slide issue" in some pre 2010 Excels... Anyone have the inside scoop on that?
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ALL RVs can leak if not maintained well. I replaced two slide out floors on an 06 Excel, but the customer never sealed them up, only duct taped them.

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