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Old 04-15-2015, 09:34 AM   #1
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Open Range 5th Wheel

Any one own one of these. We are considering changing from a motorhome to a 5th wheel and have been looking at Open Range. Any one have one? Any comments on this one good or bad. All information is welcome.
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We considered them, looked at them. Wrote them off. We are full time and just don't believe with the light weight design it would hold up well. They are less money. The price does reflect on it.
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We, on the other hand, have enjoyed the 38 1/2 foot 386FLR we bought in 2012 (front living room model). Nice full-timer layout for us as a couple - great kitchen for mah hunny - lots(!) of storage under the front living room AND more yet under the rear bedroom! We found it handles well on the road, including through the mountains of British Columbia. We had a few issues to deal with under warranty and were frustrated beyond belief with the dealer but that's not the RV's fault. There are always a few things that need to be addressed. We changed dealers and the Open Range company warranty came through just fine. We're finished traveling now but not because of the RV so we're deciding if we should sell it or keep it for vacations.
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Any one own one of these. We are considering changing from a motorhome to a 5th wheel and have been looking at Open Range. Any one have one? Any comments on this one good or bad. All information is welcome.
Thanks.
I do not one own but did see one model at the RV show this year that we attended. One thing I did not see was the upgraded type of suspension that some units seem to have the unit we did see seem to be the standard style that most 5er's use. What I mean is there where no grease able points on the suspension such as wet bolts and the bushings. The link plates look thinner also not the 1/2 plates as some models use.

Also what size tires do they offer are they G-rated or are a lower letter size.; are the axles rated for 7,000 LBS? These are what we looked for when we were upgrading to a newer 5er this year.

The interiors may look great and have a lot of bling but what really counts is the structure and running components as these are what takes the most abuse when towing.

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Does anyone know what size frame that they use? I haven't been able to find out anywhere.
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I do not own an Open Range, but they are built/manufactured 10 miles from my home. Our local papers often have articles regarding their expansion and growth. They apparently are doing things right.
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Does anyone know what size frame that they use? I haven't been able to find out anywhere.
They were 10" i beam and rather thin steel beam also.
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