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Old 02-02-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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Opinions on an Elkridge 5th wheel

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My wife & I are planning to purchase an Elkridge 5th wheel, has anyone had any issue or problems with these units, build quality etc. The model we have chosen is the 34TSRE, looking at other products (Jayco, Wildcat & some others) it as everything we want & the build quality seems very good. We plan on living in it full time to save up for a house....that's living in Socal will do to you. We also plan on taking vacations with it as well. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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John09. We have a 2014 Elkrige 34tsre like you have.We are going to fl in about three weeks to try it out and check the unit out. So far we like everything about it . Has lots of extras we didn't have in our other 5th.I joined the Hearthland owners club and found out a lot good information on Hearthland units. Hope you enjoy your unit.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:53 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Heartland family! Visit heartlandowners.org, and you'll get lots of help and feedback.

We have a 2010 ElkRidge, 34QSRL. We bought before Thor bought Heartland. We've been very impressed with the ElkRidge brand since then. Toured the factory and ElkRidge line this summer.

If you plan to tow many miles, change your tires as soon as you can, as TowMax have a history of defects and premature failure.

Overall, all RVs in this class have a potential for small issues with various parts. But I have not heard many ElkRidge owners complaining about build quality. As with any rv, maintenance is key to longevity!

Warranty issues we had in the first year were the fridge not cooling (fixed), leaking black tank flush(fixed), loose screen on a window(fixed).

Since owning we had an area of delam, some frame flex, and some premature deterioration of decals, but Heartland took care of all these issues, outside of the 1yr warranty.

We've done quite a few upgrades: 5th Airborne kingpin, Maxxis tires, heated pads to tanks and water lines so we can take our coach skiing, upgraded our axles and springs, replaced bath fan with a fantastic fan, changed faucets, added a fireplace, added pressed tin backsplash in kitchen and tile look in bath, upgraded shower head to Oxygenics, upgraded to JackTV antenna, upgraded our water pump, added Ground Control leveling..... So we probably have more in our coach than what it's "worth", but we made it OURS to suit how we use it. We love it and put about 15-18k a year on it, and try to go somewhere once a month.

Hope you enjoy yours as much as we do!!
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:40 AM   #4
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It is a typical entry level entry level 5er and I do not beleive it is rated or warrantied for full time use. Best to check the warranty.

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You are right, ElkRidge is not warranted for full time use. However, I do not think Heartland has denied warranty work due to someone using a coach for full-timing. Heartland has been great to work with. Dealers, not as much.
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The trailer you mention is on the lower end of quality. You do not mention what you have for a tow vehicle.

The better constructed trailers will be heavier and that may play into your options.

Or just move to Texas, and escape. We have jobs, no state income taxes, and a diversity of weather.
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Old 02-03-2014, 04:08 PM   #7
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The trailer you mention is on the lower end of quality. You do not mention what you have for a tow vehicle. The better constructed trailers will be heavier and that may play into your options. Or just move to Texas, and escape. We have jobs, no state income taxes, and a diversity of weather.
I agree that Texas is a great state for full-timers. However, the summers are close to unbearable.

I would not say the ElkRidge they are looking at is low end of quality. I would say they are mid-range when it comes to features (I.e., bells and whistles), and more features usually means higher-priced.
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The Big Horn is a better built unit. They might have the same floorplan that you like. But it also will cost a bit more.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:10 AM   #9
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ElkRige are very nice units and offer many amenities and floor plans.IMHO
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:44 PM   #10
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People full time in far less than an Elkridge. Not everyone needs a DVR Mobile Suites to feel comfortable. Depending on how many miles you plan to travel then the only thing that really matters is the frame. If you're only traveling 6-7000 miles a year then something like an Elkridge is fine.
We put almost 5000 miles a year on our 5'er. That's almost going round trip from coast to coast. Stopping for a month here and there and it's no different than our normal camping season.
Most everything in 5'ers are the same as far as appliances. So that's really a wash. As long as the cabinetry is solid then the only thing between a DVR and an Elkridge is the fancy interior, better built frame and somewhat better insulation.
I could easily full time in an Elkridge 32TSRE.
But like I said above, not everyone needs a DVR like 5'er to full time. Comfort is in the butt of the beholder.
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Hi
My wife & I are planning to purchase an Elkridge 5th wheel, has anyone had any issue or problems with these units, build quality etc. The model we have chosen is the 34TSRE, looking at other products (Jayco, Wildcat & some others) it as everything we want & the build quality seems very good. We plan on living in it full time to save up for a house....that's living in Socal will do to you. We also plan on taking vacations with it as well. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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We owned a 2011 29 RL is was a good 5er for the money . We had no major issues.
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You can step up to a silverado for very little extra $$ and get a lot extra. Compare before you buy
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