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Old 08-25-2014, 05:29 PM   #15
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we looked at a Bighorn with a residential fridge today, it was really nice but not quite the floor plan we wanted. The one that we liked did not have the residential fridge but I am not sure that is a big deal to me. The Solitude was also very nice but I want the microwave that is also a convection oven which is not what they have. However I was told they could replace the one in the Solitude with a microwave/convection. We are still considering the Alpine so no decision yet. All of our options have the 6 point auto-levelling.

Any 5W we get will weigh less than 1,000 pounds more than what we currently have (dry weight). We just recently used our new truck when we pulled over North Pass and Monarch Pass and it didn't seem to have any problem with those. I am not an expert on this towing but my husband has a big stock trailer and has moved cattle a lot of times where, he says, the weight is more than what we are pulling when we pull the 5W. With this weight he does not want to go to a dually, just buy the best tires for 4 wheels instead of 6. All I can say is, this has worked out for us so far. Still, we live and learn and no doubt is it is better to have more power, more wheels on the ground than you might absolutely need so I sure understand folks who make a different decision than ours.

Actually, we don't plan to pull all over the country. Basically south in the winter and north in the summer. Vacation trips will be made without taking the 5th wheel. There will likely be some exceptions

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Old 08-25-2014, 06:55 PM   #16
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If you like the Big Horn check out the Big Country also by Heartland. We have a 3450TS and are starting our third year on the road with minimal issues. Will advise you to get two
A/C's no matter what rig you buy.

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Old 08-26-2014, 10:05 AM   #17
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yes, definitely 2 ac's! We thought of adding a second ac to the present 5W but then we would still want a larger fridge and a w/d so just makes sense to move on to something else. Hope to full time for at least the next 10 years. Just love the lifestyle of picking up and going to a climate that is more enjoyable and seeing new places. Also finding that 'small house' living is fun and kind of frees you to do other things than clean and care for a bigger house. Thanks for all comments!
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I might add that NuWa through Excel (Building for the them) are selling Hitchhikers. The 2015 line is coming out. Just something more to consider.
31FK 33' already sold out. 34FK 36' in stock
Best of luck in your search

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