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Old 08-31-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Possible upgrade need advice

Hi everyone, We're new and enjoying this nice site.
We currently have a 2006 35' River Canyon by Travel Supreme that is in great shape but we will eventually want to upgrade to a newer one. We looked at a Montana, a Big Sky and a Redwood by Thor.
We understand that it's going to take a lot of money to upgrade. We don't want to go backwards on quality. We feel our RiverCanyon is high in quality but because of it's age doesn't have all the new bells and whistles. Would we be staying in the same quality class with the new units we looked at? Anyone have opinions on which 5th wheel is the best and which to stay away from? Thanks

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:38 AM   #2
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Would we be staying in the same quality class with the new units we looked at?
No. Travel Supreme was the high end of the Luxury class. I say "was" because they went under in 2008 and were bought out by Jayco. To stay in that class requires an Excel or DRVSuites (Mobile Suites). There may be a few other boutique brands in that class, but the mass marketers such as Thor's Keystone and Redwood brands don't quite measure up. A Big Sky is a Montana with a fancy paint job. The Montana is a very nice trailer and very popular, but it's not in the same class as a Travel Supreme or DRV or Excel. Keystone salesmen would probably argue that the Keystone Alpine with the fancy paint job and Lippert 6-point leveling system is a "luxury" fifth wheel, but only the guy writing the check will decide. The Redwood is a very heavy and well-insulated "full-timer" RV. Nothing wrong with it, but it's not a Travel Supreme.

Check out the DRV and Excel custom-built models before you decide. Or better yet, visit the factories in Indiana for DRV or Kansas for Excel and learn why an Excel is so expensive.

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Smokey, Redwoods may be heavy, but nothing compared to Mobile Suites. We traded in a Montana for our Redwood and feel it's a step up. I admit I know nothing about Travel Surpreme, but we've looked at Mobile Suites and didn't see anything there that floated our boat except the need for an MDT if we got one of the bigger ones.
We love our RW, very liveable (approx 9 months of the year) and cabinets are made of Real wood. It's not an entry level unit as the MSRP on most models is over 100K, real world price is something less, depending on the deal you can make.
Oh yea, DLEasyrider for just about any of the units you're considering will require a 1 ton dually to handle the pin weights. Yea you'll see lots of them pulled by 3/4 tons, but if you run the numbers they usually don't add up to safe travels.
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Can't speak to the quality of Travel Supreme, but in the market today as stated Excel, Mobile Suites, New Horizons are the "best" and still manufacturing. Carriage, NuWa (I think), Topaz E have or are discontuning the mfg of 5ers. Might want to remodel yours if its that good.
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Look at the LuxuryLiving 5ers. They are a division of Evergreen in Indiana and they hired a lot of Carriages product development, production managers and workers and have a brand new facility. We have an Evergreen Everlite 5er and love it but not the degree of luxury you have now. I think that the LuxuryLiving would be one to consider.
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