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Old 08-26-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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A short NuWa would my choice. They made a 32' unit that I think was called a 30.5 model.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:28 AM   #16
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loved our Artic Fox 29-5E

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We took a factory tour of the Artic Fox (in Lagrande, OR) and was impressed.
We had a 30 foot Artic Fox for 11 years with absolutely no problems! bought it new 2002. We did replace the slide awning toppers last year due to wear, but that was it. Camper served us very well. Had a slide with the sofa and dinette table and a slide in the bedroom. We just traded it in for a new 2013 5th wheel. Hopefully we'll have good luck with this one, once all the bugs are worked out! have only been out in it twice and have found some issues that need to be fixed! luckily it is all covered by warranty, but feel let down from the wonderful Fox we had. bought new due to retiring in 2-3 years and wanted a new camper instead of possibly pouring money into an old one when problems did start. would have bought a new Fox but not going across country to do that! they were on the east coast when we bought ours.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:40 AM   #17
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Newmar used to make high quality 5th wheels, not sure if they even made them that small though. Expensive and heavy too. But if I was looking for a 5th wheel I'd sure look for one of them.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:28 AM   #18
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Newmar used to make high quality 5th wheels, not sure if they even made them that small though. Expensive and heavy too. But if I was looking for a 5th wheel I'd sure look for one of them.
X2,Had a 2003 Newmar Kountry Star 35LKSA and a 2007 Mobile Suite 38RL3,Newmar by far is the better choice!
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:41 AM   #19
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Great thread

We are new to this forum, finding so much helpful info here. We are looking to live full time in a fifth wheel, after years of spending winters down south in our 23 ft Komfort tt, which we love. We are looking to upgrade to a larger 5er. We are thinking the Arctic Fox 29t has everything we need. Our question to all you experienced full timers is: realistically, will a trailer this size work for what we are doing or should we be looking at something larger? Oh yeah, we live in the Pacific Northwest and will be travelling NSEW for a few years.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:47 AM   #20
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Welcome. We toured the Northwood factory in LaGrande and was impressed. I think it all depends on what comfort level you want, etc. What part of PNW you in now? We are at Emigrant Springs State Park near LaGrande - here until 3 Sept.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:39 PM   #21
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Do people that keep trading up have more money than they need or are their trailers really falling apart? My Alpenlite 1994 27sl is still in good condition after 19 years, lived in 3 1/2 years and 78,000 miles with 2 trips to Alaska at 12,000miles each which included 2,000 miles of less traveled dirt roads. Total repairsinasour igniter boards on heater, frig and hot water.$300 Dexter wet kit spring shackles. Weld repair one shock absorber mount.$100 1 full set of brake backing plates and shoes.$250 Recoated EDPT roof at 18 yrs.$1000 Removed carpet and installed Pergo type flooring.$800. On the 3rd set of tires just because of age, not wear. If I were shopping, I would look for a pre 2006 Alpenlite.
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We just purchased a 2010 Rockwood fifth wheel, model 8265WS. The official Spec sheet tells me it is just under 29 feet. We have three slides. This is our first fifth wheel and we are excited to be spending our first night in the "Rockwood" this Labor Day weekend in northern Arizona... only problem I have with the unit is I can't get the oven pilot light to stay lit... probably a minor part.
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Turn oven to broil setting and light it. Turn knob back( to pilot on) setting.
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I have been in the RV business for 26 years and my first choice was Holiday Rambler. We will be retiring in about a year and full timing. I found a 2004 Presidential 32 with 3 slides, 4 dr refer, vacuum, prepped for stackable W/D. The build quality, imho can not be beat in the price range.
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We just bought a 2013 Jayco Pinnacle 40 foot 5er new from a dealer at a substantial discount from the original list price. Buying at the end of the season can get you a really good deal and buying new gives you the 2 year warrenty.
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