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Old 08-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question on 5th wheel trailers.

We are trying to decide on a 5th wheel 2006 - 2010 about 30'. What are the best units for the buck? Any recommendations will be appreciated.

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Old 08-18-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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we have a 2006, 30ft Forest River Wildcat with 2 slides. Have had 4 years and it has been very good. A few problems but nothing major. It has been towed to Alaska and back, we live in Florida. we lived in it for a year and it served us well. When buying think about getting a 5th wheel with a bedroom slide, makes all the difference.

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Old 08-18-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions. I do agree with the bedroom slide. We saw a nice 30' Cougar yesterday but still looking.
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When we were looking to buy a fifth wheel several years ago, Sunny brook, Nu Wa, Forest River, Cameo and Arctic Fox were on our "short list". They were some of the highest rated rigs and best values we found from looking on various RV forums and by asking owners. Spend some time on the different forums for the specific manufacturers. Many of our top picks are no longer being manufactured or have been bought by another company and are not built to the same quality standards as the original company so do your homework. I wouldn't have any qualms about buying an "orphan" brand as most appliance and accessory manufacturers are still in business.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by OswegoLion View Post
We are trying to decide on a 5th wheel 2006 - 2010 about 30'. What are the best units for the buck? Any recommendations will be appreciated.
Best for the buck being key, what are you looking to spend approximately?

value wise, I feel we nailed it with our Palomino Sabre, but its new. Higher end units are better built, but finding good used ones can be a challenge. ExCell, nuWa, carriage, etc are great upper end units. Do a google search for any of them to get an idea on pricing. I decided to go with our mid range 5er, but new, do to newer offerings (outside kitchen)

Take your time, and continue doing your homework
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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we have a open range, it has 5 slides that run on cables, no complaints outside of the cheap tires they put on it, they did a good job designing these trailers
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Tough to find real high quality at 30 ft. We have a Forest River Vcross 275 vrl, that seems about as good as they get, but it is new. Alot of the industry is focused on the large units and they show it. Bedroom slide is a good feature and a big living room slide is about all you need for max comfort.
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To get a feel for the used market, check out the following websites:



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Assuming you're looking at mid-range 5th wheels, I'd certainly look at Jayco's offerings. We owned 3 Jaycos, 2 of them Designer 5th wheels (a 30' and a 36'), and they gave good, solid service. Jayco backs them (at least they did when we owned ours) with an outstanding 2+3 warranty (2 years bumper-to-bumper with 3 more years of structural warranty for 5 years total) and has an outstanding reputation for customer service should it be required.

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We've had a Jayco and now a Cedar Creek, 5th wheels. Both excellent units. Both companys have grest service, and after warranty service for things that can and will go wrong. Both have all the extra's (you have to have, LOL). Look online to find the floorplan and extra's you like, then search to find it. You may have to travel to look at it and purchase, but you will get what you want, not what some salesperson is trying to convince you to buy. Plus, whatever you do, when the saleperson is talking, don't listen, they are lying. Kick the tires, look it over good, make sure everything is in working order, etc. Also, don't be affaid to ask questions about anything on the unit. Check out pricing on the NADA website on the 5th wheel you decide on. So, you go into it knowing the "true" value of what you are looking for. Most of the time, it is better to purchase from a privite party, but there are some out there that are not honest, also. A dealer is just that, looking to make a dollar, most privite party folks wish to give you a deal and make more than the dealer was offering them. Just be careful and check everything out!

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We have an Open Range 345RLS. Great interior design. Check out the new 349RLS. My next lottery win goes towards that one. We are very happy with ours.
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In that size range, concentrate on Jayco and Arctic Fox (Nash) trailers.

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We took a factory tour of the Artic Fox (in Lagrande, OR) and was impressed.
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What is your intended use? Weekends, yearly vacation, extended use or full time? This will make a huge difference in what you should look for and price. I good High End "full time, extended use" unit would be a Excel. We love ours and are part time, extended users. Be careful of what is called a "four season" unit. These are not always a "full time or extended use" units. Four Season simply means it "Can be used" in all four seasons as it has some freeze protection.

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