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Old 01-09-2014, 08:17 PM   #1
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looking for some info on the Ridgeline by gulf stream
we are looking at purchasing our first full-time 5th wheel and are interested in DRV, Redwood and now Ridgeline. any input would be greatly appreciated.
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In my opinion, the Ridgeline and Redwood are not in the same class as the DRV (mobile Suites). They are trailers that claim full time use and are showy, but not built to the quality of a Mobile Suites. Along the line of DRV, look at Excel and Lifestyle .

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They all have pretty stuff inside. More important is the frame, axels, wheel size, etc. Check to see which one offers the best.
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I would rate these three as DRV Mobile Suites as the best, Redwood 2nd and Ridgeline 3rd.

But if you are looking at DRV also add Peterson Excel as well as LifeStyle. These three are more on a level playing field.

When you consider Redwood (which is no slouch) there are about a dozen 5th wheels around the same quality. Landmark, Presidential, Trilogy, DRV Tradition, Alpine, plus more.

Not sure if it is fair or not but I do not consider GulfStream as building a quality product. Check out their wiring. Seems haphazardly done.

Agree look at axles (should be a min of 7,000 lbs.) wheels/tires (should be 17.5") frame (should be a min. of 12" I-Beam).

Mobile Suites, Excel, LifeStyle will use a better than 12" I-Beam. These and the Presidential come with 8,000lb axles.

I think 8,000 axles are an option on the Redwood.

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Excel builds their own fully boxed Z drop frame awesome center of gravity, large basement and super strong with factory receiver hitch for your boat or other toy in tow. There are many other unique items and options.
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