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Old 04-14-2013, 11:11 PM   #15
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Good advice has been given to go used 5er at first to see if you are going to like rving. I am researching like you so take the time to make sure. Excel and Nuwa are what i am looking for.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #16
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Tires, axles 7 or 8 k, frame build, construction, deck, roof, wraps, all so important when considering what brand to look at. You want something that will hold up against the pounding and living.
Units we have been impressed with that meet our criteria are: Excel, DRV, Trilogy (although they are so new, I doubt you will find used ones) King of the Road
we just bought an 06. There is lots of talk on this board to read on selecting a quality unit and testimony/recommendation that I am sure can be useful to you.

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Old 04-17-2013, 11:40 PM   #17
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Pre 2006 Alpenlite 5rs are very well built. They are no longer in business but I never needed the factory in 18 years. The bunk house is the problem . Most bunkhouse models are in weekend units unless special built. I just looked at a 2002 Alpenlite in Glendora CA 32rk for $12,500 on RVTrader,com , private seller, non smoker, no pets & they had a 2001 chevy TV available also.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #18
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Have you considered a toy hauler?
We absolutely love ours, the garage section gives us a lot of flexibility. Kids room, I use as a office, wife has a place to work on crafts with the kiddos on rainy days and we have lots of storage while on the road. I'm not sure we would ever be without a toy hauler for our lifestyle.
I would agree that it is a good idea to purchase used. We found an amazing deal on our current unit while browsing RVT.com. Another good site to use is pplmoterhomes.com

For the money we wanted to spend we found that the Titanium 36E41MPRV was what fit our extend stay lifestyle.

Hope this helps
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:21 AM   #19
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Don't know if anyone has mentioned PPL RV.
They sell on consignment and usually have a pretty good stock of well cared for RV's.
They're worth a look.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:29 AM   #20
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My advice is: if you're selling your house just to buy an RV for a house, DO NOT SKIMP! If you do, you probably won't be happy or safe, and will eventually wind up spending the money in the long run anyway.

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