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Old 11-16-2012, 09:35 AM   #29
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Good point on sometimes shorter is bigger

My Sister and Bro-in-law just traded a 39' in on a 33' and have more usable room ...

the old one had a small br slide and small LR slide,
the new one has a full wall slide and BR slide AND opposing LR slide ....

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What brand/model is it?

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Old 11-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #31
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What kind do you have? We may want to check into the same model.
Carriage Cameo 31KSLS. It was only offered in a 2011 and 2012 model years. Even though Carriage is out of business, supporti s available through Evergreen/Lifestyle. There may be a leftover 2012 at a good price and you could negotiate an aftermarket warranty since Carriage is closed. We are very pleased with it and have had no issues. Phillip
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:38 PM   #32
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:17 AM   #33
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Being 35' and under is a definite advantage when it comes to campsite availability in state parks. It's also an advantage in maneuvering around heavily wooded parks - remember that your overall length when hooked up to your truck is a factor when backing into those tight spots. As they say, "size matters" but bigger isn't necessarily better. If you're not a full timer, don't get hung up on full size refrigerators and king size beds.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:27 PM   #34
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I Just looked at the smaller 5th wheels 28 to 32 feet. I currently tow a 37foot Sunnybrook. The shorter 5th wheels sure look like they would be much easier to maneuver. So the shorter 5th wheels pass the common sense visual concept of being easier to manuever. I looked at one that I think I could back into a shoebox if I had to.
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Excel makes several models less than 33', they have one less than 30'.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:58 AM   #36
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And now for an opposing viewpoint..

We own a 2006 Arctic Fox 24-5N. Forward bulkhead to after bulkhead is exactly 25 ft.. Large fridge, queen size bed, couch slide. But we do lack storage, no basement (fresh water tank). We just learned how/what to pack.

We added a truck box to the rear, mounted a Yamaha 2400 on the pinbox and hung the spare below.

Last February we made a Florida trip and had no problem making last minute reservations in State Parks, larger sites were not available.

Our rig is a little tight on space for full timing but we do two 4 week trips a year with no problem.

And, it will go almost anywhere a car will go and can be backed into a "shoebox" without a problem.
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Depends on what you want to do. Size of family. What type of camping do you do? I have a 1994 27sl Alpenlite that has 78,000 miles of towing and lived in it for 3 years. Total combination is 17,000 lb loaded. Been to Alaska and all over the northwest territory twice.. Most folks with 5rs would never go where I go.I can throw a U turn on any 2 lane hwy. The wife and I feel very comfortable in this rig. When we camp with the kids and grand kids we take out the recliner and pack an extra folding table and chairs. If you boondock, an Alpenlite has the largest tanks of all.

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