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Old 02-25-2009, 08:03 AM   #1
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Looking for opinions on small quality fifth wheels that are not used for full time but more on a long weekend or 2-3 month trips. Trying to determine if I am better off with a 30' class B or C with it's dinghy requirement.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:17 AM   #2
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One thing to bear in mind is that you'll have more living space in a 30' 5th wheel than in a 30' Class C simply because none of the interior space in a 5th wheel is used for a driver's compartment, drivetrain "doghouse", etc. Also, the overall length of a Class C must take into account the hood and front fenders.

Also, the manufacturer's lengths are hard to use as a yardstick. For instance, our "36 foot" 5th wheel is, if I recall from the brochure information, 37'6" long. Our previous "36 foot" 5th wheel, from another manufacturer, was 37'11" long.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 02-25-2009, 11:01 AM   #3
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Looking for opinions on small quality fifth wheels that are not used for full time but more on a long weekend or 2-3 month trips. Trying to determine if I am better off with a 30' class B or C with it's dinghy requirement.
What do you consider "small"? Are you looking for short, or lightweight? I don't think you'll find a 30' Class B (van conversion).
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:41 AM   #4
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I don't consider 30' small; small means <26' to me. How many people for sleeping? Two adults can get along fine in <26' long-term, when they remember how to treat each other. A couple wintered in the same RV park as us last winter; living in a pop-up camper pulled by a van. What tow vehicle do you envision? That is the determining factor for buying/towing a trailer.
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Would sleep two adults (both )retired and a ten pound dog. Comparison would be with a Coachmen Corcord or Safari Damara in the 30 ft range. Would like a fifth wheel between 25-30 feet because of storage considerations. Just lived and cruised for five years on a 35' sailboat so small spaces don't bother us. Prefer quality over space.
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I suggest you look at CrossRoadsRV.com

http://www.crossroadsrv.com

They have several lines in different price ranges and quality.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
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You might try Nash/Arctic Fox, the longest rig they make is about 32'. We had a 24' Nash for 8 years and never had any problems. I believe that they are about the best bang for your buck.
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I second the Artic Fox for a smaller nice and sturdy trailer.

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I, too, was going to recommend the Arctic Fox and Nash made by Northwood Manufacturing in La Grande, OR.

There's also a Northwood Owner's Forum where you can get more information: www.afnash.com/forum/
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Hello Ray, IN!

We are a couple who gets along fabulously. We wintered last year in a pop up camper, pulled by a van! I wonder if it was us that you saw or if there is another couple like us out there. We were in Texas. How bout you?
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2 great luvs, noticed you are at post #1....New to the forum. Glad you found us. Go up to the New Members and introduce yourself(s).

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Look into the Titanium line. They are a little different in that the Nose goes over the truck cab somewhat making a very roomy model. A palace compared to the sailboat!!!
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