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Old 03-23-2014, 08:40 AM   #15
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We and many others are full timing in a Landmark fifth wheel. They are rated and warranted for full time use with a 2/5 year warranty.

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I have to agree with Ken. Your choices so far are not going to serve you very well in the long term. So, with your budget numbers go shopping for a used rv maybe three or four years old and you might get a higher end rig. But if you have a srw truck, be very careful about pin weights. Some of the high end units can have pin weights of 4000 pounds or more when loaded for traveling. Heck my 36 foot fiver has a ready to travel pin weight around 3500 pounds. Meaning that I am in dually terratory.
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Just a thought. A new 2015 F-350 will cost a lot of $$$. Maybe spend less on the truck and a little more on the trailer.

Buy at least a 2011 or newer diesel dually and I agree with the idea of buying a higher quality used 5th wheel. NuWa Discover America, Carriage Carri-lite, Excel, DRV Mobile Suits, Teton.

You do not mention if you are going to do a lot of travel or not. If doing a lot of travel I would buy a shorter 32 - 34' units with 3 slides that NuWa and Excel built and see if they could be pulled with a single rear wheel 1 ton truck.

I say this because I would not want to lug around a big heavy Teton all over the country.

But if I were to just snowbird the Teton makes a great trailer.
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We had a Mobile Suites 32TK3. Very nice coach and full time quality. We found it was too small for full time use. Now I still work full time. If retired situation could have been different. My work clothes get dirty so unless one wants to wash everyday have to have daily change. Now DW has her clothes also. Where will all this go. We removed furniture and put items in bags in living room. Not good. Our Teton has much more room and we no longer have this problem. We actually have storage unused. What I am getting at is unless you really understand what little you can get by with size means a lot. My Teton is close to 40' and it is designed for lots of storage room. It is very heavy too
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If your going to be living in your RV full time, layout, traffic flow inside, size of shower, were all conciderations we looked at before we bought our Automate. Quality of cabinets and hardware and brightness inside also came into play.
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If your going to be living in your RV full time, layout, traffic flow inside, size of shower, were all conciderations we looked at before we bought our Automate. Quality of cabinets and hardware and brightness inside also came into play.
I would agree with your "Brightness Inside" statement, many coaches are simply too dark inside for us, dark cabinets, dark walls and not enough windows!!!
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:50 PM   #21
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Of the ones you listed I would look at Open Range. Great R values, 2 yr warranty. I also see in the customer comments on Open Range's site that some are full timing in them.
The Open Range forum also has a thread for full timing. I would call Open Range and ask them about full timing in one.

We have a CG we go to a couple times a year and one of the camp hosts has an Open Range Residential, looks to be the 398RLS or 417RSS. He's been there for close to 3 yrs in the same spot.
I know that 5'ers like NuWa, Excell Landmark, etc are the preferred full time choices but people full time in all sorts of units. Might be worth some research.
http://www.openrangeowners.com/ORfor...6a5dff59073e33
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Problem I see is OR uses Lippert components which have not proven to be very reliable.

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Open Range is an entry price point unit. They are one of the least costly units but it reflects its price. We seriously looked at them. We didn't like them.
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Everybody like to mention warrentef for full time use, but almost no one mentions the warrenty is only good for one year in most cases. So why worry about a warrenty? Pick what you like best and go. Remember this though. About 90% of first time buyers either quit traveling or trade for something different in the first two years. You would be far better off getting a new truck and a used fifth wheel, assuming you will find enough dislikes with the first one to make you change RV's. Additionally have you actually played house in each of these models? Get rid of the salesman and play house for 30 minutes or so in each model. You will soon discover which ones are not right for you.
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OR claims a 2 year warranty.

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Thank you all for your feedback. This has been a good tool and great information.
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Friends of ours have a '10 Open Range--only problem early on was an axle alignment that was fixed. 4 years later and a trip to Alaska with us has not caused them any problems other than minor stuff that occurs on every RV. By the way, OR has been purchased by Jayco, and that should only be a positive move for both companies.
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Everybody like to mention warrentef for full time use, but almost no one mentions the warrenty is only good for one year in most cases. So why worry about a warrenty? Pick what you like best and go. Remember this though. About 90% of first time buyers either quit traveling or trade for something different in the first two years. You would be far better off getting a new truck and a used fifth wheel, assuming you will find enough dislikes with the first one to make you change RV's. Additionally have you actually played house in each of these models? Get rid of the salesman and play house for 30 minutes or so in each model. You will soon discover which ones are not right for you.
Well said.
Also do not forget that the unit will get more stuff dragged in and will only get smaller.
We surely noticed it when we increased the size of ours. It allowed to add more stuff.
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