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Old 07-11-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Trilogy DRV or Lifestyle

I am considering a nice higher end Fifth wheel to live in 6 months of the year on a covered rv lot in AZ. I plan on having it delivered to lot and parking it permanently. I now live there in a 40 foot Monaco Knight with 4 slides. I am looking for pros and cons of these different models

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The Trilogy is a step down from DRV (other than the Tradition) and Lifestyle.
But by no means is the Trilogy a sluch. The Trilogy has a fiberglass roof which is a real good thing. The downside to the Trilogy just has an I-Beam frame. That is only a downside if you are towing a lot.

DRV - the Tradition is the bottom of the DRV line-up. It is priced the same as the Trilogy. The other DRV models (Mobile and Elite Suits) are much more expensive but much nicer.

The Lifestyle and DRV (other than Tradition) come with a boxed frame instead of an I-Beam frame. Again if not towing the frame is not that important.

I would go with the Trilogy because it has the fiberglass roof and can be had for 70k to 75k. I think the other 5ers will cost 85k if not more.

I like the Trilogy but because I plan on doing a lot of traveling I am leaning toward a 5er with a boxed frame.

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Lifestyle is basically Cameo with many of the Carri-Lite upgrades. It is a very well constructed rig. I does have a boxed frame and is regarded as one of the best. The DRV has a I-Beam frame and I beleive it is a 15" frame and that is one of the things that make the DRV a heavy rig. I is also like Lifestyle a good quality rig. Trilogy has a lot of nice features but the other two I thing are more quality units. Also you might not like the propane set up on the Trilogy. Also consider Excel as another higher end unit. Depending on how deep your pockets are you can have a custom made unit from New Horizon. Remember there are a number of good looking rigs out there but beauty is only skin deep. Good luck
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Trilogy has the w/d in the bed room walk in closet. only way to install it is opening towards the clothes. other words it makes half the closet useless, if you use it. If you don't want a w/d it doesn't matter. It also has less insulation than most units. Roof is less than any I am aware of. Frame 12" i beam but it is heavier steel than most in it's price range. Drv is 15" of stacked channel. Not 15" ibeam. Excel also puts their w/d in closet. Don't understand why since it is a very good unit.
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The DRV has a I-Beam frame and I beleive it is a 15" frame and that is one of the things that make the DRV a heavy rig.
Nope. The DRV Mobile Suites and Elite Suites have a 15" stacked rectangular tubing frame - 2X6, 2x6 and 2x3 stacked and welded.

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You seem to have either dismissed or have not considered placing a Park Model on your Arizona site...

If the placement is permanent, why not go with a Park Model or a Mobile Home, no air leaks from the slides, you'll have more room, a full bath, more insulation, more cabinets, more closet space and you can add a room/porch....more bang for your buck with a park model.

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We sure did like the Trilogy, construction and features. Not that we disliked DRV, Excel or Lifestyle but the DW and I both were picking Trilogy if we went new. Price was right too.

Tough choice but you are getting good input.

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