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Old 08-19-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Question What is best 5th wheel for full time?

Greetings from Missouri! We have been comparing 5th wheels for about a month now: Excel, Redwood, Blackwood, Montana and Hitch Hiker. If you are full time, use your 5th wheel for 4 seasons and are happy with what you have purchased, we would like to know about it. Thank you.
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Do a search here or at the other big RV website for "best fifth wheel" or "best rig for full-timing" and you should get a lot of hits. The ones that comes to mind are Nu-Wa, Newmar, Mobile Suites, Excel, Teton and New Horizon. The common thread with those units are their weight and price.
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I would look at the ones in the post by ralphie. If a used unit, add Carriage to the list. A few of the ones on his list are no longer being manufactured.

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Hi Andy & Sally! Welcome to IRV2! It's good to have you with us! Good luck on finding the right 5er for your needs! Have fun and God bless!
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Regardless of what brand you get, there are a lot of good ones, the most important factor to consider is the floor plan. If you are going to be full timers, the layout can be crucial to your happiness. Anyway, welcome to IRV2.
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Regardless of what brand you get, there are a lot of good ones, the most important factor to consider is the floor plan. If you are going to be full timers, the layout can be crucial to your happiness. Anyway, welcome to IRV2.
Yes floor plan is very important, but you still need a unit that is designed for full time use and is comfortable and will hold together more than a few years like some of the entry level units.

Floor plan is not #1 on the list but is high. You will not be happy having to buy a new trailer in say 5 years.

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Yes floor plan is very important, but you still need a unit that is designed for full time use and is comfortable and will hold together more than a few years like some of the entry level units.

Floor plan is not #1 on the list but is high. You will not be happy having to buy a new trailer in say 5 years.

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Ken is correct. My first sentence was incomplete. After you narrow your search for a quality unit, down to 4 or 5, then consider the floor plan. Our first unit was a 2008 Newmar Cypress 33RLSH 5th wheel. Top quality, as all Newmar products. After a few months we realized the floor plan wasn't what we needed. It's a personal issue, to be considered, after quality. Sorry if I misled anyone.
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Welcome to the forum, Andy & Sally. We have been full-timing in a Hitchhiker LS since 2008 and it has worked wonderfully for us. I just read elsewhere on the forum -- and confirmed it at NuWa's website -- that they are ceasing taking new orders in mid-September. But they will keep their service department open. They have ceased production in past winters, so it may be temporary. They make a fantastic trailer -- just talked to a couple last week who have lived in theirs 6 months a year since 1992.
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make sure you have the correct truck to pull it as well....check your tow capacitys. We made the mistake when we bought our first 5er of having an underpowered truck. Good excuse to get a new truck...lol
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make sure you have the correct truck to pull it as well....check your tow capacitys. We made the mistake when we bought our first 5er of having an underpowered truck. Good excuse to get a new truck...lol

But that can get expensive.


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We have been living in our Heartland Landmark after moving up from a Bighorn tht we lived in for about years. The Landmark is rated for full time use and now offers a 2 year bumper to bumper, 5 year frame warranty.
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