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Old 02-17-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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What to look for in a 5th Wheel

Hi,

Almost time for us to make a decision...which 5th Wheel.

Are there any functional components that make driving and living in a 5th Wheel better?

I know which floor plan I like...must have king bed. But the things you don't necessarily see that go into making living in one a good experience...I know nothing about.

Any help appreciated.

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Barbara
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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Don't think anybody can really tell you what things you need. Do you have kids? Then a bunk model. Do you need a double fridge? Whats your budget? Theres a whole host of things to consider before you can reach a decision. Every new 5er comes with the basics, its up to you to figure out everything else, based on your needs. The only must have for me that didnt come with our 5er was a BBQ and coffee machine
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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Hi,

Almost time for us to make a decision...which 5th Wheel.

Are there any functional components that make driving and living in a 5th Wheel better?

I know which floor plan I like...must have king bed. But the things you don't necessarily see that go into making living in one a good experience...I know nothing about.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks
Barbara
I suppose things like full time or not, towing or not, etc. play a role in the size you select. I have an older fifth wheel and the single 12 volt battery is tucked under the bedroom in the front storage well. Difficult to service, and considering their weight, difficult to remove. I would make sure your batteries are easily accessible. As a personal preference, we also added an ice maker which we use every day.
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:44 PM   #4
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If you are going to be cooking or baking make sure you have enough counter space.
Do you want or need a decent size wardrobe closet?
Do you want a shower enclosure or is a curtain OK?
Make sure it has a roof ladder with a full walk on roof.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:13 PM   #5
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Without knowing your intended use, it is hard to offer many suggestions.

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We got the Mor-ryde suspension and a 5th airborn kingpin and it makes a world of differance in towing comfort. The 5er doesn't jerk and bounce the truck very much at all. I would also suggest you do a little overkill when you get a hitch. Our 5er grosses out at 16000 lbs and I have a reese 20K hitch. I just like the safety margen
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:36 PM   #7
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Just a few things that we have run across that we like= is it possiible to get to the refer,pantry ,bath, WITH THE SLIDES IN and each slide should have a independent switch because there will be times that you will not be able to extend them fully. This is something that we looked for on our new fiver ( which was ordered last week)
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Things that are important to some are not to others. I can tell you what we looked for 11 years ago.

1. Rear living area with large rear windows.

2. Comfortable rocker-recliners in front of that rear window.

3. Entertainment center with TV angled for perfect viewing from the rocker-recliners. That's easier to find now that we have flat-screen TV's that can be put on a full-motion wall mount.

4. Electric fireplace for atmosphere and for auxiliary heat to save on propane.

5. Somewhere between 32 & 36 foot rig for ample "wiggle room".

6. Electric rear stabilizers

7. Dining table with chairs instead of the booth arrangement.

8. High ceiling in bedroom so there is no bending over.

9. Adaquate area around bed so it's easy to make it up.

10. Shock-absorbing hitch (we got the TrailAir)

11. Gel-Coat finish on ALL fiberglass.

12. Door between bedroom and bathroom

13. Toilet in room separate from shower and dressing area

14. Ceiling vent fan in bathroom in front of vanity.

15. Digital thermostat (we added this ourselves)

16. Two air conditioners if you plan to camp in hot climates. If you don't get two with purchase, be sure it is "prepped" for the 2nd one.

17. Black tank "flusher". I would NEVER buy one without this!


That's what was important to us. Good luck on your selection!
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The 1 thing I wish my 5th had is rear levelers. 1 thing I'm glad it has is a nice desk for my computer and to do bills on. The large pantry is also nice and a separate room for the toilet is great. The large vanity is nice too holding a lot of "things". 2 A\C units will make it a lot more comfortable in the summer. I also wish mine had a gen. so parking at Wally world once in awhile would help cut costs. Also 17 or 17.5 tires on a larger unit will help in the tire life costs. Good luck.
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Lots of good suggestions from MSHappyCampers, the only one I disagree with is the fireplace, #4. I would much rather have the storage space and a good electric heater (we have two Laskos) put out the same amount of heat plus you can move them around.

As for everything else...floorplan is the key.
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One more thing I left off my list.

Slide toppers- Another thing that I would never buy a 5er without having.
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Thanks;

Thanks for all of the helpful tips. We finally purchased a 2010 Open Range...guess time will tell if we made a wise choice.

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A 2010? New or used? We have friends with a '10 that is about 34' and have had no issues they haven't caused themselves.
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