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Old 12-28-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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Full-time in a raptor? Thoughts?

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I will be moving to the coldest part of Utah and I will be there for 1-2 years. I am young and I am looking into living up there full-time in a 5th wheel toy hauler. I have looked into the Keystone Raptor.

I need any and all suggestions! Are the Raptors good and reliable for full timers? Also, as mentioned, I will be living in a place where it can be as low as -10 in the winter and 100 in the summer.

Please help and thanks in advance!!

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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You can winter in a 3 season coach of any brand. Just expect to use lots of energy to keep warm. I own a Jayco TH and an Excel 4-season fiver. The difference between the two in even mild temps above freezing is huge. Bubble wrap on the windows and a large propane tank would help but it will be a battle in a Raptor.

As a former Raptor owner, I would rate their build quality as "average".

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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We have a Excel Wild Cargo and use it year round. I have been in it in 8* weather to 105* and am comfortable all the time. In the 8* weather I was running two 1500 watt electric heaters and the furnace ran about every 20-25 minutes to keep it 70* inside. This also allow the basement to keep from freezing.

I can't speak for other makes as I have only own Excel's.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:57 AM   #4
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I've have owned two Keystone 5ers, 2006 Montana and a 2010 Everest, and now own a 2012 Excel Wild Cargo. I FT'd in all three and have experienced snow and 100*+ heat in all three too. The Excel is not even comparable to the other two in its quality and ability to live comfortably in all four seasons. Could you do it in a Raptor? Sure you could. But I wouldn't want to. After owning a true four season coach I will never go back to any other type of trailer. If you have the means to purchase an Excel TH I would highly recommend you consider it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
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I my opinion the Excel Wild Cargo is your best option. They are a bit pricey but worth the money. We are currently in a Titanium and all is great but don't reach -10 in our area.
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