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Old 06-16-2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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Let's talk hot/cold/insulation

So, in the ongoing saga of research before purchase, hubs is now considering purchasing a truck and a fifth wheel or travel trailer. Honestly I thought he had his heart set on a motorhome. In any case, I have read that the travel trailers and fifth wheels are not insulated well unless you buy a Canadian brand, is there any truth to that? Any brands better than others as far as that? Can you even find Canadian makes and models in the states? We have school aged children so initially just traveling during school breaks, but hubs hopes to retire in 2 years or less, and so then we might be traveling a good bit more, especially in the summer, or during Christmas break. We live in the southeast, and would likely not travel up north during the winter, but it is hot and humid here, so I am curious to see how well these travel trailers or fifth wheels hold up in the heat and humidity as well as cold. I have read things like lines freezing up, etc. And, let's just throw in a discussion about travel trailers vs. fifth wheels while we are at it (pros and cons of each), shall we? I know fifth wheels usually have more room, correct? I'm just thinking by the time he purchases a truck and a fifth wheel, he's pretty much coughed up enough money to pay for a motorhome. So.....words of wisdom from all of you professionals?

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Old 06-16-2015, 01:59 PM   #2
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Search for models with the Artic Package which is extra insulation.

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Old 06-16-2015, 04:12 PM   #3
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Of course the Artic Package varies as well. Look for insulation specs on the models you look at. The Grand Designs product line specifies R value for walls, ceiling and floor so you could start there as a baseline.
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The big advantage to being mobile is..... mobility! Avoid the weather extremes. Park in shade in the summer. Use reflectix covers on windows when necessary. Lots of tricks to ease the comfort level.
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Cheaper models skimp on a number of things and insulation is often one of them. Brands/models with little insulation may offer an upgrade (Artic package, etc), but better brands will have superior insulation as standard equipment. You just have to read the brochures and ask questions. If the company doesn't say anything about their insulation (roof, walls and floor), chances are they aren't providing a lot.
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Let's talk hot/cold/insulation

In a certain sense it's quite simple. A lot of people, for whatever reason, would have you believe that big bad corporations are all out to screw you if you let them. The simple truth is that in just about any category you pretty much get what you pay for. Of course there are the odd anomalies here and there, but if you want a well built, high quality RV, look to the high end manufacturers.

Suggest you subscribe to the RV Consumers Group and check their ratings. Look to www.rv.org

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Best insulated 5er?


Insulation is talked about in the Built To Last section near the end!

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I can also add that the insulation is Much better in our New DRV than Any other RV we've had! ...By far!!

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