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Old 11-28-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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Question Lower cost RV with Upgraded suspension?

I personally would love to have an Excel or DRV. Maybe I can afford one but I would probably have to prostitute myself for gas. My understanding is that a lot of 5th wheel problems down the road can be attributed to wear and tear specifically from be towed. That said, assuming there warrantied for full time living (looking at Redwoods and Heartland) I'm trying to justify purchasing something around 60K instead of 120K. Upgrade to an independent suspension from Morryde, and air ride hitch and so on. That should make whatever rig I buy a very happy camper. Additionally I plan on spending months at a time wherever it is I end up so I wont be putting on a huge amount of miles. Is my logic sound? I could buy a used DRV or Excel but I'm back to dropping 70 grand a tow vehicle.

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

Damn thought, In my opinion that door in the slide is genious! Hopefully by the time I buy everyone and there mother will be doing that.

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Old 11-28-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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The reason the high-end ones are heavy is that everything in them is heavier, and that's why there's so little issues with them full-timing in one place or moving all the time. Look at the so-called 'ultra-light' trailers and they're made almost out of cardboard, with tiny tanks as well. Our Montana was a compromise for us, although my wife did get the floor plan she wanted most. It was the heaviest I wanted to tow even though it's also is the heaviest my '06 F350 is rated for. Just finished over 5,400 miles towing it over a 9 week vacation and nothing broke on the 5er (a couple of glasses did in a cabinet though) or the truck.

If you want something to full-time in, you should figure out what your needs and your requirements are (each is probably a little different) and go shopping with a good checklist in hand. And, you can usually get a good three year old unit for around $40k if you look hard enough.

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Old 11-28-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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If you are relying a company's warranty, you could be making a terrible decision. The "Warranty for full time" is no better than other warranties Do your research, read the forums to gain as much knowledge as possible.

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