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Old 08-19-2016, 10:05 PM   #1
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Best/worst Fifth wheel brands

We are shopping for a fifth wheel30-35 length. I am concerned about quality. This is for recreational use only. Looking to spend $50k. We are retired and want a comfortable quality rig with as much room as we can afford. No bunkhouse. Any tips will be appreciated.

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We have a 2015 Voltage V4000. We had a few bugs to work through during the warranty period. Other than that, we've been pleased with the quality and options. We are selling our unit because of vehicle glitches (difficult to explain), not because we are unhappy in any way. Voltage would be a good choice for recreational camping. I hope this helps.

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Old 08-20-2016, 07:15 AM   #3
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Hi Jan & Jim! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect 5er for your needs! We pulled a 36' Cedar Creek for 10 years and loved it!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We had a Keystone Montana prior to getting into MHs. Nice rig...getting expensive though...like everything else.
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You will do much better on a used higher end u nit over a new entry/mid level RV. There are lots of quality used units in the 3 to 5 year old range that ccan be found for 1/2 the cost of the new unit.

For a better RV look at used HitchHikers, Carriage, Arctic Fox and maybe Excel. These units are usually a bit heavier than the other trailers.

Kansas RV Center in Chanute, KS usually has some nice used HithHikers.

On a used RV, it is worth the money to hire a professional RV inspector to look for problems.

Have fun looking.

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What tow vehicle do you have? The true higher quality rigs will be quite heavy and well over your budget imo. The main brands are really built about the same (keystone, forest river etc). I have a Fuzion chrome toy hauler and it is nice and all but after 12k miles the past 16 months I can tell it isn't made for extended traveling. The build quality just isn't up to it.

The true full timing fifths (excel, Augusta Rv, etc) are built much heavier and would require a newer dually (at minimum) to tow
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Ken gives very good advice, I would suggest that route as well.
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They're all pretty on the surface. You don't want to look under the surface. I don't know of any trailer that isn't thrown together in the shortest amount of time with little attention paid to quality. They're all a crapshoot.
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:37 AM   #10
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New rig

Hello, and thanks to all who gave me input.
We bought a 2016 Cedar Creek Hathaway Edition, 36 ft. We pick it up in Houston on August 31.
I am really excited about it. Ill post pics when it gets here.
Jan and Jim.
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Surge protector

Any suggestions on adequate surge protector for 50 amp fifth wheel. They're priced anywhere from below $100 to $500.

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