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Old 09-17-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Hello all. Randy and Joanne here. We are thinking of retiring in a 5th wheel down the road. Any info on the best brand to start with down to the "el cheapo" or is there a list we can find online? That's our start. Thanks.
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Hello and welcome to the forums. I am sure someone will be along to answer your questions and offer advise..
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First thing to decide is do you want a true full time trailer and 4-season trailer? There is a lot of subtle differences and there are a lot of trailers claiming to be 4 season trailers that are not in my opinion.

Next, full time trailers are HEAVY and will generally require a minimum of a well equipped 1 ton dual rear wheel (DRW) diesel. Some will require a MDT. Some states will require an up graded drivers license over the base auto class license.

Next, are you going to look fro new or used. You can get a nice gently used 4 to 5 year old high end unit for 40% of the cost of new. So you are not hit with a big depreciation as on a new unit.

Most of all, rent a unit and give it try and see how you like the RV live style...close quarters and all.

Now for full time units....
Mobile Suites
Select Sites
New Horizons
Nuwa
Carriage and Cameo
Teton
Lifestyle Luxury RVs
Excel.

Teton, Nuwa and Carriage (cameo) are out of business now.

Good luck

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Hi Randy & Joanne, welcome to the forum. I can't say it any better than Ken already did.
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Glad you joined us and hope you enjoy your time on the site. I'm sure you'll find the information you're looking for regarding the 5er. Good luck in your search and hope it all works out great. Hope to see you down the road.
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Welcome to the forum. You'll find plenty of help here, but you'll probably want to post questions under the "Forums”, “Towables” and “5th Wheelers”. I've had great deal help from nice folks with much experience.
You can even do a detailed searches with specific questions to what others have said in the past.

Best of luck, safe travels & keep us updated on what you decide!
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Hi Randy & Joanne! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you found us! Congrats on the upcoming retirement! I would suggest that you do a lot of searching over in the 5th wheel and other areas of the forum to get some ideas. You'll get better responses over there as not too many folks hang out here. Good luck and God bless!
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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Thank You Ken.

We will rent a couple to check out and look for a 4-5 yr old that will be a 4 season type as we will travel to Ontario Canada at some point. Thanks for all your info and we will follow your suggestions on the best brand to study up on.
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First thing to decide is do you want a true full time trailer and 4-season trailer? There is a lot of subtle differences and there are a lot of trailers claiming to be 4 season trailers that are not in my opinion.

Next, full time trailers are HEAVY and will generally require a minimum of a well equipped 1 ton dual rear wheel (DRW) diesel. Some will require a MDT. Some states will require an up graded drivers license over the base auto class license.

Next, are you going to look fro new or used. You can get a nice gently used 4 to 5 year old high end unit for 40% of the cost of new. So you are not hit with a big depreciation as on a new unit.

Most of all, rent a unit and give it try and see how you like the RV live style...close quarters and all.

Now for full time units....
Mobile Suites
Select Sites
New Horizons
Nuwa
Carriage and Cameo
Teton
Lifestyle Luxury RVs
Excel.

Teton, Nuwa and Carriage (cameo) are out of business now.

Good luck

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Thanks you guys.

We will.
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Hi Randy & Joanne! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you found us! Congrats on the upcoming retirement! I would suggest that you do a lot of searching over in the 5th wheel and other areas of the forum to get some ideas. You'll get better responses over there as not too many folks hang out here. Good luck and God bless!
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