Newmar Kountry Aire and Cypress 5th wheels
Hi, all. We are no longer interested in that Essex that had the fire (thanks for all the input on that by the way) and have been looking a 5th wheels the last day or two. there are two that look good pending inspection, but both have drawbacks. They are both at least a day's drive away.
The first one is a 2000 Kountry Aire 38KSDP, which looks nice, but is VERY heavy - @ 20,000 lbs, it is going to be a chore to find a suitable truck to tow it. It is well insulated and is rated for full time. It has fair amount of NCC which is good, but not sure about towing that much weight in the Canadian Rockies, with even the new Ram 3500 crew cab dually (hubby is a Dodge man) which would be loaded to capacity.
On the other hand, we have found another fiver, a 2008 Cypress 37LSRE, also pending inspection, which we both really like. It is much newer, and it is much lighter, so the Ram should not have problems with it's weight @ 1660 lbs. However, it is not rated full time, but snowbird; and it has a low NCC at around 1800. Not so good at full-timing. We have discussed checking into upgrading the axles to 7500 or 8000 lbs, if possible, to raise NCC, but wonder if the Cypress would stand up to full time use.
We are hoping to be able to buy something very soon, but would like to hear from anyone how has used either of these, and what you thought of the quality. Also if you think the Cypress could stand up to full time living.
Thanks for your comments and opinions, all.