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Old 02-02-2020, 09:47 AM   #1
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Choosing a 5th wheel

Hi, my wife and I are planning on full-timing next year. We have a Ram 3500, so towing should not be an issue. we are trying to stay about 34 feet. My wife wants a washer & dryer hook up. We have narrowed it down to three 5th wheels. Coachmen Chaparral 298RLS, Montana High Country 294RL, Solitude 2930RL. I would like to hear some input about these RV.


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Old 02-02-2020, 01:02 PM   #2
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Full time id pass on all those and get an artic fox 27-5L i think is atound 33-35ft overall. much better built to handle the rigors if full timing. others youll have to baby along. only my opinion.


better built, insulated, dual pane windows. youll stay cooler in heat warner in cold. better in every way
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Old 02-03-2020, 03:34 PM   #3
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The three listed, the Montana , and Coachman have the best master closet storage for full timing.
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Old 02-03-2020, 04:13 PM   #4
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Hi, my wife and I are planning on full-timing next year. We have a Ram 3500, so towing should not be an issue. we are trying to stay about 34 feet. My wife wants a washer & dryer hook up. We have narrowed it down to three 5th wheels. Coachmen Chaparral 298RLS, Montana High Country 294RL, Solitude 2930RL. I would like to hear some input about these RV.


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Full time id pass on all those and get an artic fox 27-5L i think is atound 33-35ft overall. much better built to handle the rigors if full timing. others youll have to baby along. only my opinion.


better built, insulated, dual pane windows. youll stay cooler in heat warner in cold. better in every way

I would agree, not sure where you plan on traveling while full time, but all three of those are not what I would consider Full Time 5er, they are more or less the Liter" build of a better unit.
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Thanks, I don't think the 27-5L has W&D hook-ups. I checed the 29-5K and it has it, but it's 35'10. I was hopeing to stay under 34, or close to it.


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Old 02-03-2020, 08:25 PM   #6
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We currently livve on the east coast. Want to go west. Planning on doing it for about 3 years.


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Old 02-04-2020, 06:48 AM   #7
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Hi, my wife and I are planning on full-timing next year. We have a Ram 3500, so towing should not be an issue. we are trying to stay about 34 feet. My wife wants a washer & dryer hook up. We have narrowed it down to three 5th wheels. Coachmen Chaparral 298RLS, Montana High Country 294RL, Solitude 2930RL. I would like to hear some input about these RV.


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Thanks, I don't think the 27-5L has W&D hook-ups. I checed the 29-5K and it has it, but it's 35'10. I was hopeing to stay under 34, or close to it.


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Jake you state you have a Ram 3500 you don't state the year or if it is SRW or DRW. in 2013 Ram upped the 3500 SRW GVWR from 11,500# to 12,300# for the LB, the DRW went from 12,300# to 14,000# so the payload difference is large.


The Arctic Fox is a heavy rig due to the strong construction. It does have a large Payload capacity, but W/D sit directly over the pin.



Specifications:

Dry Axle Weight (approx. Lbs.): 9,448
Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.): 2,921
Net Carrying Capacity: 3,731
Gross Dry Weight – Lbs.: 12,369
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) – Lbs.: 16,100
Exterior Length (approx. w / hitch): 35’10”
Exterior Height (approx.): 13’6″
Exterior Width (approx.): 8’6″
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Another 1 and a half feet will really not change anything . If you are full timing the Artic Fox is the way to go .
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If I was buying new I would lean towards an Arctic Fox over the cheaper ones listed.

I would be more inclined to look for an older well maintained Alpenlite 2000-2005 model, an older Mobile Suite, an older Carriage or a couple others no longer built but were built better than most anything today.

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I’ll probably get blasted for this , and it doesn’t really address your question about those three specific RVs , but here goes. If you like the Solitude, maybe look at the 310GK. 34’11” and similar floor plan , but has a bed slide and walk-in closet instead. Separate closet for washer / dryer.
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:07 PM   #11
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Thanks, I have llook at it and will give it a second look.


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If you're going to full time, look at the Cargo Capacity of each unit you consider.

With my fiver setup just for weekends I have over 1,800 lbs of water and gear in it. This is without a Washer/Dryer or a generator. I have room still, I max at around 2,600 lbs.

This is what motivates a lot of people to go to a Class A DP. Many have over 4,000 lbs of cargo capacity.

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Though I really like our Coachmen Chaparral 298 RLS, I wouldn’t advise someone get one for full-timing. In terms of construction, it definitely isn’t overbuilt. The insulation is average.
I’d also suggest looking for a 5er with a z-frame. For full-timing, you’ll appreciate the extra storage.
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Do a deep dive into your trucks payload!

I've found the Rams are rated a bit lower than the others. The phrase "throw it in the truck" has become very common in my RV planning. So allowing for partners, guests, cargo, dogs, extra whatever will determine much of your life.

https://rvtowcheck.com/

And recall that western foothills make eastern mountains look small.
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