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Old 06-29-2020, 09:35 AM   #1
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Looking for a new 5th Wheel

Good morning folks. I hope I am in the correct forum for my question. If not please tell me to take a hike somewhere else . My wife and I are looking to purchase a new 5th wheel. The unit will be permanently set on a lot we own in Gatlinburg, TN. Max budget is around $100k. Currently looking at the RiverStone 37MRE. I would appreciate any suggestions and why. I am going to look in the specific forums for info as well.

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We ordered that model with the legacy option and had a few more 110 outlets put in and cat6 cables run also price was just slightly higher than mentioned. We should be picking it up early August. I spent two years researching and think Riverstone was the best choice when balancing quality vs price.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:24 PM   #3
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If you never plan to move it why not look into a park model, 12 foot wide with no slide outs, conventional roof with shingles and an external residential type forced AC?
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If you never plan to move it why not look into a park model, 12 foot wide with no slide outs, conventional roof with shingles and an external residential type forced AC?

Or a mobile home or modular for that price. All are much more suited to stationary life.
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For 50k you can get a super nice 16' wide mobile home (like in a trailer park). All dry walled for maybe 55k.
No way would I buy a Riverstone unless I was going to buy a dually truck and travel.

A lot of mobile homes are bring built with 2"x6" exterior walls. Typical layout is a bedroom and bathroom at each end and living and kitchen in the middle.

Or maybe contract for a 50k tiny house. That would be better than some 5th wheel IMHO.
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The resort I am in has restrictions. No longer than 45’, no wider than 104” (not including slide-outs), no peaked roofs, etc.
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You can still get into what they call "Destination Trailers" standard width with several slides, but give you a nice flat floor plan and for same square footage as a 5er at approx half the price.
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I have looked at the park models but the ones I have looked at seem to be of lesser quality. I would definitely consider a park model if I could find a well built unit with a good floor plan. Thanks for the input.
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If you decide not to go with a park model, check out the new Alliance RV. They are pretty nice and have a lot of things std that are usually optional.
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I have looked at the Alliance units. They appear to be well built but it looks like they do not have the whisper quite AC. A park model would work well if I could find a well built one that does not have the living and kitchen combined. We are looking for something where the living area is separated ( as much as it can be in an RV) from the kitchen.
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Have you looked at the Jayco bungalow models?

https://www.jayco.com/products/trave...ngalow/40fkds/
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Have you looked at the Jayco bungalow models?

https://www.jayco.com/products/trave...ngalow/40fkds/
I have not but I will. Thank you.
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If you never plan to move it why not look into a park model, 12 foot wide with no slide outs, conventional roof with shingles and an external residential type forced AC?
Exactly. I was thinking the same thing, then of course someone came in and said this before me lol. But a park model feels more like a home than a 5th wheel does. Not to mention it sleeps WAY more than a 5th wheel (even the bunkhouse models). There are some that have a second story (low roof, but still second story).

I forget this model name, but my favorite 5th wheel bunkhouse model has two bedrooms! Two enclosed bedrooms with 1 bath, and the second bedroom has bunk beds and a play area with a TV. Do you have any visitors coming?
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Front living space models are pretty nice. I was going to go with middle living room on the Arctic Wolf model of fifth wheel. It's the 311ml. It's a mid living space, but there is a barrier between the kitchen and living space.

You would have to go pretty long on a park model in order for the living space and kitchen be separated. Believe me, I do not like when the two spaces encroach on each other.

The park model 2021 FOREST RIVER SANDPIPER DESTINATION 420FL looks nice, and they are separated.
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