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Old 04-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #15
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I see a lit of Cardinal 5ers. Some with full body paint. I do not know much about Cardinal 5ers. Are they in with the slew of other 5ers?
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:23 AM   #16
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The Cardinal would be comparable to the Montana et al, IMHO.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #17
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When we came back from SD this past week, met quite a few snowbirds northbound on I-29. Lots of different units. But when it comes down to full timing, I think you are right Ken, it would behoove you to invest in a unit with the structure support needed. That is why I have also considered the King of the Roads as a possibility. And of course what input you guys have on that as well. Thanks
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:40 AM   #18
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Any pros/cons on Forest River 5vrs? Seems lots of TX dealers carry them. Looking for something in the $75-100k range, 36-38 ft.
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I've mentioned this before on the forums, but I think one of the biggest considerations in selection is how you plan to use the rig. If you plan to FT, the difference in use is incredible vs. someone who vacations or weekends, or even snowbirds in it for 5 or 6 months.

Then consider how you plan to FT. If you want to travel all over the country, Canada and Alaska, you will be putting much more stress on your rig than if you sit still for 6 months at a time. And this is where the 8000 lb axels, the box frame, the solid wood and cabinetry, disc brakes etc etc all come into play.

I think you've gotten a good list of the top three or four FT rated manufacturers still in production. Take plant tours if you can. But definitely follow the advice of those who caution to look beyond the "glitz". Peterson Industries (Excel) has some very good construction videos on their web site which you can look at. Some of the others may also. Not as good as a factory visit-but certainly can give you some things to put on the comparison lists.

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When you start talking about Forest River or Cardinal, you are looking at composite wall construction. If you want the top of the line, you will be looking at aluminum framed walls. Look first at the frame. Then the walls. I would go for a unit where they build their own frames.

Take a good hard look at the new Lifestyle rigs. They are using much of Carriage build technology and many of their former employees including their engineering crew. They have put together a very impressive piece of equipment that I would look long and hard at if replacing my Carriage.
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We were considering the Dynmax Trigilogy until we researched construction of it. It only has 2 inches of insulation in roof area. Customers complain of front cap very hot and one even posted he cut hole behind shoe compartment and it was void of any insulation. Shame since it is well built but they really missed on insulation
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Since you are in Houston, check out

They have a ton of inventory to see floor plans, brands. Used, but worth a look.

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