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Old 12-05-2022, 09:36 PM   #1
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Stumped. Looking for a 5th with a winter package and..

We are on the hunt for a newer 5th..thinking 2015 to '18.,,but we are flexible.

Our present unit is an AF 29 5t and we love it however, my mobility issues tell me I need a walk around bed which is easy to get in / exit from and the DW wants a bigger or residential fridge.

It has to have a winter package with all that goes with it and it must be under 33 foot. We like state parks.

We really like the AF 27 5t (or variants) but the fridge is normal size. The arctic wolf is considered an entry level rig and with the long list of issues, we cannot disagree.

Every rig we look at with the above requirements seems to be BIG 35 to over 42...

The web really hasn't been much help.

Any ideas ?

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Old 12-06-2022, 07:47 AM   #2
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Not sure how they would fit your model year thinking but the Alliance Paradigm 295MK and Grand Design Solitude 280RK would be close. I don't know much about them other than what I read which isn't all bad. As far as winter package I'm not sure about that.

When we bought in 2020 we had narrowed our list to include Artic Fox but when they refused to install a residential fridge on one we would have ordered we crossed them off.
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Old 12-06-2022, 08:23 AM   #3
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Jdt,

Thanks..what did you eventually end up buying ?

We are on the road 5 months a year..the one complaint my dw has with the af..and it is big...is the fridge.

Appreciate your help. Dealers local to me in tx don't seem to be helpful..

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Not sure how they would fit your model year thinking but the Alliance Paradigm 295MK and Grand Design Solitude 280RK would be close. I don't know much about them other than what I read which isn't all bad. As far as winter package I'm not sure about that.

When we bought in 2020 we had narrowed our list to include Artic Fox but when they refused to install a residential fridge on one we would have ordered we crossed them off.
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We bought the Jayco Pinnacle shown in my signature line. It hasn't been totally without issues but close. A slide adjustment and a misaligned outside trim piece have been the only construction related issues. We did lose an air conditioner that had to be replaced. It has a 21 cf Whirlpool fridge that we really like, especially for our longer trips. Our last 3 rv's have had residential fridges and they have all been good. We never boondock so it works well for us.

Not sure what truck you have but if you could expand your size limit up to 36 feet or so the options greatly increase. Ours is 36' 8" and is just about right for our needs.
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The Arctic Fox 28-5C seems to fit your criteria. It's been around for a few years.
https://northwoodmfg.com/arctic-fox-2/arctic-fox-28-5c/
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Sorry.. did not seed you sig on my phone..now that I am on a computer.. I see.

I now have a one ton HO but I just downsized from a frtliner sport chassis. Unfortunately, 36 is too big for many state parks..you really need to be below 34.. however, it also gives me another brand to look at.

Our normal trip is usually 5+ months long and 11 k miles..

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We bought the Jayco Pinnacle shown in my signature line. It hasn't been totally without issues but close. A slide adjustment and a misaligned outside trim piece have been the only construction related issues. We did lose an air conditioner that had to be replaced. It has a 21 cf Whirlpool fridge that we really like, especially for our longer trips. Our last 3 rv's have had residential fridges and they have all been good. We never boondock so it works well for us.

Not sure what truck you have but if you could expand your size limit up to 36 feet or so the options greatly increase. Ours is 36' 8" and is just about right for our needs.
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We haven't looked at Rvs for years. the 29 5t was just a stop gap rig that we had planned on going larger when we long timed.. hence the sport chassis as a tv but it fot us well and is tuff so we decided to keep it.

We quite like it... other than the solid brown which unfortunately, is normal.

Thanks. Now the hard part.. finding one

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The Arctic Fox 28-5C seems to fit your criteria. It's been around for a few years.
https://northwoodmfg.com/arctic-fox-2/arctic-fox-28-5c/
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Manufactured for full time living. Mines got more miles than I can count, I have added disc brakes but o all it's been a great camper. We 3/4 time so it gets used more than weekends and a couple weeks a year.
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Thanks,

We run about 5 to 6 months a year. We looked at these rigs but they are too large for where we go hence my length limit.

We have now found 6 that meet our criteria.. 2 of these have been struck off due to being entry level..1 we just cannot find..

the searh goes on

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Lifestyle RV made a shorty one I think it was LS32 model. Last mfgr year would be 2016. Superb build quality and most have residential fridge. Built for full timers, and we can attest to them being great 4 seasons rigs. We stay toasty warm in brutal cold, nothing has ever froze up, and nice and cool in the sweltering Texas heat. Beautiful solid cherry cabinetry. Highly recommend if you can find one.
New Horizons also builds a short 5er , I believe they have a 32' plan on their website.
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We are on the hunt for a newer 5th..thinking 2015 to '18.,,but we are flexible.

Our present unit is an AF 29 5t and we love it however, my mobility issues tell me I need a walk around bed which is easy to get in / exit from and the DW wants a bigger or residential fridge.

It has to have a winter package with all that goes with it and it must be under 33 foot. We like state parks.

We really like the AF 27 5t (or variants) but the fridge is normal size. The arctic wolf is considered an entry level rig and with the long list of issues, we cannot disagree.

Every rig we look at with the above requirements seems to be BIG 35 to over 42...

The web really hasn't been much help.

Any ideas ?

Thanx
Seems like a lot of required things that would limit your choices - used, residential (or large) refrigerator, short, walk around bed......

Have you looked for any of the Outdoor RV products? We liked those. But I don't think any have a large refrigerator, at least not in a short length.
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We are on the hunt for a newer 5th..thinking 2015 to '18.,,but we are flexible.

Our present unit is an AF 29 5t and we love it however, my mobility issues tell me I need a walk around bed which is easy to get in / exit from and the DW wants a bigger or residential fridge.

It has to have a winter package with all that goes with it and it must be under 33 foot. We like state parks.

We really like the AF 27 5t (or variants) but the fridge is normal size. The arctic wolf is considered an entry level rig and with the long list of issues, we cannot disagree.

Every rig we look at with the above requirements seems to be BIG 35 to over 42...

The web really hasn't been much help.

Any ideas ?

Thanx
I doubt you will find a short RV with all the requirements you have. Check out Outdoor RV rigs tho.
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I have a list of 5 so far..

Nothing with ORV..

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I doubt you will find a short RV with all the requirements you have. Check out Outdoor RV rigs tho.
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It really depends on your lifestyle and how you RV..

ORV is a wash.. would go AF first..

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Seems like a lot of required things that would limit your choices - used, residential (or large) refrigerator, short, walk around bed......

Have you looked for any of the Outdoor RV products? We liked those. But I don't think any have a large refrigerator, at least not in a short length.
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