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Old 03-17-2010, 08:21 PM   #1
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Not Rving yet. Just doing research for the best 5th wheeler for full-time use, for the best price. Does anyone have advice on what to look for construction wise? Any recommendations for a full-time unit? Thanks.
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basically you can get a screwed and glued wood construction , all steel frame or an aluminum frame. Insulation is fiberglass or a rigid foam. Enclosed under belly or open construction.

Interior runs the gambit. Cabinets can be particle board with stapled butt joints, screwed butt joints of mortised and tendon joints. Some use all real wood fronts other plastic covered particle board.

To see how some are built, take along a flash light and pullout some drawers and look around. The plumbing should be neatly bundled and well secured. The wiring should be neatly bundles, tagged and secured. Any wall or floor penetration should be neat and edges covered to prevent chafing.

Call cabinet joints and doors should be neat, not gaps and aligned parallel or perpendicular. The rubber or Dicor roof should be flat and no bubbles.

The laminated sidewalls should be flat and bubbles.

For full timing you will want a true 4-season RV with enclosed basement, two A/C units, 50 amp service, probably dual pane windows, and all wood cabinets. Typical full time units would be Select, Design or Mobil Suites, NuWa, Teton, King of the Road. These units will MSRP over $100K.

Now there a lots of folks full timing in lesser units by Jayco, Cardinal and other similar trailers.

Have fun looking.

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Ken Thanks for this detailed information. I've looked at the online construction, as well as brochures, and some units on lots, but did not think about checking for the wiring and piping. I do know that I want a clean basement area and w/d with wood front doors. Do you know anything about Carriage? Some of the units you mentioned, I have never heard of, but will look for them.
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You have a great dealer or two with lots to look at out just north of where the Opryland amusement park used to be. Just look them up and inspect and learn from what we found to be some pretty knowledgeable sales folks, especially at the largest and oldest of the dealers there.
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