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hoosier32 08-05-2008 04:18 PM

we are full-timers and have been looking at an 08,36TKE. would appreciate any comments. this would be our 5th 5ver over 15 years;however, new to excel. thanks, hoosier56

hoosier32 08-05-2008 04:18 PM

we are full-timers and have been looking at an 08,36TKE. would appreciate any comments. this would be our 5th 5ver over 15 years;however, new to excel. thanks, hoosier56

rockintom 08-05-2008 06:30 PM

Hoosier,
Welcome and hope to see more of you here. We have been FTing in our '05 35ft.FLR for almost 3.5 yrs. We love it and the lifestyle. We've had the normal things happen along the way, but have found Peterson standing tall and wanting to take care of us all the way. I don't think you'll find a better rig for the money. Nice woodwork, well insulated and solid undercarriage. If you decide to do the 36ft. do not settle for any less than a MDT to tow with. These rigs are heavy! Don't let someone talk you out of it. BTW I love the TKE floorplan. Good luck and see down the road soon.

evan0810 08-06-2008 02:20 AM

Welcome Hoosier, can I take it you are from Indiana also? If so, the Excel dealer on the southside of Indy had a new '07 36TKE you could get a real deal on. I second what Rockin' said about a tow vehicle. The miles you are going to put on FTing, a MDT would be the ticket. We have a Classic 33TKE and couldn't be happier. You need a well-built unit to survive the mine field we call interstates. Any time I've dealt w/ PI, they have been there to help.
Ed

hoosier32 08-06-2008 04:00 AM

thanks rockintom and evan0810, appreciate your comments on the excel. i thought the excel was the right way to go, but you know how it is when you get that new fever smell going. had also thought about a mobile suite,but dw

ChiefJohn 08-06-2008 04:05 AM

'Hoosier'
Welcome to iRV2.com and the "Excel Owner's Forum". No need for me to echo the great comments you've received thus far . I will mention that Peterson Industries is offering a special rebate through the end of August 2008. Great company with outstanding customer service!

hoosier32 08-06-2008 04:09 AM

i am new to the forum and i suppose i need to be brief or does it cut you off after a period of time. anyway, evan i am from in and i hope to see you folks down the road
hoosier56

RV Wizard 08-06-2008 04:23 AM

hoosier32, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of youradventures and experiences. THere are many full timers in Excels and you certainly could do a lot worse. I am putting in a short cut to the New Members CHeck-In section and one to the Excell Owners section so others can welcome you and give your post more exposure. Good luck and enjoy the website.

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 04:23 AM

Welcome Hoosier to the forum

You will find many people full timing in Excels. I think they are a great all around coach but I do not full time in them, just weekends and vacations.

Stick around and you will be able to meet people that full time in them.

Endeavor2BnC 08-06-2008 04:23 AM

Welcome Hoosier,

We are currently FT'ing in a 07 35' TKE and find it to be very comfortable, roomy and well built. We've owned it for 1.5 yrs and have been in it FT for 4 months now. We moved from a 3700 sq ft house to this 388 sq ft. "condo in an earthquake" and are very happy with it.

The quality of the Excel has more than met my expectations. We have had very few issues with it over this time frame. In fact, the most major thing that happened was that the convection microwave failed and was replaced under warranty.

I would reccommend the Excel to anyone looking for great quality, excellent value for their dollar and living functionality.

hoosier32 08-06-2008 04:23 AM

thanks folks for your help. will let you know how this story works out.

M&S Norrell 08-06-2008 06:04 AM

While I am sure the MDT is nice for towing a heavy trailer, the Ford F450 is MORE than adequate pulling any of the Excel RVs. We get 10 mpg when towing @ 65-70 mph. Don't know what the MDT's cost, but probably more than the F450.

rockintom 08-06-2008 06:13 AM

Sue,
Is'nt a F-450 a MDT? Tom

MakinSmoke 08-06-2008 07:12 AM

Hoosier,
Welcome!
You probably don't need yet another of us telling you to buy Excel but I'm gonna do so anyway.
I owned a Montana before. It was a pretty good fifthwheel but it didn't hold a candle to this Excel Limited 36CLO. The Peterson factory folks have treated us very well. I believe you will be happy with an Excel and the factory service after the sale.

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 08:16 AM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by M&S Norrell:
While I am sure the MDT is nice for towing a heavy trailer, the Ford F450 is MORE than adequate pulling any of the Excel RVs. We get 10 mpg when towing @ 65-70 mph. Don't know what the MDT's cost, but probably more than the F450. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sue,

I was interested in the 450 until I started hearing reports about the fuel mileage. How many miles do you have on yours and are you seeing the mileage increase with more miles on the truck?

Also is that manually calculated or by way of the electronic display?

ChiefJohn 08-06-2008 11:24 AM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Sue,
Is'nt a F-450 a MDT? Tom </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ditto Tom - Medium-Duty Trucks, Classes 4 - 6, 14,001 to 26,000 GVW. An F-450 would be in the Class 4 category and is IMO the minimum TV for any Excel 35' and over.

Larry, we're waiting for you on the 'Dark Side'! https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif

rockintom 08-06-2008 11:35 AM

Chief,

You are absolutely, perfectly, precisely correct!....'bout time! https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/laugh.gif

Still Working "NOT" 08-06-2008 12:03 PM

Gosh, Sir KnowItAll (rockintom) agreed with someone. https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif

Hoosier32, welcome to the group. You will find that Excel is one of the Top Of the Line Fifth wheels built today. Chief has it right. A F450, C4500, Etc is the smallest truck I would pull with. Since I went over to the Dark Side, HDT, I wouldn't consider a MDT. Mainly because of the cost for the truck. The HDT will also provide a better ride, last you forever, even over MDT.

hoosier32 08-06-2008 12:19 PM

This hoosier32, thanks for everone's help. i will let you know how things turn out. thanks again.

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 12:24 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Since I went over to the Dark Side, HDT, I wouldn't consider a MDT. Mainly because of the cost for the truck. The HDT will also provide a better ride, last you forever, even over MDT. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is the thing that makes me want an HDT is that the cost is less than a new 450 and way less than an M2.

M&S Norrell 08-06-2008 12:33 PM

Our Lariat F-450 was about 52.5K fully loaded. We have 12K miles on it and it has increased gas mileage from 8mpg (towing 16,000# +) to 10mpg - traveling 65-70mph. Without towing we get 14-16 mpg on the highway. Didn't use computer; filled up and deducted miles. We did install 60gal. tank in lieu of stock tank.

ChiefJohn 08-06-2008 01:00 PM

Sir Godby,
Son, I've found your HDT -- 2005 Peterbilt 379EXHD
https://www.truckpaper.com/images/Tru...e/78109257.jpg

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 01:29 PM

Oh Baby Oh Baby

So much for me saying the HDT is less than the 450. Sweet looking truck, but you will be pushing the wind in that thing. Did you read the sign in front

It's Not About Fame
It's Not About Fortune
It's About Who's Got the Baddest Ride

It is a bad ride, but will make you squeak paying for it.

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 01:32 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by M&S Norrell:
Our Lariat F-450 was about 52.5K fully loaded. We have 12K miles on it and it has increased gas mileage from 8mpg (towing 16,000# +) to 10mpg - traveling 65-70mph. Without towing we get 14-16 mpg on the highway. Didn't use computer; filled up and deducted miles. We did install 60gal. tank in lieu of stock tank. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That is probably the best mileage I have heard from a 450, they are a great looking truck. Now just more confusion for my small brain.

BrianTX 08-06-2008 01:42 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">from various... 65-70mph. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

In most all cases, wouldn't gas mileage, and more importantly safety, be better at 60mph?


BrianTX

ChiefJohn 08-06-2008 02:32 PM

'Hoosier', I apologize for straying way off the intent of your topic https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...n_rolleyes.gif My post on the HDT for Sir Godby was https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/jestera.gif -- Nice HDTs, suitable for retitling as RVs and using as a tow vehicle, are available for less than 40K.

hoosier32 08-06-2008 03:54 PM

Hey folks, this has to be the best forum I have ever had the priviledge to be introduced to. You guys and gals are the greatest. See you down the road. Hoosier 32.
PS. We are buying the excel!!!!

rockintom 08-06-2008 04:02 PM

See there...there are still some fun lovin' folks out there. Bryan, you owe us all a "lube, oil, and filter" on our rigs! https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/laugh.gif....we just got another one across the curb!

ChiefJohn 08-06-2008 04:04 PM

'Hoosier'
Please ensure you tell Bryan that we sent you! https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/laugh.gif He may give us a free Excel T-shirt at the Family Reunion in May 2009. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/luxhello.gif

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 04:33 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ChiefJohn:
'Hoosier'
Please ensure you tell Bryan that we sent you! https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/laugh.gif He may give us a free Excel T-shirt at the Family Reunion in May 2009. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/luxhello.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'm holding out for that new trailer. Lets see, get SIrKnowItAll to feed Bryan some lunch and make sure he has plenty of that Oak Bark stuff and I will swoop in with the papers for Bryan to sign, what a plan. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/luxhello.gif

MakinSmoke 08-06-2008 05:05 PM

Man, Overkill would look sooooo good going down the highway with pink neon lights underneath! I wish I could hook myself up with some of those bad boys.

Still Working "NOT" 08-06-2008 05:09 PM

Virgil, Virgil, you going off the deep end or what?

hoosier29, here's a link to where us big boys hang out. Look at my webshot link under my postings over there. Lots of pictures of how the big boys do it. https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif

https://escapees.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x...51&f=353102588

LarryGodby 08-06-2008 05:44 PM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Still Working:
Virgil, Virgil, you going off the deep end or what?

hoosier29, here's a link to where us big boys hang out. Look at my webshot link under my postings over there. Lots of pictures of how the big boys do it. https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif

https://escapees.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x...51&f=353102588 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Gosh Now I feel so inadequate!

rockintom 08-06-2008 05:53 PM

Virg,

Pink neon lights...what are your ultra "Rush" friends gonna say??? https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/sign0082.gif Real men with HDT's don't do pink neon lights....do they???

bye-bye sweet boy! https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/eek5.gif

Still Working "NOT" 08-06-2008 06:51 PM

Throw the flag. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/sign0018.gif

motojavaphil 08-06-2008 08:27 PM

Pink neon lights on an HDT. I'd be very careful in truck stops after dark https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo.../icon_cool.gif.
Would you buy an Excel based on the opinions of folks in this forum? Aside from pink lit HDT's seems to be a happy group of people who happen to be supportive of their brand. Having owned a 35 MKO I can recommend Excel. Well made, plenty of room and warm when it is cold. Its a good home. It is also a great bang for the buck. No matter what your choice, good luck!
Phil

MonacoMama 08-06-2008 08:32 PM

hoosier32...
Welcome to iRV2! I can't answer abouth the rig..but I can tell you that many folks will give your their opinions -and they are usually passionate about it also

Again...welcome to iRV2!! Please visit & post often!
https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/action.gif
MM




MakinSmoke 08-07-2008 01:24 AM

https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/nono.gifEberle, can't believe it got you too. Expected to get Tom and maybe Larry cause they've not come over to the darkside.....yet.

Sorry boys, those pink neon lights just wouldn't quite go with my haircut or my Lifetime membership in the NRA. It was a queesy thought wasn't it.

Hoosier go on down and buy your Excel so you can get be part of the Family. We'll treat you like we treat each other. https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...s/icon_eek.gif https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/oboy.gif https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/scared.gif

rockintom 08-07-2008 03:57 AM

Virg,

Once again....you mashed my button! I'm so easy! https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/biggrinbandit.gif

LarryGodby 08-07-2008 07:12 AM

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Sorry boys, those pink neon lights just wouldn't quite go with my haircut or my Lifetime membership in the NRA. It was a queesy thought wasn't it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Virg,

I think you and Overkill would look sweet in pink. https://irv2.infopop.cc/groupee_commo...on_biggrin.gif


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