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Old 07-13-2013, 06:57 PM
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Looking at a fith wheel, any suggestions?

I've had a bumper pull for about 6 yrs now. Currently have a 31ft bh with slides. Wife wants a fifth wheel. Anyone have a rig with a bunks for 3 kids, or know of a decent mfg. and some pointers on what to look for or avoid. Thx.
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:13 PM
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Weight limits on the truck and trailer always.
How are you using it? Constant, few times a year, leaving it in a shed?
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:16 AM
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We camp pretty regular. at least 2 long trips (500 miles or more) a year, and local trips to Disney and Sarasota for holiday weekends. Im between Tampa and Orlando. 2012 6.7 cc 4x4. so Im pretty flexable with weight.
With so many MFG's as you know, they all look good at the RV shows. But when they are actuall used, thats a different story. My current RV is a heartland Wilderness. Bought new last august and is has been nothing but a headache. bad floor, doors not mounted correctly and leaks. All adressed under waranty but it has been in the shop 4 months accumulative since ive owned it.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:45 AM
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Keystone's can be the same way. They all can if you go with the big ones. The high end ones or the smaller mfgs will usually be better.
Keystone, Forest River, Heartland, etc. all have upper lines that will be better built than their cheap ones.
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Forrest river gets my vote. I'd also stick to something with fiberglass siding and aluminum roof.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:03 AM
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Contact sea71 he has had a few. My gf's grand parents just got a 30' triple slide out to go with their 2013 chevy.... I think its an "eagle river"... two big beds and its super nice. 50+k price tag.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:03 PM
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I love my Sierra 355QBQ, but not sure if you're interested in a 40 ft camper.
It has a separate bunk room in the back with two twins and two full beds, plus a half bath with an second exterior door. What really sold me is the outdoor kitchen. I use it all the time.

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Old 07-14-2013, 02:44 PM
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I own a 28 foot fifth wheel and stepped up from various bumper pulls. I would have to say that the fifth wheel is much easier to pull, you generally don't get the sway motion that you can get with bumper pulls. One thing to keep in mind though is that with a fifth wheel hitch if you happen to breakdown getting someone that can tow both your truck and your camper can be a challenge. Any dealership can come get your bumper pull camper with any pickup they have on their lot, not many have fifth equipped trucks it seems. Buddy of mine found out the hard way while camping in PA. His truck broke down (Chevy of course) and after all was said and done he had a 5 grand tow bill to pay for a flat bed lowboy that had to pick up his truck and his trailer and take it to the local dealership up there.
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I have to agree with you. The outside kitchen is way to go. How does having a 35+ft trailer limit you on access to campgrounds? I havent done it yet but plan to camp on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:22 PM
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I did forget to mention the size once when making a reservation, then found out they didn't have a spot open for anything over 35ft. I just make sure to mention it now and have not had a problem. We only camp at state parks and corps of engineer parks.
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