....still going...wow, OP has two threads going, one on "which is best 5er" and Redwood Quality, (that one has 7 pages), people keep right on recommending 5er's and on the other thread, they're arguing Quailty and the OP hasn't posted on either thread since 31 March...again, kind of funny if you think about it....
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Jim & Kathy
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Hello all, been a little busy. Thank you to everyone who replied me. Most your comments were very helpful and I appreciate the time and the input.
One of you wrote:
So What happened to the Redwood that you purchased in October of last year? Just curious, saw your earlier post and was wondering if you got rid of it and are now getting ready to purchase another new one now?
It's been sitting at our ranch in California since early November. I am getting ready to tow it north for a visit to my son and a possible trade-in at a dealer who deals in both Redwoods and Excels. They have a shorter model that could better serve purposes so hopefully, if I don't get beat up too bad on the tradein, I might have a solution to my problems. Otherwise, we still need to go north and I still have a pile of warranty work to do.
Excel is another quality camper to think about....
It is, and I am. It will have to be one of the shorter models, which is where we are aiming anyway, as we are switching from the fulltime living concept to the travel concept again, and we like going into popular places like Glacier and Yellowstone when there are fewer people around, that is, when it's colder...and I only have a 2011 Ford 350 SRW. No oversized trailers on icy roads for me...
If money is no object as stated above there are 2 companies who will custom make a trailer for you.
New Horizons is one. Excel will also build to your specs. Another one was at the Phoenix GS Rally, but don't remember the name. Can tell you the 5er they brought to the show MSRP was $200,000.
Next level is Mobile Suites, Carriage (just went bankrupt) but units are available.
Next is Montana, Cedar Creek
Then Heartland, Crossroads, Northwood
The best will state OK for fulltiming.
Enjoy the search. Take your time and go to as many shows/factories as you can.
The "money is no object" comment was intended to be wit or irony, neither of which I am apparently very good at...
The only two units I haven't looked closely at are the Crossroads and the Cedar Creek. Even considered a cheap Northwood to beat up and keeping the Redwood as our California home until we get settled in Montana, if we are satisfied with the warranty work, but having two of these things seems excessive.
A related question. Really have liked both the New Horizon and the Excel which we hope to look at in a few days. What are the disadvantages of the wood frame? For the kind of traveling we like to do, that -10 degree rating is attractive, but the weight of the units is not. Any comments?
If the unit has a one year warranty, it is a “recreational RV”. If it has a two year warranty it is a “full-timer RV”.
First time I've heard this!
If you look at the units that are designated as being warranted for full timing, most have a two year warranty.
Think about it, if the unit is covered for two years while living in it, then the manufacturer must be taking steps to make sure the unit holds up.
Just my $0.02 worth, YMV
Frank now without Renae
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