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No offense Bpounds, but in all my years of 5th wheeling, including the last 9 as a fulltimer, I've never heard anyone suggest Keystone as being a top manufacturer. I've heard the opposite opinion many times. Having said that, the truth is that most seem to have ups and downs in quality over time, including those considered the best; especially since the economic downturn in 2008. Despite your best efforts, you can end up with a lemon. The good news is that the best will make things right. When I was doing the same research a couple of years ago, I came up with the following list: New Horizons (if cost is not an issue), DRV, Hitchhiker, Excel and Carriage. Good luck.

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Your question; although worthy of a response, is also a loaded one. The short answer (and easiest) "that depends".

Is this going to be a starter? Is it for a couple? Is it for a family? Do you want a four season camper?

Lot's more questions that answers at this point.

Ultimately you need to get what you want in a camper that fits your particular needs.


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I have owned 3 Montana's and currently have a Landmark full body paint ordered. Heartland is building an excellent 5th wheel. Mobile suites is probably top of the line but are extremely heavy.

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If there were one nobody would buy any of the other ones. You can compare different manufacturers as rated by owners themselves on this web site where owners rate their own. http://www.rv-coach.com/RV/manufacturers/survey/rate_your_rv_results.html


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phildebra2 wrote:

No offense Bpounds, but in all my years of 5th wheeling, including the last 9 as a fulltimer, I've never heard anyone suggest Keystone as being a top manufacturer. I've heard the opposite opinion many times. Having said that, the truth is that most seem to have ups and downs in quality over time, including those considered the best; especially since the economic downturn in 2008. Despite your best efforts, you can end up with a lemon. The good news is that the best will make things right. When I was doing the same research a couple of years ago, I came up with the following list: New Horizons (if cost is not an issue), DRV, Hitchhiker, Excel and Carriage. Good luck.


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We had a Snowbird (by Nu-Wa) for 11 yrs. It was great. We now have a 7 yr. old Cedar Creek 5th wheel and have not had any issues with it either. It's made by Forest River.

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phildebra2 wrote:

No offense Bpounds, but in all my years of 5th wheeling, including the last 9 as a fulltimer, I've never heard anyone suggest Keystone as being a top manufacturer. I've heard the opposite opinion many times. Having said that, the truth is that most seem to have ups and downs in quality over time, including those considered the best; especially since the economic downturn in 2008. Despite your best efforts, you can end up with a lemon. The good news is that the best will make things right. When I was doing the same research a couple of years ago, I came up with the following list: New Horizons (if cost is not an issue), DRV, Hitchhiker, Excel and Carriage. Good luck.
This would be my pick as well.

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We love our Cedar Creek Daydreamer,really well built,unmatched customer support and some real serious "pride of ownership"http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww289/MPI_Mallard/Truck-Trailerpic.jpg


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Our first fiver was a Carriage Cameo (99).

The second was a Keystone Outback Sidney (07).

The pressent is a Glendale Titanium (08 model purchased in 10).

The quality of materials and general workmanship of the Keystone were far inferior to either of the others. It looked good at the dealer's, but we were vastly dissapointed.

Even though Glendale (june 2010) and Carriage (Nov 2011) are both bankrupt, the units on the road are top grade trailers. Keystone not so much.


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I owned a Keystone Montana Big Sky ..... big piece of junk. I have a Forest River Maverick .... not perfect but relatively trouble free for 4 years now.

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