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Considering for full time, thoughts...opinions, the good, the bad and ugly?


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Couple of friends of ours who have been at it a while and have made numerous mods to their rig have one on order. If they want one, you'll be happy.


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Pretty sure the residential is NOT manufactured for FULLTIME USE. So you should first check with Open Range to be sure. Don't depend onb the dealer to inform you. As far as anything I have seen from Open Range, they make their RV's for the sole intention of medium term PART TIME use. Such as seasonal use on a C/G site.

Beyond that suggestion, I am of the opinion, that the Open Range Residential is not built for full time use. A really nice and well built rig for seasonal, snow birding or part time use. But not really built for up to the task of full time use.


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We will be monitoring this topic, as the Open Range Residential 412RSS is on our short list of new units, hoping to be full-time before fall.

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bump, working 3 year plan to full time and look at 5th wheel manufactures....


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Question is what does Full Time camping really mean?

North in the summer and spending the winter in the warmer Southern climates is the way most of the Full-Timers do it.

Yes there are amentities, dual AC's, thermal-pane windows, larger holding tanks that make things more comfortable in different RV's but I think the term 'Full Timing' is taken to be a very special unit...doesn't have to be.


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It doesn't have to be "special" but there are certian things a Carriage, DRV, Nuwa, and others typically have built in for extended use. Examples include a T&G residential style sub-floor system vs a foam laminated floor, proper vapor barriers and roof cavity venting, residential grade furniture and cabinets, and so on.

Many people full-time in a Montana, Cedar Creek, etc. so you are right - you can "full-time" in any level of a RV. Just be mindful that the rate of wear and tear may not be up to your satisfaction.


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Vulcaneer wrote:

Pretty sure the residential is NOT manufactured for FULLTIME USE. So you should first check with Open Range to be sure. Don't depend onb the dealer to inform you. As far as anything I have seen from Open Range, they make their RV's for the sole intention of medium term PART TIME use. Such as seasonal use on a C/G site.

Beyond that suggestion, I am of the opinion, that the Open Range Residential is not built for full time use. A really nice and well built rig for seasonal, snow birding or part time use. But not really built for up to the task of full time use.


I just purchased a Open Range unit. I am very satisfied so far. But I agree with Vulcaneer. If I were looking to full time I would look for a unit built to a higher standard than OR.
I agree any unit can be used to full time in. The question becomes how well will it hold up over the long haul.
I would suggest research units that are rated for full time use and compare to OR.
Do your research and be sure to get it right the first time, experience has taught me it always cost more to get it right the second time.


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I really liked the Open Range residential units when I first looked at them.
When I went back to take a 2nd look I found a lot of little problems and something I thought was a big problem. So I dropped them from my list due to careless construction.

The big thing for me was a gap between the wall and the floor under the bathroom sink but it wasn't the only thing I found wrong.

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mwebber78 wrote:

It doesn't have to be "special" but there are certian things a Carriage, DRV, Nuwa, and others typically have built in for extended use. Examples include a T&G residential style sub-floor system vs a foam laminated floor, proper vapor barriers and roof cavity venting, residential grade furniture and cabinets, and so on.

Many people full-time in a Montana, Cedar Creek, etc. so you are right - you can "full-time" in any level of a RV. Just be mindful that the rate of wear and tear may not be up to your satisfaction.

What mwebber78 said.

If you can find a used fiver of any brand you are considering that has been lived in, look at the carpet. I ran across a few used 5ers that had worn out carpet on the stairs to the bedroom even though the units were only a few years old.

Also bounce up and down on the floor and see how much the floor flexes in a used model. You can expect your new 5er to be like that in the same amount of time.

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