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I am at the point where my "classic" 1994 Alpenlite is going to need some work, and we were trying to decide if we should look at a newer model or keep with what has been a good unit for us. If we go newer we would want a slide in the living room, at least 60 gallon water, and close on the gray, with about 40 on the black, with nothing over 29 feet. We have looked at the Cougars, and they fit if 2008 or newer, but we don't want to spend so much that we just have to look at it in our driveway because we can't afford to take it out. So we want to keep our eyes open for a good one from 2004 to 2009 that would meet our needs and not be super expensive. Looking for suggestions.

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I am at the point where my "classic" 1994 Alpenlite is going to need some work, and we were trying to decide if we should look at a newer model or keep with what has been a good unit for us. If we go newer we would want a slide in the living room, at least 60 gallon water, and close on the gray, with about 40 on the black, with nothing over 29 feet. We have looked at the Cougars, and they fit if 2008 or newer, but we don't want to spend so much that we just have to look at it in our driveway because we can't afford to take it out. So we want to keep our eyes open for a good one from 2004 to 2009 that would meet our needs and not be super expensive. Looking for suggestions.

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Most of the ones with large tanks seem to be toy haulers, since they are geared towards boondocking. I do like the Cougar High Country, but a 28 gallon black tank? Get real, Keystone.

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Have you looked at an Arctic Fox 27-5L? Quality made rig, solid value but little "splash". Made there in Oregon, so there should be lots of dealers, plus the factory isn't too far.

Fresh is 76 gallons, two grey tanks at 35 and one black also at 35 gallons


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My 3 slide is like a condo. Very comfortable and reliable. Get a newer one with at least 2 slides...


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All I found that was close is a 2009 Jayco Eagle Super Lite 25.5 5er, it has 46 gallon fresh, 65 grey and 33 black...is 28' 11" long. 10,000 gvwr and 7500 dry. around 21K used.


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Look at some Forest River 5ers. Our 09 Wildcat is 29 feet and has 60 gallon fresh/50 gray/50 gray and 50 black and we have 2 slides. We got it not far from you @ River City in Grants Pass.


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Those are interesting, thank you. That brings up another necessity, it must be a rear living area. I want as few slides as possible. I would have none, but my wife would like a little more room in the living room area. If you have no slides, they don't leak. We spend a lot of our time drycamping in the woods, so there often isn't a lot of space for a slide out. I do like the water available in them though.

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Going from an Alpenlite to a Cougar is a step down in quality. You are going from a snowbird rig to a weekend rig. I would find the space for a slide . I have always increased water capacity by carrying 4-7gallon jugs.

A short rear-living unit with a full slide is going to be hard to find. Finding a quality built rig like an Alpenlite, mid-line Jayco, etc narrows the field a bit. Heres a rig that fits the slide/rear living, under 28. Its a 1999 Holiday Rambler. They didnt make many of these. Check this one out

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Perhaps you would like to purchase another Alpenlite. I know what you are going through, as we have a 2003 Alpenlite Valhalla, which is listed as 29 feet, actually it measures 30 ft 10 in. The fresh water tank is 100 gal, and the gray water tanks are all 50 gals.

A used Alpenlite is worth about $16k. Just a thought.

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I replied, totally forgetting that I take 2 7gal water jugs with me on my annual family boondock campout. If needed, I set one on the tailgate of my truck, hook the hose up and fill away. Have only needed 1 jug a couple times since '04, mostly 'cause we have a bathroom that the ladies like to use. :-) You can also get bladders that you could put in your truck bed to do the same thing.

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