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i may be bias, but i would look into a left over triple e topaz, or i hear arctic fox is also a good brand. I dont mean to play sides, but look for somthing canadian made. .....


Not that I don't think Arctic Fox is a good rig (I own one), it's solid with little or no glitz. It is, IMO, one of the best value for your dollar rigs out there.

But it is certainly not Canadian made


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We purchased a 2012 Sanibel by Prime Time Manufacturing and we love it. The Sanibel is a full time unit as well as a four season unit. They only have a few options (2nd AC, Dual Pane Windows, Fireplace, Full body paint and generator). Everything else is standard, including king size bed, four door dometic refrigerator and 2 year warranty. We own the 3500 and it feels like being at home. It has a 32" tv in the living room, 24" tv in the bedroom and 26" tv outside in the entertainment center. This is a great buy for the money. We looked at many 5th wheels and this surpassed the others IMHO. Although Prime Time is a young company, you owe it to yourself to have a look. Good luck in your search for the best 5th wheel that fits your needs.


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gsxrcbrman wrote:

WellI have a couple of new dually's so pullIng won't be a problem. Are the cari-lite trailers a better built trailer than the regular carriage cameo's? Are there any years of the mobile suites that a person should stay away from?

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Not just because we have one but I would only go as old as a 07.5 Mobile Suites. The 07.5 is actually the same as the 08. They did a lot of changes and upgrades at that time compated to the 07 and earlier. We have stayed on ours for 9 months and it is really comfortable.


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gsxrcbrman wrote:

Hi I am looking at fifth wheel trailers but honestly except for the Drv Mobile Suites and the Carriage line i have no idea what else I should be looking at. Would appreciate any Input from people who know. I want an all season trailer that is built to the same standards and quality of the Drv. Someone has mentioned the Monicos but I have no idea if they are in the same league.

thanks Chris


High end?

Kind of depends how much you want to spend. Do you plan on full timing?

If money is no object and $100k+ is OK then the DRV's and a few others are great.

We looked at many different manufactures and for what we wanted to spend othe Jayco Pinnacle was our choice....quality, floor plan, warranty...and the list goes on for less than $57K.

This is 'high end' enough for us.

Good luck with your decision.


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If not mentioned already, look at Nuwa. They make a very high quality trailer used by many full timers, myself included. They have the prices and options on their web site at 'nuwa.com'. They have both dealer and factory direct ordering and pick up. Much of their quality, as is true with any well made trailer, is below the outside skin. One example is use to the blue Dow foam insulation, a Young's frame and other quality features.


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The weight is the problem with a Mobile Suites. A friend of mine bought a Mobile Suites and tows with a Chevrolet Dually Diesel and had to add Air Bags and the weight is way too much for his Dually. He was in traffic and a Van stopped in front of him real quick and he did not stop. Damaged the front of his truck and bent the B&W Hitch. He is now wanting to trade the 2012 Mobile Suites for a 2013 Landmark.

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Us out West wrote:

gsxrcbrman wrote:

Hi I am looking at fifth wheel trailers but honestly except for the Drv Mobile Suites and the Carriage line i have no idea what else I should be looking at. Would appreciate any Input from people who know. I want an all season trailer that is built to the same standards and quality of the Drv. Someone has mentioned the Monicos but I have no idea if they are in the same league.

thanks Chris


High end?

Kind of depends how much you want to spend. Do you plan on full timing?

If money is no object and $100k+ is OK then the DRV's and a few others are great.

We looked at many different manufactures and for what we wanted to spend othe Jayco Pinnacle was our choice....quality, floor plan, warranty...and the list goes on for less than $57K.

This is 'high end' enough for us.

Good luck with your decision.


Jayco Pinnacle is a great Unit. We looked at them and did not have a dealer close by that was willing to deal with us. So we went with the 2013 Landmark.

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Ford Man wrote:

The weight is the problem with a Mobile Suites. A friend of mine bought a Mobile Suites and tows with a Chevrolet Dually Diesel and had to add Air Bags and the weight is way too much for his Dually. He was in traffic and a Van stopped in front of him real quick and he did not stop. Damaged the front of his truck and bent the B&W Hitch. He is now wanting to trade the 2012 Mobile Suites for a 2013 Landmark.


His brakes probably are worn out or the calipers need to be lubed. I went thru mine top to bottom and found the outside pad was working but the inside was not. I cleaned and lubed the calipers and slide sleves and installed new pads. That thing in tow will stop on a dime, it is amazing!

Your friend's truck should be fine with the Mobile Suites tell him to get the brakes looked at by someone that knows what they are doing.

I know I will offend someone but the Landmark is not in the same division as the MS he just needs to fix his problem.

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I'm really surprised that no one is suggesting Excel. While I think thier interior decor needs a little updating, I'm very impressed by what I see of them every year at the annual RV show in Tampa. I'd love to have a limited with the fiberglass roof. Phillip


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We looked at a lot of them. I didn't want to replace the truck and the trailer at the same time. Based on that we ordered a Carriage Cameo. The model we have was the lightest one that they made. We like it a lot.


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