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Posted: 06/29/20 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Truck campers are too small; lets check out 5th wheelers" says the DW. You bet ... I'm in trouble.[emoticon]

Being a "know nothing", I would appreciate your opinion as what you consider the 3 "better built" brands/models of current manufactured toy haulers.

Tow vehicle will be a F350 PowerStroke long bed DRW.

Thanks for your replies.

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New or used,,,, and budget?
high end DRV

Mass produced mid/upper Grand Design or Winne, , KZ , And then you have the Jayco, Keystone and Forest River products.

* This post was edited 06/29/20 05:21pm by wanderingaimlessly *

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If you have lots of money, DRV has or did have a very nice up scale Tow Hauler.


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Gee, that’s women! Just two days ago you were wantin’ to buck up your truck for a camper.


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Posted: 06/29/20 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or you can go with a custom built unit from New Horizon....better have deep pockets for the trailer and the Freightliner to tow it.

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One that stands out is Arctic Fox, by Northwood MFG, in Oregon. And it's a 4 season 5'vr, comes with a larger water heater than most 5'vrs They make their own trailer, which comes standard with shock absorbers. We have owned 2 A.F.-bought new. The last one-model 29 5T we probably put 50,000 miles on it-from So. Calif. we took it to the Yukon Terr.-to Florida and many points in between. https://northwoodmfg.com/


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Posted: 06/29/20 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

some are built better than others. the best way is to just go out there and look. check out the cabnet construction , the finnishing and every detail. we went with a cougar because we found there were some better build qualites in the interior, but every unit will have some issues.

the second best thing to do is take your time to find the floorplan that works for you. there are hundreds to chose from, check out things like can you pull over in a rest stop and have a nap with out putting out slides, can you access the fridge or washroom, with out putting out slides, is an outdoor kitchen on the wish list... there are so many option and features, just take your time and enjoy the looking.

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There are no 3 best or better built 5th wheel trailers. As you will see its the one you own in most cases. Just like which trucks is best/better question.
Like Steve says just look at the floorplans you like and at the interior/exterior differences....and I would add at the costs. You want it cheap you get it cheap. Quality will cost more. And of course what one sees as quality may not be so too others.


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Build and features are different animals, with an Arctic Fox or its like you get better quality build with extreme weather capability vs same priced units with more glitz and features.
DRV , New Horizons, are 2 that do both, for $$$ to $$$$ Excel did a fine job of straddling the line with shortish 5ers with great build heavy load capability and harsh weather capability. Sigh, they are gone.
Be mindful of Mfgr. claims about tank capacities, insulation values, a wall or access door has only the R value of its thickness so claims of additional films etc. to add R value are gimmicks .
Shorter, heavy for length should get you a durable unit. The 'Lite' unit is not for durability. . Be certain the tires, axles exceed weight rating, that suspension springs and shackles are greasable.
Do not hesitate to demand name brand tires with ply rating higher than stock as a last bargaining issue.

Next to loose trim, $ to fix, tires and suspension are the most troublesome $$$ to fix.

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Posted: 06/29/20 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So many nice comments regarding Arctic Fox fifth wheels. They don't make a toy hauler. Northwood, who builds Arctic Fox, makes the Desert Fox toy hauler. All their models are minumalists with no slides.

I hear some good things regarding the Grand Design Momentum toy haulers.

DRV makes the Full House toy haulers. All their models are 44 feet plus long and weigh nearly 20,000 pounds dry. In fifth wheel lingo, "That is a long, heavy trailer". I'm sure their quality is commensurate to their weight and their price.

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