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I owned a 5er several years ago but sold it due to a move. I am interested in getting another one. I still have my tow vehicle, 2004 Silverado 3500 diesel, that I plan to use. I can afford to spend around 20K. I would like something in the 27-32 foot range. I don't need something really nice but want something as reliable as I can get.

I would appreciate any advice on what brands or models have a good reputation for being reliable in my price range. I would also be like to hear from others that have searched for a purchased a used 5er, how was your experience and any advice you can offer.

Thanks for any help.


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Lots of older 5ers are still in great condition. Just a matter of finding one and carefully inspecting it. I have a 2007 34’ Montana that is lightly used for its age and in very good condition. Someone will get a very good trailer a few thousand below $20k when I get ready to sell. Which may be in the near future since our travel has been severely curtailed by other factors.

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BB_TX wrote:

Lots of older 5ers are still in great condition. Just a matter of finding one and carefully inspecting it.


I agree. Remember that water leaks are the death of 5ers. However, a lot of people purchased RV to camp the summer of 2020 due to the Covid so the 2020 market for RVs was very HOT in 2020. In a few years when non-RV travel is back to normal one may not be able to give away a used RV as the 2020 RVers get rid of no longer needed RVs


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Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.

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Lots of older high end 5ers to choose from. Alpenlite, Carriage, Nu Wa, Mobile Suite for starters.


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Dave H M wrote:

Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.

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Dave H M wrote:

Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.


Heard a 1 line headline on Fox Biz Channel yesterday that oil "could " reach $100.00/barrel.

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As noted, look at the older higher end 5ers. The new ones are junk compared to the older ones.

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Dave H M wrote:

Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.


Actually as a full timer I would be ok with that trade-off. Trying to book popular parks now exactly 6 months in advance and having to take a shot at exactly 8am and having everything fill immediately as a bunch of us are competing for those few available spots and not getting them is getting old.


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GBEngineer wrote:

I owned a 5er several years ago but sold it due to a move. I am interested in getting another one. I still have my tow vehicle, 2004 Silverado 3500 diesel, that I plan to use. I can afford to spend around 20K. I would like something in the 27-32 foot range. I don't need something really nice but want something as reliable as I can get.

I would appreciate any advice on what brands or models have a good reputation for being reliable in my price range. I would also be like to hear from others that have searched for a purchased a used 5er, how was your experience and any advice you can offer.

Thanks for any help.


Which ever 5th wheel you are looking at buying take it to a Good RV shop to have it completely checked out to make sure you know all the systems are working and if any repairs are needed. $200 to $300 could be well worth it. It will also give some peace of mind.

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