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Old 11-19-2015, 02:09 PM   #31
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I went from a 27' TT, to a 33' 5th wheel, now back in a 31' TT. Our son was small, and our first TT was just too small, so we got the 5th wheel. He has moved out, and it is just me and my wife. We went to a smaller TT, just for lighter weight, and not as tall. The 5th wheel was like 12' 6" to the top of the A/C. It was also heavy. I had a CC dually, with a Duramax, so no problems there. I just found that most 5th wheels are so big, that it limited me in a lot of campgrounds as to which sites I could use, be it from low tree limbs and such. The state campgrounds are known for never wanting to cut a single limb from a tree. I now have a 27RLS, with is just under 32', total length, and I feel that I won't have near the limitations getting to any campground I want. I will say that all of my trailers have pulled like a dream, but, I always had plenty of truck. I had a 2500HD gasser with the first TT, a CC dually diesel with the big 5th, and now, a 3500 CC SRW Ram CTD, that I pull the 27RLS with. The 5th wheel was very easy to hitch up. You won't have any problems with backing it and what not, it will just take some getting used to. Good luck with whatever you decide to get.
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Old 11-23-2015, 02:34 PM   #32
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Did anyone consider another brand. Don't think I will switch. But will have to look to appease the wife. I want to at least have some to look at with her. And nicely steer her back to the Jayco.
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Old 11-23-2015, 03:32 PM   #33
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You could steer her, or you could lay out the information you consider relevant and also get her input as to what she considers relevant. Often, the really important considerations take much more effort to ferret out, beyond the dream state.

My wife and I have agreed that when I'm ready to proceed, our first step is to rent some motorhomes as this is new to her.

She basically is relying on me to pick the coach and she will pick the 4 wheels down vehicle. She doesn't really want to think about it at this point, but I did get from her she wanted lighter colored cabinets and not go for the full-time length coaches.

Myself, I would like to have air leveling and hydronic heat, among other things.

I think you have to free your mind from being overly focusing on any one mfg, but that is hard to do as we kind of become comfortable with one mfg, ignoring equally as good or better options.
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:26 PM   #34
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I see your point Rodgers. I will always listen to my wife and what she wants. I will probally look at other brands but the build quality of Jayco is hard to beat. This will be an adventure and a fun one. Just not sure of what other quality brand 5vers to look at. But I will do my research
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:53 PM   #35
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I put in a general internet request "best 5th wheel." This returned some dated and some non-dated articles, blog comments, and analysis. Just good stuff to work through.

Best of luck.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:54 PM   #36
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I looked at everything with a Bunk room. The only two we found with the quality we felt comfortable with were Jayco and Grand Design. The GD just had some minor things we didn't like. Price pretty much the same.
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I mean EVERYTHING with a Bunk room.
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:39 PM   #38
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Thinking of going to a fifth wheel

I wonder about other brands too. My wife wants a bigger camper. We've looked at 5th wheel bunkhouses and toy haulers. Had a dealer this weekend tell us Jaycos are nice entry level campers... Without doing more research I could only say they at least they have two year warranties... The Raptor they should us was very nice and well optioned. Had Garmin GPS and rear camera. Why doesn't Jayco have that option? I've read poor reviews about the cameras Jayco uses... I know there is more too it than little options but this thread and dealer comments have me asking more questions...
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:52 PM   #39
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I would say most of the factory camera's are iffy. I'm going to get one in the spring. Honestly it's a cool feature but I'm not backing my $80,000 5th wheel up without getting out and looking anyway. When I drove professionally G.O.A.L saved a lot of jobs and money.
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Thinking of going to a fifth wheel

The dealer that sold me my Keystone Cougar told me the same thing. He would take a Solitude over a Montana and a Montana over a Jayco. I toured the factory where they make the Montana and I owned a Keystone Cougar. No way would I say they are better than Jayco. Now Grand Design, I'll be honest felt the best built of any of the 5th wheels we looked at. However not so much better than the Jayco that we would take it over the Jayco with all the things we didn't like about the aesthetics of the GD.
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