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We were very impressed by the Continental coach by Forks at the Tampa RV show. Talk about Robust. Excellent in every respect. The weight was GVW 26,445 lbs a bit heavy for my F-350. HDT territory for sure When We pushed the reps they admitted that a F- 550 was minimum. The 45ssa5 has 5 slides and the outside diameter IS 45 feet. This was the only 5th wheel unit we saw that impressed us.They are out of Shipshewana Ind and this is one plant we have not toured. We will this summer. The Forks reps were very up front in every respect.

Richfaa

 

As the owner of the first 2015 continetal coach, I will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about Jay, Eric and there fine shop in shipsy. Also might be time to consider an HDT for your long term plans as well.

My email address is in my signature or PM for my cell number. (Still hiding from big5ver after the hutch ralley, LOL)

 

JC Canterbury

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One of the perks of the Mobile Suites is that it is built on the same frame as the much heavier Elite Suites, leaving MS owners with tons of CCC and a little more peace of mind that they won't be overloaded.

 

Sue

Sue, our new Mobile Suites only had 1900 lbs of net carrying capacity BEFORE they installed a generator, washer/dryer, and motorized satellite dish. I'm not sure what you mean by "tons" of carrying capacity. I hope we have a strong and well-built frame, but net carrying capacity on paper it does not have.

 

Roy

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I'm so confused, Every one seems to be concentrated on just the welds. Most Lippert frames are I beams. Some mfg. will add a 2x2 in tube on top of the I frame to make it stronger. The reason the mfg puts 6 point leveling jacks, is because the lippert frame will twist. ( this is from a Mobile Suites owner) a good example is Lifestyles RV. They started building the Lifestyle RV from the ground up to mimic the Carriage built products with box frames welded on top of each other. Well according to their people starting in 2016 they are changing to the Lippert frame to and I quote "reduce the weight and lower the price." I think they are not selling enough high end units, so they need to CUT COST. I'm not knocking any one's choice of rv, But I personally would buy a 10 year old Carriage built RV and remodel it than buy any RV built today with the exception to the custom built units that I couldn't afford any way. Oh by the way I do own a Carriage Cameo my second. the first one 7yrs old and never back to the dealer. Our 2011 is 4 yrs old and never back to the dealer. No reason to. and it has a frame that will handle any thing that is thrown at it. We are also full timers.

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This whole frame failure discussion really helps underscore the importance of a high quality air ride hitch. When people buy them it's because they feel less jolting (chucking and bucking) when towing. But one of the BIGGEST benefits of an air ride hitch is to cushion the truck and trailer frames from the beating the roads are dishing out. I'm sure that the reduction in stress that your trailer frame is exposed to will go a LONG way toward reducing stress related failures (cracks). An air hitch won't guaranteed you'll never have a frame failure, but it will definately improve your odds.

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I will second the comment above for Arctic Fox, they are not in the high price range of the customs, and they make their own frame which has had no quality issues.

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Comparing New Horizons, Forks (Continental Coach) and Spacecraft with something like Open Range is not really an "apples to apples" comparison. The custom built RVs cost a LOT more and are built a LOT better in every way. I post this only for future readers .....but I would think that most people know this.

Most people that did the research should know, Open Range salesman may have said it's comparable and they took the bait.

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A good air hitch and a first class suspension (I have a Hensley Trailer Saver and morRyde’s Independent Suspension) will go a LONG way toward making a trailer frame live a long and healthy life ... a fully articulating head on hitch is a must.

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A good air hitch and a first class suspension (I have a Hensley Trailer Saver and morRyde’s Independent Suspension) will go a LONG way toward making a trailer frame live a long and healthy life ... a fully articulating head on the hitch is a must.

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A good air ride hitch with a fully articulating head and a first class suspension (I have a Hensley Trailer Saver and morRyde’s Independent Suspension) will go a LONG way toward making a trailer frame live a long and healthy life ... a fully articulating head on the hitch is a must.

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