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Howdy Ya'll!!!

14 days of school left counting today.

I am starting to look at 5'ers now. As we get closer to the work being completed on the Semi, I am getting more and more excited about saving and shopping for a trailer. I absolutely will not take out a loan, I will pick what I like then save every penny I can to buy it.

I looked at Montana High Country 5'ers, I looked at Fuzions also, but I am leaning toward a no on the toy hauler. We really liked the front living room with hind quarter bedrooms.

What brands do you like. I took to heart all of the bad reviews about Camping World, so they sell the Montana High Country 5er I liked.

Also if the customer service / repair shop at Camping World is bad, does anybody have a recommendation for good 5'er / travel trailer repair services when they are needed, we all know these trailers are going to have issues and break down, who is good and who should be avoided is always nice to know.

Later,

Vegas Teacher - Cory O 

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Once upon a time, we had a FLR.  Initially loved, loved, loved the floor plan...until summer arrived and we realized that the A/C was not adequate for having my melon that close to the ceiling surface.  It simply radiated too much heat.  So, it wasn't the floor plan that soured us on the FLR, it was the engineering.  Buyer beware.

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There are some impressive front living floor plans and we have friends that love theirs. It can make a great space for entertaining as well as accommodations for overnight guests. As mentioned, however, it will be warmer “upstairs” as heat rises. That can be a plus in cold weather, not so much in warm weather. 

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Another thing to keep in mind, every single trip for a snack, drink, sink, bathroom or anywhere else in that trailer will be a trip up and down the stairs.

Loved our FLR while it was on the lot, HATED it after 6 months of using it due to all of the reasons above.

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Spindrift raises a good point on the insulation, especially in the roof. Having more than one AC unit when you're based in Las Vegas is something else to consider. Ask if the AC units have SOFT START technology already installed; otherwise, installing Soft Start will set you back $200+ for each AC unit (but they ARE worth it in my opinion). I've NEVER heard of a  customer who has been happy with the financing and or service they've received at a Camping World. 

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We have looked at the front living room units and     decided ...no way for the above reasons.  Plus, you get to looking at them closely, they lack storage.  Probably work as a weekend camper.

Avoiding Camping World and Gander is good advice.

Ken

 

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One other item to look at with any 5th wheel is access to important items when the slides are in. Stuff like bathroom, bedroom, refrigerator, and microwave. The Front Living Models we saw, pretty much eliminated access to the bedroom unless you had the slides out.

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One person already mentioned the lack of storage which I agree with especially on the outside, now one with the bedroom on a raised floor offers more storage but as my wife said she does not want stairs on each end of the camper.

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I have wondered about the massive storage in the rear basement as well as the front, and then you look at a ridiculously low cargo capacity.  Makes me wonder how many of these folks have actually weighed the loaded trailer.

Ken

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16 hours ago, TXiceman said:

I have wondered about the massive storage in the rear basement as well as the front, and then you look at a ridiculously low cargo capacity.  Makes me wonder how many of these folks have actually weighed the loaded trailer.

Ken

With an HDT I wild rather have the storage up front for pin weight. I imagine that huge rear storage area is to offset the pin weight so the trailer can be towed by 3/4-ton pickup. 

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On 5/6/2022 at 3:01 PM, jkoenig24 said:

Spindrift raises a good point on the insulation, especially in the roof. Having more than one AC unit when you're based in Las Vegas is something else to consider. Ask if the AC units have SOFT START technology already installed; otherwise, installing Soft Start will set you back $200+ for each AC unit (but they ARE worth it in my opinion). I've NEVER heard of a  customer who has been happy with the financing and or service they've received at a Camping World. 

Who are the best at service and repair? I know it is only a matter of time before all of our trailers need something done.

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In the old days , NuWa in Chanute Ks was the go to for 5th wheels, nowdays, no clue, our '98 HH hasn't been in a shop in over 15 years. If something I can't do, mobile techs have been great.

 

Jim

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