Best 5th wheel (in your opinion) for full time living?

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    Walt & Vicky Davis

    got an amazon link to that combo, Dan?

    Dan Huhn

    This is a link for Amazon.

    But I bought it about a year ago at camping world they had a better price at the time

    Stephen C Keller

    Another business that has these washer dryer combos plus individual washers and dryers that can be stacked is Calling is free to get questions answered if they can help you.  I have found them less on parts compared to other RV parts dealers. Me? I play the cost game so depends on price as well as delivery time. Most of the time Amazon is where I go but I have used pplmotorhomes other times.


    Doug Schneider

    We just bought our 2nd fifth wheel, used, back in January and have used it once on our trip down to Florida in April. We were looking for something with more room and looked at a lot of units and settled on one of the Jayco’s. Can’t remember which one though. We were surprised when the dealer we had been talking with sent us info on a Sabre. Never saw one before and it had everything we wanted and at a great price. I think a lot of what you look for has to suit your needs and ability to tow within the limits of your truck. If you have looked at a number of units, you can tell quality if you spend time in them. Another thing that I can add is that with the cost of these units, buying used is a great way to go in a 2 or 3 year old unit. You can save at least 30 to 50% off new. I would definitely add an extended warranty which even for the cost takes the fear out of buying used. We had one issue with the rear stabilizer motor failing on the way home from Florida and the repair was a $500 bill but with the warranty it cost only $50. We love our rig and look forward to many years in it as we get ready to retire and start traveling more. Enjoy the hunt and don’t get too hung up on which unit may be better. It’s your money and spend it on what you want and need. Happy Trails, Doug


    We love our Vanleigh/ Vilano 325RL.  Customer service like no  other available  from our experience .  The Tiffon name means something still.


    If I bought used I’d buy a roll of eterna bond and 6 tubes of dicor get on the roof and start to work. Our friends who owned a Keystone just had a front cap replaced because it was leaking and no signs till a texas flood(meaning a heavy Thunder storm) rolled through and they found moisture in the closet.


    Scott VanArtsdalen

    I really like the Jayco line but they void the warranty if you live in it full time.  Apparently.


    Extended Or Full Time Usage
    Your new recreation vehicle has been built for enjoyment in a recreational manner. It is not
    intended for use as full-time quarters or a permanent residence. Continuous living in your
    vehicle could cause accelerated wear and damage to the various components.
    Continuous or permanent living in your recreation vehicle may affect your
    warranty coverage and may void the “Limited Warranty” applicable to your

    I’d never heard of Vanleigh or Vilano.  NICE coaches.  Out of my price range though.  Sadly.  Probably going to stick with Grand Design.


    Sure like our Spartan 300 series toy hauler 37 ft and with the toy hauler you can customize it to your liking put an office back there it’s got the drop down beds Dinette


    [quote quote=52109]We love our Vanleigh/ Vilano 325RL. Customer service like no other available from our experience . The Tiffon name means something still.

    We saw this line for the first time at the RV Show in Quartzsite. Unfortunately the Beacon had already been sold. The quality of the finish inside and out was outstanding and the price point very reasonable. Congrats…we’re jealous!


    We are full-timers getting ready to trade our truck camper in on a 5th wheel.  We have narrowed our search down to Grand Design Solitude, Vanleigh Vilano & Keystone Montana.  They all seem to fit the bill for full-timers and have very good to great reputations.


    We are from the east and have traveled back and forth to the west the last few years and we always planned a stop in at Tishomingo Service Center for the Vanleigh’s. In Tiffon family fashion the service is outstanding. And always stop in and say hi to Bryan, Adam and Shawn up at the Burnsville Plant it’s a family deal for sure.  We are proud owners of a 2017 Vanleigh/Vilano 325 with a 1070 watt, 900 ah, MobileHomeStead Solar Service Solar system. And may I add it’s been to Alaska and back and still in one piece. Also recently sprayed a roof on it along with installing 8000 lb axles with disk.

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    If you just won the lottery a custom built are top of the line. Also saw the units at the RV Show in Quartzsite last year. These are made by the Tiffon family and seem to be a good quality at a reasonable price.

    Safe travels!

    Doug Schneider

    Hey Bruce, I just had this same conversation with a friend looking to buy their first 5er. We too looked at Jayco’s, Keystone Montana’s, and Grand Design Reflections. we did end up with the Sabre and we are still very happy with it. If I ever need to replace it, I will seriously look at the Grand Design. Lot’s of great reviews on product and customer service. Over this past year we have started doing upgrades to help the rig last and provide a better living experience. In my opinion, every rig will need upgrades. We just did disc brakes and will be doing steps and flooring next. This is our rig and we’re trying to make it the best for us.  As I explained to my friend, take your time, make a list of wants and don’t wants to help narrow the search. There will be some things that are not negotiable and others that just don’t make that big of difference. Finally, buy what you like and enjoy it. Kinda like buying a house. You’ll know when the right one fits. have fun!


    If shopping for a new RV I’d look at bargaining with the seller. The last few months have seen a drop in sales for the big RV makers and they have a lot of overhead I’ve read. Most of the big RV manufacturers stocks are in the toilet after a big run-up over the last few years. Maybe motivated to deal.

    However, there is also the concern that some manufacturers or dealers go out of business if it gets bad enough. After the last big downturn in 2008 many went bankrupt or were bought out.


    Good tips thank you.

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