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Old 08-10-2014, 10:53 PM   #1
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Question for the Pros with nothing better to do

This one is for you guys who know all there is to know about this stuff, and I KNOW this site has several of those. This site is the best.

Here's the story:

We have a Grey Wolf 26DBH bought May, 2013. It's a 2014 model. Not ONE thing wrong with it. We love it.

However, we bought it in haste, and the "BH" was to accommodate our 5 grandkids that are strung out over 850 miles in 3 directions. But it turns out we never have more than 1-2 of them, and almost never any at all!!! And, the Grey Wolf, as good as it is, is basically an entry level TT.

In about a year, maybe 2, we should be able to afford a bit better setup. This time, we want to think it through more slowly. So, we are NOT looking to buy now, but need to know what to plan for. Here are the things we are 'missing' that we'd like to have in our next TT:

-More living space. Recliners, easier living space, not Bunk House.

-Bigger kitchen area. Island if possible.

-Full door to separate bedroom. KING size bed is nice, but only about 2-3 models I can find make them.

-Bigger shower, no tub needed. Glass surround shower.

-Outside kitchen. Outside 'shower' to wash stuff off.

-Passthrough storage.

-Fiberglass construction, not "stick and tin". Well insulated.

There are a few others, but that's enough for now. We have been totally "in love" with FROG, and really would like to stay in the Family. However, the only models I can find online that truly look great are:
Dutchman Denali 287RE
Cruiser RV Enterra 31RSS
Cruiser RV Viewfinder 32RLSS

I do have one question about Forest River. How can I possibly find a 'ranking' of Top-of-Line TT's they make, on down??? Which ones are the Ultimate? Then next, etc???

I can't seem to find a Forest River product that is laid out like we want. BUT, when I sneak around (ha) and read the User's Group Forum for the above TT's, there seem to be a lot of issues!!

Also, we have a great dealer here in town. But they mostly carry Passports (Keystone), and a few others.

TV is a new 2015 Chevy Duramax 2500 HD, so anything made, I can probably pull.

Not totally opposed to a 5th wheel, but I fear that they are way out of our price range. If I truly search, the above TT's list for $38K-$45K, but they are sold every day for $30K-$33K, if I'm willing to travel to get one (We're in Arkansas).....which I am, what diff does it make where I buy it???

SO............if you are sitting around with nothing to do, offer up some suggestions. As I say, it'll be a year before we pull the trigger, and then we'll have to trade in the Grey Wolf, but we do need to know what we don't know!!!

As always, thanks to all y'all (Southern Plural of y'all)!!! I'll check back periodically.

Bill
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:08 PM   #2
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OH. One other item. I have a BakFlip F2 on the truck. I'd have to take it off (I love it, and it was expensive!!) to get a 5th wheel, too. Just can't see going that route.

BUT, I swear........I am either going to get a Hensley or ProPride hitch with the next one, if I can figure out how to get the dealer to install it...........
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:26 AM   #3
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"what diff does it make where I buy it???"

Keep in mind RV dealers service is not like the auto industry. As you know dealers may not want to service your RV if you didn't buy it from them. And if they decide they want to you might be put at the bottom the of list, especially in peak times like the spring.

When DW and I were looking at 5th wheels we decided not to go with a king bed because we need/wanted a bedside table/stand.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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There are Several units that fill your desires,but you will need to expand your radius area! If you are looking at a (Travel trailer) it makes No diff.where you Buy. A (Local Dealer) isn't much help when your 100s of miles from home! Don't buy from a Picture,sit in a Real unit that you are interested in,run the slides in/out,make believe you are (Traveling/Camping)! Youroo!!
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Boy, Youroo, that's a problem. NO ONE has one of the units I've found that we like. Nada.

So, which ones fit the bill???? Does Forest River make one? And what is the TOL Forest River TT?
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There are Several units that fill your desires,but you will need to expand your radius area! If you are looking at a (Travel trailer) it makes No diff.where you Buy. A (Local Dealer) isn't much help when your 100s of miles from home! Don't buy from a Picture,sit in a Real unit that you are interested in,run the slides in/out,make believe you are (Traveling/Camping)! Youroo!!
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:37 PM   #7
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I was in your predicament a few months ago and ended up having to go the long-distance-internet-purchase route. I was eager to deal locally, but was amazed at how uninterested the local dealers were to "deal". I ended up purchasing from this dealer, and I have to say the experience was excellent. Before I purchased I did my research and homework. I also found one of our local dealers that is a certified Forest River service center that said they would happily service my unit if needed.

Fun Cars RV

He sells a lot of NON toy hauler lines including a large number of Forest River products. This may help you find a model you like, and at what true wholesale price it can be had at. At the very least maybe you can use these prices to leverage your local dealers
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I have the 312QBUD model. It is really nice.... but a bunkhouse. I think that you might be interested in the (Salem) Hemisphere line.

Hemisphere Travel Trailer Floorplans by Forest River
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Sounds like you are not in a hurry to get the "new one". You should schedule a vacation to one of the large RV shows. Take the two or three days of the show to explore every type and model they have. Then make your decision.

We can give you all the pros and cons of each FR model made, but until you sit inside of them you will never know for sure.

Remember, shopping for a new RV is almost as fun as camping in one. Enjoy this shopping time.


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