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Old 02-03-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Nitro or Thunderbolt

So we have been ecstatic about our experience with our W&P 30WRS for the last 2 years and so much so that we are considering an upgrade to a 5th wheel. Totally sold on Forest River products and really like the looks of the Nitro 36DBK5 and the Thunderbolt 415AMP. Aside from the obvious $$$ difference, I see 18K versus 20K GVWR and some nicer options available for the 415AMP.

Any owners out there willing to share their thoughts?

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Old 02-03-2015, 07:37 PM   #2
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I think you nailed in your own post. Thunderbolt is a much higher end unit. Not just more options but a TON more standards. I think the fit and finish will be the same on both. It's the equipment that will be the upgrade...

I just went to FR's site and compared the standards and options between the two. Not even on the same page. Many standards on the Thunderbolt are options on the Nitro and many options on the Thunderbolt aren't even available on the Nitro. Do a side by side comparison. If you can afford the Thunderbolt, you are getting a lot more trailer. If not, there's nothing wrong with the Nitro at all...

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Old 02-03-2015, 07:52 PM   #3
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Timely topic as I was at the dealer today and looked at a Thunderbolt 340x12hp and a XLR Nitro 305VL5. Basically same floor plan, but nicer all the way around on the Thunderbolt. The AMP lineup includes even more. I wonder if they are all the same structurally?
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:00 PM   #4
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My vote is for Thunderbolt

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Old 02-04-2015, 07:07 PM   #5
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I like my Thunderbolt so far.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:08 PM   #6
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:34 AM   #7
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Love our XLR Thunderbolt 350x12. So ready for camping season.
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:03 PM   #8
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When I went and looked at the XLR 340x12hp, I was surprised to find it did not have a utility hookup center like most all other fifth wheels and toy haulers (where all the connections, and dump handles, etc are in one place behind closed door). I see the AMP's have this an option or just the way it is on the XLR (non AMP models)? Is this a big deal (to not have this setup), or no?
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:55 PM   #9
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It really depends on how much room there is in the front storage area. Little storage means not enough room for the hook up center.
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Old 02-10-2015, 09:08 PM   #10
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went to a big RV show here last weekend, and although i can say their are some nice looking interiors/layouts in other models, i still would not go with anything other than another XLR thunderbolt as far as components/build goes.

i originally had planned on a 415amp, as i do like the layout better than my 395amp, but the dealer had this unit 'used' and with nearly a 30k price difference i 'settled' for the 395 LOL

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