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Old 08-11-2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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2018 Arctic Wolf 265dbh8 review

Started this on another forum, so i thought i'd start it here as well.

Thought i would start a thread for owners of this rig to share the pros & cons they've found with this rig so far along with any tips/tricks/upgrades they have done to theirs.
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PROS
-The pivoting hitch is really nice (i'm new to FW so not sure if this is a normal feature). Not only can you push it out of the way when the camper is parked to avoid running into it while walking around the camper, but if you need to tweak it a bit while trying to hitch up the rig it makes it easier than trying to back in and realign.

CONS
-Outside storage is minimal at best. The "basement" is the only outside storage which is located in the front. The only other option you would have is to ditch the outdoor kitchen and convert that to a storage bin which is located in the far back with the door on the main entrance side.
-The metal extrusion for the outdoor grill was mounted below my outdoor kitchen door. Not only does this make it to low for even the shortest of short folks, but it does not properly support the included grill and mount as there is no camper sidewall left for it to rest against. Not sure who put this on, but i don't think they thought this through very well.
-Interior storage and cabinetry. I'm 6'5" and i can barely reach the highest shelves of the cabinets. Also, in the corner behind where the TV goes, you have 3 extremely large cabinets. Anything other than blankets or soft goods would likely roll/slide around in here. So i suspect i will have to build some sort of shelving system or get creative with bins or something of that nature.
-Was loading up the drawers below the dinet seats last night and the bottom of the drawer fell out. Pulled the drawer all the way out and sure enough, not a drop of glue and all the staples were driven either to deep or only half the leg of the staple made it into the plywood. So i glued and nailed the entire thing, should be good to go now.

TIPS/TRICKS/UPGRADES
-Under the bottom is some dead space. Part of the space underneath is the outdoor kitchen. But the other half or so is unused space. On my rig, there is a small triangle of plywood that was not secured down. So i popped it out and boom, a bunch of storage space. So i cut a small 1.5" hole into the plywood with a hole saw for a finger hole to easily remove the plywood piece. Good space for infrequent items and best part it's behind the axle to minimize extra weight on the pin!
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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Ive always wondered how the lighter 5ers do. I was looking at some light weight models but then went the other direction and bought a 14-16k 40 foot beast. How do you like it so far, 1st 5er? How does it tow?
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:08 PM   #3
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Ive always wondered how the lighter 5ers do. I was looking at some light weight models but then went the other direction and bought a 14-16k 40 foot beast. How do you like it so far, 1st 5er? How does it tow?
First 5'ver.
I've only towed it home free the dealer so far (less than 10mi). Towed pretty good...especially since i've got a half ton with the max trailering package.
Tonight is the maiden voyage!
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I guess at around 9k lbs it's super light, I'm curious to see a more detailed review after some usage. Enjoy it!
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:34 AM   #5
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Well the maiden voyage went great this weekend.

Only issue we had was the fridge opened during the drive there and a gallon of milk fell out and busted open. I knew that goofy/useless sticky push knob thing-a-bobber wasn't gonna do squat. Since the fridge in this rig is a household type (no locking doors), i'll need to rig something up to keep the doors closed during travel.

My rig and TV combo worked well together! Aside from the occasional chucking when the joints in the road got uneven, everything else went good. Average 10.8 mpg over a 170 mile round trip. Only hairy part for me was on the back country roads that got really narrow i felt like i was hugging the centerline and edge of the pavement....but that'll just take time to get used to.
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Well the maiden voyage went great this weekend.

Only issue we had was the fridge opened during the drive there and a gallon of milk fell out and busted open. I knew that goofy/useless sticky push knob thing-a-bobber wasn't gonna do squat. Since the fridge in this rig is a household type (no locking doors), i'll need to rig something up to keep the doors closed during travel.

My rig and TV combo worked well together! Aside from the occasional chucking when the joints in the road got uneven, everything else went good. Average 10.8 mpg over a 170 mile round trip. Only hairy part for me was on the back country roads that got really narrow i felt like i was hugging the centerline and edge of the pavement....but that'll just take time to get used to.
We are looking at the Artic Wolf with the separate bunkhouse for when we upgrade. I liked the 265's layout but it was the same things as our bumper pull 26dbh and seemed just as lite on storage as you found.
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Awesome. Sounds like it worked out good for you. Congrats and enjoy it.
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Awesome pic. We just purchased the same 5th wheel. It's our first 5th wheel. Super excited to go on our first trip. Please let me know if you have any issues as I would like to be prepared. Hahaha. Looks great.
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I was wondering what type of sheets did you use for the bunks in the back. I've tried to look on amazon to find fitted sheets for the bunks.
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