Just put a deposit down on a 2014 Palomino Puma 259RBSS 5'er. Going to look it over this weekend before we finalize everything. Hope I dont have any major issues. Read some old threads about rubber roof being cut too short on these. I was also interested in the FR Cherokee F265B which is very similar but with two entry doors. However the Puma was already pushing our budget so we devided to stick to it.
We are coming from a 2003 Trail Cruiser 23QB TT. This will be our first new RV and first 5th wheel. We have been RVing for three years and long time tent campers prior. Bought the Trail Cruiser after years of saying we would never own one, Well at least I did. The Mrs always said it would be nice to have one.
We tried tent camping with our first born when he was 1.5yrs and immediately bought the TT after the second trip. Now we have two little ones and want a bunk house because converting dinettes ever morning and evening sucks!
Had to keep the rigs overal length somewhat short since we camp at state/fed parks (limits run from 27'-31") and bondock occasionally. SO thought the 259RBSS would be perfect, although looks like its overall length is 29' (I think we can squeeze her in). We were looking at a TT bunk house and even though it was suppose to be a 28' it would have been 35' hanging off the back of my truck. We bought a new tow 1 ton vehicle last year (2012 Ram 3500 SRW) so should have plenty of truck.
One drawback with this 5'er is the problem of hauling two sit-on -top kayaks, a 10' and a 17'. We have a Thule Xsporter rack mounted to the bed for the yaks which will need to go. Seems I can get a front hitch installed and use a goal post like upright in conjunction with a roof rack bar to still haul the yaks. Ill figure it out.
Here is a picture of our old rig. Hopefully it wont be too much longer. Ill post some pictures of the Puma if all works out this weekend.