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Old 10-22-2020, 09:17 AM   #1
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This may be a duplicate question, and for that I apologize, but we are looking to purchase a fifth wheel and have noticed that there are a lot of different options within this category and even within just Forest River brands... Can anyone explain to me what the differences are between the brands within Forest River? We have noticed that there are a lot of the same floor plans across several different brands, and would like to find a good source of information as to what the differences are.

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Old 10-22-2020, 12:29 PM   #2
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There are a few too many 'brands' to list all the differences in 5er's that they make, but I will tell you that almost every 'brand' that FR (Forest River) has, has a sister brand that makes almost identical units with some color differences. For instance Rockwood & Flagstaff, Salem & Wildwood, etc..

If you find one unit that you like the sister unit will be identical except for some color schemes.
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Old 10-22-2020, 12:48 PM   #3
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Are there ones that are typically cheaper than others?
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Under the Forest River umbrella of brands you will find a wide variety of price points. They make everything from entry level units for people that need a low cost unit all the way up to luxury units that are designed for full time living. As you might expect, the quality and features are very much related to price.

As Bama Rambler mentioned, there is some duplication of brands and I believe some of that is so they can have different color schemes and such, but another reason is so that dealers that are close to each other can carry different brands.

If you end up seeing similar floor plans that vary widely in price, and wonder why, you will need to investigate things such as what materials are used in construction. One unit may feature a lot of wood in the walls and floor while another one uses a lot of aluminum, etc. There are a lot of things that can affect the price of an RV that aren't readily apparent until you do a bit of research and comparing.
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Are there ones that are typically cheaper than others?
This is a generalization but stick and tin 5th wheels are usually cheaper than the filon-sided/aluminum framed 5th wheels. FR doesn't arrange their products in any pricing order or quality order.
You also can look at each brand's list of standard and optional features. Often lower priced brands will have features that are optional, whereas they are standard in higher priced units.
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The DW and I asked this questions years ago.

The price of rvís varies from hundreds for tents to millions of dollars for motorhomes.

There were hundreds of brands with different units. Most have been bought up by corporations.

We spent two years looking and studying. $27,000 to $100,000 fifth wheels.

Then one day walked into the one that meet most of our wants! All of our needs. Structurally solid. Less glitz.

Got too figure our what you want. Then narrow down the field. Read this site a lot.

It would take hours to explain stuff to you. There are multiple quality levels on everything.
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