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Old 02-18-2014, 10:50 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Most needed upgrade in today's fifth wheels...

What do you feel is the most needed upgrade on today's fifth wheels?

I'm not interested in what should be standard (although feel free to mention if there's items Wildcat is missing), but rather the add-ons or upgrades that you feel are most important now. A broad list of items that come to mind: furniture, appliances, electronics, hitches/suspension, tires/wheels, decor, exterior paint/graphics, etc.

Please let me know your thoughts! We're looking at a few new items and I want to hear feedback!
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:34 PM   #2
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16" tires if they are not standard on the rig.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:15 AM   #4
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I don't have a Wildcat, but, as for fifth wheels in general, CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY. Make a chassis / axle / pin box set up that will handle it all. I'd pay for it. Would be nice to not have to worry about scale weight, whether your tanks are full or not etc. There is that crowd, that doesn't care what it weighs, as long as they can bring everything they want.

Other than that, residential fridge / inverter set up. Even the entry level Riverside stick and tin trailer has that as an option. You seem to see more and more of these as an option or standard. Resdential fridge and inverter cost = same as much smaller RV fridge. At least in the aftermarket world. I tend to think this will become the norm in the years to come.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:55 AM   #5
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:25 AM   #6
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I would agree with chassis / axle / pin box set up that will handle weight/load along with tires
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:30 AM   #7
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No Wildcat here either, but my wish is more simple:

Storm door type screen door....Lexan halves that can slide up/down making it a top or bottom or both option.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:59 AM   #8
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Tires that are a quality the owner feels comfortable towing on. Step up the carrying capacity to the next ply rating and speed rating. Even this being made available as an option would be welcome by most who are not new to the RV purchaser/owner experience.

Power entry steps, not auto steps such as those on a motorhome that raise and lower as the door opens, just a simple power button to either raise or lower the entry steps as desired.

An upgrade in quality of the entertainment system made available.

A/C duct end caps installed to where the air does not dump into the ceiling once it hits the end of the duct run.

A selector switch that would allow the owner to choose which slide out extends and to do only one if so desired.

Clean up the wiring or place it it an enclosed cabinet in the lower front storage area. As it is there are wires exposed with in line fuse semi covered by a piece of plastic flex board that serves little protection or purpose.

But, to be honest, I'm pretty darn pleased with what I purchased for my money. The issues I have experienced have been minor and local dealer handled them fast in one trip to their shop.

Sure the wife doesn't care for the faux stone around the fire place. She would also like a more stylish kitchen area, but then a trip to Lowes or Home Depot takes care of that. Everyones taste is different that's why we personalize the Wildcat to our taste of mirrors and purple crushed velvet with gold highlights.

One item that I will add, and this is not directed at the Wildcat brand but FR Products company wide would be improvement in Quality Control, Warranty service and Dealer Customer Service. I have read some great experiences where FR has stepped up to the plate to correct some problems, but many of these problems should have never left the plant.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:22 PM   #9
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I moderate a KEYSTONE OUTBACK forum, and we are approaching 3,000 members now. The site is read by KEYSTONE themselves, where they grab feedback and make changes. The members are having a FACTORY RALLY near the plant next season.

I wouldn't be suprised if Forest River keeps their eye on this site....
If they haven't found it...they will. Forums like this are just about the best form of feedback a company can get.
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A usable 5th wheel with the slides in, so you can get to the fridge, sit at the table, and use the bathroom when stopping at rest stops.
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A usable 5th wheel with the slides in, so you can get to the fridge, sit at the table, and use the bathroom when stopping at rest stops.

I'll settle for just fridge and bathroom. Especially bathroom when travelling with toddlers.
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A usable 5th wheel with the slides in, so you can get to the fridge, sit at the table, and use the bathroom when stopping at rest stops.
Those were our exact requirements when we bought our Silverback 29RL two years ago. I actually liked the 29RE better but when the slides were closed it cut off the kitchen and living area.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:05 PM   #16
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Been looking at the cats. I would like better, tires actual weights on each side of rig. ,ext wifl upgrades. locking safe secured. LED mood lights. Camera capable TV with Iphone upgrade control ctr. A much better bathroom( upgrade quality ). Just went to show and was not impressed with workmanship on any line of com rigs. I do like my rig except the shower and tires.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:10 PM   #17
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I like every idea and jonrjen has a great list.

My request is for Forest River to get rid of the tin back bumper and provide a standard bumper/frame setup that will allow us to carry up to at least 500lbs without fearing we will void our warranty, warp frames, break up floors or damage sidewalls. Practically all TT and FW owners at one time or another want to hang something off the back of their rig, especially bikes and/or generators.

Thanks ever so much for asking for our input!!
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Thought of another item, but I feel this should be more a standard feature. Keyed locks on the doors where the propane tanks are stored.

I will most likely add these to my Wildcat by picking the locks up at Lowes or Home Depot, but it would be nice if all the locks worked on one key.

With the current price of propane these tanks are just too inviting to a thief looking for a quick few dollars. And to replace the propane plus the cost of the tanks can hurt the wallet real quick.
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Thought of another item, but I feel this should be more a standard feature. Keyed locks on the doors where the propane tanks are stored.

I will most likely add these to my Wildcat by picking the locks up at Lowes or Home Depot, but it would be nice if all the locks worked on one key.

With the current price of propane these tanks are just too inviting to a thief looking for a quick few dollars. And to replace the propane plus the cost of the tanks can hurt the wallet real quick.
I believe that is against the law. Firefighters must be able to access the propane tanks quickly.
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I believe that is against the law. Firefighters must be able to access the propane tanks quickly.
NO LOCKS ON THE PROPANE DOORS!

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