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Old 04-19-2006, 03:19 PM   #15
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Teton...that's the one I was trying to think of. Man are they nice!!!
Heavy too! I have yet to see one that could be towed by a F350...

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Old 04-19-2006, 09:38 PM   #16
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Yah, the one I looked at I believe scaled in at like 19,000lbs gross weight. You need a real truck to pull one of those. Forget Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. You need to be looking at Kenworth, Freightliner, or Peterbilt!
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:32 AM   #17
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In for a ....

Jim -

Looks like with the Tetons, "your in for a dime, in for a dollar!!!!"

What is the possible difference that could create a 100 or 150% increase in weight?!? Is it made from solid gold, platinum?

It sure ain't aluminum!!

Just curious! Photos for a comparison?

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PS - Been in a few 'nice' 5th, TH's, MH's etc... but NONE have that certain something that AS's seem to have in all sizes, including the 16 footers.
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Old 04-20-2006, 06:17 AM   #18
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Axel,
They are built for serious 4 season fulltiming. This is true of most of the higher end 5'vers, besides ever considered how much granite counter tops weigh compared to pressboard ones They are also huge in comparison to most 5'vers. We had a Class 7 truck here for a while but someone made me an offer I couldn't refuse on it. There is a guy in KS that takes the big Class 8 trucks when they come off lease and goes thru them with a fine tooth comb, removes one of the axles, redoes the sleeper cap into a mini RV, gets it titled as a RV and sells them as fifth wheel haulers. Pretty reasonable too $35-$40k range. And with the current versions of Freightliners and Volvo's the turning radius isn't any worse than my 96 F350 and if anything a bit better...

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Axel,

The ones I was looking at started, I believe in the 37' range. I think one was a 40' or maybe even a bit longer. Everything on them is heavy. They use like a 14" frame rail (Dad's 31' Holiday Rambler 5th wheel has a 12" frame), heavy axles (like 10,000lb or better), big 8-lug wheels. Inside is like Aaron said, very opulent. Oak or Hickory cabinets, five slide out units, thick walls with a good R value for insulation. They are very nice, but not what I'd call a "camper". They're simply too big to go to off the beaten path places. I could argue that my 31' Airstream is too big, but it's a pipsqueak compared to these big 5'ers. They are nice though.
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we toured the Bluebird Factory last year. Their coaches have aluminum and steel frams, riveted aluminum skins, steel roof and so on. Of course the least expensive model is $350,000. It is quite a thing to see the frames start on one end and the finished product on the other.
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Prevost is not bad either.

I would not mind having a Prevost. But the price is greater than I would want to spend on an RV. It seems that Prevost has a pretty active club also.
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Hello all ... We bought a Cardinal 5th wheel with 2 slides, in January and we have not regretted it.. it has been a great rv and is great for sitting in one place for 4-6 months.. we used the other Argosy for 2 months sitting in one place.. A/s we love them BUT they are not good for living in for a long period of time in one place.. we are 2 adults and 2 small dogs ... Annie
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we toured the Bluebird Factory last year. Their coaches have aluminum and steel frams, riveted aluminum skins, steel roof and so on. Of course the least expensive model is $350,000. It is quite a thing to see the frames start on one end and the finished product on the other.
Best deal on Bluebirds are the gently used ones They are like Airstreams and never really go out of style IMHO There is one in PA that I have had my eye on for a couple of years, the guy has promised me first refusal on it if he ever decides to sell

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I agree that AS is a great design and I love my 28'mh. But there are other great design and builds out there. I purchased a 21' Barth (79 like my
AS) for some camping in Northern CA. It is also a great design and very solid. Alum shin over steel frame. joe
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They are built for serious 4 season fulltiming. (snip)
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They may be made with the serious fulltimer in mind, but you'd be amazed what we've found here at the park: On many occasions we've had folks come in with very large, very expensive rigs who were only out for the weekend. Preferred brand among these folks seems to be the Prevost. And on many other occasions, we find folks using their really big motorhome strictly as a bus: They pile the family in, come up here to their 3,000 square foot "cabin," and want to park their rig at our place just for storage while they're here. (They could park it for free in the resort storage lot, but they want storage with full hookups.) It's kind of bizarre at times. I get off on bragging to them about our vintage Airstream.

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