View Full Version : Ownership Status

05-19-2005, 02:18 PM
Of the members & visitors to 5thWheelForums.com how many are first time 5thWheel owners that traded up from another type of RV (pop-up, bumper pull)?
Also, how many are first time 5thwheel owners?
How many are looking to buy/trade?

05-19-2005, 04:22 PM
I voted for mulitple ownership, seeing as this is the second 5er we have owned, we used to have an ancient TT that weighed just as much as the TV.

Funny story, when we had our other 5er (89 Mallard 24 ft) we were camping and I accidently broke the Black tank dump valve, so we went to Woody's RV in Red Deer, went in there looking for a new vlave, drove out the next day with a newer (96 West Wind 26 ft) 5er!

05-19-2005, 04:54 PM
We've been fulltime in a 5th wheel for ten years. Our current one is our second and we are in the process of buying our third one. It should be built by mid July.

05-19-2005, 09:40 PM
Started with a lean to in Scouts. Then through pop-ups, trailers, now a fiver.

05-20-2005, 11:02 PM
I bought my first 5er in 1993,a 1987 32ft.Carri-lite by Carriage and still have it.We came back in Feb. from a 3200 mile trip in it.Our next one will be a '05 34ft Cameo also by Carriage hopefully by the end of the year

05-21-2005, 10:45 PM
Ours is the first RV we have owned. We had rented pop up tent trailers and once a Class C motor home. But my in-laws had full timed for 7 years in a 32' 5th wheel in the 70's and 80's, so we decided to follow their lead.

05-22-2005, 08:43 AM
this is our 3rd fifth...I think we got it right this time!

05-23-2005, 09:57 PM
Our 5th.5th.

05-27-2005, 09:52 AM
26,745 hits yesterday and no votes. Please submit your votes as it helps us to know what products we should test.

05-27-2005, 09:58 AM
I'd like to be able to vote, but I don't fit any of the categories. As of now, I don't currently own any rv, just a cargo trailer, but am semi-seriously looking at 5er toy haulers. Would that make me a "Fisrt time 5er owner to be"?

05-28-2005, 04:07 AM
We're on our 3rd Fiver. We keep traded up. :D

05-28-2005, 08:54 AM
We are on our second fifth wheel. Have owned three travel trailers prior to the fifth wheels

05-28-2005, 08:53 PM
We bought our first RV of any type in sept 01, an 02 Cedar Creek 36RLTS. It just whet our appetite for something better so we've placed an order for a Mobile Suites 38RL3

05-31-2005, 08:32 PM
Last Sunday was the our first night in our first 5er. Can't wait to hit the road.

06-02-2005, 01:14 AM
On my third 5er. Started with a pop-up then went to a bumper pull TT. I am not looking to change.

06-02-2005, 06:09 PM
We just outgrew our Cub, It was a nice unit but not for long term camping :D

06-02-2005, 10:04 PM
Currently using 5th wheel #2. Number 3 is on order due for delivery in July.

Salty Dog
06-03-2005, 05:54 AM
Our first 5th after two travel trailers and many tents.

06-03-2005, 05:36 PM
19' TT 20 years ago.
30' TT 2 years ago (Wrecked & Totaled)
30' 5th 1 1/2 years


06-05-2005, 09:27 PM
We had rented popup and regular trailers and motorhomes before. We decided upon a 5th wheel and our first purchase was of a 5th wheel.

06-07-2005, 01:26 AM
Just bought our second. Our first one was our trial - used model. It was great for a couple of years, but actually a little tight. Now we have a seperate back room for the teenager when he gets ornery and with a slide the living quarters are spacious. Can't wait till it gets out of the shop and we can camp!!

06-08-2005, 04:55 AM
We had a 24' trailer for two years then after seeing our son's new 5er in 03 we could not stand it and purchased a new 03 Alpenlite 5er. In our opinion the only way to fly. 8)

06-09-2005, 04:12 PM
Came from a Truck Camper and we enjoy having all the room the 5er gives us.

Jack in Alaska
06-10-2005, 08:36 PM
We are on our 9th RV. The 1st was a 1946 Kit Teardrop that we purchased in 1965 from a man that had just towed it from Fla. to Alaska. Our current is our 4th 5th.whl. We are getting smaller units but more slides.

06-16-2005, 02:45 PM
We are first time 5th wheel owners.

06-23-2005, 10:33 PM
Previously owned Monaco Diesel Pusher, sold it and bought 5th Wheel.
Best choice I've made in a long time.

06-23-2005, 11:37 PM
We have just ordered a Cambridge by Keystone....should be here any day...still waiting....
Does anyone out there own a Cambridge or know of anyone who does?

06-28-2005, 07:44 PM
First 5er 1986 pulled with 1986 Toyota 4x4 3 kids rode in it with intercom to truck.
Second Mar.2000
Third Dec. 2003 and still have.
Last two have been across the country at lest 4 times
Retired traveling and loveing it.

John Harrelson
08-19-2005, 07:54 PM
Actually there should be another choice in the survey... that says "Had some of each" :lol:

I have had a couple of truck campers, travel trailers, 5th wheels and one motor home..

Even had a couple of old type canvas tents and today I have three new nylon tents that I take to the wildland fire camps each summer.

My next RV is going to be a 200 foot yacht,,, as soon as California Lottery pays me off. :twisted: :lol:


08-24-2005, 08:32 PM
Can`t vote. Don`t have a 5th... yet.

Bought first RV 3 years ago, 28 foot `84 Rockwood Class C. Everything that went wrong was put in it in 84, except for the refer control board. We have learned a lot.

Next will be a 40 foot New Horizon, pulled by a Volvo 770.

08-25-2005, 11:40 AM
After using a pop up for 20 years, we upgraded to a 5er last year. Wonder if I can get 20 years out of this

08-27-2005, 12:30 PM
Since 1983 I have owned 2 TTs and 2 5vers, my latest being a 2006 Bighorn3500RL by Heartland


08-28-2005, 12:34 PM
We started back in 78' when the kids were little.
1. Cox Camel Pop up sleeper w/3 beds (NOTHING ELSE)
2. 1972 Revella 22'
3. 1987 Yellowstone Seville 32'
4. 1998 Seabreeze by National 37' 3 slideouts
5. 2005 Landmark Grand Canyon 37' 3 slideouts w/Granite throughout

08-28-2005, 12:34 PM
We started back in 78' when the kids were little.
1. Cox Camel Pop up sleeper w/3 beds (NOTHING ELSE)
2. 1972 Revella 22'
3. 1987 Yellowstone Seville 32'
4. 1998 Seabreeze by National 37' 3 slideouts
5. 2005 Landmark Grand Canyon 37' 3 slideouts w/Granite throughout

08-29-2005, 12:45 AM
On our 2nd 5th wheel. Two TT prior to these.

09-06-2005, 10:56 PM
Our 5er is our first RV. We did have a 29' sail boat which had to be sold after we bought our 29' Automate. Our Automate was bought used with the idea that we would possibly trade up to a new Automate. 5 Years later we like our Automate so well we see no need for a new 5er. (Yes I know Automate went out of business.)

09-28-2005, 03:39 PM
'84 Starcraft PopUp Trailer
'92 Terry 22' TT
'97 Sunnybrook 26FK TT
'04 Sunnybrook 27FKS TT
'05 Sunnybrook 31BWKS 5er

Anyone see a pattern here? :wink:

09-28-2005, 10:19 PM
Id like to see the forum do a comparison test of different fifth wheel kingpin devices ( Mor-ryde rubber hitch, Trailair hitch, etc.), and give an opinion as to what kingpin device offers a smoother ride.

10-03-2005, 03:21 PM
We are on our second 5er we started with a 19ft roadrunner but the kids kept turning up with their tents and there was no room so we went up to the amerilite but I think it will be our last

10-05-2005, 11:25 PM
We are first time 5th wheel owners. We had rented from the Navy tent trailers for several years before we made the plunge.

10-10-2005, 08:54 AM
This is our 2nd 5er. First was a 2004 Rockwood 8285SS (30'). Traded it in on a 2005 Doubletree Mobile Suite 36TK3. Both have been great RVs. Only 'issue' with the Rockwood was the lousy Carlise tires. Three out of four blew out on our first long (> 1,000 mile) trip.

10-13-2005, 07:54 PM
Weve had two class C motor homes, but sents we were going full time and get rid of the house we went with a 36ft Carriage carrie lite fantastic home W/D, fire place, 4 slides, and the D/W favorite a hole house vac it cost us more than we wanted to spend but it's going to be home untill the retirement home LOL enjoy life while you can

11-15-2005, 08:28 PM
:shock: First fime 5th wheel owner bought used to see if we like it. :D GREAT
:lol: Lance camper for 8 yrs Sold
:) :cry: 25 ft boat 18 yrs Sold

11-15-2005, 08:31 PM
:shock: First fime 5th wheel owner bought used to see if we like it. :D GREAT
:lol: Lance camper for 8 yrs Sold
:) :cry: 25 ft boat 18 yrs Sold

11-27-2005, 03:04 PM
First attempt at rving was a 8' truck camper. Since then, we have had 4 5ers.
26' Dutchman 1996
28.5 Montana 1999
29' Hitchiker 2003
32' Mobile Suite 2005

12-09-2005, 03:11 PM
First 5th wheel. Traded up from travel trailer. Also, owned motorhome in the past.

01-03-2006, 05:40 PM
Judging from what you've wrote here, I don't think you understand anything about it.

01-09-2006, 10:24 PM
We are "first time" 5W owners. I traded from a 900+ foot ship using a 11400 Hp diesel for propulsion (plus three 1000kw generators for power and a measly 240kw generator for a backup) to a 39' Teton 5'er (with a 7kw backup) pulled by a 300 Hp SportChassis.
All things considered... we actually traded upward !!!
Gotta love retirement !!!!

01-10-2006, 03:49 PM
We are 1st Time 5er's, but have had 4 Bumper Pulls (23' to 30') since 1971, so put me down for the middle choice.
Bought a 30' RLS Outback Sydney in Feb 05, but liked the Mobile Suites very much and traded for an 05 36TK3 in June.....(I know, stupid at least once last year).

Wayne Rothwell
01-17-2006, 01:20 AM
We have been mulyiple 5th wheel owners, the last 12 years being WRV - Alpenlite models. We have just recently ordered a Mobile Suite 36 RS3 from DoubleTree and should take delivery on or about the last part of this Feb. After that we attend to travel the Northwest area of the US

This web site as well as the Mobile Suites website has proved some very interesting observations, thoughts and recommendations. If any one knows of good fishing locations that can have a 1 ton F-350 and 36 ft 5th wheel close to the fishing locations please send us your rcommendations.

01-17-2006, 06:57 AM
[/quote]If any one knows of good fishing locations that can have a 1 ton F-350 and 36 ft 5th wheel close to the fishing locations please send us your rcommendations.

Even better, post those fishing locations right here on the forum for all of us. :wink:

01-17-2006, 06:59 AM
That last post should have looked like this:

If any one knows of good fishing locations that can have a 1 ton F-350 and 36 ft 5th wheel close to the fishing locations please send us your rcommendations.

Even better, post those fishing locations right here on the forum for all of us. :wink:

01-27-2006, 07:18 PM
Previously owned 2 motor homes, now a 2005 tt now going to buy a 5er for full timeing and a life on wheels.

04-03-2006, 03:33 PM
Went from a tent to TT, another TT and now 5th wheel. Would never go back!

07-11-2006, 12:55 PM
Tent - TT (2) - 5th Wheel :D

07-11-2006, 02:00 PM
We had a tag before this MS.

So we are first time 5th wheel owners.


07-12-2006, 08:29 AM
We traded up to a Mobile Suites 36ft TK3, our first fifth wheel, from a Sunline 25 Ft TT. The trade was in March 2006.
We love it and have decided, when possible, to be fulltimers.

09-06-2006, 10:14 PM
Just started full-time in our first 5th wheel and medium duty truck. Have owned trailers before - a 35' avion tt, and two 16' shastas tt's as well as a "turtle trailer" (the one that only has a mattress inside and kitchen that opens in the back).

We love this 1999 38' Avion 5th wheel! Cant wait for the house to sell and we can hit the road!

11-20-2006, 05:58 PM
hoodia (http://link.toolbot.com/blogspot.com/23684)

diet pill (http://link.toolbot.com/blogspot.com/23686)

12-22-2006, 05:49 PM
tents to shell to 2 ---9 1/2 over heads one 33 ft 5 er now 3500 rl montana

06-13-2007, 10:33 PM
I had a Class C - sold it and bought a TT.
Selling the TT on Saturday, and have a 5er on order. Targeted to pick it up on 6/29.

11-29-2007, 05:45 PM
Had a TT to start and now own a 32' Sunny Brook fifth wheel.

Mike n Teri
06-23-2008, 10:58 AM
Started car camping in used tents as a kid, moved to (new) tents in the back pack - (used) slide-in-pick/up camper(s) and now as used 5er.

01-20-2009, 10:55 PM
Currently 51 yo, started youg with an old army (3 room surplus) tent, then a Starcraft poppy, then a 20' rear entry Holiday Rambler with a coachmans berth (70's vintage LOL), currently a Winne 30' (god this coah has just been awesome and zero issues), now looking for a nice dependable 5'er. Just trying to decide. I want quality with zero problems, good rep etc. I have heard the Double Trees are nice, but very heavy, so I've heard. We are planning to part time 6 mos out of the year. Just haven't decided on which brand. Damn, now it seems a good time to find awesome deals on any coach given the down turn in the economy. Any one have any suggestions???

01-20-2009, 11:43 PM
Stay away from Doubletree DRV (Mobile Suite)

As always good camping

01-21-2009, 02:29 PM
I don't think you will find anything with "zero problems". I think DRV is a good choice. The problems we have had have been dealt with. If you are looking for perfection you will be looking quite a long time. Find what you like and keep a positive outlook. Yes, you will probably have things come up, but that should be expected. DRV seems to be one of the few manufactures in production right now and there must be a reason. Good luck in your search. Look at the Selects, they are a little lighter in weight and still have the quality as in the Mobile and Elites.


02-01-2009, 11:32 AM
We are first time owners of an Everest 364Q purchased January 04. We are in the process of ordering a new Mobile Suite. After a lot of research and looking we've decided this is the unit for us. We are looking forward to our new home on wheels and traveling more.

02-02-2009, 10:40 AM
We're in our 2nd Suite. We made that decison after a couple of factory tours. I wish we would have had time to go through more....

Our 2006 ES had more than it's fair share of leaks. In fact, they began showing up a few days after we brought it home. So when I see a complainer, they usually have a 2006.

In the last 3 1/2 mos, we're more than pleased with our MS. Especially how it's keeping us even warmer (and drier) this winter. 8)

02-04-2009, 10:10 PM
We're also on our 2nd Suite. Our 1st is a 2005 Mobile Suite and our 2nd is a 2007 Elite Suite. We keep the '05 at the 'ranch' and travel/tailgate in the Elite Suite.

We've been pleased with both units. Having all the 'bells and whistles' on the Elite Suite sure is nice.

Now we just need to save our milk money for a MDT!

03-21-2009, 09:33 PM
I am on my 2nd 5er.