Hey Hokiedad. Welcome to the forum - and sorry for the late response. ;>) As we just bought a "new to us" DRV Mobile Suites I probably won't have a lot of brand specific knowledge to help with any questions you may have but I'll bet there will be others here who can and will. I too recently joined this forum and have already gleaned several nuggets of insight from others, so I'm sure you will too.
I don't know if you've already bought your RV yet but from what I've read online the Carriage line still seems to get pretty high marks for quality built RVs. We chose an older DRV basically for 2 reasons - I had read several posts from owners of somewhat older DRVs that considered them to be generally well designed and quality built RVs and older models like ours are much more affordable for us. So far, with the exception of a small number of items I need to tend to, this 5th wheel seems to be living up to my expectations. Good luck in your quest for an upgrade rig.
Steve and LaDonna
2011 Mobile Suites 38TKSB3 #5509