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Old 01-12-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Full time living, advice needed

An opportunity came up for us to relocate to Phoenix from Tacoma. Same job same everything, just different location. With no kids and a passion to explore and have new adventures, we decided to go for it! Signed an offer on the house in 3 days, had a moving sale, and put the remaining stuff in storage. We are now living in our 5.0 in Phoenix.

We are concerned about the 5.0 handling the 100 plus heat for 3 months or more and are considering our options. We DO NOT want to live in an apartment and the thought of buying another house and furnishing it again does not appeal.

We love the RV lifestyle and are seriously considering buying a LARGE! fifth wheel and living full time in that. Does anyone on the board have any experience or recommendations? Considering a Montana, Cedar Creek, Bighorn, ect. The web is full of horror and love stories for all of the units, but we have no direct experience. We know that we need something well insulated and a 2nd AC. Hopefully we can tap into the experience and knowledge of this board and make the correct decision for us. Thanks, Bob
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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Check out the new Winnebago Latitude 34 RG featured in the February issue of Trailer Life magazine. Sounds like it can really be insulated for your needs. Very heavy though. Loren
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:38 PM   #3
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If I understand your situation correctly, you would sell the 5.0TA and replace it with a much larger trailer that you would live in full time and go RV'ing with it.

There is a similar situation in the boating world. People end up with a large ocean going yacht, start living on it and often a curious thing happens. Things start to accumulate, the process of simply casting off and going gets longer and at some point the boat seems to grow roots and not move much.

Not sure if that'd apply to you but something to be aware of.

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Old 01-12-2016, 01:41 PM   #4
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My two cents comes via an "old guy" who was next to me once. A chatty guy.


He really liked the 5er across the way because the frame was stronger. It "only" needed 4 corner support, unlike several of the newer units that require/have 6 stab jacks for the frame. He also imparted his partiality of heaver FT cabinets/components.


Good luck in AZ. I hope to be snowbirding in the Apache Junction area next year.



edit: you must have a reason for not mentioning class As?
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Bob: Northwood | Arctic Fox 29-5T

I don't ever see us getting a larger RV, I don't think we would like to full time. We like our homes and mixing things up a little.

The Arctic Fox are very nice units, four seasons but they are heavy. They were on our short list but we wanted a smaller camper to fit in state and BLM sites. Good Luck, Scott

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Old 01-12-2016, 02:14 PM   #6
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If I understand your situation correctly, you would sell the 5.0TA and replace it with a much larger trailer that you would live in full time and go RV'ing with it.

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We would keep the 5.0, at least for the short term. It would go into storage and then used for weekend trips. We have just a 1/2 ton pickup, so that would have to be upgraded at some point.
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Bob: Northwood | Arctic Fox 29-5T

I don't ever see us getting a larger RV, I don't think we would like to full time. We like our homes and mixing things up a little.

The Arctic Fox are very nice units, four seasons but they are heavy. They were on our short list but we wanted a smaller camper to fit in state and BLM sites. Good Luck, Scott

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Agreed, I am familiar with Ron Nash and the Arctic Fox Line.
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We would keep the 5.0, at least for the short term.
Good thing you clarified that otherwise you might be getting a stream of "I want to buy it" PM's

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Well. How about a Tiny House?
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The 100+ temps start sometime in early May and can run all the way till Nov in the flatland of Phoenix. I don't know that anything is going to be great at handling the temps especially when they are in excess of 105 and 110.
My recommendation, since we go to the high country over 7000 feet in the brutal temp periods, is to stop in some RV parks and ask some of the residents you see if anyone stays for summer and how their rigs handle it. If you check in with the office they can probably hook you up with some full time residents to chat with.
I personally would rent a small apartment, and use the 5.0 to get out of town and up to the White Mountains or Flagstaff area on my days off.
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