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Old 06-09-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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Moving on

Looks like we may be trading in on a 5'er next week. Looking at a new FR Sabre Lite 28BH to replace the 290QB.

We thought about a big hybrid with a slide, but the wife took a tour of the Sabre and really liked it. So much so she went ahead and talked numbers. It should also be a couple feet shorter when hooked up. It solves some of the gripes we have with the ST. Holding tank size, wide stance axles, walk-on roof, TV viewing angle, bathroom size & lack of storage, & most importantly...master bedroom privacy

I had a few quality issues with the ST, but know all brands/makes have build quality issues. We'll take those as they come, nothing is bulletproof. Our dealer is pretty good too. Hoping the towing is easier with a 5'er never pulled one before, but all my friends with them swear they won't ever go back to a pull behind.

I'll update if we make the jump, but either way I'll still be a member here.
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You won't be disappointed in the towing. Just watch the cab when backing sharp. What type 5er hitch are you going with? I don't know about the Sabre but I have an extended short bed and with our new Cruiser I can jack knife the truck sideways without moving the Reese Kwik Slide and not even touch the cab. Our Cruiser we had in 2010 I wasn't able to do that.
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You won't be disappointed in the towing. Just watch the cab when backing sharp. What type 5er hitch are you going with? I don't know about the Sabre but I have an extended short bed and with our new Cruiser I can jack knife the truck sideways without moving the Reese Kwik Slide and not even touch the cab. Our Cruiser we had in 2010 I wasn't able to do that.
Going with a B&W Turnover Ball Gooseneck Hitch and Companion Slider 5th Wheel hitch. Want the Turnover Ball to keep the bed floor flat when not towing and want the slider because I only have the 6.5 ft bed. They get great reviews, tank-like build quality and made in the USA. It gives an extra foot of travel. Not positive I need it (slider or new camper ), but wanted to be sure I'd have no issues.

Oh and the Cruisers are nice, congrats.
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You can't go wrong with the B&W. I've never owned one but I have two friends that have them. They really like there's. And have the bed flat and no rails in is a plus.
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X2 on the B&W, would never buy anything else.
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Wish I had purchased one instead of my Reese. The one I had before was built better. This one seems a lot cheaper made than my last one.
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Hey Roaddog good luck with new purchase I'm new to CR and the wide stance axle. I previously owned FR. Just curious What was your gripe with wide stance? When I'm backing mine, trying not too tight, my wheels are so contorted it looks like they're gonna fall off. Very unsettling. Just wanted to hear some input, I just can't get used to looking at them so twisted. Appreciate any and all input from those that may have the same concern. Thanks.
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Welcome to the Forest River world. We sold our zinger and bought a Sabre when Sabre was still palomino.
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Hey Roaddog good luck with new purchase I'm new to CR and the wide stance axle. I previously owned FR. Just curious What was your gripe with wide stance? When I'm backing mine, trying not too tight, my wheels are so contorted it looks like they're gonna fall off. Very unsettling. Just wanted to hear some input, I just can't get used to looking at them so twisted. Appreciate any and all input from those that may have the same concern. Thanks.
Yea thats what I'm concerned about. They twist and spread so far it looks like they'll break at any moment. So far they haven't, but with just those little bolts/nuts on the cantilever arms its not confidence inspiring.
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I'm putting the brakes on the Sabre Lite. I went and took a long look at it in person and there's a few build quality issues that had me concerned. Not saying its junk, its just If we're gonna spend that much $ I want it to last. I know all of them have issues, but this one just wasn't what I was expecting for a smaller 5th wheel priced at over $40K. I don't want to realize in a year or two we should have just spent the extra money for a better built trailer.

Now we're leaning towards the Grand Design Refection Series 5th wheels. Just walking thru those their use of higher quality materials is immediately apparent. I'm reading as much as I can find about them to ensure the right choice.
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I'm putting the brakes on the Sabre Lite. I went and took a long look at it in person and there's a few build quality issues that had me concerned. Not saying its junk, its just If we're gonna spend that much $ I want it to last. I know all of them have issues, but this one just wasn't what I was expecting for a smaller 5th wheel priced at over $40K. I don't want to realize in a year or two we should have just spent the extra money for a better built trailer.

Now we're leaning towards the Grand Design Refection Series 5th wheels. Just walking thru those their use of higher quality materials is immediately apparent. I'm reading as much as I can find about them to ensure the right choice.

I camped next to a dealer that had the Grand Design Reflection. Of course we took a look, and now I'm not sure I should have. We did like the floor plan on the 29RS, as well as the apparent build quality. Like you though, need to do more research. Funny thing though, this forum is much better, and I have considered it a factor in my decision making, even though I know I shouldn't.
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Well we're dropping the ST off for the last time at the dealer tomorrow. Then the B&W is getting installed in my truck & Friday we pick up our Grand Design 30BH 5th wheel. I'll still be around, as this has been a great forum and provided us with tremendous help and knowledge. Thanx to all.
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Congrats on the new Grand Design. Best of luck.
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