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bacil

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Posted: 01/13/18 06:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So,

my research is slowly approaching its final stages and i am now torn between 3 trailers.

Ultimately we have decided to spend little more on the trailer than our original budget while towing vehicle will stay 2015 3500HD. Now i need your help, i am looking for any real life comments about the following units.

1. NORTHWOOD ARCTIC FOX ARCTIC SILVER FOX 27-5L
2. KEYSTONE RV AVALANCHE 300RE
3. OPEN RANGE 3X 3X309RLS

These are the three units and layouts we chose for our FT traveling, we plan to travel all around northern america including AK, BC, Yukon terriotires etc. hence we are looking and good insulation, decent furnace. Also we would boondock whenever we can so tank capacities are important to us as well us battery and solar capability.

Can someone please share some real life experiences with these units ?

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We’ve owned our AF 27-5L for over 2 years and have spent times in it winter camping with temps in the 20s. Haven’t owned any of the other two brands you mentioned. Ours has dual pane windows which I feel helps with along with the insulation to keep it cozy warm. The best part is we don’t look through condensation on the windows and have that damp feeling.

For extreme low temps in an AF but different model check out this link.....http://www.nroa2003.com/forum/forum/message-board/modifications/266979-random-thoughts-and-ideas-regarding-cold-weather-rving. it really tells the story to how good an Arctic Fox is


2005 Silverado 3500 Crew Cab Long Box, Duramax/Allison, B&W Companion, TST507's

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bacil

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RollandB wrote:

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For extreme low temps in an AF but different model check out this link.....http://www.nroa2003.com/forum/forum/message-board/modifications/266979-random-thoughts-and-ideas-regarding-cold-weather-rving. it really tells the story to how good an Arctic Fox is


Thanks for the link, but am not registered on that forum and they have manual registration process so can't read it

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I had a Nash trailer (same as the Artic Fox but with aluminium siding in those days), 29V if I remember correctly, and can tell you it was comfortable in the low teens with just three ceramic heaters running and never experienced any frozen water problems. Also, in the very low 100's the one A/C unit kept it comfortable as well. Never had any problems with it and lived in it full time for many years.

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I'd go AF all the way out of those three.


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IdaD wrote:

I'd go AF all the way out of those three.


Why ? What is the main reason for you ?

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Artic Fox owner here, just look at the size of the I beams.

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There's really no comparison between AF and the others. AF is a product that people who have had a several avg. RV's buy and know what to look for.
You will find they have a lot of little extra's throughout (full size queen bed, better water pump, etc) but you will also find build details are excellent. Things like huge frames, gusseted mounting points for the suspension (never seen that in an RV before), better tires, larger wiring and cleaner construction.
Then if you actually dig into it you start finding details like more insulation and in places the others don't bother with, like all around the fridge. The seals around the slides are far tighter than any others.
The Silver fox series loads it up with other great features like double pane windows and HD shackles with wet bolts.
The list goes on but as someone who has owned and gone over lots of other brands, NW makes a great product. It could still be better but it certainly above the crowd.


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Have an OpenRange, and am very happy. The 3x309res is a trailer many people on the Open Range owners forum rave about. Check out the forum and ask questions, you will get more help and info than you need. I am not familiar with the 3x line, but understand they are better insulated, dual pane available, lots of special add ons available. I believe they are coming with the new Good Year Endurance.


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AF would be my choice of the 3. Look at the online video info, especially the frame part. To my knowledge, they are the only RV manufacturer that does not use Lippert frames. We purchased a used Hitchhiker because our unit had a non-Lippert frame (Young’s). We have been on an AF factory tour & were impressed. Northwood will authorize repairs if needed by reputable repair shops. Look beyond the glitz!

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