We have been researching high end fifth wheels for what seems like forever. The problem has been there are not any dealers close to us. We finally went to Southern RV on the south side of Atlanta today. They carry a large selection of DRV Mobile Suites and Redwoods.
These fifth wheels are very very nice and luxurious if you can afford one - $80,000 and up for a new one. We even saw a DRV that went for $166,000. Needless to say we just don't want to put that much money into a camper.
Peco Campers (closer to home) has on order two Columbus by Palominos by Forest River. We have ben looking online at the 365RL. As I mentioned previously, we first saw one at Old Federal Campground. It has almost everything we want in a fifth wheel and Sherrian loves the kitchen. The quality might not be quite the same as a DRV or Redwood, but at $55,000 it's close enough.
We can't wait to see one on the lot!
Apalachee Svc Center
Yesterday,we paid a visit to Apalachee RV Center in Auburn,Ga. As I had mentioned in a previous post, we damaged the roof on our travel trailer. I didn't want to pay for a factory repair (about $1200.00), so we asked for advice on doing a patch ourselves. We bought a roll of Eternabond tape. I plan to give this a try next week and I'll let you know how it turns out. By the way, everyone was very helpful at Apalachee, especially Tracey. He even took us on a tour of the repair facility and gave us repair instructions.
Today, we went to Peco Campers to look at the Columbus Palimino by Forest River.They didn't have the model we were interested in (365RL), but we were able to see the 320 and 340. For the money, we were very impressed. They have 365 on order so we'll be going back when it comes in. Please let us know if you have any thoughts.
Sherrian and I recently camped at Old Federal. It's a Corp of Engineer Park on Lake Lanier in Georgia. Although most of the Corp of Engineer Parks are nice enough, they are geared toward boaters and fishermen. They do have coves and small beaches for the kids. On Saturdays and Sundays the fishermen need to get out early because during the day the boat and jet ski traffic is so heavy, it is difficult to fish near the busy parks.
There is not much in the way of hiking and biking trails in the RV parks, so if this is your thing you will be disappointed. There are many Corp of Engineer day parks that have plenty of hiking trails.
One thing to keep in mind at the Corp's RV parks is the gate closes at 10:30 pm and opens at 7:00 am. You literally cannot get in or out (with a vehicle) during this time. You have to call an emergency number that's somewhere in your rules and posted at the entrance.
If you ask me, this is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Why not a key code access?
Also, when leaving Old Federal, be very careful. The entrance and exit is very narrow. The gate house is in the middle and has an overhang. I know because I caught it with the corner of the camper. Now, I have to attempt my first roof repair. By the way, I am not the only stupid camper! From the looks of the overhang, it's been hit many many times.
It's great that the lake and Corp of Engineer Parks are close to our home, but because we are more into hiking and biking, we will probably stick to the quieter state parks.
We love to travel in our 2021 Coachmen Beyond van about half of the year. Join us, if you will, to see where our adventures take us.