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  1. I have a 2015 VanLeigh Vilano 5th wheel and when I purchased it came with a residential type refrigerator electric only no gas operation option. Is there some reason for this? I have owned 3 other RV’s and they all came with dual operation.

    • Mark,

      Yes, they opted for a residential because they’re cheaper – ALOT cheaper. I for one am NOT sold on residential fridges in RV’s, but you have what you have. I looked at VanLeigh and rejected it for several reasons for myself. Residential fridges will limit your ability to dry camp (no electric) unless you have great solar power or a generator. Al

    • Welcome to the world of RV’ing! What kind of 5th wheel are you planning to purchase? (Feel free to call upon me for assistance in this or any other area of rv’ing.) Al

    • Mark,

      They are deficient where it matters – start with a 54 gallon fresh water tank – compare that to 82 gallons in Glacier Peak (Outdoors RV) or Arctic Fox. Why it matters – if you dry camp, the extra 28 gallons means 1-3 days MORE out in the field.

      On the rest – I believe this to be the case: VanLeigh does NOT have shocks on the axles, does not mention the tires they use (not a good sign), appears to not have a metal plate above the tires (protecting the interior), appears to not use fiberglass on the underside of the slideouts. These are all important engineering features as far as I’m concerned.

      My vote: Until these things change, I can’t consider VanLeigh (not to mention the ONLY vilano I’d ever consider is the shortest one – the others are simply too long.

      Al

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