My Arctic Fox at the Dealer waiting to be prepped.
I was recently asked a question by a reader about what I liked and didn't like about the Arctic Fox 27 -5L . It sounded like a harmless question at first, I figured it would be a paragraph, but the more I thought about it the more complicated it became and the more my brain rattled like a hard drive going bad. But I had to come up with something so I shut my brain down, cooled it off with a beer, rebooted it, and this is what I came up with in no particular order.
One of my favorite things about the Arctic Fox is how strong it's built, and the factory takes great pride in that. Some Boondocking areas can be very destructive to an RV, the roads can be potholed, wash boarded, and there can be dry washes to cross, all that can twist the frame and bend the axles. Now I'm not saying that those things can never happen to the Arctic Fox but at least it was built to handle a certain amount of that kind of treatment. A while back I called the factory and asked them about putting 340 pounds of motorcycle and motorcycle carrier on the back of my 27 -5L. Their answer was, no problem, weld the carrier to the frame and it will be fine.
Another thing I like about the 27-5L is the size of the trailer. It's big enough to live in if you're not too extravagant but it's small enough to get into national Forest Boondocking areas. I haven't measured it myself but I'm told that the trailer is about 27 feet inside and about 30 feet outside. Now you're not going to get a washer and dryer in here and a big double door refrigerator is probably not going to work, but if you can live without some of those conveniences this size trailer is very comfortable .
If your going to live in an RV in most cases you will have a lot of stuff to carry with you, I know we all try to do away with as much as we can but a lot of us [meaning me] end up with a lot of weight to be carried around. My little Fox has a net carry capacity of 3840 pounds, and that's kind of a lot for a trailer this size. Now I haven't reached that amount yet and I hope I never do, but it's good to know that it strong enough to handle it.
I bought my 27 -5L in Mesa Arizona in the winter of 2013. I had narrowed my search down to about three different fifth wheels, and the 27-5L was one of them. I had never seen one before in person only pictures on the Internet so I was really excited to be able to walk inside of one. I showed up at the dealer just before lunch time. That night it had gotten down into the 30s but when I showed up at the dealer it was a bright sunny day in the 60s.
I told the dealer which one I wanted to see and he started walking me down the lot. He stopped at another brand of RV telling me he could make me a great deal on this one, he unlocked the door, we went inside looked around, stood in the living room and talked for a while, and went back out and walked down the lot. A few trailers down he stopped at another different brand, he said this one was last year's model and I wouldn't believe the deal he could make me on this trailer. He unlocked the door, we walked in and looked around, talked about it for a while, came out and walked on down the lot.--- Bare with me there's an end to the story shortly ---.
finally we got to the Arctic Fox he unlocked the door we walked around inside and stood in the living room talking. After a few minutes I started getting a little chilly standing there talking as I was wearing a short sleeve shirt. After a few more minutes of talking I finally had to say let's go outside into the sun cause it's freezing in here. As we were walking out the door the salesman said "yeah these Arctic foxes are always cold in the morning, normally we have a guy open the doors in the morning to warm them up a little bit but he's not here today ". That's when it hit me, this thing is built like an ice chest, its so well insulated it held in the night time cold with the sun beating down on it till almost lunch. Meanwhile the other two trailers we went in were the same temperature as the outside air.
Good insulation is very Important in an RV you plan to live full time in, it will not only keep you more comfortable it will save you money on heating and cooling. I bought the Arctic Fox that day.
Since this post seems to be getting kind of long I will save the rest till tomorrow.