Arctic Fox 5th Wheels

Video Gallery and Information Page for Arctic Fox 5th Wheels

This Arctic Fox 5th Wheel page will bring you a video gallery of AF 5th Wheels, eBay auctions of AF Fifth Wheels for sale, some useful links and the RSS feeds from the AF owners group. If you bookmark or link to this page, it can be a GREAT central hub for your AF fifth wheel information.

Arctic Fox Documentation and Owners Manuals:

Arctic Fox Owners Group Latest News :

  • New To Forum – A Few Questions October 21, 2014
    My wife and I just joined the forum after purchasing a used 2005 Nash 22H. We are building a house on 40 acres in Salida, CO and plan on staying in the trailer when we are at the home site. We live in Denver but go to Salida about every other week.

    I have a 100 pound propane bottle to keep the furnace running and we have 110 volt power supply we are plugged into. Our well is in so we have a water supply. I have ordered a 32 gallon septic transfer tank that I can empty into the septic system that was recently finished for the house.

    The questions I have are:

    1. What should I be concerned with to avoid freezing pipes? Temperatures in Salida are similar to Denver. Should the hot water tank be heated when we are away?

    2. Has anyone put skirting around their trailers to help retain heat and prevent freezing?

    3. What are the weakest links in the trailer in terms of cold temperatures that would create problems?

    Thank you in advance for any advice you have that might help us.

    Tom and Layne
  • Insurance Just Wrote Off My 2005 22M. Need Information. October 21, 2014
    My 22M AF developed a undetectable roof leak in the back corner, by the tine I found it the insulation was water logged. Was hoping to fix it but , insurance adjuster said it was a write off. The settlement is fair so that is what is happening. This would not of happened if Northwood’s had a better design on where the rubber roof and the metal back comes together. It looks like the new trailers have a different design in that area. So, now the hunt begins for a replacement. I have two questions: 1. What year did AF start using the Aluminum frame in the 22 and 25 foot TT? 2. What year did they do away with the front window and add the fiberglass fronts? This is the two major feature I will be looking for in a replacement. Thank you in advance for the information. Happy traillering! Bob
  • a new portable generator thread October 21, 2014
    Who has converted their Honda-type portable generator to propane? Why? To eliminate carrying gasoline? Are they more efficient? I hear that you don’t have to worry about a gummed up carburetor.
  • Muddy Tires Explore Thermopolis, Wyoming October 19, 2014
    Funopolis, Steamopolis, Thermopolis, Wyoming! We fished & kayaked the Wind & Bighorn Rivers and explored Hot Springs State Park. Check out the latest blog:…ober-2014.html

    JC, sorry you spent a miserable night there. There is a probably a good story there. ;) The town is small, but even the two restaurants we ate at, were exceptional.

    Now we are in Kemmerer, Wyoming. We have enjoyed fishing the Green River and exploring the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge and Fossil Butte National Monument. Expect that blog by the end of the month. Our next stop is Heber City, Utah where we will spend the winter.

    Happy Fall Ya’all – Shawn & Arleen

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    Thermopolis and the Bighorn River from Monument Hill in Hot Springs State Park

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    A huge travertine terrace, the swinging bridge, and the Bighorn River in Hot Springs State Park

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    Fall fishing Wind River Canyon for big rainbows & brown trout
  • Solar vs onboard generators vs outboard generator/inverters again :( October 19, 2014
    Hello everyone,
    I simply do not know what to do. I am about to buy the Fox Mountain 235RLS and can not decide on how to power it.
    I plan to use on a daily basis a laptop and the usual amenities. Only on occasion will I use the air and slightly more will will I use the microwave.

    I read that I need something to transform the power so that my laptop can use it – is this so?
    If Northwood installs their solar (only 150 watts) can I add more watts off the same system?
    If an aftermarket (dealer) adds a system do they usually do a clean install with whatever monitoring one needs or does it look like an ‘ugly’ add on.
    How often does one have to clean the panels from debris, dirt, bird droppings?
    If you believe that an aftermarket install can be done cleanly, do you recommend a brand(s)?

    Onboard Generator/s

    In my class c I really, really hated the Onan generator – loud, smelly, and vibrating. I simply can not believe what I read here that the new ones are much quieter. I also find it very odd I never see a new 235RLS with a generator already installed – why is this? Do people not need power?
    I don’t get this…..

    Offboard Generator/inverter.
    I love the idea of these quiet devices. Why can’t an onboard generator be this quiet? – I do not understand why this can’t be so. Maybe it can be – is there a company that produces an onboard “Honda-like” generator/inverter? Who? Can propane-based generator be cleanly installed?
    I don’t love the inconvenience of these devices. Setting them up, leaving them outdoors, gasoline, weather, etc.

    Bottom line – I don’t know what to do.

    My instinct tells me to start with:
    1 – the onboard and use it when needed (wasteful money but I am lost what to do here)
    2 – Get a basic install of solar (the Northwood brand) with 2 6-volt batteries and all that is needed to be able to use solar power with my laptop. I hope that it can be expanded or . . . the answers to my aftermarket question above becomes relevant.
    3 – Finally, if I can go this way and really hate the onboard Onan I can use it only when necessary and buy just one (not two) of the Honda 2000i.

    I would appreciate all thoughts on this power matter.
    Thank you in advance!
  • If You Like the New Arctic Fox Design – Let Northwood Know October 17, 2014
    Many of us on the forum and at the Rallies have given Northwood a lot of grief when we did NOT like the changes to the Arctic Fox logo and designs.

    I think we should also let them know if you really like the new design.


    Taken from this thread –…-New-front-cap


    PS: I already sent my e-mail to Rich and Donald Cochran.

    PPS: I just e-mailed Rich and he said send your comments to him (he is the head of the design team) rich.zinzer at northwoodmail dot com
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  • For Sale – Carbon Monoxide Alarm – $50 October 16, 2014
    I purchased a carbon monoxide alarm to replace my old one, only I thought I needed a flush mount when I need a surface mount. Willing to sell the SafeT Alert brand Model 65-542-WT flush mount for $50 delivered to your door, as long as you door is somewhere in the 48 states.

    I did write on the surface on the monitor ’10-2014′ in black felt tip, so I would know when it was purchased, otherwise, pristine.

  • New front cap October 15, 2014
    Looks like the AF line got new front caps. I wonder if they’re painted.…0/DSC_2903.jpg
  • Torklift Lock and Load cargo carrier October 14, 2014
    I have a brand new one still in the box. Ideal to secure and carry those portable generators. Fits 2″ receivers. They sell for around $383 on Ebay. I will let mine go for $200 but it has to be picked up in central PA. My email:
  • 2007 Arctic Fox 22GQ For Sale, Phoenix, AZ October 14, 2014
    2007 Arctic Fox 22GQ For Sale in Phoenix, AZ

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  1. Gary says

    I just bought a 2003 Arctic Fox, 33.5′ 5th wheel. Few Questions:
    1) Are the slide out awnings necessary? Any idea where I can get those, or is any RV sales company okay?
    2) Is it necessary to have a working battery when using 120v power? I was told if the battery is bad the converter would be ruined. I plan on living it it in one place for next 4 years while in school.
    3) Any idea where the VIN number is located?
    4) Is it necessary to have it 100 percent level?
    5) The entrance door lock is broken and I can’t get in. Can any RV service company fix this?
    Thank you

  2. says


    Good questions.
    1) I’m not sure on the AF. I do NOT have them on my fifth wheel and it is designed so that water does not drain into the RV. You can find the slide awnings on Amazon. Start you search on Amazon here ->

    2) I DO think that not having a battery would be hard on the converter. The converter is designed to charge the batteries and power is taken off of the batteries. The batteries are like a “smoother” for the power demands. You should be able to find a deep cycle marine/RV battery for around $100 just about anywhere.

    3) No. Check the inside of the doors in the basement. Also check around the fifth wheel hitch where it is likely to be stamped into the metal.

    4) It doesn’t have to be perfect, but your refrigerator will burn up without being level. Also, you do not want to create a situation where the 5th wheel could move dangerously down a hill.

    5) Yes. You might be able to as well. You can find replacements at an RV dealer OR on Amazon.

    Good luck.

  3. Gary Smith says

    Hello Mystery Person:

    Those sure were great tips! Thank you. I have decided to get a service company to come out (if they will) and check all the wiring before I start living in my AF. It only had one battery; although there is a place for two. I took that one dead battery to an auto repair store, and he’s charging it; he told me it looks like it’s going to hold its charge. I’m worried, though, that if whoever I bought it from actually bought it at an auction, they may not really don’t anything about the wiring. Even though when I went to pick it up, they had the 120v plugged in and the lights were working inside and out and the front jack switch was working too. But when we brought it home, the truck that was pulling it didn’t supply enough power to get that front jack switch working like it did when it was plugged into the 120v. And, if it was just sitting around for a long period of time without 120v going to it, then the battery would have normally and naturally discharged. I guess without 120v, it couldn’t have recharged itself – which means (and by the way, I’m only guessing on all of this), that the converter may be good. So, if the battery is charged by tomorrow morning “holding its charge,” then how can I know if the converter is good? When I plug my AF in to the 120v, is the converter designed to keep the battery charged? If the converter is bad, even when the 120v is plugged in, will the power drain the battery too? Should I have two batteries, to purchase another one because there is a slot for a second battery? And just so you can get the full picture, my RV is in our driveway, setup, where I plan on living in it for the next four years, no camping, always plugged into 120v. I hope you don’t mind answering my questions and helping me get used to this type of living. That was smart about the refrigerator needing to be level. That’s like why people say not to lay them on their side, something to do with oil, which is probably the reasoning behind needing the rv level or the refer will go bad. That was another great tip on where to start looking for awnings. Thanks very much!

  4. says

    I’m no mystery person – I’m Marlan Winter and run all of! (check out )

    From your description above, your converter sounds fine. I don’t think I would bother with a 2nd battery. If this one goes out, just go pick up another one. Temperature, usage, heat, and running out of water are what wear the batteries out.

    Here is one article I wrote about battery care:
    Here is a video collection on batteries:
    Here is a video collection on converters:
    Here is a fun article about using your battery:

    With a fully operational converter you’ll usually have one of the following voltage levels – Equalizing (15 vdc), Bulk (14.2 vdc), and Float (13.2 vdc). Most of the time your inverter will be 13.2Volts. You can get a voltmeter at Radio Shack. If your voltages get to be 12 or 11, then definitely your inverter is not working.

    I have no idea on how to know if your wiring is good. I guess check every single thing in the RV. But it is really the UNSEEN wiring issues that will get you. For those, I don’t have any idea how to check. Generally they will show up quick I would think – like right after the RV has been moved. That will be a short or something similar. Or a birds nest where it shouldn’t be.

    Good luck Gary!

    Cheers, Marlan

  5. Gary Smith says

    Thank you, Marlin.

    I will be sure to watch those videos.

    I like your website.


  6. says

    Thanks Gary. Those kind words go a long way.

    If you want to help me out a little – doing any sharing or liking or linking to my pages would be super great!

    If I don’t hear from you again soon, have a GREAT weekend.


  7. Gary Smith says

    Hi Marlan

    I have only just begun the awesome adventure of RV living. I am a little intimidated by all the new gadgets of newer RVs compared to the 70s model we had when I was a youngster. However, my wife, 2-year old daughter and I lived in another old tt in 97; I bought it for 1600; it had no air, no heat and mice. She was pregnant at the time too. That 2-year old is now graduating high school this year. Anyway, I am writing you again to tell you that my apprehension to beginning living in an RV while going to law school (need total quitness studying) is real owing to all the buttons, switches, alarms, signals, gauges, along with auto this and auto that found inside my 2003 AF – yes, quite intimidating. However, your website is unbelievably filled with every single unanswered question I have been asking myself (and RV stores) since I started looking a month ago for my new “home.”

    Your website is filled with absolutely awesome articles: more informative and knowledge-based articles than any RV store or RV technician could ever know! WOW! I don’t feel as “all-alone” as I once did knowing “if I have ever thought of an issue, the solution to that is in rv52 somewhere!” All I have to do is type in my search question.

    To be totally safe, though, I’m going to hire an RV tech to come out and give me a demo of all the fancy junk that’s inside my new home just so I’ll have a fresh, safe, and great start. Then, I plan on reading all of your articles pertinent to my AF. Thank you so much, Marlan, for taking the time to develop such an awesome and “FREE” website!

    Your new “hooked” customer;

    Gary Smith

  8. Gary Smith says

    I have a 2003 Arctic Fox 33.5′ fifth wheel. I live in it full time.

    Early this morning, I smelled what normally smells like hot or burning wires. I checked and felt the fusses for heat: nothing there. I traced it down to the water heater that is stored underneath where the television goes. I had just used the hot water, maybe a few gallons; so, it was heating up when I began to smell that burning wire smell. The two 110v wires coming out of the receptacle box that go into the water heater were warm, but not hot. Nevertheless, when I opened the door below the television to access the water heater, the smell of burning wires was overwhelming. Eventually, the smell lessened, but it nonetheless, smells the same, just not as intense because the hot water is not being used at the moment to keep the water heater from going full blast.

    Is this a normal smell for my RV water heater?

    I do not know what to think about this.

    Thank you for any advise you have about this strange wire-burning smell coming from the water heater area.

    Gary Smith

  9. says


    That does not sound normal or safe. Call someone right away. Turn your hot water heater off. Is the hot water heater both ac powered and/or gas powered? If so, you might consider switching to lp gas mode. By the way, lp gas is very economical to heat water.

    I will pass this along to my favorite RV repair experts.


  10. Gary Smith says

    Well, as weird as it this may be, it only did it that one day. I spent today cleaning my RV, and in the process, I stuck my face down inside that lower cabinet; the smell was not there.

    The water heater does operate with either gas or electric. Because I’m a new rv’er, I am not going to teach myself how to ignite the gas at this time. However, speaking of LP, my stovetop works; but for some reason, the gas heater’s flame doesn’t ignite. I can hear it click ever 15 seconds or so, but it never fires.

    I was wondering when the tanks are low if that might cause the furnace not to spark a flame. It must be that because I took the furnace out back in March when I bought this home and took it to an LP supplier to make sure there were no leaks. When it stopped working in late spring, I began to smell rotten eggs making me think the tanks were low. Because it was nearing summer when I noticed it wouldn’t fire, I didn’t worry about it. Now that it’s winter, I am going to look closer into why it’s not firing – but I believe it’s because the tanks are low, but not too low for the stove top to work.

    Thanks for your answers all the time.

    If you have any thoughts about the furnace not firing, please let me know. :-)


  11. says

    It is not weird at all.

    The RV hot waters I am familiar with are electrically ignited, just like your gas heater. So it should not be much more than flicking on a switch. Then you will hear the roar of the heater.

    Please do me a favor and make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working. The stats on CO poisoning are surprising.

    Yes, all sorts of odd things happen on low gas. We always keep one tank valve on and one off. That way we never are stranded without gas. When one gets empty, we switch the valves over to the full one.

    Let me know when you are ready to write a story about your full timing adventure and I will publish it on RV52.


  12. Gary Smith says

    Hey, that’s great advice, one on and one off. lol, I should have thought of that, but I didn’t because of the dual tank regulator – it may not be working correctly, and that may be why I was smelling low gas. I did change the two hoses earlier in the year. I’m going to check that as soon as I get caught back up on my class work.

    A few months ago I had sprayed Lysol on the floor near the front door. All of a sudden, a shriek blasted in my ear, and I eventually realized it was the CO gas sensor. I know that works!

    As far as writing my full-time experiences rv’ing, you just happen to be talking my language. Other than that extra “it” in the first paragraph of my previous message, I do write well. That’s not supposed to be boastful; I’m a full-time legal studies college student online at Kaplan University, and writing legal essays is all I seem to do! Thankfully, I will graduate in March; but the writing won’t be over, because in the fall of 2015, I’ll be taking my home to south Florida to live there while in law school. Therefore, I will take you up on writing the commentary as soon as I get caught up in my class work. That will be one day next week. Thanks for asking me to do that.


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