It seems that no matter how much storage you have, you want more. I guess you could say the same is true for money, or, in my case, completed RV reviews on RV Travel as well. The folks at Alliance RV had this in mind with their Alliance Paradigm 365RD fifth wheel, which features a huge under-floor storage bay at the back.
Who is Alliance?
The Alliance Paradigm is one of a series of relatively new fifth wheels produced by a company started by people with a family heritage of building RVs. The Brady family has been in the business for two generations and wanted to start a new company based on customer input.
The entire Paradigm line was developed after polling some 3,000 fifth wheel owners. The poll asked what the owners prefer in a floor plan. In addition, they were asked what they think are the most important features and components in a fifth wheel. Some of their responses were incorporated in things like a fold-down wooden seat in the huge shower. Plus, you can actually cook an entire Thanksgiving turkey in the true residential-sized oven (3.73 cubic feet).
There is a choice of a residential (120VAC) or gas-electric “RV” refrigerator, the latter of which can hold 18 cubic feet of goodies. The sink is on a peninsula – and there’s space and accommodation on that peninsula for a dishwasher. A pantry rounds out the meal prep area, and there are a table and chairs on the opposite side of the lower deck.
It’s the storage…
While the inside is impressive, the outside is where you might want to start your admiration for this trailer. The rear interior floor is raised so that there’s a huge storage bay underneath. That storage bay can be accessed from either side of the coach. There’s a large rear door that flips up to reveal a tray that is easily long enough for two kayaks. It is capable of holding 800 pounds.
In total, this unit has a cargo-carrying capacity of about 3,000 pounds. That means there is plenty of reserve capacity for your stuff in the back. Of course, you have to be cognizant of the things in the trailer itself as well as water. There is a 98-gallon fresh water tank and, at eight pounds per gallon, that’s almost 800 pounds if it’s full. Add 106 gallons of gray water and 53 gallons of black water and you come close to 2/3 of that capacity. But every RV manufacturer tells you not to travel with full tanks.
An entertaining proposition
This might be a great choice for you if entertaining is your thing. There is a couch in both the camp-side and road-side slide room in the rear of the rig, and they convert to beds. A large TV and an electric fireplace are on the back wall, with theater seating facing the.
As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I’m a big fan of traditional buttons to control everything. Alliance has actual buttons to open the slides and awnings and turn on the lights. This unit shines with the five slide rooms fully extended. But it is still possible to access the refrigerator and bathroom and a few cabinets with those slide rooms in. That’s important for those mid-journey potty and beverage stops.
Quality control in the Alliance Paradigm
What I think is most impressive is how the company tests each unit before it is delivered to the customer. Alliance actually fills the holding tanks and then takes the fifth wheels for a drive on a test course to make sure everything does what it’s designed to do. When it returns to the factory, the unit is thoroughly tested once again. I have yet to hear of anyone else this thorough in their pre-delivery inspection (PDI).
And quality is something you hear associated with the products in the Alliance Paradigm in many ways. The roof itself is a PVC product that requires zero maintenance. If necessary, it can be repaired with PVC cement from the local hardware store. It’s also warrantied for 15 years. There are valves in the plumbing system that let you isolate sections of the trailer. That means if there is a plumbing issue you don’t have to shut off the entire unit.
The tank valves themselves are in the heated underbelly of the rig rather than exposed to the elements. The levers for the tanks are located centrally so you don’t have to be a contortionist to dump your tanks.
On the subject of construction, the walls are fully vacuum laminated using Azdel substrate and framed in aluminum.
What’s inside the Alliance Paradigm?
Inside the coach, there are storage cubbies where others might not have them, including the side tables by the couch. There’s even a storage area behind the electric fireplace. It seems large enough to hold the bedding, if someone’s sleeping on the couch. Many of the interior lights are on dimmers and most folks will appreciate this, as modern RVs are well lit but sometimes a bit too bright.
These have a newer Coleman AC unit that uses about 10.3 amps apiece. That means on a 50-amp service, all three of the AC units can run at full speed. Furthermore, you can actually use two of the Coleman units on a 30-amp service if you happen to have a site like that. The AC in the bedroom is not ducted into the main body of the coach, so those who like to sleep cooler or hotter can do so.
Alliance claims the direct-ducted rear AC units work exceptionally well and are as quiet as fully ducted units but are more efficient.
The Paradigm also comes with a six-point hydraulic level system.
As with all RVs, you should keep an eye on the weight of the Alliance Paradigm. There is about 3,000 pounds of cargo-carrying capacity and a large under-floor storage. As long as you’re not traveling with all three holding tanks full there is a lot of capacity here and the space to put both your stuff and seat your company.
Another thing I liked about this unit is that there was zero carpeting whatsoever inside and the slide rooms are essentially flush with the rest of the floor. Even in the kitchen slide, there was no kick panel forcing you to bend at an odd angle to get to the back of the stove and such.
If you have plans to entertain others – once that activity is encouraged again – perhaps this might be a unit worth considering.
The way the company seems to operate and the floor plans they have been building show a real attention to detail – including a lot of real-world usable features and things that will make sense in reality as well as on paper.
These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.
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