Monday, January 17, 2022


RV Review: 2021 Alliance Paradigm 365RD

Tony Barthel
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. 

Weight watching

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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11 months ago

I meant to say the brass dont show up at shows. They have factory reps but the brass steer clear if they build junk. Clarification from my post

11 months ago

I will tell you this. I first heard about alliance about 5 months ago from a couple people who owned one in a rv resort north of phoenix. They were talking about the unbelieveable support they got from the company when something went wrong albeit infrequently. In addition to the bradys many of their team are owners also. I walked into their display at tampa and you guessed it the two brady boys and other key stakeholders were there to greet the common person. I learned a long time ago that people who build crap (aka the great majority) dont show up at big shows. They know their customers would like to wring their neck and come to the shows to do so. In other words IF they come to a show they have to wear a flak jacket. ALLIANCE,WAS THERE FRONT AND CENTER AND ONE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS AT THE SHOW TOLD ME THEY LOVED THEIR HASSLE FREE FIVER. They have the bob tiffin mentality of taking care of customers. Alliance simply says do the right thing. Read their 100 points book.

Sink Jaxon
11 months ago

Wow, this is a beautiful 5er…If I were in the market, I’d choose this one!

Roger Spalding
11 months ago

I cannot share the opinion that control panel buttons are ” traditional.” For a company that supposedly bills itself as cutting edge in RV tech, Alliance’s 1950’s Soviet era buttons are anything but. It just looks cheap and chintzy to not at least offer touch screens (along with the phone app) as an option to those customers willing to pay $100K for the rig. A well known YouTube RV vlogger recently explained the difference between RV buyers in the $50K to $85K range (who preferred JayCommand, InCommand and other like systems) and those in the $100K range (who preferred buttons like Tony) was that the more expensive rig buyers were older, more unwilling to accept change and generally tech ignorant. Alliance and Grand Design both eschew touch panels inside the cabins of their rigs. It gives one pause to consider what other shortcomings might not be as visible to customers.

11 months ago
Reply to  Roger Spalding

As a full-timer, I appreciate buttons. I have seen numerous times when high end touchscreens go out and the owners dead in the water. No hot water, no slide controls, etc. I would prefer manual stabilizers for the same reason. We setup beside a couple who had a tech working on their hydraulics for ten hours. They were able to get it hitched up, but had to go straight to dealer to be able to unhook. It was less than a month old. And for the record, I am not old, and appreciate tech. Just don’t like being stranded.

Thomas D
11 months ago

So nice to see that each unit is water tested. 2 of mine were not. Water all over first time I used it. 2nd RV the water used in testing( I assume) was not drained by anyone. Manufacturer or why should he, dealer. 8 gal block of ice, water fill for toilet, outside shower faucets, water pump. ALL JUNK. surprisingly, no pipe leaks or fresh gray or black tank problems.

11 months ago

One thing that’s great about Grand Design is that they don’t put the vents in the floors. Alliance apparently does , as does Keystone. I can’t find any other brand that doesn’t put vents in the coolers. They get dirty easily, and don’t look that great.

Mike B
11 months ago
Reply to  Kamwick

GD does put vents in the bedrooms. I had 2 reflections 5th wheels.

Mike B
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike B

GD does put in floor heating vents. I had 2 Reflections 5th wheels.

Cindy Walker
11 months ago

They tried that washer/dryer setup in the closet in the Keystone Montana 3611. We told them when we ordered ours it was a bad idea and were very vocal about it. The doors to the washer and dryer face each other so you have to move the clothes to get the doors open. Very poor design. It wasn’t a good idea then and it still isn’t. My husband fixed our combo unit so it faces out.

11 months ago

Now THIS is an RV I’d like to have, if I could afford a new RV.

Tommy Molnar
11 months ago

Until I read this review and checked out the mfg website, I was ‘all in’ for the Keystone Arcadia review. Now I like this one even more. Not that we’re in the market for a new trailer, but we’re always ‘dreaming’.

Since boondocking is our main “MO” we look at things that might get in the way of that lifestyle with any trailer. The auto-leveling jacks and the long rear overhang look like they might be an issue when offroad. That and the spare tire right under the back (which would actually be handy for access in case of a flat, of course).

But overall, this trailer is a winner in my book. A bit tall too, but all 5’ers are. We’re currently used to 11’7″ with our current travel trailer.

Bill Sweet
11 months ago

We have had an Alliance model 372RK (rear kitchen) for a little over a month and we enjoy and love it more every day! It is the best made 5er of the 4 we’ve owned (fulltiming) during our 13 years on the road.

11 months ago

It’s good to see a manufacturer test their RVs before delivery. After reading all the horror stories about dealers failing to take care of new purchases I am convinced that I will never buy a brand new one. Hopefully Alliance will start a new trend.
As for the article, can anyone imagine a situation where all three tanks, fresh, grey, and black, are all filled to capacity? Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but in our RV the grey and black water comes from the fresh water tank. Now how about someone building a system that uses the grey water to flush the toilet. I’ve seen ads for European “caravans” that do just that. Just makes good sense.

11 months ago

I am somewhat perplexed by the statement that the combined weight of the freshwater tank and the two holding tanks are 2/3 of the weight-carrying capacity of the unit. I cannot think of a time when I ever had all three tanks loaded at the same time; generally when the freshwater tank is full the other two are empty and vice-versa.

With full water one would still have 2/3 weight carrying capacity left.

Donald N Wright
11 months ago

Very impressive. I am sure other RV manufacturers will be uncomfortable with Alliances testing procedures and skilled manufacturing.