RV review: Alliance Paradigm 310RL

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By Tony Barthel
While some countries have traditional royalty, our nation has a different sort and you could argue that the Brady family is sort of RV royalty. The product of that family history is today’s featured RV, the Alliance Paradigm 310RL.

The Paradigm 310RL is a very livable fifth wheel floor plan that measures just under 35 feet in total length. In fact, the company itself recognizes that the unit is so livable the warranty covers use as a full-time unit.

The entire Paradigm line was developed after polling some 3,000 fifth wheel owners to see what they prefer in a floor plan and what features and components are important to them. As a result, you see some of that voicing in things like a fold-down wooden seat in the absolutely huge shower in this trailer, and a true residential-sized oven (3.73 cubic feet) where you actually can cook an entire Thanksgiving turkey.


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As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I’m a big fan of traditional buttons to control everything and Alliance seems to agree with that by having actual buttons to open the slides and awnings and turn on the lights. Booyah! And while this unit shines with the three slide rooms fully extended, it is still possible to access the refrigerator and bathroom and a few cabinets with those slide rooms in for those mid-journey potty and beverage stops.

Alliance Paradigm 310RL
Alliance Paradigm 310RL floor plan

But 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. If anyone else is this thorough in their pre-delivery inspection (PDI) I have yet to hear of it.

Alliance Paradigm 310RL
Alliance Paradigm 310RL

And quality is something you hear associated with the products in many ways. The roof itself is a PVC product that requires zero maintenance but 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 if there is a plumbing issue rather than having to shut off the entire unit.

The tank valves themselves are in the heated underbelly of the rig rather than exposed to the elements, but the levers for the tank are located centrally in the water center 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.

Inside the coach, there are storage cubbies where others might not have them including the side tables by the couch and even a storage area behind the electric fireplace that seems large enough to hold the bedding if someone’s sleeping on the couch. Many of the interior lights are on dimmers, which will be much appreciated as modern RVs are well lit but sometimes a bit too bright.

These have newer Coleman AC units that use 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.

The Paradigm also comes with a six-point hydraulic level system.

There were a lot of things that just made me say “wow” as I looked over this fifth wheel. The build quality, cabinetry, fit, and finish were all first-rate.

Alliance Paradigm Specifications

I had mentioned that the Brady family is sort of RV royalty. Brian Brady, best known for helping to launch both Damon Corp. and Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC prior to his 2012 retirement as president and CEO of Heartland, and his sons — both former Heartland executives — say the idea for their new company emerged over a Christmas dinner when they realized that they shared a collective urge to start a company that would enable them to do things their own way as so many industry entrepreneurs have done before.

Alliance has a range of fifth wheels already in production with this week’s 310RL actually being the smallest in the line. But it’s certainly not small on features or spaciousness or quality and would absolutely work as a full-time residence – yet is a size that could be hauled into many state parks and smaller campgrounds.

From a size-usability standpoint, this fifth wheel really hits a sweet balance.

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with my own research and represent the most accurate information and opinion at the time of writing. Your experience is always encouraged.

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Mike Johnson
27 days ago

My wife and I went to look at this rig since we liked what we read about it. We were very disappointed with the quality of the unit. The steps leading up to the bedroom were laminated and the lamination was peeling off. On the exterior there were places where the lower panels were pulling away from the upper exterior sides. We also noted construction around the bedroom dresser was made of thin plywood. While that is not unusual, what was is it looked like the plywood was covered with contact paper and it was curling off at the joints. Those are just a couple of things we saw.

We liked the layout of the rig, but when we compared it to the quality of the Grand Design 310RL, a very similar design, there was a night and day difference for almost the same price.

dnCook
1 month ago

That is one nice rig, very beautiful and well laid out with a ton of nice features. It is sad that the insulation value of these rigs is so inadequate that it requires three 13.5 AC units to cool it. My 2000 sqft house only has half of that 40000 Btu and barely runs in the summer set at 75. A neighbor , in Texas heat, stayed in a smaller 5th wheel after Harvey, with two AC’s running full time blowing freezing air, you could barely stay in it as it was only getting down to the high 80’s, yes, at night, it will freeze you out, but not in the sun.

Wayne R.
1 month ago

VERY IMPRESSIVE that you can pack all these features into a 13’-11” 5er. Seems a little heavy for a rig this small.

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1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne R.

😆 Thanks, Wayne. I’ve just emailed Tony about this. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Skip
1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne R.

34’11” length not 13’11”

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1 month ago
Reply to  Skip

Yep. But when Wayne looked at the chart it said the length was 13’11”. That’s why he was so impressed with all the features it would hold. 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Roger Spalding
1 month ago

I couldn’t disagree with the author more. I refuse to buy a Grand Design unit until it offers a touch panel on the interior of its rigs. Putting the Compass Connect panel in the basement passthrough is not a solution. A cell phone app is not a solution either; especially if your pass word is hacked. When I contacted GD about this, the customer service rep was patronizing and obnoxious. I hope Alliance will at least offer the option of in cabin computer function control and real gauges for tanks etc. at some point. Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1968. It’s distressing to see good companies like Alliance stuck with 1950’s technology.

Brian Holmes
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger Spalding

your worried about a hacked passwords for the camper? what could they do turn on your lights or turn on the furnace? the horror.

Roger Spalding
19 days ago
Reply to  Brian Holmes

Brian, Thanks for your reply, but I believe you are missing the point. If Alliance prides itself on its tech improvements and advances in the RV industry, why does it stick to 1950’s technology. I assume you’ve moved into the 21st century and I doubt you wrote your reply on a old ink ribbon and mechanical key typewriter. Shouldn’t Alliance at least offer the option of a touch pad system? Lastly, I don’t know how much personal and property invasion you’re willing to tolerate, but I don’t condone any of it; whether it’s my cell phone, RV or house. Perhaps, you live in Portland, Seattle or Minneapolis where our politicians and government feel criminals have the “right” to home invasions and city wide conflagration. How many degrees of criminality should the rest of us have to put up with? As long as it’s someone else being violated, apparently you don’t care.

Cat
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger Spalding

Actually, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on 20 July 1969.

Roger Spalding
19 days ago
Reply to  Cat

Cat, Thanks for the correction. I was at Summer camp when Armstrong made history for America. Must have hit the wrong digit as I was at camp all through the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. The entire camp sat in rapture as we listened to the broadcast over the camp wide loudspeaker. It made me so proud to be an American. Hope I didn’t make any other mistakes in my comment. VTY, RS

Leonard Rempel
1 month ago

Looks like a great 5er, however with less than 3000 lbs. of cargo capacity, I think I will stay with my Montana 3120 rl that has 4000 cargo capacity. Even though I will never use my full capacity, it is nice that it is designed for it, so as not to put additional strain on the system. Just my thoughts obviously.

Astrid Bierworth
1 month ago

I think there’s a typo in the length.

Bob P
1 month ago

The proof reader need some extracurricular training

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1 month ago
Reply to  Bob P

The “proofreader” hasn’t been reading the charts. But like I’ve just mentioned to Tony, I guess I need to at least glance at them to look for glaring errors like this one. 😯 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Thanks, Astrid. It’s been fixed. Please tell Sandy “hi” for me. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Marie
1 month ago

Someday, I hope to own an Alliance travel trailer.