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Old 05-07-2013, 12:42 AM   #1
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2013 Surveyor sv304. VS 2012 Dutchman Denali 261 BH

By tomorrow noon time I need some help making a decision between a
2013 surveyor sv304 or a 2012 Dutchman Denali 261 bh.
Both are used but in great shape. I can buy the Denali for $18,000 maybe $17000
And the surveyor is $20,000. Maybe $21k
This is our 1st trailer and we were sold on the Denali until we discovered the Suveyors. we really like both. But a little worried about the bunks on the denali.
Are surveyors really the best? The only person I really herd of them from is the salesmen who told me about them.
The denali seem to have a little nicer interiors. But I guess they just are not built as good structurally as the Surveyor?

And help or opinions would be great!!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:26 AM   #2
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I've got a 2004 Surveyor that I bought used and haven't had a bit of trouble out of, it tows great and has plenty of space for my family and friends. I have a bunk house model and the bunks are plenty strong enough for a full grown man to sleep on. My 300lb friend sleeps on one of them on a regular basis with no issues. After looking at other models, I'm pretty sure my next camper will upgrade to a Surveyor 5th wheel.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #3
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Are the floor models more or less the same ? If they are in the same condition, for a few thousand dollars more I would say go for the newer of the two.

Do you have enough Tow vehicle to really choose any of them ? Surveyor is a light model, Is the Dutchman in the same category ?

What does the family want after seeing both of them ?

You are in a Forest River Forum, so we like Surveyors
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:33 AM   #4
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By tomorrow noon time I need some help making a decision between a
2013 surveyor sv304 or a 2012 Dutchman Denali 261 bh.
Both are used but in great shape. I can buy the Denali for $18,000 maybe $17000
And the surveyor is $20,000. Maybe $21k
This is our 1st trailer and we were sold on the Denali until we discovered the Suveyors. we really like both. But a little worried about the bunks on the denali.
Are surveyors really the best? The only person I really herd of them from is the salesmen who told me about them.
The denali seem to have a little nicer interiors. But I guess they just are not built as good structurally as the Surveyor?

And help or opinions would be great!!!
Those seem to be very different trailers!

I looked at a Surveryor SV305, but they had a 304 there and we walked through it. That surveyor is almost 6 feet longer than the Denali and will weigh at least 2K more loaded. The 304 is a LARGE trailer, what are you towing it with?

I think both are finished nice. I liked some of the structural details of the Surveyor, and the torsien axles. I did not like the countertops and some of the door framing inside. The select line is built up a little to compete with other higher end lines.

From the prices I saw - that is a smoking deal on the 304. Not sure on the Denali as again that is much different trailer.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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Well ended up buying the Surveyor SV304. We had to pay $22500 though.
It just seemed to be a better all around trailer than the Denali.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:47 PM   #6
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Well ended up buying the Surveyor SV304. We had to pay $22500 though.
It just seemed to be a better all around trailer than the Denali.
Was that out the door, (taxes, tag and fees)?
If you don't mind the ?
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That was out the door except tax. Is that a good deal? This is our 1st trailer.
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That sounds like a good deal,
Enjoy!!!
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Have you had any problems with your sv305? Or is there anything I should look out for?
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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We got ours 2 months ago, it was a used unit and so far, no problems. We already did some mods like tv arm in the swivel entertainment, and upgraded to a 32' tv, installed the extend a-shower, replaced the sofa in kids area for a futon for an easier usage of the bed... and still working on a few more. Great unit, we have camp more than we had expected, and had enjoyed it. My dw likes the outside kitchen, which keeps the camper cleaner, and also the space in the kids bdrm. All this to say... We love it!
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