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Old 07-18-2014, 12:34 PM   #1
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Grey Wolf or Cherokee?

We went trailer shopping yesterday, we like the Cherokee 274DBH and the Grey Wolf 26DBH. Very similar campers, optioned almost identical but the Cherokee has a slightly higher price. After reading through the specs in the brochure I can't tell exactly what's different between the two lines. Any insights or opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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The cherokee is the 'better' trailer, like buick is better than chevy. Same 'bones' but other thigns will be 'better'.

A few things to look for - light switches on walls not just ceiling fixtures, drawers not blank off panels, better flooring, longer warranty (on roof), better faucets, elec water heater vs gas only, more windows open, better mattresses.

You may or may not care about these things. I"d like light switches on teh walls - not as big a deal now as my kids have grown enough to reach them on the ceiling. A drawer or 2 would be nice instead of space I can't get to. I'd like it if the window in front of the sink (under the awning) would open, an elec start water heater would be great.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, I figured it was some of the small conveniences. Not that big of a price difference. Leaning towards the Cherokee right now. I also see the Cherokee has 15" tires compared to the 14" tires on the Grey Wolf.
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We are new to camping & looked extensively at new Cherokee & Grey Wolf TTs before we decided to buy a used TT... After quite a bit of research we decided that we would not consider purchasing a TT without 15"+ tires and Easy-Lube axles (or equivalent). Other non-negotiables were the full tub surround & plywood flooring vs. OSB. IMO these features help the TT to last longer & hold resell value...

Therefore, if the prices are comparable, then it is a no-brainer to upgrade now to the better product. However, you can talk yourself right into TTs costing 2X what you originally wanted to spend as you deem more & more features as "must have".
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:31 PM   #5
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We just brought the 274dbh home last week. We were torn between the same two choices. We went with the Cherokee since it has larger slide and windows. Plan taking the maiden trip to Williamsburg next weekend.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:23 PM   #6
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Let me know how you like it. Like I said I was leaning towards the Cherokee anyhow. The Cherokee is 17980 and the grey wolf was only like 1100 less. Sounds like it would be money well spent. We've been looking at used TT for two years and a clean similar equipped one five years old they want in the area of 14000 and every thing else we find is beat or has leaks etc.
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We have the Cherokee 274RB. we love it so much room and storage. Very comfy. We've had it out only two times so far. Other things getting in the way but we are so happy with it!!


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When we shopped and I asked about brands - what to look for, etc I got no useful info. This thread is great - we do have 14" on our TT and didnt' give it a second thought. Seems 15" are more common, but not sure what the big difference is.
Easy/cheap enough to add greasable caps to the axles.
OSB vs ply...i'd prefer ply too. Not sure if it would have any effect on resale though. Condition, age, etc would trump that.

How long you plan to keep it and how much you plan to use it would be factors as to whether $1100 is a good 'investment' or not.

It's gonna be interesting next time we shop..this was our first and we've learned (and are learning) a ton about the diff between brands/models.
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For what it's worth, I have some experience doing maintenance on trailers in the 20 plus years I've been doing mechanical work. These are just some explanations of things Im familiar with. There are differences between greasable caps, bearing buddies and the greaseable axles. The plain greaseable caps just let you put some grease under the cap and hope it works into the bearings. The springloaded bearing buddies actually keep pressure on the grease pushing it in constantly, but it still has to get through the outer bearing first. The greaseable axles are actually bored through the center then a cross passage is drilled between the two bearings allowing equal pressure to the inner and outer bearings when greasing. I love bearing buddies for a boat trailer. As far as tire size, there's a lot more options in 15" than 14" and a taller tire has less rolling resistance.
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