its ironic how similar our connundrums were regarding deciding on what to buy!
We have a forest river dealer 8 miles from my house...they dont sell lacrosse tho. The next closest dealer that DID was about 1.5hrs away...the dealer i actually bought my unit from was about 6 hrs away, but saved me about 2600$, and was equiped with 50amp dual a/c which was a MUST for me here in West Texas 1bajillion degree heat.
The reality of it is, unless there is something CATASTROPHICALY wrong with the trailer, its not going back to the dealer.....I realize that MANY expect the dealers to fix every little screw and misalignment, but the truth is i am exceptionaly well versed in not only home construction, but automotive repair as well. So while it would be nice to get a FLAWLESS, PERFECT, DREAM unit that never needed any sort of "tweaking" i have yet to hear of it! LOL. Plus, prime has been no less than exceptional in just sending me what i need to fix whatever little issues i have had...i like that..."if you want it done right, do it yourself" ...but with new parts as needed from prime!! LOL
The reality for alot of us is that a 5er or TT is just another big boy toy in the toy box, and we enjoy tinkering and improving them. So doors that dont close right, or screws that strip/fall out are just part of the "process"
but i digress....
i looked at the surveyor breifly when i was shopping and i coulda SWORE the ceiling was lower. The site lists the surveyor as having an external height of 9ft 8inch, while the lacrosse is listed as 11ft 1inch. Now i cant say for SURE that that 16inches in height translates to more ceiling height,as the surveyor may sit lower on the axles than the lacrosse, but it seems to me it did??
also, the surveyor has 36gal fresh, 30gal black, and 30gal grey tanks.
the lacrosse has 48gal fresh, 30gal black, and 60gal grey tanks.
those things along with the doors, were very important to me with the family in consideration.. a couple of kids and a wife sure use a lot more water and elect amps than me and a couple of guy buddies out fishing!
In the end, as much as you want that ONE feature, you really have to look at the whole picture and how YOU will use the trailer to see where the REAL long term benefits lie. My wife was "sold" on the fireplace in the living area...LOL...good thing she lets me decide on the best "deal"...
good luck sir!
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