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Old 08-21-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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Tracer vs Lacrosse, which way to go

Specifically looking for owners with the Tracer 3200BHT and the Lacrosse 329BHT- 1,300 lbs dry weight difference is significant.

Want to hear pro's and cons of each please

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Old 08-21-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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I can't help you with those specific models. Hopefully someone more familiar with them will answer soon.
If the difference in weight and price is not an issue for you, then it boils down to the bells and whistles with the LaCrosse line being at the top with PT's bumper pulls. I remember being told once that the LaCrosse line will have more cabinets for storage and larger windows than the Tracer line. In order to make a lighter weight and a lower cost tt somethings have to be cut back. Quality of build should be equal.
Components should be the same on each tt, AC/Heater, Water Heater, Water Pump, Frig, etc.... Most tt's share the same components and you will have the same chance of any issues that may arise.
When it comes to issues....how well the manufacturer and your dealer deals with them is the most important thing. PT has an excellent record of taking care of their customers. How well dealers takes care of you varies quiet a bit from dealer to dealer.
I hope this helps you some. Good luck to you and keep us advised of your choice.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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When choosing between the Tracer 3150 & Lacrosse 318 we liked the Lacrosse better but chose the Tracer because when fully loaded, that extra 1,200+ lbs. would have pushed us past our GCVW even though we tow with a 3/4 ton. With the Lacrosse we would have had to leave the bikes, firewood, etc. at home, and that's no fun... However, if you have the proper TV, IMO the Lacrosse is well worth the price-difference.

We also looked at your choices - the Tracer 3200 & Lacrosse 329. The 329 has the option of that huge 12 cu fridge or extra pantry space. It also has a nicer shower & toilet, more storage (including a linen closet & entry closet), taller ceiling, and a door for the master BR vs. an accordion slide... Both are nice, but the Lacrosse is definitely a head-turner. My DW liked its bathroom the best even though you lose the outside bath entrance with those floor plans...

IMO the upgrades between the Tracer & Lacrosse are a bargain for the price-difference so it really comes down to weight. IMO you can still tow a Tracer, even the 3200, with a top-end 1/2 ton our low-end 3/4 ton. However, if you choose the Lacrosse 329 @ over 9,000 empty you definitely need a 3/4 ton with a decent tow package. IMO once you fill the bigger fridge, bigger pantry, etc. you're going to be pulling around 11,000 before adding people & gear in the truck.

Final thought - IMO the Lacrosse 329 with its 3 slides & tall ceilings demands 2 A/Cs with 50A service. I wouldn't buy anything larger than our Tracer 3150 without 50A service & dual A/Cs... In the end we're very, very happy with our 3150 & don't miss what we never had to begin with... BTW I really like the 2nd entry to the bath more than I thought. It comes in handy when the kids & dog are wet & is something you lose on the 3 slide models...
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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We love our Lacrosse 318BHS ... looked at tracer ... but needed more waste water storage for dry camping. Also my wife loved the higher ceiling in the Lacrosse.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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Thanks Checca
How do you like the Tundra for towing?
What hitch do you run?

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Thanks Checca
How do you like the Tundra for towing?
What hitch do you run?

Marc

I have the stock Toyota Tundra hitch and use the Equalizer WD with it.

Tows great ... expect 6 to 10 mpg when towing ... depends on wind and hills. But I have never felt like it was too much trailer for the truck. No sway or bucking.
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Unlike my 3150, the 3200 comes with the 60g gray tank, so that shouldn't be a deal breaker for the OP.

Only having a 30g gray is the biggest single disappointment I have with our 3150 since we camp a lot at state parks w/electric-only sites. However, unlike dry camping, there is water nearby so a lightweight Barker tote & inflatable water tank solve our water problems. Also, I'm 6'2" & the Tracer ceiling is fine for me...

On another note, the Tundra has about the same tow rating & GCVW as our Ram 2500 but only 1/2 the payload capacity... IMO the Tundra would have limited our family of 5 to the Tracer although I feel the Tundra handles an overloaded situation better than some other 1/2 tons...
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marcindy, what truck do you have now?
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I currently have a 2010 Sequoia with the 5.7 and tow a HTT that is about 5,500 loaded, with a very heavy load on my hitch, probably around 900- We do mostly dry camping, and have 3 big batteries, that plus the bikes, and sometime I have to travel with water.
The Equalizer I have works great for what I have, but I think the Lacrosse 329 is to much for the SUV, Tundra may be in my future- still evaluating.

thanks for the inputs so far
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I currently have a 2010 Sequoia with the 5.7 and tow a HTT that is about 5,500 loaded, with a very heavy load on my hitch, probably around 900- We do mostly dry camping, and have 3 big batteries, that plus the bikes, and sometime I have to travel with water.
The Equalizer I have works great for what I have, but I think the Lacrosse 329 is to much for the SUV, Tundra may be in my future- still evaluating.

thanks for the inputs so far
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IMO either the Tracer or Lacrosse is to much for the Sequoia ... its shorter than the Tundra and the rear suspension on the Sequoia seams to be setup for ride comfort over towing/hauling.
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