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Old 03-07-2013, 11:02 AM   #91
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kfp673, have you considered the 356 instead of the 351? From what I have read people chose that one because of the room in the bedroom. We didn't like it because the bathroom is in the bedroom area, it didn't come with the couch, and I wasn't crazy about sliding glass doors with small kids! For what you want, yea you are looking to purchase one of the more expensive TH's (extra slide etc). Do you go out in the cold a lot? I have done the same, stopping overnight at Flying J, but in my case I would just prop the door open or put the kids on the couch if it's cold in the back.

Here is something to compare to. Check out this dealer. They have a raptor for $41k New RVs for Sale in Ringgold, VA .

I liked the raptor but at the end of the day, didn't want to pay an extra 14k for it and the wife liked the Puma better.

I am interested in what the factory has to say about the heat in the rear. I'm sure a vent can be added. Come one man, camping season is almost here!!

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:11 AM   #92
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Thanks F&R. I have looked therough the 007 RV website many times and spoke to them about the trailers but I am with you. I dont think I can justify the extra $10K plus. Heartland torques are probably the best priced out of that group and they have some nice trailers but I need 11' plus garage so that puts me in a whole new price point. As for the 356, yes I have looked at it and it is a very nice camper but I agree with everything you said above minus the sliding door. I actually really like the slider and wish the 351 had one. I dont mindt the bathroom up front at all (most 5ers actually have this) but I do like the living space of the 351 better. Not a big fan of sitting at the table to watcch TV etc. My other concern is the pin weight for my 2500 truck. As for the heat I do plan to use this year round. Right now we don't camp much in the winter but that is only because I cant tow my UTV and camper at the same time. I ride all year long and actually since we have a boat I do more riding in the winter then the summer. It's like anything else, you either have to spend a crap load of $$ or make some concessions. I also have a camper with negative equety slowing this process down a bit as well but once I make the decision and the numbers look right I will pull the trigger. It would also be nice if the local dealers here in PA would be anywhere close to the OH dealers for example. Seems like my local dealers 351 negotiated price is more then the online listed price of some of these larger dealers in OH and southern VA. Thanks again!
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #93
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kfp, I totally understand. It took a lot of back and forth for me too. I saw a torque here in Va that was a good price but someone beat me to it. I was about 35k, I think it was a leftover. Man you have all the toys, a boat too. Maybe one day, but then how am I going to get all that stuff out on a camping trip! ha ha ha

As for prices, I don't think anyone is going to beat or come close to the Oh prices. 007 Rv was close on some units, but as you can see I ended up making the trip, and my brother in-law went up a few weeks later at got one. He was given a 18k show price at the Rv show here, went to OH and got the same unit for 13k! Wow...what a mark up!
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:05 PM   #94
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We have the 356 QLB & love it...... Where can you buy a nice 36' toyhauler for under 30K out the door. We like the sliding glass doors, easy to use both rooms when we leave our dogs we just turn off / unplug the heater in the toyroom it doesn't get that cool during the day & we don't camp alot in the winter. Our Dogs probably wouldn't bother it anyway. The lack of a vent in the toyroom is no big deal to us it does have the AC vents. Lots of storage. Didn't think we would like the opn bathroom but we do .....there is a curtain you can pull across at the end of the bed.

This is our second Puma only reason we sold the other one was for a TH & room to take the kids & grandkids. 4 Queen beds & the table bed are nice to have.....

We live about an hour or less from 007RV in Ringold VA went there once but we liked & ordered our PUMA from our small dealer close to home better.

Did decide to put a ceiling fan in it though...... let ya know how that works out.
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Yea let me know how the ceiling fan works. Where area you putting it?
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don't know 100% yet probably in front of the AC .... It will be 12V.... got to wait for it to get here....& warmer weather
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:15 PM   #97
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351thss

Love the new trailer. Yeah the bed height is a problem but I'll figure something out. While loading the trailer for this weeks trip I discovered I cannot seem to find the switch for the water heater that is listed in the owners manual. I cannot seem to get the durn thing to light. I know they showed me during the PDI. Think I'm losing it. There are also a few light switches on the walls that I cannot figure out what they control. I guess there will be some discovery along the way.
By the way, I tried to convince Palomino to build me a custom 351 to accomodate my needs but they refused so I wound up getting mine from dealer stock at a great price. So the bed height will just have to go on the drawing board for full consideration. This is a great forum with a lot of good people so the answers are out there.
Anyway, really looking forward to this trip.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:31 PM   #98
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Enjoy................

Hope you like yours as much as we like our 356 great trailers for the price. We ordered ours & got what we thought we wanted (Didn't miss too many options). Have had it 6 months now. I still say where can you get a 35' toyhauler for under 30K out the door.........

The switch for the water heater should be on the wall above the sink / stove at the panel in the kitchen. The electric side is outside when you open the panel (somewhat hidden....)




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rabraz, congratulations!! I'm jealous you are going out and I'm a couple weeks away from my first trip in ours. Hey as for the beds. Not sure how much more height you need but I modified mines by simply replacing the pins that hold the beds in with bolts. I put 3 inch bolts, stacked washers and nuts on them, then put the bed back on the bracket, and secured the top with washers and a nut. That raised the beds a couple inches and does not seem to be putting any stress on the brackets or the rails. I can walk under the beds now at their highest point without bending over, so I "should" (fingers crossed) now be able to get my golf cart in as I only needed a couple inches. I'll try and add the pictures later to show the difference.
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Glad to hear that you seem to like the Puma 351THSS we are graduating from a travel trailer toy hauler to our first 5th wheel. We ordered this model from a dealer in Michigan and was told it might be available in mid April. We are very excited and plan to use it extensively in our retirement that will start later this year.
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