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Old 04-24-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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I am in the market to buy a new cardinal 3800fl. Maybe brand new or a year or two old. Has anyone bought one of these and how has it been for you? How has the towing been with it and what do you tow it with. For a couple of years I will be towing mine with a 2008 dodge mega cab 2500 with the 6.7 diesel. it has the engine break and air bags and E rated BFG tires. I will only be towing short distances to the RV park and maybe a trip to the Black hills once a year. But then I will be getting a 1 ton down the road. All the info I can get about the cardinal 3800fl and what you think would be wonderful. Its funny but this is all I can think about and how I can one day retire and have it paid for and see the country and be a full time RV'R. Its a dream that is getting closer to reality. Thanks
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:34 PM   #2
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I am in the market to buy a new cardinal 3800fl. Maybe brand new or a year or two old. Has anyone bought one of these and how has it been for you? How has the towing been with it and what do you tow it with. For a couple of years I will be towing mine with a 2008 dodge mega cab 2500 with the 6.7 diesel. it has the engine break and air bags and E rated BFG tires. I will only be towing short distances to the RV park and maybe a trip to the Black hills once a year. But then I will be getting a 1 ton down the road. All the info I can get about the cardinal 3800fl and what you think would be wonderful. Its funny but this is all I can think about and how I can one day retire and have it paid for and see the country and be a full time RV'R. Its a dream that is getting closer to reality. Thanks
We are looking at the same model as well (It's a 3825FL BTW )

We looked at Cedar Creeks and a alternative but, as a "Retirement Casa" for Mostly Timers, the Cardinal is hard to beat!

When you get ready to pull the trigger, I have a reputable Cardinal dealer I can point you toward!

Specific questions? Ask away
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:16 PM   #3
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3825fl is a really nice 5th wheel. One day I like 3800fl more and the next day I like the 3825fl more, I go back and forth. I would like to have them side by side and do a walk through on both of them. Either way you can't loose.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:19 PM   #4
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I have a 38 Fl C C and never seen a cardniel in that model but liked the CC for the larger shower,
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:12 PM   #5
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I think you will find your 08 dodge 2500, 6.7, will do the job for you. I have the same set up in a 4 dr, std 4dr cab with short bed and pull a 2015 Silverback, 36 ft, with ease! I did add a "helper spring" to eliminate squat. I am sure you know on Dodge, the lift help provides the same as a 3500 single wheel. The 6.7 is just GREAT!

Having said all of that, with a bit bigger, heavier, RV, I would urge you to step up to a dually. That extra weight may be concerning out west!
We travel light and tanks near empty with fresh water 1/2 max. Plumbed, but no washer/dryer and no plans to add.

Just say'n !! 😁
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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I bought my Cardinal 3800 last September. We have had great times and only minor issues. I tow with a ford PSD 250 4wd. It tows great with no trouble. I did add the timbren rear assit . # TFR 2505DG. We have averaged about 8.5 to 10 average on fuel mileage. If your are looking at the 3800FL, it has tremendous room and the 6 pt leveler is great. I can setup totally in about 20 minutes. The five slides really add a lot of usable room. I like the residential fridge a lot.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:30 PM   #7
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Glad to hear that it can be towed with a 3/4 ton truck. The cardinal 3800fl is the perfect trailer and like hearing how others love it. Thanks for the responses.
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One of the reasons that we decided to go with the 3800 FL was the hitch weight was 2110 compared heavier 3825 was more and took us overweight on the 3\4 ton truck.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:13 AM   #9
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we have the CC 3800 FL and it weights a lot more then you are saying .bed weight is about 2600# and total it 16500# I didn't think the cardinal was that much lighter then the CC
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:37 AM   #10
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I really liked the cardinal 3825fl but its pin weight was a big concern. I'm sure the airbags would do fine but I'm thinking I'm gonna buy the cardinal 3800fl. Once I have the on board onan generator and the extra battery's my pin weight will be closer to 2600lbs. So with the 3825fl I would be probably around 3000lbs or over. I know i should have a dully and I will in the future. My Dodge 2500 mega cab 6.7 diesel will do for the time being. I've talked to numerious people that love there cardinal 3800fl and tow it with a 3/4 ton with no issues. Puts a big smile on my face when I here more. So excited can't weight
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