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Old 03-08-2014, 10:20 AM   #11
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We have been looking at the 3850 rl as well and like what we have seen and heard so far. I talked (thru email) with a factory rep and he said the 2015 models will be out the end of this month or early April . Lots of changes as far as what is standard and what is an option on the 2015 compared to the 2014 . the 3850 rl will be 38rl with a few inside changes and with a new roof that is not fiberglass. i can forward some of the emails i received if anyone is interested.
Unless something has really changed for 2015, the 38RL is the "Touring Model", see string below. There are signifficant differences between the regular Trilogy and the Trilogy Touring. Hopefully they are not eliminating the fully loaded Trilogy model.

Please post the e-mails so we know the differences.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:34 AM   #12
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sorry i cant get the email to copy over but if you send me your email address i will be happy to forward it to you. they told me the touring model was discontinued.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:55 AM   #13
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sorry i cant get the email to copy over but if you send me your email address i will be happy to forward it to you. they told me the touring model was discontinued.
Got the email, thanks
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:42 AM   #14
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2015 Changes

If all of this comes to pass, very disappointing. Forest River was late getting into the high-end fifth wheel market. By purchasing Dynamax, they gained technology that gave them a leg up, with the raised flat roof line and other class C technology. They clearly were hopping to compete with Redwood and Mobile Suites (DRV). In order to do this, they marketed as standard a very well equipped rig that both Redwood and DRV, required significant optioning to equal (composite roof, full body paint, residential refrigerator, etc). The market just did not respond. You can see that by the number of left over 2013 and 2014 still for sale, last year and this year. In order to sell them, the factory was required to incentivize the dealers, further cutting into the Trilogy lines profits. Since becoming a Berkshire Hathaway company, Forest River has become all about profit over quality and likely forced the Trilogy division’s hand.
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Spending the night at the dealership to have a couple of warranty items addressed.... and saw a 2015 38FL Trilogy get delivered today. Took a quick look and the first thing I noticed was straight sides... No more curved walls. This is NOT a Touring model so it looks like they are changing the model numbering methodology. Also noticed that there are no slide-out covers --- unit has 5 slides!. May try to look inside tomorrow.
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Spending the night at the dealership to have a couple of warranty items addressed.... and saw a 2015 38FL Trilogy get delivered today. Took a quick look and the first thing I noticed was straight sides... No more curved walls. This is NOT a Touring model so it looks like they are changing the model numbering methodology. Also noticed that there are no slide-out covers --- unit has 5 slides!. May try to look inside tomorrow.

The brochure and factory e-mails forwarded by GaryanJane, would suggest that you are correct and the Trilogy and Trilogy Touring models are gone forever. The 2015's have been reduced to middle market quality. It is unfortunate that the higher quality units did not sell and/or did not meet the corporate profit margin requirements.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:47 AM   #17
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Spending the night at the dealership to have a couple of warranty items addressed.... and saw a 2015 38FL Trilogy get delivered today. Took a quick look and the first thing I noticed was straight sides... No more curved walls. This is NOT a Touring model so it looks like they are changing the model numbering methodology. Also noticed that there are no slide-out covers --- unit has 5 slides!. May try to look inside tomorrow.
Could you let me know what dealer this is at so maybe when they list on their web page I( we ) could see pictures and look for the changes, thanks


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The brochure and factory e-mails forwarded by GaryanJane, would suggest that you are correct and the Trilogy and Trilogy Touring models are gone forever. The 2015's have been reduced to middle market quality. It is unfortunate that the higher quality units did not sell and/or did not meet the corporate profit margin requirements.
I hope this is not true as I would agree with you that like some other brands they start out loading the units up then start offering less standard & more options and the quality goes down.
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Say It Ain’t So!

From what I could get from the brochure and e-mails is that the rounded “Class C” style walls are gone. The new units, 2015, will have the big box/wide body design. Also gone is the composite/fiberglass roof, replaced by TPO/Rubber. No more full body paint as standard on the Trilogy. I could not tell what they did with the roof line.
Those are just some of the major structural changes, I am sure the interior has also been downgraded.
When shopping, we looked at the Redwood and Mobile Suites. By the time you optioned either one of them up to what the Trilogy came with as standard, you were between $126,000 and $180,000 respectively. Rounded walls, raised ceiling and in one case composite roof was not even an option.
Hopefully they will not become just another Cardinal, Blue Ridge, Columbus, etc., with no real differentiating qualities between them and all the same options.
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I am glad we bought ours when we did.
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:40 PM   #20
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we are planning on a 2013 or 2014 model because of the changes
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