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Old 07-15-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Anyone used to have an ultra-lite?

Hello everyone,

First time RVer and want to buy something we can keep for the next ten years until my oldest leaves for college. The unit we really like is the 312BHX. We think that we won't outgrow it with two daughters that are six and eight. We found a nearby dealer who has a 2015 in stock. The twist is that a different dealer has a used 2013 Flagstaff 8528BHWS with the diamond package. It looks and smells brand new. I can get it for around $12,000 less than the Wildcat.

My question is will I be happy with an ultra lite that has half the cargo capacity? The flagstaff weighs in around 3000lbs less. My TV is a Ram 3500 dually diesel so either is fine. Also the Wildcat has 4 bunks vs 2. I'm thinking that the girls will want to brings friends when older. But I can pay cash for the Flagstaff and need to finance the Wildcat. What is the difference when camping? Thanks for the advice.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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We are also first time RVers and went with the 312BHX.....we've camped with 4 adults and two kids (two 8 year olds) and had plenty of room.

There's plenty of storage and so far we are super happy with our purchase. I'd highly recommend the 312BHX with the outdoor kitchen....but you also might look at the 337FB....the bunks are longer and might be beneficial if you have tall friends.

Good luck with your purchase.....we looked for 6 months before selecting the 312.
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:18 PM   #3
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You have plenty truck for either. I've had both a wildcat and now a rockwood. Satisfied with both tho the wildcat had fewer issues. My ultra lite has noticeably more shake and bounce when walking around in it. The wildcat was smaller but heavier and had more storage. Just wife and I and we love our ultralight floorplan.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:25 AM   #4
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the Wildcat line is not considered an "ultra-lite" line of trailers.
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We have a Ultralite and it is fine for 6 Actual and I. IMHO, these Rockwood 5ers are a "couples camper" although I think there are bunk models available (you will loose living area though)

Also lightweights are meant to be towed by a up-scaled 150 class truck. With the truck you have and what with your kids I would be looking BIG not small

When the kids camped with us (DS & DD) they always wanted to bring along at least one friend apiece sometimes two So get the biggest rig you can IMHO
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We had an ultra light flagstaff for five years and there was 7 of us ...... ok 8 !
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Five children and a 90 lb lab.
We loved it and had no issue's with storage.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:08 AM   #7
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Anyone used to have an ultra-lite?

Ultralight aside, which one offers the features you want more? I wasn't familiar with those models, so I looked them up. Are these the two you're considering:



Flagstaff:





Wildcat:





If so, looking at these, you're also choosing between:



1) Outdoor kitchen or not

2) Second bathroom or not



And the last one is that the Flagstaff seems to be more of a kid's play area, with the fact the bunks flip up, versus the Wildcat having 4 bunks, but fixed. I've only got toddlers myself, but on those rainy days, they can quickly get underfoot so it's something to consider.

If I were buying for me, the Flagstaff would have the options I'd want in a trailer. But I'm not you, so only you can decide which you like better.
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