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Old 10-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #11
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I had come across the floor plan on an Ebay auction. Ebay can do bad things to a man.

We had been looking at the Sandpiper 355RE or some such animal that actually had a bathroom slide out making for one huge bathroom (wife liked that a lot due to size). Best price found on the SP was around $44K.

When we saw the floor plan for the WC with a full front end bath plus a half bath on the main floor we though great, perfect if we have guest for grandkids visit or tag a long.

Down side to this floor plan is that it was limited production run that started in 2012 and canceled in early 2013. I haven't even been able to located in any of the Wildcat books where this plan made print production other than as an extra print sheet.

So I searched long and hard then located one 90 miles away so we took a drive and looked it over real well and wasn't overly impressed with this individual unit do to some quality control issues. Wasn't overly impressed with the dealership and the their best price was $40K.

I then researched Wildcat products and to be honest what I read scared me away. But, I couldn't get this plan out of my mind. We kept looking at various manufactures and came close to going with a Rushmore Lincoln. It had an MSRP of $85K but could pick it up for a cool $52K, so the research on that began hot hard and heavy. Bottom line it made the worst Wildcat problems look minor in the over all scope of things.

I then was back to Ebay and came across the Wildcat 353LS relisted and the price had come down to $31K. So the question was, is it worth the 1,200 mile one way drive to save $9,000 over the unit 90 miles down the road which turns out to have sold already. I figure my expenses right at $1,500 to go pick it up and camp along the route returning home. And if really feel the need to make myself feel good I can always say it was a savings of over $22,000 based on the Rushmore.

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Old 10-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by jonrjen View Post
Just closed a deal on a new 2013 Wildcat 353LS via the internet. Which means I haven't actually had the opportunity to touch it and look things over in detail since it currently is almost 1,200 miles to the north.

So if maybe you all could share a little knowledge with me I would greatly appreciate the assistance.
1. Is the roof rated to be walked on? Not talking about having a party up there, just want to know If I get the nerve to climb up the ladder I won't fall through.
All Wildcats feature full walk-on roofs! Including slide rooms!

2. The 5th wheel has the 50amp service and 2nd a/c prep package on it. Is this second a/c location for a ducted unit or a non ducted a/c unit.
The 2nd AC prep in this specific floorplan is likely ducted with a single duct. New Wildcats feature dual ducting.

3. Will the 50amp service allow for 2 15K a/c units to be connected or only 1 each 15K and 13.5K systems?
50 amp service would allow for two 15k A/C units. New Wildcats can be ordered with a low profile 2nd A/C unit.

4. The fireplace is under the entertainment center on a slide out and has the faux stone face around the fireplace. Does anyone know how difficult it would be to remove the faux stone surround? The wife would prefer it finished as is the entertainment center.
The faux stone fireplace surround is able to be removed, but I uncertain if its affixed only with pin nails or also uses adhesive.

5. Do all the slide out extend and retract at the same time or can they be done individually? I didn't even know that some RVs did them at the same time, this was something new to me.
The main floor slides of this floor plan are hydraulic and extend on the same switch. The bedroom slide is electric and has its own switch.

Hope this helps you!

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Old 10-08-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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Thank you, this one does have the rear ladder already in place. Now, I have to figure out how to get an extra air conditioner unit up the ladder....LOL!!!
There was a post a few months back where someone built a sled of sorts and pulled the A/C up a ladder leaned against the roof.

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