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Old 05-06-2016, 09:02 PM   #1
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Searching for a reputable 5er

I like Forest River products but also like Keystone Cougar, and Montana's.

Don't want to buy new looking for one 1-3 years old with a shower like the Crusader 315rst? I also want 4-6pt auto Leveling feature and no longer then 35' long

Looking for suggestions but I like Slam Latches, shower like the photo below, and a layout like the Crusader 315 or Cougar 333mks?

Just looking for MFG and model suggestions bc I have narrowed my search to the Crusader 315 & Cougar 333mks but prefer to keep with a Forest River unit?

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Old 05-06-2016, 11:14 PM   #2
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If we end up getting a 5th wheel, it'll be a Montana High Country.
But that's because FR doesn't make any model like the 293RK.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:03 AM   #3
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Check out a 2012 or early 2013 Cardinal 3030RS. Big shower, 6 point leveling, slam latches and right around 35'. If you find a later model year 2013 then it will be a couple feet longer since they started putting king beds in them mid-year.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:31 AM   #4
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I was also looking at a Montana High Country 305RL, the Cardinal units are nice but even a 2014 still runs $49,000 and we are looking 25-35K range as I do not want a loan.

I appreciate the info guys


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Old 05-07-2016, 08:46 AM   #5
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Since you are buying a used 5er the manufacture support does not matter other than trying to buying replacement parts. What does matter is the dealer will they support you when needed? I would try and find a dealer that has good to great reviews on customer service and than see what the dealer has on his lot for sale.
What you also need to review for your needs maybe are new tires and suspension components for the used trailer you buy.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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I have a 2015 35ft. Blue Ridge that I am no longer towing located in Washington. Might consider selling.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:57 PM   #7
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My daughter has a high country 343rl for sale. 2014, garage kept, used 6 times. They just don't have the time to camp. Paid 60k, selling for 40k
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If you looking at the Montana line you need to stay away from the plain Montana because it real heavy 5er and some huge pin weights. The Montana High Country Country is one step down from the Montana and one step up from the Cougar but has lighter pin weights.
I would also stay away from dark color caps not matter what the brand unless they are painted, they are having problems with fading and chalking.
I would read the forums about that model and see what problems others are having. The small stuff is not a problem but lot issues bigger issues is a problem.
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My next one will likely be a New Horizons. The construction is just better than anything else out there and with the long financing on RV's is a couple hundred dollars difference on the payments. I use mine for work traveling around so I want the 4 season quality build. They run the electric lines etc inside the RV not through the walls compromising the insulation and many other features.
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My next one will likely be a New Horizons. The construction is just better than anything else out there and with the long financing on RV's is a couple hundred dollars difference on the payments. I use mine for work traveling around so I want the 4 season quality build. They run the electric lines etc inside the RV not through the walls compromising the insulation and many other features.
I live about 20 miles from where they are built and they are really nice 5ers but they are really HEAVY pin weights. One of the owners shops at my store and says when I ready to by real truck let him know and he has a 5er to sell me...
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