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Old 11-06-2011, 08:28 AM   #1
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Wildcat vs Flagstaff/Rockwood???

There are two small fifth wheel models that I am looking at. One is the Wildcat 241RLX and the other one is the Rockwood 8244S/Flagstaff 8524.

Are there any obvious differences that would make one of these two brands/models better than the other one. I am concerned mainly with the construction/durability of the two. But if one has better options than the other one that counts also.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:09 AM   #2
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Here' some specs I found for a comparison;

Rockwood 8244S - dry pin 1028, dry weight 6010, GVWR 8293, overall length 26' 7"

Wildcat 241RLX - dry pin 930, dry weight 6949, GVWR 11090, overall length 25' 9"

The wildcat must be considerably heavier construction given that it's gross weight rating is about 2800 lbs more for the same overall length...that's a CCC of over 4000 lbs. No idea where you'd be able to put that amount of gear!

Their literature says that all Widcat XL models come with the tankless water heater...that's a nice feature.

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:19 AM   #3
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The tankless water heater is something I noticed, but I do not know exactly how good it would work. I watched a Youtube video of it, but concerns me that there would not be enough hot water.

There will be only two of us traveling and there is not way we could ever pack that much. I figured we would only pack between 800 to 1000 pounds of stuff.

I have been able to see both of these and the actual weights are show below and they are very close. I like the front end of the Wildcat better than the Rockwood. The costs are about $4,000 difference between the two. The Rockwood is higher, but has a lot of extras with the deal.

Rockwood 8244S - 6553
Wildcat 241RXL - 6576
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You're not considering a Rockwood/Flagstaff with a wardrobe slide? I can tell you firsthand, that it's a great feature...I wouldn't have considered the 8280 'til they introduced the wardrobe slide.

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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"The wildcat must be considerably heavier construction given that it's gross weight rating is about 2800 lbs more for the same overall length"
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The difference in GVWR is most likely due to heavier axles on the Wildcat, and not necessarily heavier construction. But the heavier dry weight would indeed point to a big difference. I believe I read on another board that the Wildcats can accomodate a rear hitch, for a boat or small trailer. To me, that would indicate a much heavier frame, which might account for a lot of the extra weight. Further investigation of the construction of the camper shell would be advisable.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:21 PM   #6
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Then it appears that the Wildcat frame is a little stronger than the Rockwood. If so then I could maybe get an hitch welded to the frame. This would be for putting our 2 bikes on.
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You're not considering a Rockwood/Flagstaff with a wardrobe slide? I can tell you firsthand, that it's a great feature...I wouldn't have considered the 8280 'til they introduced the wardrobe slide.

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Not really being I want a light and short Fifth Wheel. After traveling so much we have learned to travel light and really do not fill that a wardrobe slideout would be needed.
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I was told all 5th wheel Wildcats have a hitch reciever on the rear. My 07 came with it.
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from what i understand, Wildcat has their lighweight trailers under the eXtraLite line and their regular heavier-framed trailers are all the other ones.
the eXtraLite line should be the equivalent to the Rockwood/Flagstaff lines.

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You should take a look at the Sabre 250RLFD, as it has a much nicer layout than the Wildcat.
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