Originally Posted by TURBS
So how do you like your 346 so far?
08 duramax tuned n modded
2011 32bhok Sabre
2015 camping "27 nights"
So far I really like it. I spent four months living in it this year and it held up well. I kinda wish I had looked a little harder at the 346PDEK version, the one with the toy hauler style ramp that becomes an outdoor sitting area. I would have made it a loading ramp to load my motorcycle inside for transport.
Pros: It pulls like a dream, solid as can be and the aerodynamics are good enough that I picked up better than one MPG compared to the 5,000 pound lighter TT I traded on it.
It has great thermal stability. The main house AC unit can keep it cool in the summer and the furnace didn't run much camping in 19* temps.
It's electrically efficient. I can go for days dry camping without firing up the generator.
Cons, and for the most part these are warranty beefs: It leaks. The front cap keeps filling up with water, but the dealer says unless it rains, they can't check it out. I offered to buy them a hose and sprinkler. This has been going since five months into ownership and after leaving it at the dealer five months.
The kitchen slide is hanging on something when pulling it in. The front bottom corner hangs, then suddenly gives way. The slide moves beautifully after that. They say it's not right, but they won't fix it as it's not detrimental. It's twisting the slide room to the point it creaks, but it's not detrimental, yeah, right.
The frame is bending at the right rear spring perch. I noticed it when I was packing the bearings and cleaning the brakes. It's twisting the bottom of the I beam. The beam is still straight, and it's just that one spring mount that's twisting.
You have to be very careful filling the fresh tank. I hooked the hose up to fill it, went to packing while it filled, a few minutes later I heard the tank frame bend as the tank bellowed. I had the regulator in place but apparently the hose can still outpace the vent. I fixed the frame, made a restrictor, and it bent again. Now I stand there with it as it fills so I can watch it. I wish it had a gravity fill arrangement instead.
The brakes don't work very well. For the life of me I can't get the brakes to act right. I'm going to try a new controller next, I've cleaned connections, cleaned and adjusted the brakes themselves, have established an acceptable voltage drop from the battery to the brakes but I still have to turn the gain up really high which then makes it a pain in parking lots. The controller worked fine with the old TT, but for some reason I can't get good performance with this trailer.
All in all, it's a great camper. It's a great camping experience, very nice lights, good storage, the rear stab jacks are plenty long for uneven surfaces. It's very solid feeling, well laid out and in all reality I do like it.
But the FR dealer network and Sierra themselves (I'm looking at you Mr. Johnson.) have failed me miserably. I mean miserably. I tried to switch dealers but was told by the two options that "Since you didn't buy it here, you need to understand that we give priority to our customers first." and was looking at six month plus wait times.
The big question, would I buy it again? I like the camper enough that odds are, yes I would with consideration to the PDEK version. I would hesitate over the incompetence shown by the dealer in my area.