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Old 02-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Solitude 5th Wheel

I was at the Milwaukee Rv show last weekend and saw a new entry in the 5th wheel market, I believe it was 36 feet long, very nice finish and a load of amenities such as a 4 door fridge, 42 and. 32 inch flat screens, 6 way levelers. Show price was 58K. Thought it was a decent price for what you got. Salesman from Burlington Rv said their is a 7 week build time at the moment. Just wondering if anyone else has seen this and what your thoughts are. To be honest, I'm kinda leaning towards this as a possible replacement for our aging '96 TT.
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The Solitude is the offering from a new RV company called Grand Design.

The owners of the company are the guys that started Keystone RV.

We have 2 Solitudes on our lot, and they are pretty nice. Nice features, thought out floorplans, etc. I do like the pantry in the kitchen.

Couple things I personally don't like....mixed cabinetry (light, dark, and black) I don't care for vessel sinks, and I don't like Schwintek slides. One thing that confuses me is why they have the theater seating and a reclining sofa, but no option for a sleeper sofa.

They are also pretty heavy, I just hauled one to our local RV Show, and they do have some weight to them for being empty.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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The Solitude is the offering from a new RV company called Grand Design.

The owners of the company are the guys that started Keystone RV.

We have 2 Solitudes on our lot, and they are pretty nice. Nice features, thought out floorplans, etc. I do like the pantry in the kitchen.

Couple things I personally don't like....mixed cabinetry (light, dark, and black) I don't care for vessel sinks, and I don't like Schwintek slides. One thing that confuses me is why they have the theater seating and a reclining sofa, but no option for a sleeper sofa.

They are also pretty heavy, I just hauled one to our local RV Show, and they do have some weight to them for being empty.
I don't remember the light and dark cabinets, I looked at so many they all start to run together. I think the weight was 11K + I remember right. Are Schwintek slides no good or something? Kinda surprised about no sofa too. I guess it's an air mattress for guests in the living room.
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We've been having issues with the Schwintek slides......

There is an electronic control box mounted somewhere (everyone is different) that controls the 2 motors for the slide. If they get out of sync, they don't work.

Just a PIA in most cases.

I don't care for the black trim and darker panels they use in the kitchen/island.

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The Solitude doesn’t offer anything really new. There are things about the 369RL that I really don’t like at all. The black trim on the center island and I really don’t like the panty. The panty with the painted lettering on opaque glass or plastic just doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the décor. The model I saw also had that black trim on the bathroom linen closet. Two things which others would probably consider minor would be deal breakers for me. The heavy stove cover and the stupid vessel sink would make me walk away. For the same money I like the Columbus 365RL better. But the Columbus would make me walk too because of the stove cover. I guess I don’t know class when I see it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:28 PM   #6
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From everything I have been told the Solitude was a knock off of the Columbus. Columbus has been very popular since its debut a little over a year ago. I was hoping to see something new come into the market, like the Columbus was, not simply a knock off of something that already exists. I have always wondered why manufacturing companies think a knock off will do better then the original? If I am buying, why not buy the original?
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For the same money I like the Columbus 365RL better. But the Columbus would make me walk too because of the stove cover.
The stove cover was one of the selling points for us...

After having the generic flip up metal one for years, it is a pain the rear. It doesn't offer a level countertop, and the baked enamal finish comes off.

It's a no-brainer to have the flush covers, for us....
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I’m sure the stove cover is a big selling point for many folks looking for a new unit, they do look great. My wife is just 5 feet tall and has trouble getting leverage on the heavy covers to lift it off the stove top. If DW ain’t happy…

I guess DW and I like units that others don’t. Our first fifth wheel had a floorplan that was discontinued after just a couple of years. Now CC has discontinued making our current floorplan. I’m glad we bought our Silverback 29RL when we did because it fits us perfectly.
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There are a couple more knockoffs of the Columbus models. Model numbers are even the same or slightly different. Price are a higher than Columbus however.

Check out the model 320RS Bayhill by Evergreen. Direct copycat layout of a Columbus 320RS. 320RS - Evergreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC. - Manufacturer of Green eco-friendly Everlite RVs


3200RS (oooh, they added a zero to model # - how creative) Gateway by Heartland.
< Heartland Luxury Fifth Wheels | Heartland RVs
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joelek, one thing the RV Industry is great at is copying! You are correct about your observations, Columbus came out of the gate so strongly that everyone is after them now! Going anywhere for springbreak?
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