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Old 02-27-2018, 01:23 PM   #1
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Palomino Puma Quality?

Hi Everyone! New to the forum.

I am looking to upgrade from my current Wildwood X-lite FS to a Palamino Puma XLE 25TFC Toy Hauler. Just for reference, I am also looking at the Forest River Wolf Pack and Coleman 250TQ. I think all of them are made by Forest River in some shape or form...

I love the floor plan of the Palamino for the price compared to the other 2 trailers. You get quite a bit more than the Coleman at basically the same price and the Wolf Pack is like $6000 more and besides the ramp turning into a patio, I am trying to justify the difference. The Wolf Pack does have fiberglass outside, but I don't care about that.

The Palamino has 2 electric bunk beds, 2 fold out dinettes, outdoor kitchen, electric jacks, and digital antenna. It just seems to good to be true. If this were a Jayco, Wolf Pack or Keystone, it would be like $30k. I got a quote for $20k. What am I missing?
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Old 02-27-2018, 01:55 PM   #2
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I've had 3 Pumas and had very good luck with them all. They weren't perfect, but only minor issues and much better built than many other stick and tin units I've been in. I suggest you contact RVWholesalers in Lakeview, OH and get a quote. That's who I do business with and they always have the best price and excellent customer service. Isn't Coleman an exclusive Camping World line? If so, that explains why it's way overpriced.
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:00 PM   #3
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Puma is Palomino's stick and tin entry level trailer line.
That's why the Wolf Pack is more plus it should come with stuff that are optional on the Puma.
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:04 PM   #4
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Puma is Palomino's stick and tin entry level trailer line.
That's why the Wolf Pack is more plus it should come with stuff that are optional on the Puma.
Wolf Pack is entry level stick and tin, too. FG is an option, though. Often with FG being an option, it is not a vacuum bonded wall with aluminum framing. Will still be stick framed but with hung fiberglass. Would have to confirm on Wolf Pack.
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:11 PM   #5
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I purchased a 2018 last year. While it is not the toy hauler it is the 32dbks travel trailer. For the money and the quality of the trailer it fit my bill exactly. There were many options available on the Puma line for less money when I was shopping around. I have had a few minor issues that were easy fixes but nothing major. I camp in an area with lots of Puma Trailers and everyone I have talked too has had nothing but good thing to say about them.
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Old 02-27-2018, 03:11 PM   #6
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Puma is Palomino's stick and tin entry level trailer line.
That's why the Wolf Pack is more plus it should come with stuff that are optional on the Puma.
The Puma I am looking at comes with the following:

standard package
elite package
double electric bed
2 exterior speakers
aluminium wheels
15k BTU AC
carbon x detector
diamond plate front lower
bed TV hook up
electric awning
TV antenna
Stereo
Zip screen

The only thing I can find the Wolf Pack has differently is:

Fuel Cell
Patio Deck
FG shell (which could be a downside)
electric leveling jacks

Also, the Wolf Pack doesn't have dual power bunks (big bonus). The Wolf Pack is approx $26.5k and the Puma $20.5K. That is $6000 for a patio, fuel cell and electric jacks. I don't care about the FG and only hear it is problematic. Still not sure what I am missing...
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:29 PM   #7
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I've had 3 Pumas and had very good luck with them all. They weren't perfect, but only minor issues and much better built than many other stick and tin units I've been in. I suggest you contact RVWholesalers in Lakeview, OH and get a quote. That's who I do business with and they always have the best price and excellent customer service. Isn't Coleman an exclusive Camping World line? If so, that explains why it's way overpriced.
So I reached out to them and their price is amazing, BUT they are in Ohio and I am in NJ and I have a trade. So would have to drive around 1150 miles (round trip) and hope they take my trade at a reasonable offer. Gas/tolls/food/overnight stay are easily going to cost me $500-$1000. So that kind of negates the savings.
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I don't think RVWholesalers in Lakeview, OH takes trade in
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Old 02-27-2018, 06:14 PM   #9
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Our very first camper was a 2004 Puma 30FQSS. Great camper and we had it four years. No RV out there is perfect but it appears to me you hear few real complaints from Puma owners. I think you'll be quite pleased.
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I don't think RVWholesalers in Lakeview, OH takes trade in


They very much do take trade. Or atleast they did 6mo ago. They will also try to sell it for you as a third party if you wish.
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