Our dealer has mainly Montana (Keystone) and this Open Range 5ers for the non toy haulers and all Coachmen TT's. If you read the comparisons on many forums everyone with experience in both always says Open Range hands down over Montana on Fifths for being built better. Especially, if one plans on being in one long term (which we will not). All of that said we negotiated 35% off of the extended service contract and our dealer has always provided excellent excellent service in the past (as long as you buy from them). This is our third RV from them.
While the cable slide mechanisms and LCI leveler tend to be very reliable there are a lot of slides - 5. The slides operate smoother and are always perfectly level compared to the Coachmen which sagged a bit and were loud. The slide systems was specifically was one of the things we wanted and liked.
Open Range tend to have very few "new" defects from the factory on the forum compared to Coachmen (so far we have had none - everything has worked perfectly) and our Coachmen 312 BHDS had about twenty "new" defects that took a few months to correct.
The factory seems to check them over pretty good and we used the same dealer who also does a cursory check. I joined the Open Range forum months ago and they seem to be generally very reliable with the exception of the Frigidaire residential refrigerator which we read of some failures and repairs. The only horror stories I read about were a few OR dealers.
We loved our Coachmen but the 5er is so much easier to hookup with no WDH to worry about or manual leveling. We have company camping with us maybe 75% of the the time so my wife really wanted the bunk room and extra half bath.
Originally Posted by head gamez
I was seriously close to purchasing and Open Range or a Mesa Ridge earlier this year. Two things kept me away (right or wrong). The slide mechanisms and no hydraulic auto leveling.
I still very much like them, so curious to hear your input after a while.
Enjoy the new RV!