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Old 08-19-2018, 07:03 PM   #1
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Looking at the Carbon 357 after having 2 outbacks and currently a Sandpiper we would like to go back Keystone. I know all RVs have issues Iíve had 3 so I know the hell you go through especially in the beginning. I would like to to know from the ones who have carbons what they truly think of the product?
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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Looking at the Carbon 357 after having 2 outbacks and currently a Sandpiper we would like to go back Keystone. I know all RVs have issues Iíve had 3 so I know the hell you go through especially in the beginning. I would like to to know from the ones who have carbons what they truly think of the product?
Overall I'm reasonably happy with ours, given the universally poor quality of workmanship we've all come to expect from all the major manufacturers.

The floorplan is good (main reason I picked it), and the basic structure of the trailer seems to be sound. I like the much larger tv (50") compared to other similar size toy haulers we looked at, and the separate garage. I like that the A/C's are over the bedroom and living area, not the garage. Fresh water tank is good size.

We've had a few issues, some of which the dealer corrected (cap seam that opened after a couple months, couch electronics wiring disconnected, apparently due to slide movement), and some things the dealer was totally useless for (malfunctioning converter). I was able to get the converter replaced under warranty by going directly to the manufacturer (WFCO) myself. The rear awning stopped closing all the way (just needed an adjustment I did myself). There's evidence of manufacturing debris that they didn't bother to clean up before laying the roof on, so I'm keeping a close eye on that.

I've done some fixes and upgrades myself (redid the satellite prep wiring so it works correctly, ran HDMI to the bedroom and installed a tv mount, upgraded the stereo (OEM stereo was cheap and poorly wired), added USB 'utilty' panel with volt meter. The master bed base is just a big sheet of plywood they didn't even bother to cut the sharp corners off of, so I rounded and finished them. Re-keyed all the doors and compartments. Replaced the OEM China bombs with Sailuns.

The thermostat has started doing weird things, hoping I can get the manufacter to help with that like WFCO did for the converter.
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