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Old 11-03-2014, 08:27 AM   #11
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We changed our minds after looking at our local dealer and ordered a Montana High Country 305RL from RV Wholesalers. Should pick it up around Christmas or New Years. Cant wait!

About the shower latch, the 2015 models have a little silver latch that holds the shower doors open. Is this the latch that breaks, or did the early models not have a latch at all?

Are you talking about the bedroom closet door with the little clear plastic strap with a snap on it to hold the door?

We will definitely watch for these two issues when picking it up. Thanks
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:03 AM   #12
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We changed our minds after looking at our local dealer and ordered a Montana High Country 305RL from RV Wholesalers. Should pick it up around Christmas or New Years. Cant wait!

About the shower latch, the 2015 models have a little silver latch that holds the shower doors open. Is this the latch that breaks, or did the early models not have a latch at all?

Are you talking about the bedroom closet door with the little clear plastic strap with a snap on it to hold the door?

We will definitely watch for these two issues when picking it up. Thanks
Congratulations! You should really enjoy the HC.
The shower latch: Yes the silver latch. Mine hasn't broken, it apparently just doesn't stay latched. I really don't know what happened but I found one of the shower doors shattered. Right now I'm using 1 inch wood corner trim (like angle iron) in the bottom door tracks to be sure the doors don't move if the latch fails. I'm assuming the latch failed, not that we didn't latch it.
The closet doors: I just discovered that both of my doors won't stay latched. I have a wooden dowel behind the right door to keep the left door in place. And now I have a piece of wood (surveyors stake) in front of the left door to keep the right door in place. I think the clear plastic straps need to be at more of an angle to secure the doors.
If I were you I would take some foam pipe insulation or pool noodles with you when you go to the dealer. Cut them to fit before you drive off. I would definitely talk to the dealer about warranty covering any damage if they do break. You may even get the service folks out there and look at the straps and see what they say.
Also, the under mounted spare tire is very low. I had to use some wooden boards to drive over to get the trailer up my driveway. I have since put the spare on the paper thin bumper. I had to fabricate my own spare bracket to get enough height to prevent that from bottoming out.
I have about 18 inches of clearance below the rear bumper.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:16 PM   #13
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How exactly would I use the pool noodles for the shower and closet doors? I will definitely get some before we go to pick it up just want to know what to do with them.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:59 PM   #14
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Split the pool noodle or large pipe insulation and fit it over the bottom tracks of the shower door. You just want something to prevent the doors from slamming back and forth when the latch lets go.
The closet doors you may have to experiment with. Maybe small diameter pipe insulation cut to fit in the tracks. You may have to put a towel over them to hold them in place.
I throw the bath mat over the wood in the shower tracks.
If anyone else has a suggestion I'm open.
I've talked to 2 other owners that this is happening to.
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Old 11-13-2014, 04:39 PM   #15
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We changed our minds after looking at our local dealer and ordered a Montana High Country 305RL from RV Wholesalers. Should pick it up around Christmas or New Years. Cant wait!

About the shower latch, the 2015 models have a little silver latch that holds the shower doors open. Is this the latch that breaks, or did the early models not have a latch at all?

Are you talking about the bedroom closet door with the little clear plastic strap with a snap on it to hold the door?

We will definitely watch for these two issues when picking it up. Thanks
Congratulations! We are full timers and plan to upgrade from our Cougar 278rks to either the High Country 293rk or 305rl. We also hope to make our purchase through an RV wholesaler after the first of the year. Curious as to why you decided on the 305rl over the 293rk? Any help in our decision-making process is much appreciated.
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:17 PM   #16
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My wife thought the 305 had more usable countertop than the 293rk. I liked the 293 specs better, but....
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:33 PM   #17
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We really liked the 305 RL but couldn't get the price down to what we wanted on a unit that had to be ordered. They gave us a price on a new 2014 318 re that we couldn't turn down.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:50 PM   #18
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We wanted the 293 because of the slides being only on one side and giving a bigger awning (20') to sit under. Also that it was the shortest one (32' 11"). But after stepping into the 305, the huge floor plan was nice. The doors are in the same place on both campers with the 293 have about 4 more feet of awning towards the back end. After looking at it, we realized we would not use that 4 feet of awning for much of anything. Also, the 293 is rear kitchen and while cooking outside, we would be walking through the living room and a lot further to bring things in and out. The 305 has the door right beside where the kitchen is. The 305 is also just 1 foot longer (33' 11").

We would have definitely bought the 293 that night that we ordered had we not drove to the nearest dealer to look at a 305. We almost made a big mistake. We would have loved the 293, but the things we thought were pros over the 305 for us, really were not.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:56 PM   #19
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We agree about the counter space as well. We thought the 293 had more space, but after looking at the 305, we felt that it has more usable space. For instance somewhere to put the coffee pot. The 293 would have to have it on the right of the sink which is the only place that has uninterrupted counter (the sink with covers in the middle and the stove with covers on the left). The 305 has counter space beside the pantry on the right after walking through the door. The website floor plan does not show it well, but there is pretty good counter space there, as well as the island and the stove area.
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Old 11-19-2014, 04:40 PM   #20
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I got a message earlier today from RVWholesalers that said our unit would be coming off the line Mid March! And that it would have a King bed instead of the Queen.

I called them when I got home (that guy had already went home) and the guy I talked to said he didn't have any notes about my unit. He said mid March cant be right because they are only going out to about the first of January right now. About the King bed, he said they just made some mid year changes and it could very well have a King instead of a Queen. I was concerned about overall length changing as well. I will call back tomorrow morning and find out what is going on.
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