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Old 01-06-2015, 08:51 AM   #51
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What problems did you have with the fridge? Is it the 12cu ft 4 door? The problem is, we have looked at every other Keystone, and Forest River fifth wheel, and cant find an alternative that we like even as good as the 2015 305RL. I myself like the bigger axles and 8 lug wheels with the 2016. Especially the built in Onan gen set we ordered with it. But if Momma aint happy, aint nobody happy!!
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:00 PM   #52
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Oh the fridge. It's the standard one...8cu.ft.? 4 door. First trip in July we go to the casino in Louisiana that is 2 hours from home, for the shakedown cruise. The 2nd day there we discover the fridge isn't very cool. It was pouring rain so we decided to call it done and go home. Get home and try running the fridge...not cooling. Take it across Houston to the dealer to repair. They called later and said it'd fixed. What did you do? Reset a thermal switch. Show me. Our Personal Service Advisor couldn't find it. Forget it. Got home and the fridge didn't work. Called the dealer...bring it back and we'll put our best certified fridge tech on it. So me and Jack went all over it in the service bay. He decided the sheet metal that forces the fan exhaust out the top vent needed re-positioned. Declared it fixed. Took it home. It didn't work. OK, time for me to look at it some more. Discovered that the plastic "hook" that the door latches hook into was broken and the doors didn't stay latched. Ordered a new latch from Dometic. About $50. Installed that. Discovered that the doors were so out of level (high/low) that they wouldn't stay latched. Eventually got circlips from the hardware store and used them to shim the doors up. Fridge still wouldn't work. I called a different location for my same dealer...2-3 week wait. Then remembered a RV parts/repair shop that I used many years ago. Called them...yes they were Dometic authorized warranty repair. Praise God. Took it there. They diagnosed chemical decomposition in the cooling system. Dometic approved and sent parts. Wrong parts. Dometic sent parts. Parts damaged in shipping. Dometic sent parts. Looked used, shop refused to install. Dometic sent parts. All OK, shop installed. Fridge fixed.
I think the fridge overworked/overheated itself because the doors never sealed shut.
I should have seen it at PDI, dealer tech should have seen it at PDI, first trip repair tech should have caught it, Jack the crackerjack should have caught it. Old gearhead the knuckle draggin refinery redneck had to catch it.
So.... check if your doors latch.
Ahhh....I feel better....I don't think I ever told the whole story on here before.
Now...that don't include the dinette light that wouldn't turn off. The infamous dealer 's tech removed the switch and ordered the finial (nut) that holds the globe on. Genius. I bought a switch from my new best friends forever independent shop and installed myself. Fixed.
In all fairness it didn't help that our "Personal Service Advisor" was incompetent and was fired in the middle of all this. And it don't help that I said I'd never grace their shop again, and sent some ugly emails to all involved plus the service manger, plus the parts manager, plus the make ready lady, plus the salesman that we liked, sorta. Of course they have 2 other facilities in the Houston area I can use. Just hope none of those guys transferred and recognize me!! LOL
edit...we really like the trailer, no other issues except the shower doors that don't stay latched and the front closet doors that don't stay latched. I added a 5thAirborne hitch because it shook my truck pretty bad. Changed the tires to Maxxis after the first trip. I'm pushing 2800 pounds pin weight. We just need to get this 6 month old trailer on the road. When you add the generator be aware of pin weight. I see you say your truck is a dually so you should be good. Go for it.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:00 AM   #53
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Wow, that's quite an experience with a dealer. I know the 12 cu ft fridge is 4 door, but I think the 8 cu ft is 2 door. The difference is the 8 cu ft fridge leaves room for a narrow pantry beside it as the 12 cu ft does not.

Im going to use the Andersen Ultimate fifth wheel hitch. I have heard great things about it so hopefully it works good. It has been sitting in my garage for about 2 months, I haven't got to use it.

I started out just wanting a F250, but I realized I would probably get beyond the payload capacity, plus I would be spending money on air bags. Then I thought of a single wheel F350, but everyone I work with highly suggested a dually because of better stability. Then after considering 290 pounds of generator up front, and a washer and dryer all the way up front, I figured my pin weight would be getting up there, so we went with a dually. Plus I wont have to worry about payload and just throw what I want in the bed (with what room I have left since it is a short bed).

I have read quite a bit about the Tow Max tires and I don't know which direction I will go. I hate to think that after spending $50k on a fifth wheel, you have to run out and purchase the tires that should have come on it to start with! That's ridiculous. Did you have a problem with the tires, or just change because of the horror stories?
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Previous campers:
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1998 Coleman Grandview pop-up with slide

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1992 Ford F150 SC, SB, 4x4
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:26 PM   #54
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No, I didn't have any tire problems. I changed the tires on our Cougar and on the Montana. Sold both sets of tires for $240 per set, so I recovered some of the bucks. If you don't change them you will be worrying about it. If you have a bad blowout you will be kicking yourself. I don't think Maxxis are the best that could ever be, but they are the best rated ST that are available. I just feel better knowing I have mitigated the tire issue to my best ability.
I went to the Houston Boat Show today. Dang if my "infamous dealer" wasn't there. I looked around to see if I recognized any of the sales folks. Nope. So I eased into their display area and peeked in a new Montana. They have the same cheesy lock on the glass shower doors. But...they have a new latch on the front closet doors!! The plastic straps are gone. They have a black iron gate latch on the doors to hold them together. Looks just like what you would find down at the hardware store! I'll be shopping tomorrow.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:42 PM   #55
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Went to the Sevierville Tennessee show this past weekend and got to compare a 2015 Montana High Country 305RL and a Montana 3791RD that appears to have the same bedroom and bathroom as the 2016 305RL. The floorplan diagrams are identical.

The linen closet in the 2015 is beside the sink and accessible from the bedroom as well for restocking towels and things after laundry. The 2016 has the linen closet behind the toilet. It is hard to get to. You have to sit on the toilet or prop your foot on it to get to the shelves. They added a medicine cabinet above the sink also. That was the single biggest gripe I had with our last TT was bumping my head on the medicine cabinet every single time I brushed my teeth. That medicine cabinet will be coming off!!

The 2016 front closet has the washer against the wall on the right and the dryer against the wall on the left. The problem is that they open to the center of the closet! And they are elevated a little, so you have to slide your hanging clothes to the side to gain access to the washer then slide them the other way to get to the dryer. They also got rid of the vanity (that the DW was looking forward to) and added a window seat with a hamper below it.

The pantry on the front wall of the living area in the 2015 is gone and replaced with a longer hutch that runs the length of the wall. More storage space lost.

The pluses, for us, are 6k axles, 8 lugs wheels, generator already installed, and "newer" year model. If we were to buy a local 2015, it would be 2 years old as soon as we hooked up and pulled away. The Montana did have really nice night stands with receptacles on each one and a few cubbies on each as well. We hope that is the same as the 2016 305RL.

It just seems like they are going backwards a little instead of improving.

I am wondering if I could request, before my unit is built, if I could just have them NOT install the medicine cabinet and instead just leave it in the floor or something? I would rather not have the holes put into the wall. I may try to recess it or just put something else up that is really narrow.
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Trucks:
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1992 Ford F150 SC, SB, 4x4
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