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Old 02-11-2017, 10:18 AM   #21
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:59 AM   #22
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I work on the road, 2010 bought a Montana 3665re and lived in it all over the country, sometimes -20 +/-. have had no problems. Could afford a higher end no problem, but very happy with how the Montana has preformed.
Just purchased a 3710fl about 5 months ago, 6 point leveling is nice, no more carrying 2x12's to get somewhat level.
I feel no matter what you buy there is always something better or option that you would like to have. Both units pull great.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:24 AM   #23
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Montana High Country Fifth Wheels

We are having a sort of dilemma as to what to do. We are torn between new or used. We want to spend under $35k which puts us at a level of a used mid range model like a HC Montana or a low end Hideout new. We know either would work for us as we would use it 20-30 nights per year max. That may even be stretching it. We have been RV owners for 20 years plus owning two different toyhaulers one a 26ft Weekend warrior and one a 40ft Rampage fifth wheel. We've also owned 2 Class A's with the last one putting on about 55k miles in the last 4 years. My kids are getting older and we only have 5 years until our youngest will be moving out so we want to keep owning. Renting isn't going to work for us. I know some people say we'd be better off renting than buying but we like having to have it at our disposal. One year we may spend 40 nights in one than another year maybe only 20 but I never know with my work schedule.

So we are trying to decide If we should go new Hideout for $30k or midline used HC Montana for around $35k or we even found an 07 Montana 3000RK for about $17k that literally has maybe a total of 100 night total of it being used and zero times in the past 3 years.

When I retire in 10 years we plan on buying one in the $80k and above range and spending some serious travel time in it.

Curious as to what some of your thought would be on this.


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Old 02-20-2017, 11:57 AM   #24
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Any of the late model Montana HC will do just fine or possibly a couple year older 'standard' Montana. With apologies to happy Hideout owners, it just wouldn't be the same level of quality as HC/Montana.
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Old 02-21-2017, 04:31 AM   #25
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4 yrs ago we bought a used 2012 HC Montana 343
We take it south and live in it for 5 months every winter
We find it to be very comfortable , sturdy , pretty and basically trouble free

The build quality is good and overall this HC does everything we need it to do
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:34 AM   #26
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My wife and I own a 305RL High Country. We have owned it for nearly 2 years. We spend 4 month a year in Florida living in it, so have tested ourselves and the coach to it's limits........
What's the quality like?
Generally very satisfied with this rig, bit I have to say that there has been a couple of design and build "OOP's".
Air conditioning duct near the roof filters collapses when operating on high fan causing restricted airflow. Needed to put sone spacers in the duct. No big deal except I wondered why the air conditioning was nearly ineffective.
Single wire run to the bedroom speakers and outside speakers. Again not a big deal except you do not get stereo (either LH or RH channel) and 1/2 volume.
Window blind mechanism fails, easy to replace, I actually contacted the blind manufacturers and they sent me some replacements FOC.
Leaking water pipes - very annoying - just needed to tighten at the connection point to the faucet. DO not think they came loose, but that the builder did not fully tighten. Took me some time to figure out where the leak was coming from.
Ceiling fan: did not move any air, one of the most useless items I have ever come across. I changed it out for a home depot 5 blade that I have to disassemble every time I draw the slides in.

On the plus side:
Generally fit and finish not bad, king size bed wonderful, although I did buy a new mattress that was more suitable for my back. All furniture is comfortable and seems to be surviving my dogs jumping all over them.
Levelling system is fantastic. I have a 4 point, works well every time.
The coach tows well - what more can I say.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:31 AM   #27
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Ceiling fan: did not move any air, one of the most useless items I have ever come across. I changed it out for a home depot 5 blade that I have to disassemble every time I draw the slides in.

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That fan - ours made it one month/1 long trip and the loud scraping noise rendered it junk. I replaced it with a 5 blade fan from Lowe's that in comparison creates a wind - Harbor Breeze Mayfield BTH44ABZC5C. It is 3 speed and with a light. 18.000 miles later and it does not need any disassembly and was only about $65. One size larger diameter would have also fit
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:12 AM   #28
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I have a 2017 HC 370BR. We spend about 5 - 6 months annually in it. Some comparisons mentioned are inaccurate, one example is we have a 12" frame. We also have the AC with heat pump. No difference in insulation. I do not want the hydraulic auto-level, much prefer the electric 6 point. Electric has no fluid to ever leak and does not have the cold temp related problems many notice. I appreciate the weight reduction and have not missed the heavier or additional items. Have had but 1 problem, that is very minor to fix. My only complaint is the person installing the wood trim should never hold a nail gun again. His/her proficiency indicates they should not be trusted with Crayons either. Our decision was based on floor plan, not cost. I was excited to see Tiffin began building 5ers, but nothing near an acceptable floor plan. The Montana Bonus Room floor plan was similar but found the loft a big disappointment. Did not see enough benefit to Horizon building similar for $180K. About 7500 - 8500 miles annually and she tows great behind my '16 F350 SRW. One item ~ tires~~ the Montana came with Sailun tires while the HC arrived with Rainier on the same wheels as the Montana. The HC went from the dealer to the tire shop for Sailun tires (tire dealer bought the Rainiers for $150). Another ~ the extra BTUs in the similar FP are not missed. Neither is the 15K #2 AC in the bedroom as the 13.5 ducted is enough with the Whisper in the living room. Not all, but some of that extra cost and weight is fluff no one would miss.
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:44 PM   #29
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Looking at getting a MHC 305RL, I was looking at the Montana 3160 but they discontinued that model and we don’t want to go over 35 feet.

I want the 6 point Hydraulic auto Leveling since I have the 4 point electric now on my Crusader but it doesn’t keep the Crusader from moving so wondering if anyone has the 305 2017 or 2018 and how it levels.

I am also wondering if we just go for the Montana 3720 since there only seems to be about $9,000 diff in the price but you get better refrigerator and 6 point Auto Leveling.

I wonder why the MHC comes with a Dometic 18 and Montana comes with Norcold 18 which I prefer after having both types.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:38 AM   #30
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It has been several years since we last looked at the HCs but unless they have made a major improvement, would not waste money on one. The interior trim falls off in many places. Worst feature is that the slide floors, when extended, do not match the permanent floor, creating a lip that is very easy to trip over. Look at the Montana floors and compare; huge difference.
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