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Old 04-15-2019, 06:41 AM   #21
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Refrig center closure panel

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Decided to fix by adding washers to mounting screws for center plate on top in center that moves the center plate. This seems to work. Alternative is to raise the doors with washers under the hinge pin
Preyou,

That is exactly what I thought would fix the issue, the door is about 3/16 low relative to the upper slide control. I think that I will try to raise the door with plastic washers??

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Old 04-15-2019, 07:02 AM   #22
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After 6 months of looking and defining requirements, we picked up our Cougar 315RLS this past week.

We initially purchased (down payment made) a Montana High Country 372RD without seeing one, and when we were able to physically see one, we decided that it was too big (40ft and 13k dry)....going from a 29ft TT to this giant was a step too big.

I have a F350 6.7 LB 4x4 CB SRW and the 372 would push the upper limits of my TV, so we narrowed down to the Montana HC 305 or the Cougar 315. The 315 was selected primarily for two reasons (1.5ft more living space, dinette slide on our campsite side and refrig access in tow config) The big downside with the 315 is less available payload [5.2k axles vs 6K) and smaller bath.

The 315 had a spec dry wt of 10,562 lbs without 2nd AC and a published pin wt 1995. The actual wt (dry/empty) was 10,740 with pin of 2120.

After loading out normal TT gear the wt is now 11,520 w/pin of 2440 and was very close (within 20lbs) to my Wt & Balance spreadsheet calculator (see previous posts).

I have plenty of available TV cargo available (515 lbs) but only 1050 5er cargo available. Unfortunately, the 1050 has to be inside the 5er as the basement is full.

Doubly unfortunate is that the bedroom fwd closet and bedroom chest of drawers are nearly empty...and 88% of the wt put in these areas gets transferred to the pin/TV. The panty, hutch and refrig also have tons of space left and very little of this wt is transferred to the pin/TV.

I may need to re-engineer my loadout plan and shift basement stuff to inside...to optimize the available 5er and TV available cargo and axle ratings

What is remarkable is the significant difference in the TV handling compared to the TT.

The overall rig length only grew by 6 inches, and the living area grew by 10 ft in length and nearly 3 ft in width (2 additional slides) --- 60% more sq ft (208 vs 333).

And the pivoting point of the tow is 2.75 ft shorter (closer to TV) with the 5er.

The real bummer is that it is nearly 2 foot taller and I can't get it under the live oak tree in front of my house....

I think we are going to love the new rig!!
Good luck with your new rig. We have a Cougar 32 RLI TT. One thing we did to help balance the load is to move some heavier items from the TV and TT to the cargo carrier in the back and it helps. I don't know if your 5er comes with that but you may be able to add it on.
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Old 04-21-2019, 05:36 AM   #23
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Question 315rls and F350

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We just got back from the "Maiden Voyage" of our 315RLS. Our rig tows nice behind out Ford F-350 and it is far less stressful (less white knuckle) than our previous 25 foot Bullet Premier TT. One of the best things I did when I got the trailer in the winter was to buy a giant binder and index all my manuals. It sure has made referencing things a lot easier. We are very happy with this unit!
HI there - just bought a 2019 F350 (diesel, 4x4, SRW, full cab, short box) and am seriously looking at buying the 2109 Cougar 315rls. As some have noted, the 350 sits about 3 inches higher than my old F150. Any issues as a result of this height? You have the same combo that Im looking at so really interested in hearing your level of satisfaction, plus what hitch are you using (researching the various slider hitches at the moment). Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:13 AM   #24
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Hi turbo. First of all, our F-350 is a 2006 so it may not compare to your 19’ new hotness, those rigs are awesome! We have owned our F-350 since new and have left it pretty much stock except for Firestone Ride-Rite airbags that we leave at 10 lbs. since there is minimal sage towing the 315RLS. We have zero concerns over truck height towing the 315. Attached picture shows the clearance (kinda). We use a B&W Companion Hitch (also a 2006) and we love it. We like that it comes apart in two pieces which make it easier for us old guys. We like that the bed is smooth when the hitch is out and we like the option of the gooseneck hitch since it came with a “turn over” ball. There is a lot of good technology out there, some guys are opting for the Andersen 3200/3220 hitches and I hear they are pretty good. If clearance was an issue, I could still raise my entire hitch one more notch. We have had a lot of RVs over the years, tent trailers, toy hauler 5’ers, Class A, and tow behind travel trailers. But we love our 315RLS! Great manageable mid weight unit, loaded with features we love and which cost a lot to buy separately, like the MORryde Steps, the iN-Command with Global Connect (I wake up in the morning, grab my phone and turn on the furnace, ha ha!), the Lippert 4-point leveling, the 300 lb. hitch for my moto, the rear camera prep (I installed the camera system yesterday, it was a snap). We really like the lighting, the storage which is off the chain, the window blinds, the 12 c.f. Refer, 50” 4K Ultra TV and the “Key TV” system. We ordered our 315 with the bedroom AC (which made overall height 13”-5”) and the king bed. If you pick one up and want to compare notes ever, please chat me up on this forum. Good luck turbo. Cheers! [/IMG]
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:27 AM   #25
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Here is a picture showing the clearance.
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:51 PM   #26
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Here is a picture showing the clearance.
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