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RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Thanks Greg!
Andy F 04/02/17 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Did you order the larger 15 inch rims through Keystone? The rims look like the original Bullet rims.
Andy F 04/02/17 04:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Considering buying a Tiffin Allegro 36UA

We looked at a 36UA at the Mpls RV show. And we looked at it again after comparing it closely to the nearby Newmar Canyon Stars on display. Sorry--but the Allegro 36UA is definitely a bit higher in quality. Those exterior baggage doors alone on the Tiffin were incredible! Just like a well made solid car door. I couldn't get Newmar's to click and stay shut, even on their high end DP's which was really disappointing to me based on my Newmar expectations. And the Allegro cabinets were definitely a step up or so from Newmar's. Very solid and well made. The basement storage also blew us away. I don't understand how Tiffin gets so much storage space in the Allegro when compared to Newmar and Winnebago (especially Winnebago which seems to have the smallest of the 3 on their gas coaches). Don't get me wrong, the Newmar's were also nice, especially when compared to the Forest River and Winnebago products we looked at. But it was readily apparent that for a gas coach the Tiffin Allegro seems to be the best. It seems like Newmar's real focus is on their DP's which I would probably lean towards for a DP due to their sidewall construction and the comfort drive feature. The 36UA was an interesting floor plan although I didn't like the smaller couch when compared to the 36LA. I want a couch for my afternoon nap that I can stretch out on! But if you need bunk beds it is the Allegro floor plan I would go for. We are leaning heavily towards the 34PA but the 36LA is still in the running. The 36UA we looked at had stacked W/D's in the rear bathroom. The national Tiffin rep told us you can order it with the stacked or with a combo depending on how much of that big counter space you want in the back bathroom. That nice back bathroom with the other 1/2 bath and the fireplace is what we really like about the 36LA/36UA floorplans. I wish they could have fit a fireplace in the 34PA under the TV but the Tiffin rep told us they didn't have quite enough space. Go with the Tiffin if you want top quality. But I would buy used, a year or two old. I personally want to avoid that initial steep depreciation with a Class A.
Andy F 03/31/17 05:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Is it spring yet? Time to make the to do list for this years camping. We still have our Bullet and love it but this year we will be making a change. Going to go to a long timer status which just means many months at a time to use it. So we're in the process of changing to a 5th wheel. Not a done deal yet. For anyone reading these threads, our Bullet was excellent for us for over 6 years. An overall great experience. Same with our 2011. Still in great shape. Actually last season made 5 years we have had it so we are replacing the original tires now. We are upgrading from 14" load range C to 15" load range D on new rims. We figured we would upgrade for an added safety margin. How does upgrading tire range and even size work? I too am getting ready to replace our original 5 year old tires which are down to the wear indicators. Can I go up in tire range a bit on the original rims? And then I have to replace the rims if I move up to size 15 tires? I plan on keeping our Bullet for another 5 seasons/years before I near retirement and we probably make our next move up the a Class A for full timing or near full timing. Also thinking of doing the suspension upgrade, like the Dexter E Z Flex? Has anyone on here done that yet to their Bullet? Yes, you can go to a load range D tire on the original 14" rims. Over on the Keystone forum the members explained how it is an improvement but only temporarily. I will provide the link if you are interested. Keystone forum Basically, a 14" load range C tire has approx 1740 lbs capacity, a 14" load range D has an approx 2000 lb capacity, and a 15" load range D has an approx 2540 lb capacity. The GVWR of my camper is 7600 lbs and with a 10% per year degradation in capacity per tire, they warned the tires could be overloaded after a year or two. The tires were priced within a few dollar of each other, so, the real extra cost to me was about 350.00 for 4 new aluminum rims and 1 steel rim ( spare tire ). Since we are keeping the trailer for several more years, I figured it was worth it. Thanks Greg!
Andy F 03/08/17 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Is it spring yet? Time to make the to do list for this years camping. We still have our Bullet and love it but this year we will be making a change. Going to go to a long timer status which just means many months at a time to use it. So we're in the process of changing to a 5th wheel. Not a done deal yet. For anyone reading these threads, our Bullet was excellent for us for over 6 years. An overall great experience. Same with our 2011. Still in great shape. Actually last season made 5 years we have had it so we are replacing the original tires now. We are upgrading from 14" load range C to 15" load range D on new rims. We figured we would upgrade for an added safety margin. How does upgrading tire range and even size work? I too am getting ready to replace our original 5 year old tires which are down to the wear indicators. Can I go up in tire range a bit on the original rims? And then I have to replace the rims if I move up to size 15 tires? I plan on keeping our Bullet for another 5 seasons/years before I near retirement and we probably make our next move up the a Class A for full timing or near full timing. Also thinking of doing the suspension upgrade, like the Dexter E Z Flex? Has anyone on here done that yet to their Bullet?
Andy F 03/06/17 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suspension upgrade

Very seriously considering this upgrade this spring with my upcoming new tire purchase (got 5 seasons and many many miles out of our factory original tires). Is the Dexter option the best for this upgrade? Any estimates on what I might pay for an install? A little above and out of my skill level I think. Unless I get a buddy mechanic of mine to help me.
Andy F 03/04/17 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Moving On Up

I really like the Fleetwood Excursion/renamed Pace Arrow for '17 for many reasons if we do decide to go diesel instead of gas for our future motorhome. But I am a bit flabbergasted that Fleetwood chooses to still put side curtains in the windows up front instead of pull down shades like it appears every other window has on this model. I think Winnebago still does this also on their top of line gas class A Adventurer. Seems silly and cheap. What gives? Huge congrats to OP on your beautiful new class A!
Andy F 03/04/17 09:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommended class A gasser

the 26 is an option I believe on the 36LA. I would have gone that way id it was available in 2014. But regardless, I have almost 3500 lbs carrying capacity with mine even with full fuel We went to the Mpls RV show this past weekend and I got to visit quite a while with Tiffin national sales rep Tom Webber. Very nice gentleman who I peppered with a number of questions. He confirmed you can order a 36LA on the 26000 lb chassis but Tiffin does not plan on moving the 36LA floorplan to the higher weight chassis as a standard. We went back and forth between the Tiffin Allegro 36UA they had on display and the two Newmar Canyon Star's on display. It was apparent that Tiffin's exterior basement storage doors are of higher quality (beautiful doors that shut like a car door). Newmar's were pretty close in quality but none of their doors, even on the Dutch Star diesel pusher, latched easily when shutting them. I gave up on getting the Dutch Star and Ventana's doors to latch and finally walked away. Tiffin's interior cabinet doors were also of higher quality, sounding and feeling rock solid. If we go gas, I think we have settled on the Tiffin Allegro.
Andy F 02/12/17 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommended class A gasser

We are looking at and comparing the Tiffin Allegro Open Road and the Newmar Canyon Star. It appears that the Allegro has larger exterior storage bays. Does anyone know what the Canyon Star's exterior storage square footage numbers are? Newmar does not list those numbers for each of the floorplans. I also could have sworn that a Tiffin rep told me by email last year that the 36LA was moving to a 26,000 lb chassis like the 34PA and the 36UA. I like the fact that the Canyon Star's all come with a 26,000 lb chassis. The Fleetwood Bounder was eliminated from our consideration due to Fleetwood keeping a 22,000 lb chassis. We plan to full time or nearly full time.
Andy F 02/04/17 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: buying at an rv show

We bought our old previous hybrid Rockwood Roo at the Mpls RV show. Got a good deal and it seemed like the Rockwood corporate rep that was present helped get the local dealer to offer us a good price to make the sale. I remember the dealer saying we had to take the unit he had on display at the show, the one that everyone was walking through, for the price we got which seemed to be about $500 to $700 better than what we would have got outside of the RV show. I suppose they benefitted from being able to put up a "sold" sign on the unit for the remainder of the show. Of course, they had the unit nice and clean and ready to go when we took delivery a week later at the dealership. All in all, it was a fun experience to do once with our kids.
Andy F 01/21/17 02:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best state residency

Congratulations to the OP! I can't wait to escape MN's high taxes by moving residency to SD or TX or FL when I retire!
Andy F 10/08/16 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help with entry level diesel pushers

I would encourage you to look at all brands of entry level DP's. Personally if I were in the market, I'd look really hard at the Ventana LE. After much research, this is the same new entry level DP we have landed on. Now our plan is to look for a 2017-2019 used Ventana LE or a Ventana with higher NCC in 5 to 6 years just prior to retirement. Of course, we will be open to some of the other DP recommendations out there on the used market.
Andy F 10/08/16 08:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: decided on floorplan, now which manufacturer, need advice

NCC is Net Cargo Capacity I believe or maybe Net Carrying Capacity. Ironically it is usually the one number the manufacturers don't publish even though it is very important to know as a consumer. We are looking at class A motorhomes for retirement and we have found one manufacturer, Newmar, that has the number in their products specs on the website and in their brochures.
Andy F 10/08/16 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone own a Bounder?

When did the Bounder manufacturer Fleetwood change ownership and become part of the large REV group? Was it through bankruptcy or just a buy-out/outright purchase? And has the quality changed since than or stayed the same?
Andy F 10/03/16 06:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fall Camping

We do about half of our 30-40 nights of camping starting Labor Day weekend. Fall camping is one big reason we moved up to our travel trailer. Just did 5 nights up on Lake Superior in Bayfield, WI, at a great city campground overlooking the Apostle Islands. Heading out this weekend for peak leaf color in north central MN. Then down to Lake Pepin in 2 weeks on the Mississippi for peak color there. I can't wait to retire and camp all fall long before heading to Florida!
Andy F 10/03/16 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

I am planning to purchase new tires next spring (original ones from factory have lasted 5 seasons and trips out to Yellowstone and to Florida). Since I will be upgrading my tires and their load class, I am considering a suspension upgrade also, like shocks and/or one of the leaf equalizer upgrades I see discussed on this forum. But I don't understand really what type of upgrade, like the Mor Rude I can do with the Bullet/Premier suspension. Has anyone done this type of upgrade? I'm looking for a smoother ride by doing this. My ProPride hitch does an awesome job eliminating sway and weight distribution but our roads up here in MN and WI are often rough and I would like to eliminate some of the trailer bounce we get with the stock suspension. We are doing a lot of long trips the next few years before we upgrade for retirement so I want to improve our ride more.
Andy F 09/21/16 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Passport & Bullet Recall

I will be interested to see if we get a mailed notice about this recall. I haven't been impressed with Keystone's customer service and follow through on defect issues. Now when I bring ours in to our dealer, I can force them to look at the defective cracking and fading main front end decal. The front end stripe decals look like brand new compared to the main decal. Thank you to the OP for posting this recall alert!
Andy F 09/16/16 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

My plan is to consistently communicate my displeasure respectfully for the season and next winter to both Keystone/Thor and my dealer, working my way up the chain of command. If I do have to replace the decal myself, I will not replace it with anything related to Keystone/Bullet. Instead I will do a custom decal from a local graphics company, maybe using our last name in the decal. Update on this decal issue with Keystone: Our dealer replied back to us that they don't have the "right" Bullet decal in their stock to give us. I have asked the service manager to clarify if they don't have any post 2012 decals for the front of our Bullet or if they don't have any front decals at all. Seems like almost any post 2012 decals would work since they look so similar when compared to the pre 2012 decals that had a much different look. The only updated response from Keystone customer service has been to have our dealer submit a pre-authorization for the replacement which our dealer already did and they received a rejection. Quite honestly, this customer service rep seems to be hitting the "hit the same identical response" each time in their emails. We just got back from our South Dakota Black Hills trip and after doing some night driving and after going through a nasty rain storm on a gravel road, our Bullet looked horrible. After washing and cleaning it up, it looks brand new including all of the decals except this one crummy front Bullet decal. The separate front "stripe" decals even look beautiful and new. But not the front Bullet decal which tells me there are quality/defect issues with it. The front Rockwood Roo decal on our old hybrid TT never looked like this under the same exact care and storage conditions. Forest River must have chose a higher quality front decal than Keystone did.
Andy F 08/07/16 10:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Hensley Propride shopping, buying and experiance

On the other hand, why not pull a $35k trailer with a $400 hitch? You know, the ones that are lighter, easier to install and adjust, easier to hitch/unhitch, etc., etc.... Sounds like you never towed with a premium hitch or you would not have made your comment. Once set up the ProPride and Hensley are easier to hitch and unhitch than most $400 hitches. The hitch head stays with the trailer and the only issues are the stinger, locking the hitch to the stinger that takes all of ten seconds with overlatch wrenches and adjusting the tension on the bars. And they are not messy, no grease on the ball, and no heavy hitch head to lift into the receiver before it can be used. Kind of elegant in their operation, really! Easier to hitch/unhitch??? Nothing is easier than hitching and unhitching to the ProPride! I would never want to go back to the more basic hitch with the bars, ball coupler, and all of that. It does take some getting used to but I can't believe how much easier it is to hitch and unhitch, especially with a back up camera. It is so much faster. And I'm far from being super handy and I was able to do the install of my hitch with some patience and a couple extra hours of work. If I can do it, anyone can do it. I understand why some question the price but until you have actually towed with the ProPride (and the Hensley) you won't understand the difference, especially for those of us towing with 1/2 ton SUVs.
Andy F 08/06/16 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Hensley Propride shopping, buying and experiance

"He sells all day long on eBay for $1995, although these days the eBay site says remanufactured. So does he really price match anything to sell a NEW Propride? If you bought one for this price or less, I'd be happy to hear it" Ok---your hearing it. Mine was brand new through his website at the end of the camping season. He asked me to keep the price quiet but I feel I have to defend him a bit--the price started with a "1", then a "9" plus $211.42 for shipping. Great deal and it has been an awesome hitch for the past 4 years with trips from MN to Florida and two trips to Yellowstone along with a lot of camping in between. I also have welded heavy metal plates onto the base of my WD jacks which fixed the leaning issue. Plates came off an old squad car push bumper mount and work very well. No other "leaking" or maintenance issues like you mentioned. I would never use a more basic hitch ever again.
Andy F 08/02/16 08:23pm Travel Trailers
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