Well the Wife and I have our choice whittled down to the Montana 3455SA vs the Cedar Creek 34RLSA, will be purchasing one of the two, does anyone have these models, and would you mind sharing some pros and cons, right now its a tough choice, we love both,only have enough money for one of them, thank you for any oppinions you have, Wolf3gang.
We have the Montana 3400 but we see no real Difference between the two,Been to both factory tours and they are pretty much the same. Purchase the one that best serves your needs. Dealer and dealer service is most important. If it is a dead heat between the two choose the best dealer.
Having had a Montana 3465sa for 2 years we traded for a Cedar Creek 36RE this past summer. There was a lot of things about the Montana that concerned me on going. The suspension, interior wear, and external decals to name a few. Had a Cedar creek before from 2001 and went back to them because of floor plan,suspension and features.
Look at the Montana forum and see what others are saying.
Good luck with what ever you choose.
2013 Silverado LT 2500HD 4X4 crew Cab Duramax Diesel/Alison
2012 Cedar Creek 36RE
If possible go out and look at some used units in the brands you choose. That was a real eye opener for us. Montana is/was number one for some reason, but for us it all came down to which brand fit our lifestyle best. As a suggestion, go play house in each brand for an hour or so. Pretend you are taking a shower, using the toilet, making a meal, cleaning up after a meal, watching TV. That is what we did and it became very obvious which ones were better thought out for the little things. Such as where to place the garbage can in the kitchen? Can two people actually use the kitchen to make a meal? Well, you get the idea.
We have been Full Timing in our Cedar Creek for about a year now and are very happy with it. It is a 34 RLSA and it has upgraded axles.level-up system and other upgrades but i think it is a very well built unit for its price range. I have had a few small issues that i fixed just because i could fix them faster than taking it back to the dealer.I think you have to know how to turn a screwdriver with any of them.Find a good dealer,sit in it for a long time,crawl under it and make up your mind.
2011 Dodge 3500/Crew DRW laramie-Cummins Turbo,B&W Companion. 2011 Cedar Creek 34RLSA
We considered both. Both fit our needs. When it down, to it I did not want the Montana as it was built by Keystone. I have seen some negative things about Keystone, and decided againts it. We chose the Cedar Creek due to its details and smaller points. We thought the workmansp and finish was better on the Cedar Creek. It had some extras that we liked. We heard a lot of good things about the Mfg, Forest River.
Above post about the dealer is Correct. You want a good dealer that will word with you given problems. Once we bought the Cedar Creek our salesperson did not support us. We had a significant problem with chucking . . . rought ride, back and forth. The sales person said that it was okay. The service guy took our side and fixed our Reese hitch. All is well.
2011 Ford F-350 6.7 diesel, Crew Cab, LB, SRW, 4X4, White
Cedar Creek 34SB, 37 feet 5th wheel, Reese 20K Hitch
"So many questions, so little time."
IMO the worst reason to buy or not to buy a particular brand is because it was built by Forest river or keystone or heartland, etc or you heard some good or bad things about that brand on some forum.We hear negative things about all manufacturers. Forest river uses about all the same vendors as keystone Heartland and many others including frame, suspension, Tires hydraulics. They employee the same workforce from the same area and their manufacturing process is the same.
If a brand suites you purchase it.You will have the same problems as if you purchased any other brand.