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Posted: 02/07/12 01:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 2007 Cedar Creek 362bts and loved it. Factory support was excellent as the build quality.

I presently own a 2011 Cardinal 3804 bunkhouse and love it as well. Again, great factory support and build quality.

Both units differ in construction, materials, and optional equipment available. I would have stayed with Cedar Creek but at the time, they did not offer a bunkhouse model to our liking.

Have not heard a lot of great things about the Blue Ridge models.

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Ummm, Texas train, you need to look at Your Specs, and Cardinal specs(Build wise), They appear to be Quite simular....Don't know Where you are getting your info.

PLease look at the link you posted, and Look at the Cardinal Brocure. Thanks .
OK?????? at first glance things appear to be similar! I have had many and many kinds of rv's trailers and such and upon closer inspection I have found that they need a closer look at the basics, not just the frills. I was refering to the Forest River company site specifically the Cedar Creek and Cardinal portions, ... More specifically the tabs marked "brochure"
http://www.forestriverinc.com/
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Under Cardinal "quick links" click on "BROCHURE" / same with Cedar Creek
What specs do you want ME to look at? Cause what I see ... That's important to me would be...not in any specific order...
1.Insulation Birds have r-9 in side walls same as CC However the CC's have "R-38" in roof and undercarrage. "Where the sun beats down and the cool comes up... cards hav roof and floor R-24 Hmmm
2. Birds have solid Laminated outer walls (possibility of de-lamination ;0( ) CC's have hung walls no delam
3. CC's use 7000lb axles w Goodyear "G" rated G614 "LT" tires ez-flex suspension Cards: 6000 lb axles goodyear "E" rated tires no mention of ez flex sus parts?!?!?
I'm not so interested in sweating the small stuff like the 19 ft awning on cards (Vs 18 on CC)or the "All LED exterior running/brake lights on CC's (Not on cards)
4.CC's come w/15 K "Heavy Duty" larger capacity AC ("HP / High performance")with circular air ducts including cold air returns
CC's assembled and sealed with Butyl Rubber and silicone not "Putty and foam tape"
And certainly not last, but for now, the slides end windows "open" on CC's ?!?!?
They're both fine units, have been thru many of each. not arguing that either one is better for everyone, obviously that's why they make them both. For me these are some of the options and construction "technique's" that I prefer and or would have added anyway, couldn't see buying then swapping out parts, when the resale price is virtually same, apples for apples in options.
Fully loaded MSRP full paint touring ed CC, per FR price sheet $87.400
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My Cedar Creek has 'E' rated ST China Bombs, not Goodyear G614's.
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I’ve had both solid laminated walls like the Cardinal and now have aluminum framing. With over 5 years and 60,000 miles on the laminated walls not a problem. I’m not having a problem with the hung walls either, but with this type of construction you have aluminum studs. Aluminum is not a great insulator and in cool weather you will see condensations on the studs as they transfer heat out or cold in. Under certain light conditions you will see a little bit of waviness. Remember your slides do not have the same type of R Value as the rest of you rig.


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Depends on the brand, but in the last few years end walls and slide construction has become better (many rigs now claim foil insulation even in slides now). I sure like the picture of that Carriage Traveler!


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rattleNsmoke wrote:

My Cedar Creek has 'E' rated ST China Bombs, not Goodyear G614's.
Mike

Not sure if they changed that in 11 or 12, Mine is a 12 but about 6 months old has G614's
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mwebber78 wrote:

Depends on the brand, but in the last few years end walls and slide construction has become better (many rigs now claim foil insulation even in slides now). I sure like the picture of that Carriage Traveler!


Thanks, we ordered our Cameo with the added foil air insulation.

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Ask a dealer that carries either model. Personally I believe the Cedar Creek is the upper line of the 3. The Day Dreamer and CC come from the same mold.

Ask a dealer as if you were interested in upgrading. See which they support.


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Cedar Creek with 6 point level up is the way to go.


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B.Sjulestad wrote:

Cedar Creek with 6 point level up is the way to go.


I bet you could get a Cardinal, with "6Point level" also............

Boy, oh Boy, what a topic.


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