Last unit we had was 322fks Jayco TT, we loved it a lot with its king bed and plenty of room in the kitchen area, but it did not love us back *DELAMINATION*. Got rid of it and went to 2012 Cedar Creek 36RE.
We looked long and hard for years & traveled many miles. We looked at just about every manufacture out there. Some of the more expensive units were out of our reach and some we just did not like (the wife did not like the interior of the Cameo and some other of the top lines). As for the mid-level we wanted marine grade plywood for the flooring which left out some big names like Montana, Alpine, Bighorn. As for the Pinnacle the roofing is only 1/4 inch where as the CC is 3/8 inch and something that we like is that the CC does not have a window in the door, but a peep hole. This gives it a more home like feel to us and a little more sense of security. We did like the ledgestone of the Pinnacle and the Rushmore, but felt that it may seem outdated fast.
To some everything up; for the money and what the Cedar Creek construction details are and how the company responds to the owners needs. Is the reason we choose Cedar Creek.
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2012 Cedar Creek 36RE w/ Level Up
B&W Turnover w/ 18k Companion Hitch
08 Ford 350 Lariat DW PSD Crew Cab Long Bed 4:30
We have had our CC out just a few times since buying it in Sept' of last year. It's been a comfy trailer and we're looking forward to a few extended trips this season. So far, so good. Our 1999 Jayco 304BH was a fantastic unit with almost ZERO problems in the 10 years we owned it. It was a wooden framed, aluminum sidewall construction so completely different. The kids outgrew the bunks and rarely camp with us now hence we needed to trade up to the fiver. I think either one is a good choice. A lot will come down to $$.
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2010 Cedar Creek 34SATS (The Beast) & 20k Curt Q20 roller slider hitch
2006 Ford F350 SRW,SC Powerstroke diesel Lariat 2003 Harley Heritage Softail (Hogzilla) and a wifey with tons of patience....
We have owned a 36RD5S Cedar Creek Custom since Dec 09 and have been fulltiming. We didn't start out until I replaced all the chinese towmax tires with Goodyear G614 tires ( my expense). We just replaced the Wemco convertor with a 9200 Progressive. We have had a few minor issues and overall are very pleased with our Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek's original mfg warranty was for one year for the body only, but you could buy an additional one year warranty directly from Cedar Creek that covers almost everything for a few hundred dollars. At the time we bought ours you had to purchase the extended warranty within 10 days of taking delivery. The dealer 'never' mentioned this as they wanted to sell me an extended third party warranty. Jayco also makes a good unit, so go with the floor plan that fits your needs and become a happy camper.
2012 F350SD/DRW/King Ranch Crew Cab/LWB
2009 Cedar Creek Custom 36RD5S
TrailAir Pin Box
Good Sam Life Member
Have just returned form 5 months in the trailer in south Texas. We were vary happy with the 36RE. Pulls comfortably but being a heavy trailer, It takes a little adjustment in driving habits as braking requires effort.
2003 Silverado LS 2500HD 4X4 Extended Cab Duramax Diesel/Alison
2012 Cedar Creek 36RE
While not a "new '12" model, our '06 (purchased new in '05) Silverback is one fantastic unit. We went to the big RV show in Harrisburg in fall of '04 and looked at about 20 5ers w/ bunks and once we left and made a comparison sheet, the CC came out on top. Features, std equipment, layout, fit/finish, quality of workmanship, room, storage, etc.
Wife's parents had a '03 Jayco 325 BHS and while it was a very nice coach, it had it's downside which prompted us to look at something for ourselves. Non slide BR reminded me of getting dressed in a cabover tractor as the place with any real room to get dressed was at corners of bed. TV shelf in BR was a flip up kind and looked kinds chinsey IMO (never got used). Kitchen/LR layout was and still is pretty much the norm for all coaches w/1 main slide. Not much counter space. Bathroom was probly my biggest gripe as it was an all in one and when sitting on the john, knees weren't that far from hitting the tub (I'm 5'7"). Tub was real small but got the job done. 4 blade fan in ceiling as opposed to the 10 blade multi speed on others. Rear layout for the 3 bunks wasn't too bad. Though the door steps at times were very high off the ground. Had just the front storage compartment as the main one which had 2 doors. Made it difficult to load/unload things. Another storage compartment in the rear w/ small doors. Overall, was a very nice coach, but wife and I wanted something of our own w/ more room and better design of things.
The CC has 2 LARGE exterior compartments for storage and a flat floor in basement one. Plus on ours, we have 2 more add'l ones in back which hold oddball things. If we didn't have them, would have to fit everything into the front 2 w/ a some re-work. BR has a slide and the bath is the walk thru kind which is a love/hate w/ folks. We like it as when the pocket door is closed, you get kind of a "suite" feeling being all open to front w/o accordian door pulled across. Closet is HUGE and we are able to pack enough clothes for 1 week into dresser and OH cabinet. Kitchen/LR is as I said above, is typical and works. Much more counter space. Large window by kit table. Bunkhouse slide has 2 full bunks and a 1/2 bunk. Son outgrew the 1/2 bunk, but it holds things nicely now. Has nice closet, dresser, tv shelf w/ 6 pigien holes under it and storage under bottom bunk which is same as the one I mentioned above as well.
We only added or changed 4 things when we ordered it as it came std w/ many already. Upgrades we made were: 12v battery disconnect, 15K A/C, 10 gal water heater and paint pkg. We did have a problem w/ one side of paint a couple years into it which CC took care of. Axles were replaced due to being faulty (CC wasn't alone with these axles). CC not only sent new axles, but 4 new tires and alum rims where I had painted steel which IMO looked nice too. We don't tow long distances (500 miles or more one way) but do tow several to 10-12 w/e a year with each way being 70 to 100 miles. We, like many others, tow w/ a 3/4 ton truck and very happy w/ combo. Trailer has weights of: 1800 pin, 10,800 empty on both and 13,800 GVW. Fully loaded the pin is 2,000 and 12,800 on trailer so we still have room for 1,000 more pounds!
Overall with the CC, we've been more than completely satisfied and receive many compliments on each outing as folks think it's new. I'd like to upgrade to a new rear LR CC, but the DW says not as long as our son (12 years old) still goes w/ us as the BH offers a place for him to go and make a mess of it and can just shut the door from rest of coach so we don't have to see it! Darn it!!
Like others have said that own each brand, they are happy w/ their rigs and are brand loyal. For us, it was features, ease of use on things, room to move inside w/o hitting something, fit/finish etc. All coaches have their flaws, but for us at least, we've been blessed w/ a great unit that has served us very well in the 7 years of ownership.
FWIW, we never owned any type of RV before ourselves. Not even a tent or TT. Being a semi driver, it seemed fitting that we go w/ a 5th wheel as it offers many advantages over a TT. DW can tow it w/o a problem and she drives nothing more than a car 99.9% of the time and does well towing it and is very conscious of things. Nice to have her along to relive me when needed. We looked at several brands, researched on the net, asked lots of questions and still came back to CC. Even the techs at dealer like seeing me come in for routine service (primarily NYS inspection) as they know they don't have to do a whole lotta work. They tell other customers or potential ones about our coach (so they tell me) and they seem quite proud of the coach as well.
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
2003 F250 SD,CC,4x4,SB,AT,Lariat,6.0PSD
2006 Cedar Creek Silverback 33 LBHTS "Custom"
Member of The Cedar Creek RV Club
"Creekin' in the Summer"
"The best part of RVing and Snowmobiling is spending time with family and friends"
"Catin' in the Winter"
I have the 2012 C/C 36RE and find it to be a great floor plan and pulls great. F350 6.7 C/C S/B. I ordered queen bed and it has made making the bed worth the smaller bed. My only petty complaint is the wooden steps up to the bed room, they need to be carpeted. Great floor plan especially if you entertain on occasion.
2012 Tiffin Phaeton 36 QSH
2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
Cairn Terrier (Rollie)
1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible for Sundays
Good Sam (Lifetime)