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I purchased a 2012 Redwood 36RL Oct 1, 2012 and have been living it full time ever since. Pulled it approximately 9000 miles plus over back roads and interstate. The only problems I have had is the the thermostate for the electric part of the hot water heater and the plastic flip seal on the left door of the refrigerator. Other than those 2 minor items this is the most enjoyable full featured fifth wheel I have owned. My choice was between the Carriage Cameo and the Redwood. Choose this one and never looked back. I am extremely pleased the quality, fit and finish of this unit. Including the frame, hydrolics, and axels. I did swap my 17.5" rims and tires from the old unit for the 16" on the Redwood.

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Thank you for the hopeful note. My action item list has reached 9 items...

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I just toured the factory yesterday and although I was convinced before the tour...WOW! I got to slowly walk by each build station and I asked many..many questions. They really build a great unit. One of the employees said in the parking lot that he's worked at many of the Rv plants and this is the only one that has stressed quality and not quantity. They only make 6 a day.

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Did you ask if therre are issues with hauling the rig with a full water tank or were there any other interesting points about construction/durability you would care to share?

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kfdray wrote:

Did you ask if therre are issues with hauling the rig with a full water tank or were there any other interesting points about construction/durability you would care to share?


The only thing that I would worry about is that the 104 gal. fresh water tank in in the basement so if that was full it would add a lot of weight to your pin weight. If you have a truck that can handle the extra weight ...then you'd be fine. I think some of that weight will still be carried by the trailer axles but I don't know how much.

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Duck wrote:

Just looked at the Redwoods today and their quality is not as good as the Carriage. Just do not like all of the running gear being made by Lippert.
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There only a couple of RV's out there without the Lippert running gear. I toured the factory and looked real close at the frames because of all I've read on this forum about them. They said that Lippert gave them a great proposal so they went with them. Otherwize they were going to build their own. They said that so far they haven't had a single issue with the frames.

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Dave & Ginny wrote:

Duck wrote:

Just looked at the Redwoods today and their quality is not as good as the Carriage. Just do not like all of the running gear being made by Lippert.
Don


There only a couple of RV's out there without the Lippert running gear. I toured the factory and looked real close at the frames because of all I've read on this forum about them. They said that Lippert gave them a great proposal so they went with them. Otherwize they were going to build their own. They said that so far they haven't had a single issue with the frames.


Excel uses Mor-Ryde suspension with 7000 or 8000 lb. axles depending on the size of the rig. Is the Mor-Ryde system that much better than what Lippert uses?

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They are the same design redwwood and lippert uses the trail air equaflex suspension system

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Dave & Ginny wrote:

Duck wrote:

Just looked at the Redwoods today and their quality is not as good as the Carriage. Just do not like all of the running gear being made by Lippert.
Don


There only a couple of RV's out there without the Lippert running gear. I toured the factory and looked real close at the frames because of all I've read on this forum about them. They said that Lippert gave them a great proposal so they went with them. Otherwize they were going to build their own. They said that so far they haven't had a single issue with the frames.


I know that it is hard to get away from a Lippert frame but it is easy to find Dexter wheels, brakes, and bearings and MorRyde pin box.
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The CEO that was REMOVED is who did the damage. he was let go. He now works for Thor.

Lots of rumors going around. Some untrue and some half truths and some true. Very few are true.

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