I would look at the KZ Stoneridge line...also an upper level unit and IMHO built better then Forest River products and backed much better. KZ is a family owned business and offer a 2 year warranty. I have had a major problem with my Durango and it was repaired out of warranty at no cost to me. Since FR was purchased by Buffetts Birkshire Hathaway their customer support and service as well as QC have gone down as experianced by friends that have recently bought them. Brookstones are a beautiful unit but IMHO do not warrant the price for the quality.
I beg to differ with your comment on Forest River customer service/support at the least with the Cedar Creek. If you would go to any of the Cedar Creek forums you would find that service/support is one of the highly touted benefits of owning a Cedar Creek!
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
I was am a AF vet. Dec 69 thru Dec 73. Was at Utopia Thailand in 70-71. Love the Ashville area. We just spent 2 weeks in Boone, NC at Grandfather Mountain RV Park. Maybe catch you on the road sometime. Spend the winter in Brooksville, FL. We live in Flint, MI so Muskegon is not that far for a great deal. We do like the Brookstone.
Add me to your buddy list if you want to correspond. Dave
Hi Dave, will do, but you should know, not that kind of "winged". I got the nickname from owning a Superbird (winged car) and GoldWing (or just 'Wing').
More than willing to provide any additional information on the Brookstone as we use it. In fact we are going next week.
Oh, and you can get a 2 year warranty from Coachmen on the Brookstone too. Just be sure to ask for it.
I read many many posts in the fifth wheel forums, now have more questions than answers! Thought I had some knowledge of weights, empty weights mean nothing of course as expressed here many times! My concern in purchasing a fifth is mostly in the pin weight? My 2008 Ram Mega cab 6.7 TD will pull 12500 gross according to Dodge!Don't think we will ever exceed that? My payload is 2000lbs (Dodge) so I figure a pin weight of 1500-1600 lbs. should keep me within the envelope? Yet I have read here, many RV'ers with trailers that are in the 12-14000 with pins at 2000 and above pulling with 3/4 ton trucks. Are they pulling outside the safe zone, mods on trucks? How do they handle? My truck barely has 30000 miles and a new 1 ton dually is over $60000$ and we are looking for a new mid line trailer with a specific floor plan. Its a f...... problem!! Thanks for bearing with me. P.S our old trailer maxes out at 7500lbs never was a problem in the past!
Have had 2 Coachmen products, a 2011 Chaparral 26BH and a 2012 Chaparral 330FBH. Have had problems with both units. See this forum "330FBH problems" topic for details. I would not have a Coachmen product again, any model - quality just isnt there.
Purchased a brand new 04' Coachmen Somerset 37' 3 slide, had it for a little over 2 years and never had a problem with it, one of the best unit's I had up until sig. 5er.....There are good one's and bad one's made by just about every manufacturer...One may have a bad experience with a particular model and someone else may have never had a single issue with the same model...such is life as we know it....
Quality may be lacking in the newer models, but the 04 I owned was a quality unit.
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Jim & Kathy
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