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Posted: 01/04/20 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any thoughts or experiences with the Keystone Montana, specifically the 3854BR? My husband and I are looking to full time soon. Our price range is $50-$60k and we think we want to buy new. Also, anyone know much about their manufacturers warranty?

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These Keystone Montana posts may be interesting reading while you wait.

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Do you like the floor plan? (Don’t answer unless you have spent an hour inside the unit moving around) Ever towed before? How long? Ever owned or rented an RV to try out our lifestyle? If you have a tow vehicle will it safely do the job? (No, don’t tell us what the salesman said...”it’ll tow anything on the lot.”) Could be 17,000 pounds wet and loaded and 41 feet. Very few county, state and federal parks at that length.


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There are a lot of Montana Owners who full time. Check out the Montana Owners Club forum.

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We have done full time for 2 years in our Montana 38' with no major problems. Make sure wheather buying Used or New.. make sure you have a good walk thru and that everthing will fit your expectations etc. Good Luck and Happt Travels !!


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One of the most popular lines among full timers, and if it matters to you, they dont void the warranty on new models for fulltiming. Many brands and lines wont cover full time use.
Look also at their sisters Alpine, Avalanche from Keystone, and some other lines you may want to peruse would be K-Z Durango and the Columbus from Palomino, and the Bighorn from Heartland, you will also hear a lot of positives about the Grand Design lines, with the Solitude being most comparable.

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Just curious to know if you are also first time buyers?
If not then you must have a good idea of what the new rig has to have to fit your lifestyle. If not, good luck jumping into full timing.


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Dick_B wrote:

Just curious to know if you are also first time buyers?
If not then you must have a good idea of what the new rig has to have to fit your lifestyle. If not, good luck jumping into full timing.



We are first time buyers. We like the layout of the Montana because we know we want a mid bunk house for an office space.

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Yep just got off he road after 8 years of fulltiming in 3 of them a 2004,2012 and my current 2015 up here in the PNW with very few issues,would I do that in Minnesota or Wyoming, Dakota's etc.. were it gets REALLY cold and a lot of snow HECK NO! stay in decent climates(like Florida) and you will be great


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keh3491 wrote:



We are first time buyers. We like the layout of the Montana because we know we want a mid bunk house for an office space.


There are many varieties of full timing. We "full timed" in our Big Horn 3575el for 2 years and now it is our summer home. The Bighorn made two round trips to Arizona from the NW. Our full timing was winter in Arizona and summer in NW Washington at set RV parks at each end. So the number on miles the trailer traveled were not that many.

Then there are those that move every few days or weeks. That is going to put a lot more stress on the tires, running gear and frame. For that kind of use the MORryde Independent Suspension System (IS) stands up much better than a leaf spring suspension.

Having the tools and ability to repair "things" including knowledge of AC and DC circuits helps greatly.

Internet access is an issue that drives many batty. RV Park's WiFi service varies greatly by location from fair to none. After several different setups we now use OTR Mobile service(on AT%T sim)/unlimited data with a purchased MoFi4500 router for internet year round and are quite happy with the service. We switched to Consumer Cellular with AT%T sims(they call it "sim 1") for our cell phones with small data plan, as phones when are near the MoFi4500 use that unlimited data.

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So tell us a little more on how you see "full timing"! Chris

* This post was edited 01/06/20 07:05am by Me Again *


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