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Old 05-15-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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'07 DRV Elite Suite vs '11 Carriage Cameo

Which would you prefer if all things like price, condition, and features were relatively equal? Both in the mid-$40s range.

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Old 05-15-2015, 09:42 PM   #2
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:24 AM   #3
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Owned a 07.5 MS for 3.5 years. Overall a good rig.
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Old 05-16-2015, 02:49 PM   #4
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Don't be fooled

That 11 Carriage is not the Carriage of old...IMO go with the ES
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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That 11 Carriage is not the Carriage of old...IMO go with the ES

What year did they change from the "old" better Carriages to the "newer" less quality Carriages? The old Carriage company didn't go out of business until 2011, so it seems this 2011 5th wheel would have been made by them. The new ownership didn't actually take over until 2012 according to this article.

Are you saying that they began making inferior Carriages long before they actually went out of business in 2011?
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The DRV.
But make sure you have a dually. They are HEAVY..
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What year did they change from the "old" better Carriages to the "newer" less quality Carriages? The old Carriage company didn't go out of business until 2011, so it seems this 2011 5th wheel would have been made by them. The new ownership didn't actually take over until 2012 according to this article.

Are you saying that they began making inferior Carriages long before they actually went out of business in 2011?
You may want to start a thread with this question but I believe it was around 2006 that the quality of the Carriage brand drastically changed...
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Tough choice. May come down to which floor plan the DW really likes.
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Both are good units. The Carriage Cameo is equivalent to the Select/Traditions line of DRV. Like ralphie said it comes down to what you like best and how you plan to use the unit. If you are going full-time I would lean towards the elite suites do to better insulation and features if not either will do the job.
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By far, the Elite will be constructed more solidly. As mentioned above, the Elite is a VERY heavy trailer for its size--pin weight should be in excess of 4000lbs--definitely dually territory.
What are you plans to use it for--lots of travel, or more situated in CGs will not too much moving?
Also, an '07 Elite would be at the top end of price range for its year--better be in tip-top shape to be worth $45K. Generator? Washer/dryer? Should have both for that price.
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Does the ES have a fiberglass roof? I know later models did.The Carriage Cameo was a step down from the Carriage Carri-lite while the ES was a step up from the DRV Mobile Suits.

I would pick the ES hands down if I had the truck to haul the pin weight.
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"I would pick the ES hands down if I had the truck to haul the pin weight"

The truck in your sig looks like it would do the job.
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I had an 06 MS TK3. We were somewhat disappointed in it. I would still take it over the Carriage you listed. The trim around the slide outs inside were engineered wood. It pulled out from wall and broke up in places. Not solid wood. We were lacking insulation above windows and below living room slide out window. It was also drafty under kitchen slide. We had to stuff air conditioning foam insulation strips under it. Not saying the 07 like this but our 06 was. It was a 32TK3 and it was heavy. Pin was too. Our pin around 4400. Our current Teton is a step above. But they are hard to find as the best years were prior to 2005. God bless and happy hunting.
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