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Old 02-21-2014, 08:05 AM   #15
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We have been living in our Heartland Landmark for over 2 years with very few issues. The new Landmarks are rated for full time use and offer a 2/5 year warranty.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:26 AM   #16
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Ken is right on the main brands to consider--you should be able to live well in any of them. Our DRV has served us well for many years. But, as he also mentioned, especially for your first one, it might be best to look over some used units and see how much you can save off of a new one.
Couple internet sites to shop are: RVTraderonline.com and
PPLMotorhomes.com

Big selection on those sites and you can begin to get a feeling for prices. If you go new, and want to check prices on new DRVs--check out the following:
RollingRetreats.com and RVsforless.net
These 2 get lots of good reviews on the owners forums.
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One thing to take notice of...RVsforless.net is a well respected dealer for fulltime units and they ONLY sell one other brand (other than DRV) as a fulltime unit...Heartland Landmark...that should tell you something...
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Highly unlikely that in your budget you are going to find a new DRV or Heartland. Both of those brands start around $125K for all but their cheapest base units. If your planning new, look at Forest River, either Cedar Creek or Cardinal. Both will offer you an outstanding product for less than the two everyone is trying to push you toward. Our 9 year old Cedar Creek has been nearly flawless, even spending the winter in the PNW with 9 inches of blowing slow and temps down into the teens we have been comfortable. Remember all manufacturers use almost all the same equipment. The most expensive trailer will still have the same furnace as the least expensive one. Same for things like stoves, axles, refers, chassis, etc,etc,etc. They buy from a few select suppliers and mount them into or onto their in house designed frame. You might also look at the smaller private company, Northwood Mfg. For around 60K you can get their top of the line fiver fully equipped Arctic Fox. While not quite as long as what your looking for, you may find the quality out shines the length of lesser units.
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Highly unlikely that in your budget you are going to find a new DRV or Heartland. Both of those brands start around $125K for all but their cheapest base units. If your planning new, look at Forest River, either Cedar Creek or Cardinal. Both will offer you an outstanding product for less than the two everyone is trying to push you toward. Our 9 year old Cedar Creek has been nearly flawless, even spending the winter in the PNW with 9 inches of blowing slow and temps down into the teens we have been comfortable. Remember all manufacturers use almost all the same equipment. The most expensive trailer will still have the same furnace as the least expensive one. Same for things like stoves, axles, refers, chassis, etc,etc,etc. They buy from a few select suppliers and mount them into or onto their in house designed frame. You might also look at the smaller private company, Northwood Mfg. For around 60K you can get their top of the line fiver fully equipped Arctic Fox. While not quite as long as what your looking for, you may find the quality out shines the length of lesser units.
Not sure where you get your info...but we got our fully loaded Heartland Landmark, including generator, dual panes, etc., etc., for WELL under $100K ($87K)...it was actually almost $30K less than a comparably equipped DRV. One of the main reasons we chose the Landmark...
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Big Country is build and warantied for Full Time use and similar structure then Landmarks with less frills for better budget price.
It was my choice 5 years ago and will keep for at least 15 years.
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