Went to the Boat/RV show last night. Saw a nice Redwood 38GK but didn't like the slide in a slide. That gave you a queen bed...and we want a king this time as we have a 22 pound Garfield cat that wants his share.
Saw a nice Cedar Creek 36CKTS but didn't like the "Lazy Susan" in the bedroom closet. With washer/dryer (a must have per DW) you are down to half a closet and instead of a rod for hangers they put in this Lazy Susan looking thing. It may work better than it looks, but that is the only closet.
Also saw a nice Cardinal 3850RL. It had Washer/dryer, 5.5 LP generator, king bed, residential refrigerator, 6-point hydraulic leveling, Although you loose about half the bedroom closet there is a second wardrobe closet on the other side of the bed so that is plenty. etc.
List is $109K and show price is $80K. I think I can get them to 76K or so...is that a decent deal?
By the numbers:
GENERAL INFORMATION Manufacturer
Cardinal Model Year
LINEN WEIGHTS Gross Vehicle Wt Rating (GVWR)
16,255 lbs. (7,373 kg) Unloaded Vehicle Wt (UVW)
12,324 lbs. (5,590 kg) Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC)
3,931 lbs. (1,783 kg) Hitch Weight
2,575 lbs. (1,168 kg) MEASUREMENTS Length Feet
39 Overall Length
39 ft. 7 in. (12.1 m) Exterior Height
13 ft. (4 m) Exterior Width
98 in. (2.5 m) Wheel/Tire Size
16 in. BODY No. of Slide-Outs
3 Exterior Storage
Electric Patio Awning Awning Length
19 ft. OPERATIONAL Fresh Water Capacity
77 gal. (291 l) Self Contained
YES Gray Water Capacity
80 gal. (303 l) Black Water Capacity
40 gal. (151 l) Air Conditioner BTU Rating
15,000 Furnace BTU Rating
42,000 Water Heater Capacity
12 gal. Propane Tank Capacity
60 lbs. (2 tanks, 30 lbs. each) Axle Quantity
2 Leveling Jacks
AUTO LEVEL UP SYSTEM
So...is Cardinal a good quality unit? I know it's not a Excel, Mobile Suites, New Horizons...but is it a unit that will last us with normal care and maintenance?
How does Cardinal compare with Redwood, Trilogy (haven't seen yet), Cedar Creek, Sanibel, Solitude? Is this list comparable with each other?
I'm looking at 2014 Ram 3500 diesel dually 4X4 for a pull vehicle...think it'll do the job?
Please give us your opinions! I think we can find a great 5er in the $55K - 75K range that will last many years. We will be traveling a lot and "snow birding" but will keep our house in Tulsa, so we'll not be full timing in this trailer.
Going back to the show today to look at more.
And to a local dealer to see some units they didn't bring to show.