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Old 07-24-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Comparing 5th Wheels

We aRe looking at the Montana and the Jayco Pinnacle. Anybody have any comments on either. We will not be full-time but will probably travel quiet a bit.

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I don't have either, but have heard good things from Montana owners that I know have nothing bad to say, and Jayco owners are the same way. So I would pick a floorplan that you like the best and go for it.

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Old 07-24-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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We have a Jayco Pinnacle and have been very happy with it.
Has it been perfect, no but the issues have only be minor and we Fulltime in out Pinnacle.

When doing our research we looked at the Montana's and several other Brands / Models too.
The Montanas are are also nice units with lots of good reviews and have a very loyal following.

We wound up with the Pinnacle for several reasons.
1. We found what we were looking for on a Dealer Lot, got a great deal.
2. DW and I sat in our Pinnacle for about a 1/2 hour at the dealers lot before we bought it and it just felt right.
3. Jayco's 2 Year Warranty

I finally gave up trying to find a 5th Wheel that has exactly everything we wanted but for us the Pinnacle came close.

Again, get the floorplan that works for you and the 5th Wheel that just feels right and most of all Do Not Look Back !!!!
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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We had a Montana for over 6 years. The only issue we had was a pretty serious one. Something electrical shorted out near the batteries and started a fire. If a passing neighbor hadn't alerted us it would have been a total loss. The fire caused about $1200 in damage, but being dropped twice by the tow truck brought the total up to 24K. Long story.

I suspect that the wire from the charger/conveter shorted out where it was passed through the frame with no grommet or anything to protect the wires. Unfortunatly this is a common practice in the towables market. I found all the places I could where this was done and installed grommets. I also installed self resetting breakers on the charge lines at both ends.

Other than that we loved our Montana! Once it was repaired it was better than new.

We've looked at many fifth wheels. Some appear to have been assembled by drunken monkeys, with wires & plumbing routed helter skelter, apparently as quickly and cheaply as possible. Others appear to have been laid out thoughtfully and fastened in ways that would prevent abrasion. If you look at the 'guts' of the rig you'll spot the differences right away.

Look at the fit & finish of the doors, cabinets, and mouldings. If they do a crappy job there you can bet it's worse where you can't see it.

Does the floor feel solid? If it feels like you're walking on thin particle board, you are!

One of the surprises for me was that some of the best built units we looked at were made by Fleetwood.

I think we still would have bought another Montana if we hadn't purchased the diesel pusher. The fiver floorplans are great. And then there's the Montana Owners Board : Montana Owner's Club Discussion Forum - Powered by ForumCo.com - The Forum Company Check it out. Great folks.
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We bought our Montana because of it's floor plan, you could use the rig with both slides in if you had too. Never used it that way and living in it this past winter we decided we wanted to move up a notch and gain more room. But back to your question, we loved our Montana and would have moved up to another Montana, but couldn't find one that floated our boat like the Redwoods. Several members of our GoodSam Chapter have or had Jaycos and really liked them. So Montana or Jayco I don't think you can go wrong or if you want to move up another notch take a look at Rewood RVs, A little higher price, but a nice unit.
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Montana's use OSB flooring and I prefer marine grade plywood, other than that- buy what you like.

You may like a Cedar Creek also. (my rig) Its in the same classification. It also has allot of bang for the buck!
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We had a Montana for five years...few minor problems...like they all have. It's the best selling 5th wheel for nine, or maybe it's 10 now, years. Good support from keystone.
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We've owned 3 Jaycos, 2 of them Designer 5th wheels. All of them have been good, reliable RVs with the problems limited to the buyout items common to all RVs - NeverCold fridges, etc.

Jayco's 2+3 warranty and their absolute commitment to customer service are what impressed me. They've gone above and beyond to take care of us whenever a problem arose. Example: When we lost a Norcold cooling unit, our selling dealer couldn't (wouldn't) even look at the 5th wheel for a month, and we had a trip scheduled. A phone call direct to Jayco resulted in their locating an independent repair facility within an hour of our call and giving them authorization to do what it takes to take care of our problem. That was on Monday - on Thursday, a new cooling unit had been procured, installed and we were back on the road.

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Originally Posted by Cjohnson52
We aRe looking at the Montana and the Jayco Pinnacle. Anybody have any comments on either. We will not be full-time but will probably travel quiet a bit.
You should also consider Excel Limited or Excel Winslow.

We looked at Jayco Pinnacle, Keystone Montana and others before ordering a 2013 Excel Winslow 34IKE.

Excel does a first class job of construction and attention to detail. Plus, they are receptive to special requests.

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