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Old 01-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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I'm looking at a Carriage Cameo 36FWS

IM looking at a Carriage Cameo 36FWS, it's a 2011.
What I'M wondering is if the huge slide has problems,
is it hydraulic.
I really like the lay out and we live full time in a 34, but
One with more storage space would be nice.
Yes, I know there out of business. Thereís other RV mfg that are also.
But that donít mean there not quality RVíS.
Thanks for your help.. TW
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I can tell you that the slide is electirc. We don't hae the 36fws but have a 2011 Cameo and love it. Great rigs. Phillip
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I can tell you that the slide is electirc. We don't hae the 36fws but have a 2011 Cameo and love it. Great rigs. Phillip
Yes weve been very impressed with what we have read about Carriage.
Have had people say there out of business, but quality qasn't why there out of business! My though.
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Yes weve been very impressed with what we have read about Carriage.
Have had people say there out of business, but quality qasn't why there out of business! My though.
This is pretty much it in a nut shell:

Carriage Assets Will Go on Auction Block Feb. 9 | RV Business
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The Cameo is a great product. The only problem we have had is with our gear driven kitchen slide. But it has been a know problem with the trailer of our vintage.

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The Cameo is a great product. The only problem we have had is with our gear driven kitchen slide. But it has been a know problem with the trailer of our vintage.
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Ken did you have the Cameo in the vintage area?
Really nice rig, I went thru that post took a long time, but wow some nice rigs..
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We have the CarriLite 36Max1 which has the full wall slide. From my crawling around in the basement, it appears to be a gear driven slide. Electric motor to a gearbox to shafts running to other appartus.
We have had no problems with ours.
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TW, our Cameo is a 2008 and not a vintage unit. we have had two vintage trailers, a 1979 Silver Streak and a 1989 Avion.

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We have the CarriLite 36Max1 which has the full wall slide. From my crawling around in the basement, it appears to be a gear driven slide. Electric motor to a gearbox to shafts running to other appartus.
We have had no problems with ours.
Thats a nice floor plan 36Max1, hadn't looked at it till your post. What size truck do you pull it with. I like it being a 36fter

One thing I couldn't understand why it weights more it saying it's length 36'11, 14,450 dry weight and 36fws 37'4 13,250 dry.
I guess the extra bedroom slide.
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I can tell you that the slide is electirc.
Maybe electric over hydraulic? That's what mine was. 12-volt electric motor powered the hydraulic pump, then the slide cylinders were hydraulic. Worked great.
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We have a 2009 Cameo 36 FWS and love it very much. It is by far the most comfortable coach we've had (we've had five of different brands over the years) Regarding the FWS, it is in fact electric gear driven. The electric motor is up front inside the storage compartment behind the panel on the left side of the coach. (the furnace is also in the same area should you need to get to it) The motor drives a chain which in turn drives a long shaft leading from the front of the coach to the rear. The shaft can be adjusted (there is a collar with slots in it) to be "in time" with the entire length of the FWS. "This is really important" so that the front and rear of the slide come in together. You can simply use a measuring tape to measure each end at some point during bringing in the slide to check its distance from the main wall of the coach. I've only had to adjust mine once during the 3 years we've had it and we are full timers. Other than that, our rig has been trouble free (other than tires). Even though "Carriage" is out of business, most all other components are manufactured by the same main companies who make everything else for all RVs. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns. Good luck with you new coach.
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Hey Tumble Weed-
We have a Dodge Diesel that is a custom dually. It has most of the towing modifications that are needed or wanted for towing this heavy. I believe the overall length is 37'11", that includes the ladder and pinbox though. As far as the difference in weights, its whatever Carriage did in the difference in the Cameo line and the CarriLite line. What the differences were I don't know.
All I know is that its hard to call it a camper when you a dishwasher, washer/dryer, king bed, sat, electric drain valves, corian counters, and the list goes on and on. I named it Pigamous Optimous. A friend had a Mobile suites that he nicknamed that because of all the options and size...
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All I know is that its hard to call it a camper when you a dishwasher, washer/dryer, king bed, sat, electric drain valves, corian counters, and the list goes on and on. I named it Pigamous Optimous. A friend had a Mobile suites that he nicknamed that because of all the options and size...
Thats true where not camping where living at home on the road.
IM looking at bigger trucks. I should have started out 350/3500 probaly won't go Ford this time due to transmisson issues in past or bigger rookie mistake on my part.

35SB3 is a real good floor plan lot of counter space. I need more in my unit ours is good but not enought kitchen.

36 Maxi is nice also we really like the 36fws, went all over state looking for one, but with the price they like them more..lol
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Good units. Have heard that some of the later mcd dated units had poor quality control once they knew they were going out of business. Had a 2010 fws and never could get the slide adjusted right and worried too much so I traded it away. Lifestyle is now making a very similar unit so there is support.
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