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Old 01-13-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Info on Carriage used 5er

When looking at upgrading from our Cougar 325 SRX, we've looked a both new and newly used, mostly upscale models. The Carriage brand has excellent rankings on RVConsumer, but is not made anymore, so no dealer network. A couple of questions of importance:
a) What is the difference between Cameo vs Carri-Lite vs Cabo?
b) Without a new RV warranty, how good are any 'extended' warranties?
c) Any advice on the quality of these would be appreciated.
Expected usage is campground camping for about 1-2 months per year based out of the midwest. Thanks in advance.

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What year are you looking at? As for warranty, get the dealer to include an Xtra-ride warranty.

The Cameo was below the Carri-lite in amenities, but built with the same structure. I am not sure about the Cabo.

One issue that the Carriage RV had was slide motors and gears, especially on the larger slide for mechanical units.

Another issue was the use of E rated tires at or over their load limits. My preference is to go to 17.5" wheels with H rated tires. The other option is 16" wheels and a G rated tire. I would not accept a Carriage with E rated tires.

There has also been a problem with the suspension and the plastic bushings failing. This is easy to fixed with a wet-bolt kit which includes heavier shackles, bronze bushings and bolts drilled with grease fittings.

Carriage built a much better than average trailer and has a loyal following. The Carriage folks moved over to LifeStyle Luxury RV and is continuing with the design with corrections for the few problems they had.

There is an active Carriage group on Yahoo and also at
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LifeStyle is offering some limited support for the group.

I would not have any issues with buying a carriage product.


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Goodyear G614 tires were a Carriage option and Goodyear 17.5 inch tires were as well on the larger heavier models. The wet bolt kit was an option as well. It used to be standard and was dropped as standard equip in either 2010 or 2011. The auto leveling Big Foot jacks became standard in 2011. Prior to that they were an option. Phillip
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Carriage made a good rig. Mine is now 13 years old and still in beautiful condition and has been all over north America including Alaska, Newfoundland, Canada, Mexico and most points inbetween.

As for the models - - the Cabo was a shot at a little less expensive Carriage using the same frame, sidewall and roof structure as the Cameo. Some materials were less expensive, cabinets not as nice. Otherwise quite similar. The Cabo was discontinued several years ago. Cameo was the least expensive when Carriage closed. Same aluminum framed walls and roof system, good materials etc. The Carrilite uses the same frame, but from there up things are different. The sidewalls and heavier framing, it is 102" wide rather than 96", better materials in such things as plywood, cabinets, carpeting and upholstery. It is high quality inside and out. The highest line when they closed was the Royal - - gorgeous - - heavy.

Here is a link for some good info - - Carriage_RV : Cabo/Cameo/Domani/CarriLite/Royals

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