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Old 06-20-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Keystone cougar 5th wheel

Any comments on the quality of forrest river cougar 5th wheel. Would like to hear any pros and cons and from those of you who own one.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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The cougar line is made by Keystone, which is a mid level price line of rv's. I own an Outback by Keystone, which is very similar in design, layouts, price point, options, etc.
We bought ours new last year and can say we are quire happy with it. Had some normal warranty issues, mostly cosmetic, adjustsments, etc. These were either handled under warranty without issue from Keystone or repaired myself. This is not a top of the line unit but good value in it's competitive price range for weekending and vacation use.
Like any other rig in this price range, you can expect some problems in beginning, but will give you years of use if you proactively maintain it.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:32 AM   #3
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My Cougar is a 2010 MY, 318SAB made by Keystone part of the Thor line. This is our second 5er we have owned. We up size from a 2007 MY, F270RKS Summit Ridge Ameri-Camp.
I have had only minor issue with the Cougar and I do believe these same issues could have occurred with a very high end 5er also. The dealer resolved these issue in a timely manner and to my satisfaction.
My recommendation to anyone buying a camper of any type is to research the dealer and the make of the camper. Then do a PDI of the camper before any money is exchanged. The Dealer will make or break your experience of owning that model of camper.
Would I buy a Cougar again yes. Would I buy from the same dealer yes.
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Watch for rigs on the roads and in Campgrounds, you see a lot of Cougars out there so Keystone must be doing something right. We have a Montana, a few steps above the Cougar, and love it. We plan to live in it for approx 6 months this coming winter, in a warmer climate of course.
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To; Therink - We also have a 10 Sidney Outback 36. Love the unit, so far. Pull with a 3/4 duramax GMC diesel. Get 12-14mpg. Only downside is our short bed only holds 26 gallons, so range is short. I carry an extra 8 in the tool box for emergency. Used it once.
Wondered how you do with the gasser ?
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Prior to our current coach, we had a Cougar 5-r w/opposing slides in the kitchen/lr. Very spacious & we really liked it. It's a good mid-level 5-r & with the enclosed underbelly, the pipes & holding tanks kept from freezing in low temps from just the heat of the furnace ductwork.

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I bought my 07' Cougar 291RLS in the Summer of 07' & we still have it.

No problems the DH couldn't fix by himself - but having said that - we've had very few issues.

We fulltimed in it for a year, traveling 15,000 miles during that time. Still no problems - not even a tire blow out! (Love our MAXXIS tires too).

Good luck with your decision.

There is always a bad egg or two in every 100 eggs - don't be discouraged - your chances are very good to get a great unit!

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Thanks, for all the replies. We bought a used unit that had been well taken care of from an individual and saved alot.
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We own the new Keystone Cougar High Country 246RLS. Actual length is 28'7". There are several other lengths available as well. Keystone is moving in a new direction with this 5th wheel. It's not like Cougar's of the past. Construction, style, and even color has changed. You should check it out. I've only had one problem so far - one of the grey tank guages had a short. We use it once a month for a week or two in local parks in Florida - so it's getting lots of use. It's not big enough for full timing, but perfect for our needs.
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To; Therink - We also have a 10 Sidney Outback 36. Love the unit, so far. Pull with a 3/4 duramax GMC diesel. Get 12-14mpg. Only downside is our short bed only holds 26 gallons, so range is short. I carry an extra 8 in the tool box for emergency. Used it once.
Wondered how you do with the gasser ?
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My Silverado 6.0 gasser does a nice job. I have a chip/tuner installed, plus 4:10 gears which help. My trailer wet weighs in at 11,800. I do have to push the rpm's on large hills, but can maintain 65mph with no issue. I weighed out getting Duramax, but couldn't justify the extra $7k for what I use the truck for. If I pulled full-time it would be another story. I average 8-10 MPG. We love our 329fbh.
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Any comments on the quality of forrest river cougar 5th wheel. Would like to hear any pros and cons and from those of you who own one.
The Cougar is a Keystone product as mentioned below. Keystone makes a Montana which has a forum with many Keystone owners in it. You might jump over there and ask around also. You can find it here: Montana Owner's Club Discussion Forum - Powered by ForumCo.com - The Forum Company
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Steve - Sounds like your gas rig is doing a good job for you. Plus, the cheaper price of gas. I try to hold our speed to 55; occasionally faster if holding up traffic. If I hauled at 65, I believe the MPG would drop significantly on the diesel. Do appreciate the Allison on steep down grades. Hills are never a problem.

We have the 10 325fre ? (not sure on these designations - is a 36' with the rear entertainment, fireplace and island kit) Only problems have been the slider windows are sticky; the little plastic blinds clips break off and the tank monitors don't read right. Think only the batt and fresh water are right. Othewise we are very happy with the rig. Love the layout and cherry interior. Tows like a dream. Think dry weight was 10,200. Not sure where it is loaded. Guessing no more than 11,500. Only carry 1/3 fresh water.

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