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Old 05-27-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Keystone Cougar or Montana Mountaineer?

We are buying a new 5r and are looking at either the Cougar or Montana Mountaineer, both made by Keystone. Having finally relieved ourselves of our leaky Dutchman Classic, I really don't want to repeat with another lemon. If anyone has advise as to which models are best, please help! Am starting to question getting a keystone unit at all after reading posts on pissedoff.com. thanks! !
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Been very happy with our 2012 Mountaineer 375FLF.

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Old 05-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Keystone rates the Mountaineer as a better unit. The Mountaineers don't have the glitz, but they are built on the same frames as the Montana's. They are heavier and have a higher carry capacity than the Cougars. They are also taller and have the dropped front frame for a larger storage bay.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #4
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Read the latest post on the toy hauler section. In my personal option I would never own another Keystone product.
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I recently bought a Mountaineer 295RKD. So far I haven't had any problems other than the normal stuff of a new rig. However, I'd suggest you join the Montana Owners Group. There are some posts that astonish me relating to weak frames. Otherwise, most seem to like their rigs.

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Old 05-28-2013, 06:08 AM   #6
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We have a 2010 Springdale Keystone fidth wheel, can't wait to get rid of it. Very poorly built, drawers in kitchen have been fixed 3x, step going up to bedroom is very flimsy. Floors bow when you walk on them. We thought about montana but we've since been looking at higher ends like DRV and Heartland Landmark/Bighorn, IMO Montanas are not built well.
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At this point, if you can find a good used Hitchhiker.. I'd do it in a minute. I loved mine. I'm now VERY suspicious of my latest (below)
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Keystone makes cheaper models than the Cougar.. I'd never touch them unless you are limited by funds. Montana is the #1 seller, as I understand it. Good pricepoint with lot of nice features. Problem is, as with many rv's, are the parts you can't see.. ie, the structure.
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I've had much luck with Jayco. Only minor issues that come with every rv. I've read a lot of bad things about Keystone and heard some stories up close and personal. A while back I had a subscription to Trailer Life magazine and seemed like every issue had complaints about them in their consumer issues section.
I'm sure there are many that were trouble free though.
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Bought new a 2010 Mountaineer 324RLQ. Zero problems and I am an anal perfectionist.
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If you have been reading Trailer Life magazine you will see that almost all of the people that are having trouble with a trailer own something from Keystone.
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2010 Keystone Alpine bought it new and the only problem so far was a crack in the table and they replaced it. lots of keystone haters just no real reason.
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We sold our Keystone Sprinter 252FWRLS last fall because we decided to go to a m/h. We bought it new in 2004 and had no problems at all with it. It was back to the dealer only once for the fridge recall. We have friends with a new much larger Keystone and they are pleased too.
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We have a 2011 326MKS Cougar great 5ver. One of the best things is only one window on drivers side. A lot of RV's have windows looking at your own sewer hookup.The 326MKS also has loads of storage in the basement.
I think the new cougar 321 is almost the some as the 326MKS.
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