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Old 04-10-2006, 10:24 AM   #1
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Can anyone give me some comments about this brand of RV.

There are so many products out there for sale, my wife and I can't sort the good, better or the best. Never met a dealer who didn't have the best.

Can you help me please, Thanks
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Can anyone give me some comments about this brand of RV.

There are so many products out there for sale, my wife and I can't sort the good, better or the best. Never met a dealer who didn't have the best.

Can you help me please, Thanks
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:02 AM   #3
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When we bought in 2002, Cougar and Sunnybrook were high up on our list of possibilities. If I remember right, the Cougar had good quality and good payload capacity (it was not maxed out on weight before adding all your camping gear). As you can see by my signiture, we went with a bigger unit and got a Holiday Rambler Alumascape which has been great. Back to your question... I thought Cougar had alot of positives.
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:52 AM   #4
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We had a 04 Cougar and liked it a lot. We did have problems with the tires being old on a new unit and they started seperating. Also the brake drum was out of round and they factory finally did a brake kit job.
Went to RV show and made an impulse buy on a RV. Love the RV but also miss the Cougar. Really liked the rear living large window. I would have to say that for the money, it seemed to be a good unit. We only had it a year. Just time enough to put a lot of extras like awnings and such and then trade. Such is life.
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We have had our 2005 285 fifth for about 9 months and it has been about 20,000 kms (east coast tour and Texas tour. No problems so far. It is better than the Trailite we traded and not as high quality as the Citation TT before that. Compared to an upper end like the Gledale Titanium it is weak but then you have to decide how much you use it and whether you want to tie up the $ in an RV. I have no heisitation in recommending the Cougar but be sure that that is the "level" you want first.
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Thank you for the information, If we just knew what would be at the same level as these Cougar's for other brands!
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We were looking at Keystone trailers, and had all but signed up for a Cougar when we decided to spend a little more and go with the Mountaineer. We felt that we got a lot more for the little extra money. The biggest difference for us was the extra headroom and the slide in the bedroom. As info, the Mountaineer is Mountaineer by Montana, is structually the same as the Montana, but without all the bells and whistles, and the higher price tag. We've had it almost 2 yrs, and so far, are really happy with it.
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We've had our Cougar 5-r for 2 years & it's been a really nice unit & we haven't had any issues with it (knock on wood). Our rear kitchen model is very roomy. Dave's put a lot of upgrades into ours himself like a thermostatic MaxxAir fan, a surge guard, remote front landing gears...etc. that's made it even better. For the money, Cougar is a good buy, I think. A step up would be the Mountaineer or Montana without getting too pricey like Keystone's Everest line would be.
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We just traded a Komfort 27ts TT for our new Mountaineer 326FKBS Trailer. It is alot larger but it has a great floor plan. The Komfort was not that much less. It was a 2004 and our Mountaineer is a 2005. It is Very nice. We are happy and have made a few trips and ( I'm crossing my fingers, ) No problems. The Montana products are nice. I do know that no matter what you get there are good & bad stories that you hear about so......I think it gets down to your likes and needs for floor plans and options and How you RV. We "dry camp" and like larger capacity holding & fresh water tanks.
and as mentioned how much time you get to spend RV'ing. We got a large bedroom and storage because we plan to spend alot of time an longer trips and to transition to retirement!

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Thank all of you for this information, at what point in the size of a fifth wheeler do you need two air conditioning units? We live in South Louisiana 98% humidity, 93 temp., no wind and sometimes no shade.

Thought I read somewhere folks had problems cooling the bedroom with only one 13,500 BTU AC.

Can anyone comment on this.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tiger63:
Thank all of you for this information, at what point in the size of a fifth wheeler do you need two air conditioning units? We live in South Louisiana 98% humidity, 93 temp., no wind and sometimes no shade.

Thought I read somewhere folks had problems cooling the bedroom with only one 13,500 BTU AC.

Can anyone comment on this.

Thanks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We ordered the larger A/C (15,500?), and with the vent in the bedroom, it cools everything nicely in our 32' Mountaineer.
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We have one 15,000 BTU AC on ours and it stays cool. On days with no clouds and temps over a 100 in Texas, it will take awhile to initially cool it down if parked without shade, but once cool it is OK. Sometimes it is best to precool it with the generator during the last hour of traveling during the hot part of the afternoon. Our fiver is 32 foot long and extremely well insulated and has an enclosed underbelly. Two air conditioners usually requires 50 amp service. If there is an option for a ceiling fan on the model you choose, get one. Also get fantastic fans or turbomax fans and cover on all vents. Most AC's will only give you 20-25 degrees below outside air temp, so when it is 110 outside you wont get it down to 72.
* If you just get one AC, get the large size (15,000). With two you can get both 13,500 or one 13,500 & one 15,000... and I guess max would be two 15,000 units.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by tiger63:
Thank all of you for this information, at what point in the size of a fifth wheeler do you need two air conditioning units? We live in South Louisiana 98% humidity, 93 temp., no wind and sometimes no shade.

Thought I read somewhere folks had problems cooling the bedroom with only one 13,500 BTU AC. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Unless your 5th wheel has 50 amp service, you're pretty well limited to 1 AC unless you jury-rig the 2nd AC to hook into the 20 amp plug of the shore power box. With 50 amp service and the bedroom vent pre-wired for the 2nd AC, it's an easy addition if you find you need it later.

We've had 2 ACs (a 15K and a 13.5K) on our last 2 5th wheels. My reasoning is, if I have 2 and don't need 2, I can always turn one off. If, however, I have 1 and need 2, I have a problem.

The high humidity (latent heat load) in South Louisiana is going to significantly increase your AC loading, as I'm sure you're aware.

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The bedroom on our Cougar could get pretty stuffy in the heat & humidity if no shade. It took a lot to get the cool air up front to the bedroom (same for heat). I'd put the unit in it's super cool mode & set a portable fan at the steps blowing up to the bedroom until it got cool enough, then dropped it back to normal with the a/c fan on high (if needed) to keep it cool. That plus a little table fan facing the bed perched on the sink usually did the trick. Luckily, hot & humid weather doesn't last long in OH.
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