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Old 08-17-2014, 07:05 AM   #15
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We just took delivery of a 2014 Keystone Montana High Country. Yes, it's their 'low end' unit ($71K worth of 'low end'!!!). So far, the dealer has had to paint the gel coated front cap, delaying delivery 3 weeks, the BR slide leaked due to lack of sealant, there is a piece of wood trim missing on that same slide (both Keystone's lack of QC) and the ceiling fan makes a scraping noise (cheap POS). I hope I've fixed the leak, the trim is on order and I'll probably replace the fan with a better one from Home Depot, assuming it's a 110v unit and ask for reimbursement().

We looked at many other brands and manufacturers, from mid to high end and they all had the same brands - Atwood/Dometic/Lippert/Dexter/MorRyde/China bomb tires. We purposely chose this one since it was reasonably light if 10,500 pounds is light for almost 38 feet, it doesn't have the troublesome self leveling option, gear driven or hydraulic slides or even disc brakes. I can fix virtually everything that Keystone's low bid buyers ordered, or their QC missed.

I was appalled by some of what we saw. Even dealers, once they understood what we wanted, would describe some major shortfalls in some brands and what their incoming inspections or PDI's turned up. One went so far to show me how far an exterior wall deflected when the entry door was closed (1" plus) and that was a $60K mid level.

When my ship comes in, might consider a custom built that I can watch going through the factory.

Dave W along with my DW, Susan and our poodlepups, Callie & Molly,2011 Ford F250 6.7 CCLB, 5er Hitch Option w/B&W Hitch,,Ride Rite air bags, 2014 Montana High Country 343RL (38')
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