James, I own a 2001 Cardinal 27 RK LX...... (LX is luxury package) bought it used a year ago. Second owner, it has seen some miles but is in great shape. The only thing to look out for on these trailers is the frames can crack around the spring shackle area and this is with all Forest River campers with Lippert frames, not just the Cardinals. So any older camper you look at be sure to do a good check on it starting at the roof and work your way to the underside and chassis.
Our Cardinal has oak flooring and oak cabinets, overhead fan, ect. too many to jog down here.......... we like it, and pull it with a 1/2 ton Ford.
Dont get me wrong, its a heavy camper. But in my defense, we only go thirty miles to the lake, and will upgrade trucks when we decide to do the snowbird thing.
I cant say anything bad......oops, yes I can. If you buy the Cardinal and it has a ceiling fan..... donot open the cabinet to the left of the fan
The door will open into the fan and will do damage!!! Why in the world would they let a door open into a fan I will never know. OBTW, I'm not the first either. Write back if you have anymore questions. jdadoug