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Old 05-10-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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I'm in the market for a full-time fifth wheel to accommodate one person and one dog and I really like the features of the Rushmore Washington. I've been quoted a price in the low 50k range for a Washington with all the options and it seems like a great option on paper... The posts on this board have all but scared me off. I can't imagine paying that kind of money for a new trailer and having the landing gear installed incorrectly or the welds on the gray tank being so poor they wont hold the tank in place. And a one year warranty on a supposed full time coach in this price range? Scary.</span>
Some features that I want:

Snazzy looks
Auto level
Dual fridge/freezer
Washer/dryer
Dual pane windows
Dual a/c
Couples coach layout
Strong resale value at 5 years
Quality construction and attention to detail.

I'll be living in it full time in various locations across the US for the next 5 years. Tow vehicle is a 3500 Dodge/Cummins/DRW and weight of the coach is not a concern. I'd like to stay in the same price range as the Rushmore- 80k msrp and mid-low 50s street price. Is there a coach with the same features but better build quality in the same price range?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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you hear all the bad things about the Rushmores on here but never all the good things you are going to have some problems with any new unit no matter which brand you choose we have had our new 35CK since Oct of last year and are our 4th outing this weekend and loving the unit any small problems we have had the dealer and Crossroads have taken care of them would not be scared to recommend it to anyone I also pull new RVs from the factories in IN to dealers good luck on your search Jim&amp;Carol
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply Jim (and/or Carol)! You are right about that; all of them have problems.

I'm also looking at the Landmark Mesa which is around $5k more than the Rushmore . For that price a second bedroom slide would be nice.

How are the decals and end caps holding up on the 2011 Rushmores?
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:14 AM   #4
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TheVagabond, we have been looking at the LM Grand Canyon floor plan. The advantages I see between the two is the LM is a full time rated unit, 2 year warranty. Yeti Package Upgrade and the ability to upgrade axles and brakes plus a few more smaller options. Our needs would be more full time than a weekend unit. Just depends on what you intend to use the unit for.</span>
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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Landmark & Rushmore are both under Thor ownership. I never looked in person at a Landmark. But I'm enjoying my Rushmore Jefferson with my sweetheart and my two fur kids. Really like ths double slide bedroom, oversized shower for washing the fur kids. Been in it for 5 months now. All problems fixed by me.. its a enjoyable RV. After living in two Alfa's for 5 years.

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Old 05-12-2013, 01:24 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply, Gary.

How are the caps and decals on your Rushmore doing? I'm concerned about the resale of my future coach and weighing the investment in a painted unit. Truthfully I'm not a camper and will have no need for the unit after I finish working on the road. Current plans are to spend 5 years out there and pay off my home, then sell the coach.

Which would lose less value in that time; Rushmore Washington or Redwood 36FL?

I've only owned one caper and it was an older unit so this is new territory. I lived in it a year and lost $0.


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Vagabond no problems with either a detailer of campers told me about some stuff to use on whole camper and it would protect the decals and the fiberglass I am camping wright now when get back home will put name on here for you everything is good on nose and back of camper are fine Jim&amp;Carol
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Buy slightly used. You'll lose less money. We owned a 09 Arctic Fox 25p. Had it for 2 years didn't lose a dime when we traded it in on our Rushmore. So far decals & cap are holding up great. Had the Jefferson sprayed with Duratain protection. Still looks new.
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If you're looking for alternatives to the Crossroads, you might check out the Forest Cardinal/Blue Ridge line and the Keystone Montana Mountaineer. Forest River makes a good product, but no matter what you buy, be prepared for some odds and ends to go wrong. Make sure you choose a dealer with a reputation for taking care of their customers. That is far more important than which manufacturer you choose. Know, too, that those who have had problems are far more vocal on message boards than those who have not.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:38 AM   #10
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Thanks for the advice, all.

After weighing the pluses and minuses, the Rushmore is looking like a good choice. It is almost what I want and the next step up is a LOT more money.
What's the best deal on an extended warranty? The dealer offers a comprehensive warranty that covers 6 years after the factory warranty with a $100 deductible. Does $2,800 sound like a fair price? </span>


I'm also looking for a loan. The dealer's finance guy thinks I can get mid 4 percent range but I'd like to shop around a little. Any advice about where I should look?

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