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DW and I have decided that we are going to start looking for a new rig for purchase in the spring of 18. We have it narrowed down to the Cougar 327rlk 5th wheel. It checks all of our boxes, tinted windows, free standing table, 2 couches, real shower, auto leveling, power awning, washer and dryer hookup AND most importantly,  an outside kitchen.  We reallllly want a class a, but we don't want to settle just to get one, and that means the what we want is waaaaayyyyy out of our price range for the next ten years. We already have a great truck so we figure use what we have for a tow vehicle.  We want to keep the weight to  around 10.5k lbs. so we don't beat up our truck too much. Anyone own a similar model? Horror stories?  Positives?

 

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Take a trip in September to the RV Show in Hershey, try to attend mid week as the weekend is just plain crazy, I have heard stories of 2-3 hours just to get there with the traffic then get parked so far away you start to think is this really worth it.

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I've thought about going to the Hershey show for a few years now.  The Pittsburgh one is really good too, fills up both floors of the convention center if you are ever over this way. 

Surprised no one here has a newer cougar. 

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On 5/29/2017 at 8:18 PM, PGHFiend said:

DW and I have decided that we are going to start looking for a new rig for purchase in the spring of 18. We have it narrowed down to the Cougar 327rlk 5th wheel. It checks all of our boxes, tinted windows, free standing table, 2 couches, real shower, auto leveling, power awning, washer and dryer hookup AND most importantly,  an outside kitchen.  We reallllly want a class a, but we don't want to settle just to get one, and that means the what we want is waaaaayyyyy out of our price range for the next ten years. We already have a great truck so we figure use what we have for a tow vehicle.  We want to keep the weight to  around 10.5k lbs. so we don't beat up our truck too much. Anyone own a similar model? Horror stories?  Positives?

 

We just purchased a Cougar... but it's too early to really give any feedback.  I'll try and reach out to you, in a few months.

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2 hours ago, PGHFiend said:

Surprised no one here has a newer cougar. 

We bought a Cougar x-lite in the spring of 2014, it's a 26SAB fifth wheel.  We've used it quite a bit and have had no big complaints.  We actually never had anything go wrong that I needed to bring in for warranty work so I guess that's a win.   It pulls great and everything works. :)  I do think about things that I would want different on the next one but it's not against Cougar it just upgrades.  I'd like a taller ceiling in the bedroom, more storage, black or brown trim on the exterior, the white on mine mildews bad.  

I think you'll be happy with the Cougar!

WBI

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Thanks for the responses so far. 

6 hours ago, DaveInTN said:

By definition, aren't cougers usually a bit older?

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That depends on your age at the time of cubbing!

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On 5/31/2017 at 8:20 AM, twiceblessed....nacole said:

We just purchased a Cougar... but it's too early to really give any feedback.  I'll try and reach out to you, in a few months.

I forgot that's what yours was....I remember our discussions now. 

On 5/31/2017 at 2:39 PM, Travisma said:

Book a stay at the Fort, then head over to the big RV show in Tampa.

http://www.frvta.org/show/florida-rv-supershow/

January 16-21 2018

Maybe I'll look into that.  Always looking for an excuse to come to Florida.

 

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As a former Cougar owner 301BHS 2006 model, overall we were satisfied with fit, finish, and design.  However, all of my decals started peeling about 3-4 years into ownership,  This was very disappointing and shouldn't have happened.  By the time I sold it two years ago, it looked awful and probably cost me more that $2,000 in additional depreciation.   Keystone would not address what was a factory defect (take a look around and you'll see lots of Cougars/Keystones with peeling decals).  I did find a keystone owners site  to compare notes and it is a great resource.  http://www.keystoneforums.com/forums/

Hope they got their problems fixed - good luck

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For sale, my "slightly" damaged 2015 Montana Mountaineer 375 flf. Ya that's all 3 SB lanes of I-75 in Florida on our way to the fort. Luckily no one hurt. Progressive total replacement coverage. Picking up our new 2017 Montana 3731 next week.

 

 

 

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Ouch.

I have an older cougar TT. 2009 295BHS.  Functionally the thing has been perfect.  The decals, as previously mentioned, are garbage.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy their product line again.

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Dogdiver, that's some tough pictures to look at, glad all are of and a new unit also. Just curious any info to add as to why the accident happened? Enjoy the new camper and safer travels for you

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Well, it was the perfect setup for disaster. All 3 SB lanes recently paved, not the shoulder. Service truck on the shoulder with flashers. I'm in the right lane just as an 18 wheeler in the center lane. Sandwiched between them doing 65 mph. When the 18 wheeler cleared me a gust of wind hit me. The Montana with our brand new smart trailer swivel wheel with our golf cart started to fish tail. 50 years of driving in Michigan ice and snow enabled me to keep the truck upright and pointing straight. I just couldn't hold it as the 5er jackknifed and slammed into the passenger door. Then my B&W sheared like it was supposed to.

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If you look at the pics, the swivel wheel and golf cart stayed attached. My gut feeling is that with 1100 pounds of golf cart and 800 pounds of swivel wheel was too much weight in the wrong place to keep control

 

 

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You seem pretty well adjusted to have come through that kind of carnage.  I'm not so sure I would be able to avoid layered adjectives is my post. :)

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I had a swivel wheel, used it one time and got rid of it. It was way to unstable with the trailer I had at that time. Glad yall are ok.

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