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Ernie Fergler

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I'm considering upgrading my 5er soon. Narrowed down my choices to either the Montana 3121RL, or Solitude 310GK. As far as I can tell, they are the same trailer with a few insignificant differences. I lean toward the Montana because of the heavier suspension and higher CCC. DW prefers the Solitude ( for unknown reasons). The Montana is a little less $$$ which also steers me toward it. Anybody have any input to help me decide?


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Posted: 12/11/19 06:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why upgrade? It's probably a money loser.


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I looked at both, and I liked the Montana with modern maple interior, and rear cap better.
The Grand Design is over priced, and dealers are limited on how much they can discount them.

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You don’t indicate a need to upgrade. If money is no object...no, the thrifty people I know that are RICH don’t spend without a need.


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I like the Montana, had 2... but being a female (and a widow!) if DW prefers the Solitude, my 2 cents.. make her happy!

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I agree with Lady RVer, if you go with the Montana and have even the slightest of issues you will hear about it from the DW.


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Michelle.S wrote:

I agree with Lady RVer, if you go with the Montana and have even the slightest of issues you will hear about it from the DW.

Exactly my thought. It was my plan all along.

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garyp4951 wrote:

... The Grand Design is over priced, and dealers are limited on how much they can discount them.


Not entirely true. We've negotiated 28 - 30% off MSRP on both our Grand Design fifth wheels.

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This thread is pretty apropos for us. We have been shopping over the last week we have been looking at Jayco Pinnacle, Grand Design Solitude, Vanleigh Vilano and the Keystone Montana.

These trailers all have the same floorpans.

Our take between the Solitude and the Montana:

Montana:
Not a wide body but still comfortable inside. Really not too noticeable.
Smaller fresh water tank
Central "command" station that handles all the camper electrics. Scares me a little if the "motherboard" were to quit.
Nice finish carpentry on the cabinets.
Big windows on the camp side not encumbered by casework above the theater seating.
Less expensive
Bigger cargo carrying capacity.

Solitude:
Bigger fresh water holding tank.
Wide body 8'-5" This shows mainly in the bedroom where there is more space between the bed and the dresser. Also nice pull out chest in the bedroom to store shoes and sit on.
Bigger master bed closet.
HUGE windows in the passenger side slide.
Nicer wood casework. The current 2020 Montana has aweful (In our opinion) choices on the casework colors and not what is shown on their website or current catalog.
Pop up TV adds even more light into the camper when not watching TV.
Love the interior design, wood colors.

Both units have 6 point hydraulic leveling and hydraulic main slides.

We have eliminated from our list the Vilano. The casework construction and fit was pretty bad on the 3 units we looked at. The Vilano also uses Lippert axles rather the the Dexter axles like the Montana and Grand Design.

We also eliminated the Pinnacle from our list. Schwintek electric slides were so slow and really seemed to struggle closing the driver side slide. Also bumped my head getting into the bedroom. Lot's to like though on the Pinnacles fit and finish.

So that leaves the Solitude and the Montana. We haven't decided yet and may come down who will give the biggest discounts. Looking for 30% +

We are also considering the Montana with the Legacy package which upgrades cabinets framing adds a retractable power cord, disc brakes, surge protector and a few other things.

Decisions...decisions...


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Michelle.S wrote:

I agree with Lady RVer, if you go with the Montana and have even the slightest of issues you will hear about it from the DW.


You left off FOREVER at the end of that sentence.
In this case I would also go with the Solitude.


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