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Jim-Linda

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Posted: 11/01/13 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

janegowest wrote:

I know how heavy the MS is....that is one factor that turns me off...do NOT want to have to buy a monster truck to haul it. BC is about 3k lighter.


Well, if you are turned off by the weight of the better trailer, no brainer, buy the lessor one. If you cannot be convinced which is the better buy, jump on it.

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avvidclif1 wrote:

Kinda like the little piggie that built his house out of straw and the other used brick. Weight doesn't bother me. Lightweight construction does.


Having lived in two Suite fulltime, we're still fans. Our 2006 Elite, still looked almost like new after nearly 3 years. The 2009 MS is holding up quite well after 5.

I don't like Monster trucks either. While I rarely get to drive our F450, it's not much bigger than the Chevy Tahoe I used to drive. But it takes tight turns much better than most dually's.

The 2008 had some major improvements and changes from the original 2002/03's. Suites are also fairly easy to remodel or modify interiors.

In 2009, they had even more updates, that's why we ordered ours. That's when they went from R-13 sidewalls to R-16.

You won't find much more than R7 in the lower end models. That's why we traded our first fulltime 5er after only 10 mos. And also why everyone else wants to park under trees.


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Posted: 11/01/13 04:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's simple...if your truck is the deciding factor, go with the Big Country.

You can easily fulltime in all sorts of weather in either unit...regardless of the naysayers. We don't need to park in shade to stay comfortable in temps over 100 either in our Landmark... but two ACs are are must, even in the MS. We also have no problems with temps near zero.


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I would definitely go with new.
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There is no comparison between the MS and Big country.

We bought our 07.5 MS in late 11 for around 50K and it is still worth about the same. A BC new at the time would be worth MUCH less than it was new in late 11 at this time. Give it a couple years and the MS will be worth much more.

We have lived on our 36 SB3 since 11/11 and have been very happy with the quality. IMHO you need a 350/3500 dually for either one so the extra weight really is not a factor. Ours is really nice to tow with our 11 HO Ram Dually.

Stick with quality and you won't regret it!


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In my opinion the MS is a higher quality trailer then the BC but it also cost more when comparing new to new. I would worry a little about the components on a five year old trailer. How much longer will the a/c, fridge, etc last before needing repair? Just a thought.
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Posted: 11/02/13 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's the technology that usually steers me to new. I traded a perfectly good 6 year old 5th wheel because it was falling way to far behind in the technology.

Things I could never go without again - self leveling, big fridge, heat pumps, and fully ducted AC (not just supply air). Go try the ACs in a Landmark or even a new DRV and see how quiet they are, probably far more quiet than that 2008 DRV. Unfortunately they haven't brought the Big Country up to date yet.

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Atom Ant wrote:

It's the technology that usually steers me to new. I traded a perfectly good 6 year old 5th wheel because it was falling way to far behind in the technology.

Things I could never go without again - self leveling, big fridge, heat pumps, and fully ducted AC (not just supply air). Go try the ACs in a Landmark or even a new DRV and see how quite they are, probably far more quiet than that 2008 DRV. Unfortunately they haven't brought the Big Horn up to date yet.


Our 07.5 MS is FULLY ducted. Both supply and return. Much quieter than our friends 13 Cardinal. It "appears" to be a nice rig but for sure not MS quality.

I did replace one starter capacitor for one of the ac units. No biggie to replace and part was about $40.

Don't really care about the self leveling but our new MS will have a larger residential frig with bottom freezer.

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I think you're wise to be considering the Big Country. You said you "may" go full time in the future. Buy the new, lighter weight trailer to try out the RV lifestyle, using a lighter truck to pull it and then make your decision. Come on over to the http://www.heartlandowners.org/content.phpHeartland Owners Forum, it's free to join. There you'll find other owners and users of trailers like your's and willing to share experiences and recommendations.

Good luck.


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