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Ann_Mayer
06-17-2012, 05:20 PM
When selecting our RV, I looked for opposing slides in the living area, an open floorplan that allowed for two-way traffic (in the living area as well as bedroom/bathroom), a neutral color scheme so I could choose accent colors, windows on all sides, plenty of storage and a retractable TV. The Landmark Rushmore had everything we wanted! We love our RV and enjoy traveling for weeks at a time.

TXBobcat
06-17-2012, 11:18 PM
Ann
Welcome to the Heartland family from another Texan. Glad you are enjoying the Landmark.

We are in Melissa TX for the end of the year to visit family for the holidays. Where in Texas do you hail from?

BC

JohnDar
06-18-2012, 06:35 AM
Is this the Ann of the Dan and Ann Mayer team, aka. danemayer fame??

danemayer
06-18-2012, 07:24 AM
John, it's the same Ann, but as many of the ladies who were at the Gillette rally know, I'm just the husband of Ann, who's famous for loom knitting and exercises for RV'ers.:)

She's also well known outside the Heartland community. (http://christiandance.com)

JohnDar
06-18-2012, 06:59 PM
John, it's the same Ann, but as many of the ladies who were at the Gillette rally know, I'm just the husband of Ann, who's famous for loom knitting and exercises for RV'ers.:)

She's also well known outside the Heartland community. (http://christiandance.com)

Thought it might be. Doing well after the medical emergency you posted some time back, I hope.

danemayer
06-18-2012, 08:01 PM
Thought it might be. Doing well after the medical emergency you posted some time back, I hope.

Much better. Last August was pretty scary.

AnnR
06-18-2012, 08:35 PM
I agree about the color scheme. I've seen some posters complain about the boring neutrals, but it's so much easier to start with the neutrals and add some accents. I saw some TTs with very stark black/red/gray graphic color schemes inside - not a relaxing look! Plus I have to say having 2 dogs the neutral colors hide the dog hair pretty well. Happy Camping!

maryann4
10-22-2012, 07:08 PM
I hear that with hidding the dog hairs. The dark colors do get boring but you can put some nice bright spring colors in, and in the winter still use fall and winter colors. We took our couch out and added two recliners which really helped with all the design. solid is so much better not to mention the comfort.

danemayer
10-22-2012, 07:12 PM
Hi Maryann4,

Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum. There's a lot of great information here along with a bunch of friendly people. Thanks for sharing.

ParkIt
10-29-2012, 04:32 PM
Really love the brighter colors in the kitchen of our 3500RL and wrought iron work, there has been plenty of things from the house that match spot on in the 5er. The one thing is where they put the recliners and couch, its backwards from where the TV/entertainment center is! The couch was a bit small even for me so I found a chaise at Macy's clearance center...it doesn't have the storage but the ottoman from the house does and it all matches nicely plus its lighter weight. I also picked up some couch and chair throw on lightweight covers to change the look during the seasons and will be adding window coverings soon when I find the right colors and pattern. The current ones aren't bad but they don't full close over the windows which would have been a nicer option though it does make it easier to 'customize' what we have in our unit. Maybe the funny part is we upgraded the interior of our house in 2007 using almost the exact same fixtures in the unit, made moving things from the house into it a lot easier in size and colors.

The big thing for me was the floor plan - I prefer to have a larger wardrobe and separate washer/dryer closet and not have the bathroom in the bedroom! We also use our computers a lot so having a functional work space was more important than a larger flat screen as we rarely watch TV as it is. That was important to stay in budget with quality - I don't want to have to give up one for the other or get so buried we don't have funds to take off when we want. I wonder why the floor plan we have hasn't been a big seller if that is the case as HeartLand has only done a limited production of what we wanted and purchased?
The only thing I miss going from an RV to a towable is the basement space. Eventually we'll figure that out but it seems more could have been put in the back without compromising living space...just my 2 :)

Tom-Kathi
09-27-2013, 08:57 AM
Our big things were counter space in the kitchen area and a king bed. I did not want a notoriously small RV bed to try and sleep on.

Theresau
09-27-2013, 05:52 PM
Ditto on open floorplan - reason we liked the 3251 TS BC - especially since the island can be moved around to give add'l living space if needed. It was also a must for our kitchen to be accessible while traveling - another reason we chose this model (and our 2010 BH). We also liked having direct access to the bath from the bedroom as our 2010 BH (via sliding door) had but were willing to give this up for the larger shower and linen closet. Just looove that shower.

We only have two small windows in the driver side slide but that works for us - gives us more privacy from that side.

Theresa


When selecting our RV, I looked for opposing slides in the living area, an open floorplan that allowed for two-way traffic (in the living area as well as bedroom/bathroom), a neutral color scheme so I could choose accent colors, windows on all sides, plenty of storage and a retractable TV. The Landmark Rushmore had everything we wanted! We love our RV and enjoy traveling for weeks at a time.

For20hunter
09-27-2013, 06:11 PM
Just do yourself a favor and order it with the 17.5" wheels with the Goodyear G114's now instead of trying to do it later. It will save you a ton of heartache and money in the long run. IMHO :cool:

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JohnD
10-06-2013, 09:55 AM
The only reason we got the Trail Runner that we did was the rear kitchen.

The second we stepped foot inside it at the dealership . . . my wife said "This is the one!"

We didn't buy it that day as we were just driving home from a weekend stay up in Estes Park, Colorado (without the camper), and just stopped to see what was out there.

We thought about it all summer . . . and three months later we bought it!

It lacks some counter space, but that is made up for by the fact that since the kitchen is along the back wall, when cooking, she is not blocking the whole center of the trailer, which was a big problem in our old trailer that had the kitchen along the side wall just opposite of the entrance door.

We started out looking to get a smaller trailer than our old 1978 Coachman 24-footer, since our friends that used to go with us (along with their kids and grand kids) moved out of state, but ended up getting a larger, more spacious one (28-footer)!

The old one was designed to pack as many people in it as possible (slept eight comfortably), where the Trailer Runner is more comfy and open for two to four people with lots of room to move around in.

Click on photos below (excuse the mess - this was our trial run on Christmas Day 2012 and the trailer had already been winterized, it was snowing and below zero outside):

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TXSWICK
10-17-2013, 04:50 PM
Has anyone had experience with the Heartland Cedar Ridge TT - We are ready to move up from an MPG and looking at fifth wheels but this looks interesting - concerned about the patio doors during travel. Thanks

TXSWICK
10-17-2013, 04:59 PM
Thanks for mentioning the bath. We have been researching and looking at 5ers and I am not excited about the Closet Toilet and the shower in the bedroom. If you know of specific models with a full separate bath that would be appreciated info.

ncc1701e
10-17-2013, 05:06 PM
Thanks for mentioning the bath. We have been researching and looking at 5ers and I am not excited about the Closet Toilet and the shower in the bedroom. If you know of specific models with a full separate bath that would be appreciated info. There are a couple Sundance Models with full baths not split in the bedroom. You might look at the Sundance 3310CL (which I can attest to being very nice) and the 3310MK (say this one at the factory in June, pretty nice).

boatto5er
10-17-2013, 07:58 PM
I'm pretty sure the Cedar Ridge was designed as a seasonal site trailer, not really designed for traveling up and down highways.


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RanCarr
10-23-2013, 08:15 AM
The only thing I miss going from an RV to a towable is the basement space. Eventually we'll figure that out but it seems more could have been put in the back without compromising living space...just my 2 :)

Our NorthTrail has storage space under both beds but it's so hard to reach, taking two people, we only store things there that are more for emergency use than anything else. We have for example, an extra set of sheets and quilts stored under the Queen bed and nothing stored under the bunk bed. Also there is hard-to-reach storage under the dinette seats since the original seatpads lasted only a few camping trips and had to be covered with better quality pads. The plywood platform they sit on is not hinged making reaching anything under them a major hassle. There should be draws on sliders or runners like in the other brands of TT we looked at. The storage over the Queen is also hard to reach without climbing on the bed, the doors opening in your face instead of away from you. But fortunately we travel/camp/snowbird with only 4 cats and don't need too much space for storing things. When in FL for the winter we set up a First-Up with windscreens and keep a lot of things that would otherwise clutter the TT outside and other things in the tow-van which is large with a lot of space for stuff. The NT's cubbies have plenty of space for things like our BBQ grill and ourdoor cooking equipment. The sewer goodies etc.

priorguy
10-23-2013, 07:59 PM
Like JohnD we had a 24 footer, although newer and no slide. It was also only 7 1/2' wide. The storage and beds were good but under heavy use it got real small real fast. We had a list of wants and needs and the North Trail covered them all and then some. The Caliber Edition was the icing on the cake and made it hard to pass up. The second door to the bathroom was a major item on our list as well as a tub instead of a shower for the young ones. So far so good after one full season.

ricepaulette
07-18-2014, 11:57 AM
Can you pull this trailer with a dodge 150 Hemi 8-cylinder truck

boatto5er
07-18-2014, 04:53 PM
We need to know the model trailer you are asking about.


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1_oldgoat
07-06-2015, 08:34 PM
Since we stepped up and bought our Gateway i have not been able to get into the mountain state parks around home to escape the heat and do some fishing so i started looking for another trailer. I have a small pop up tent trailer but after all the creature comforts it just dosn't cut it any more.
I looked at Heartlands trail runners because of the quality we have with our Gateway and hoped the smaller units were going to be as nice. We went to the same dealership we bought our fw from and got to look at several units. Man i was disapointed to say the least. One unit had wall panneling coming off, another had the shower surround buckled along the outer edges and one had the front outside corner coming off and looked like the shell was coming apart. Our salesman said that is what to expect for the price range of trailers we were looking at.......same thing i have heard with our last 3 trailers before the Gateway, "normal to have issues", man does that irritate me!!!
Spending 10-16k on a small trailer isn't a little thing to me and having things falling apart before leaving the lot is not acceptable. We found the same thing with other manufacture trailers as well so it may be the norm, i just have a hard time accepting that.
I hate to say it but i ended up buying another brand, we got an 18 footer with a small slide, 8 foot wide, makes quite a bit of difference compared to 7 and 7 1/2 feet. Has a queen bed, couch, and bathroom, stove top oven and microwave, basic kitchen, small tv and stereo, outdoor gas grill, nothing to write home about but after looking at new units from several companies, not one of the units we bought had anything out of sorts inside or out and we went to 4 different dealers before buying one for the best price i could get, so we looked at 7 of the same model unit before buying one. Time will tell if i made the right choice for a second rv.
Not sure how many people do what i did but i can't use the Gateway for a hunting camp trailer, the wife would not be happy!! As i said, the pop up served its purpose but after all the comfort the Gateway has it just wouldn't cut it anymore and i miss being in the woods and fishing on small streams so had to do something. We did go fishing in Montana last summer but had to stay in an rv park with the fw and drive to the rivers, now we can camp where we fish in comfort.
Not sure what my point was now except i was pretty disapointed with the trail runners we looked at. I guess the dealership dosn't do any repairs until a unit sells first is all i can think of, but if they had not had issues i would probably ended up with a second Heartland for my camp trailer........

JohnD
07-06-2015, 09:31 PM
We really liked our 2013 Trail Runner and very few interior issues as far as fit and trim.

I hated to get rid of it . . . but we do like our new 2015 Prowler 5th-wheel much better!

1_oldgoat
07-07-2015, 01:50 PM
That Prowler is a great looking rv, i wish they made a smaller tow behind, the smallest we could find was 24 feet i think, otherwise that would be the one for a second rv. Quality was much better than the trail runners by far, at least from what i could see.
The trail runner may be a great rig, it was just hard to buy one when falling apart on the lot. I couldn't find any other Heartland models in the size we were looking for, not sure if they even have any. I think we will be happy with what we bought, and if we have trouble the dealer is close by for repairs.
Speaking of, the Gateway goes in the end of the month for the last of warrenty, dealer has had parts for a while but to busy to get us in so couldn't have worked out better actually, drop it off and take off with the little trailer fishing for a week, if any trouble i can drop it off when i pick the fw back up.

Bob&Patty
07-07-2015, 02:26 PM
Are you keeping the Gateway??

1_oldgoat
07-07-2015, 05:38 PM
Bob, yes, keeping the Gateway we will use it for any trips more than a couple hundrex miles from home or any trips we plan on staying gone for more than a couple of days. I just wanted another small trailer for camping in state parks or anywhere i can't get the fw. No dirt roads for the Gateway either, getting into a lot of state parks the roads are in bad shape and sites are set up for 28 feet max length on rv's.
I have a small pop up trailer i have had for 10 years now, but haven't used it much, kind of a pain to set up, have to pack everything away and carry ice chests for food, just thought i would get more use from a regular trailer than i have with the tent trailer. I'll get more time on the water as well now we can camp along small rivers and streams instead of driving from the rv parks to them. It will be nice to have a few more creature comforts as well.