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fordman259
06-29-2012, 07:58 PM
Does anybody have one yet and if so what are your thoughts about it? i am currently looking at the 36TB bunkhouse unit. any info good or bad would be appreciated. thanks

jnbhobe
06-29-2012, 08:01 PM
Only one I've seen was a year ago and I thought it was put together cheaply.

Hastey
06-29-2012, 10:30 PM
We looked at one in Canton TX last year and was not impressed with it.

TravelTiger
06-29-2012, 10:45 PM
To get this product line into a specific price point, they have taken away many of the features that make the Big Horn stand out from its competitors. if the floorplan and features suit you, it's not a bad product. However, if your expectation is "BigHorn Quality" it cannot live up to that, entirely.

Heartland stands behind their products, so you won't be a disappointed owner in that respect.

fordman259
06-30-2012, 05:12 AM
i understand that it is not a full bighorn but compared to other units such as the mountaineer or the keystone avalanche i just wondered how it stacked up they are the other 2 units i have been considering. the mountaineer 346 or the avalanche 341 both are 4 slide bunks. thanks

JJOren
06-30-2012, 06:33 AM
If you are comparing units within a like price range, my experience has been that Heartland will be superior quality. I KNOW that Heartland will put the others to shame in customer service. So, in that regard, the Silverado is nothing but a WIN WIN for you!

Good Luck!!

mrcomer
06-30-2012, 03:51 PM
This post made me smile a little, the forsman looking at a Silverado. Heeheeeheeee

All kidding aside, this isn't the first time I have heard others knock the Silverado byBighorn. I am a bit disappointed to hear this and I hope Heartland takes another look at this particular model. I hav enot seen one in person and would prefer to make my own opinion so take this with a grain of salt. My advise would be for you to consider an Elkridge or Sundance. Probably much better uniits than the Silverado and possibly a better price range. Heartland is known for their best value for the dollar so I hope you find what you are looking for. Regardless of what you decide I hope you get many years of enjoyment out of your unit.

pegmikef
06-30-2012, 04:08 PM
We looked at one in Boerne, TX a few months ago and were unimpressed. I had been told that they were supposed to be a lot lighter, but the pin weights and other weights are not significantly different than the big horns and big countries. You certainly get what you pay for and these are definitely a less expensive rig (i.e., electric vs hydraulic landing gear, single battery box) . . . anyway we decided if and when we move up to a fiver it will be one of the smaller big horns or big countries.

jbeletti
07-02-2012, 08:42 AM
I contacted the factory on this and was told that the Silverado by Bighorn continues to sell well. Silverado is different than the standard Bighorn and in that sense, it's hard to compare the two. Think Oranges and Tangerines. Similar in some respects, yet different in others.

Dancol
07-16-2012, 12:09 PM
To fordman259. We have a 36tb on order and have about 2 weeks to go till it arrives. I'll let ya know how it turns out. We did change a few things about it. We were most impressed with this model. We have looked around for several months and were set on a bunkhouse model for the kids. Of all the brands and floor plans we looked at this one had everything we wanted. Outside kitchen, second half bath, slideout kitchen, oversized fridge and slideout bunk area just to mention a few. We eliminated the fireplace and chose the table and chairs over the table and benches to avoid the climbing over them by the kids. Don't agree with the impression of " cheap " construction at all. While it does lack a few frills that the bighorns have they are not construction issues. A few of the higher end 5s that we looked at seemed overdone and gawdy. That is why we like this one. Outside of that heartlands rep put it over the top, hopefully this holds true. Can't wait to get it. Good luck in your search.

rvdawg
08-06-2012, 09:28 AM
We picked up our 36tb a month ago and have camped in it twice. We looked for nearly a year before finding this floor plan and and marquis edition interior. We fell in love as soon as we saw it in person. I feel that this unit offers great value and has as good or better quality than some higher priced units we looked at. Certainly it is cheaper ($$) than a bighorn, so some features had to be eliminated to achieve that price point. In my opinion it is one of the best bunkhouse floor plans out there under 40' and once again in my opinion has the best looking interior.

As far as quality goes.....the only issue I have had is my cable coax connections are not currently working. I have checked for loose connections everywhere and cannot find the problem so we will stopping off at the dealer in a couple of weeks to have that fixed. There are a few other minor adjustments that I have made along the way, but that is to be expected with any camper. Nothing more or less than my experience in my previous unit. If you have any other specific questions I would be happy to answer them as best I can.

ltheis
08-08-2012, 07:21 AM
We looked for months and months for our first fifth wheel and finally settled on our Silverado 36TB two weeks ago. I have nothing but good things to say about it at this point and it was definitely the best bang for the buck with the floorplan thah suited our familys needs when compared to Keystone,Jayco and others. I personally felt like it was not quite on par with the Bighorn and that the Bighorn name should be dropped as to not confuse the two since it really is comparing oranges and tangerines. The bottom line is that no matter what anybody tells you or trys to sell you, they are all made as cheap as possible in order to maximize profits. With that said buy a floorplan that fits your needs from someone who has a record of good customer service, we were convinced that Heartland was the way to go based on their customer service and hopefully they will live up to their reputation.

danemayer
08-08-2012, 03:27 PM
We looked for months and months for our first fifth wheel and finally settled on our Silverado 36TB two weeks ago.

Hi Itheis,

Congratulations on your decision and welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum. You've probably already noticed that there's a lot of useful information here, along with a great bunch of people willing to share what they know.

Welcome.

Terry_54
08-12-2012, 09:38 AM
My wife and I searched dealers from Texas to Michigan andfound three floor plans that met our requirements. They were in the Silverado, Avalanche andSilverback. The quality of the Avalanche was lower and the price of theSilverback eliminated it. We tookdelivery of our 37QB June 29th. The unit is on our seasonal site in northern Michigan. My kids and grandkids enjoy it. My wife lovesit and has hardly been home since it was delivered. The one alteration we made day one was toremove one of the bunks and move the coach to that spot. The coach was replaced with two chairs andthis gives us sleeping room for two adults in the bunkroom. I agree with the previous post, comparing the Silveradoto other Bighorns is not an apples to apples comparison. Itís what the owner is looking for in floorplan and uses. No one sleeps in our living space as we found in all the non-Silverado Big Horn units. We areextremely satisfied with our selection.

jimtoo
08-12-2012, 10:09 AM
Hi Terry-54,

Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum and Family. We have a great bunch of people here with lots of information and all willing to share their knowledge when needed.

It's great to hear about changes people make to their units to make it work better for them. It also may help others that are looking for a little change to make their unit a little better for them.

Please check out the Heartland Owners Club (//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/31757-Video-Introduction-to-the-Heartland-Owners-Club)and join us at some of the rallies where you will meet other owners and have a great time.

Jim M

TravelTiger
08-12-2012, 12:04 PM
Terry-54, that's a great mod! Take a picture of it, I bet others would like to see that. Heartland should think about offering this as an option for this floorplan!

kakampers
08-12-2012, 12:12 PM
"I personally felt like it was not quite on par with the Bighorn and that the Bighorn name should be dropped as to not confuse the two since it really is comparing oranges and tangerines"....

Very good point and something Heartland might definitely want to consider!! Why not call it simply "Silverado", by Heartland???

TravelTiger
08-12-2012, 12:21 PM
Ah, but that's what marketing does... Confuse the buyer! Have you ever looked at AA-batteries? Duracell must have 10 different sub-brands of the same AA-battery. Took me 10 minutes to figure out which one was the "best". Ultimate! Extra! SuperDuty! Advanced! AdvancedPlus! Highest Capacity! Longest Lasting! Without diligent research, you think you're buying one thing, and getting another.

Westwind
08-21-2012, 10:21 AM
I think Heartland did make a marketing error with the Silverado, it should be in a lesser priced line of Heartland FW's. We folks a looking at a Bighorn line and see a product that doesn't represent what they have learned to expect then you have a preception problem. It appears that they have one here and it should be corrected so that the Bighorn brand name doesn't suffer from those incorrect preceptions.

TravelTiger
08-21-2012, 11:10 PM
It may be an attempt to gain market share. They can claim larger sales numbers for "BigHorn", when it's really two different trailers. Look at all the versions of Montana out there(Big Sky, High Country, Mountaineer, etc), I'm sure it's the same concept.


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mwr322000
10-06-2012, 10:45 PM
It was interesting to read the changes Terry made to their Silverado as we just ordered a 36tb and one of the changes we made was to have the unit delivered with the couch moved into the bunk room and have two rocker recliners in the living area. we also switchd out the dinnet for the free standing table and chairs. WE really wanted all of the benifits of a Bighorn but also wanted a bunk house and that isnt an option any longer so the Silverado with a lot of options and some special additions worked in by our dealer has got us as close as we can get. We stil didnt get the FIberglass rear cap that I really liked or partial body paint but they got us everything else we wanted including the 6 point level up system. NOw if I could just get that phone call telling me that they have decided that they can do the rear cap I would be even more impressed. I have to say that our dealer and also the regional rep for our area have gone above and beyond so far to get us what we wanted. I guess the true test will be when it shows up at the dealer and we do the PDI and see if everthing is as promised. The heartland dedication to customer satisfaction is what has kept us going in this direction and not moved on to another manufacturer that had units that fit our needs without all the changes that we have had to make.

Terry_54
10-18-2012, 06:47 PM
Glad you found our change helpfull. Enjoy your Big Horn we did for over 40 nights this summmer.

cherylm
04-02-2013, 02:20 PM
It was interesting to read the changes Terry made to their Silverado as we just ordered a 36tb and one of the changes we made was to have the unit delivered with the couch moved into the bunk room and have two rocker recliners in the living area. we also switchd out the dinnet for the free standing table and chairs. WE really wanted all of the benifits of a Bighorn but also wanted a bunk house and that isnt an option any longer so the Silverado with a lot of options and some special additions worked in by our dealer has got us as close as we can get. We stil didnt get the FIberglass rear cap that I really liked or partial body paint but they got us everything else we wanted including the 6 point level up system. NOw if I could just get that phone call telling me that they have decided that they can do the rear cap I would be even more impressed. I have to say that our dealer and also the regional rep for our area have gone above and beyond so far to get us what we wanted. I guess the true test will be when it shows up at the dealer and we do the PDI and see if everthing is as promised. The heartland dedication to customer satisfaction is what has kept us going in this direction and not moved on to another manufacturer that had units that fit our needs without all the changes that we have had to make.

Hi, I'm new here and are just wondering about the quality of your Silverado. I really like the floor plan & weight of the 35res, we've been looking for quite awhile and will need to make a decision soon. Other than normal bugs that have to be worked out of any RV is there anything major that you've come across. Would really appreciate any feedback that you can provide.

jimtoo
04-02-2013, 02:33 PM
Hi Cherylm,

Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum and hopefully to the family. We have a great bunch of people here with lots of information and all willing to share their knowledge when needed.

I'm sure some of our other members will jump in soon with their opinions. Heartland makes a very good quality unit and the customer service is second to none. The factory even monitors a few areas of the forum and will reply to some questions when needed.

Enjoy the forum and join our family.

Jim M

mwr322000
04-06-2013, 08:41 PM
Cherylm,

Well Our unit arrived in late November and as part of the deal the dealer stored it at their facility for us for the winter. We actually pick it up next friday to bring it home. SO I cant help you much as of right now. I have been down and did the walk through when it was delivered and there was a kinda long list of things to be corrected but the vast majority of them were damage done during transport from the factory to the dealer. mostly just scratches and dent from the trip. They took care of all the issues and corrected a few other thing that they found while doing the inspection. We are hoping the weather breaks up here in the north east so we can take it out in May. Ill update you as we know more but Im really impressed with the whole unit so far as far as the quality of the construction and the features. You might want to look at the Gateway Bunk House unit that they have just released. If I had waited like my wife wanted me to I would have ordered the Gateway as it had all th eother features I wanted plus it wasnt white and had the frameless windows.
Good luck with your search.

cherylbrv
04-09-2013, 10:14 AM
I'd like to add a few questions regarding this model - or any other Heartland models that can meet my needs. I'm looking at a separate bunk model with the hopes that the bunks can be removed and desks installed instead, as I want my work office to be completely separated from the rest of the "house". So my questions --

1) Is this model designed and warrantied for full time use: all climates; heated underbelly and insulated tanks; for full hookups and boondocking (I'm a little concerned about a single battery)
2) Will Heartland or the dealer do the modifications or is that something I'll have to arrange for after purchase with a third party?
3) Is this model completely "as is" or is there room for further options that aren't listed in the brochure, such as dual pane windows, automatic leveling, queen bed, recliners instead of sofa, etc.?
4) If the answer to any of these is no, do you know of any other Heartland models that will meet my needs of having a separate office space? I'm not sure I want to consider a toy hauler at this time as it gives up too much living space, and most TH's don't have windows I can look out of when I'm working.

Thanks!

danemayer
04-09-2013, 03:54 PM
1) all climates; heated underbelly and insulated tanks; for full hookups and boondocking (I'm a little concerned about a single battery)

Hi cherylbrv,

All climates can mean a lot to different people. For me, it means 110 F in Moab, UT and -30 F in Breckenridge, CO. For most, it probably means highs in the 90s and lows in the mid 20s.

If you're going to be in temps below the mid 20s F, even though the underbelly is enclosed and heated, you'll probably have to get some extra things and take extra measures to keep water running. A fireplace would be a good option. If you're going to spend time in areas where temps are in the mid 90s or higher, you'll definitely want 2 A/C units. Dual pane windows will help in both hot and cold climates.

Not sure if you can get the Yeti option or even just tank heating pads for the Silverado. If you can't get tank heating pads from the factory, you may want to have them installed locally by your dealer if you'll be in temps below 25 F.

mwr322000
04-16-2013, 08:26 PM
we did the recliners in place of the sofa. added the level up system. there was a dual pane window option we didnt get. we also switched out the dinette with table and chairs. there was no option for heated tanks at the time we orderd. we did also do the king bed in place of the standard queen bed.

Good luck with your search