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Thread: What options for '08 3400RL

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    USA - ID

    Wife and I will be placing and order for a 34RL in next couple of months. Would appreciate some guidance with ordering options.

    10 cu ft Frig - Dealer had no idea of the effect on storage of a larger Dometic refrigerator. Wife would rather put up with smaller frig than loose an inch of storage. Ice maker?

    2nd Air - Will be visiting my sister in Phoenix so am thinking that a 2nd air conditioner is a good choice.

    Trail-air Hitch - Hate the Clunk

    Electric Rear Jacks - Makes quick setups a breeze on a trailer but on a 5er?

    Metal Slide Tray?

    High Gloss Exterior? More UV protection?

    Dual Pane - How much extra wt?

    Leather Euro - more comfort? longer wear? less wt?

    High back chair? more comfortable? extra seating option

    What is a 'Deluxe Pillow Package'?

    Any comment on various options Yah or Nah are greatly apprecated.

    Dealer wasn't much help and am considering ordering from Online discounter and picking up in IN and making the trip back a shakedown.

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    Will you be fulltiming or just traveling? Could make a big difference in the answers.
    We're fulltiming and have the 10 cf frig. DW wishes we had the 12 cf.

    How often will you be in very hot climates? We went through our first summer in central Florida on an unshaded lot with only 1 AC, no problems.

    Trailair pin box? You bet. Smooth ride when combined with Moryde suspension.

    Electric rear stabilizer jacks are great. I just look and say 'Duh' when I see other folks getting out the crank.

    Basement slide tray. We got it and it comes in handy but if we were doing it over again I'd try without it. Adds a lot of weight and decreases usable space in the basement. Since we use big plastic bins anyway, I think it would be just as easy to slide those around. You can always add it later.
    Joe and Dakota the wacko cat, fulltiming again
    Malabar FL
    '06 BH 3600RL #4144
    '06 Dodge RAM 3500 CTD 6 spd SRW

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    Moderator jimtoo's Avatar
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    USA - TX

    I would say yea to most everything on your list except pillow package and euro chairs.

    Pillow package, decorator stuff to look at, not usable.

    Euro chairs, we had them in first 06 3055, chairs are comfortable but foot rest (stool) is always in the way, reguardless it seems. Always need to move it. The regular recliners, to us in 2nd 08 3055, were very uncomfortable. We gave them away and purchased Lazyboys.

    Highback chair???

    Just my 3 cents worth.
    Jim and Bette
    04 GMC CC Dually D/A, MaxBrake, Riderights
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    Senior Member ct0218's Avatar
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    USA - NC

    We went with everything on your list, and upgraded to the 12 cu ft fridge. We had enough storage in ours. I agree with Jimtoo on some of his comments. Gail got rid of the chairs-bought Layzboy-replaced the uncomfortable sofa/sleeper, and replaced all the pillows and spread. Some may consider many of the items as unnecessary, but they sure do make life easier.

    Clark and Gail Thompson
    2003 GMC 3500 Duramax/Allison, 4x4, CC LB
    2006 Mt Rushmore #2896

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    Founding Illinios Chapter Leader-retired katkens's Avatar
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    USA - IL

    I would have to agree with the fine posts above and might consider adding dual pane windows and slide topper awnings. I have a partial list of weights on options posted for the Bighorn 3055, might give some approx. wts on yours.

    High gloss gel coat--215lbs
    Dual pane widows--120lbs
    Elect. rear jacks---15lbs
    Slide topper awnings for triple slide--101lbs

    Options we ordered: dual pane windows,alum. wheels,slide awnings,elect. rear jacks,cental vac. ,trailair pin box, gel-coat and like them all. Kinda ,sorta, maybe wish 2nd AC.
    Happy Travels--Ken
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    2014 Ford Lariat F350 SRW / CC/ 4x4
    2004.5 Chevy 2500HD/Duramax/CC/SB/4x4 (GBNF)
    Reese Signature Series 18K Hitch
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    USA - CO

    Dual panes are a must. We have the standard 8 foot fridge. Maybe would have got the 10. We were use to Norcold fridges and they seem to have more "room" than a comparable Dometic. We don't seem to keep a lot of stuff in the fridge, however, and get along fine. I like the Euros and I am a pretty big boy. A great big plush recliner would be nice but just not doable in our 3055.

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    Senior Member nhunter's Avatar
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    Don't see a need for air ride hitch. Ours pulls great without.

    Highgloss- definitely need this for looks/ no long term yellowing.

    I would get the euro chairs as the recliners are a pain to move and only so-so comfortable.

    Dual pane windows- absolutely- if nothing else helps with noise.

    Love the rear electric jacks.

    I have the 10ft fridge with ice maker. Would like to lose ice maker, like the fridge.

    Love the fireplace.

    And there is no way my wife could be without Central vac.

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    Founding Oregon Chapter Leader-Retired ziggy's Avatar
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    USA - OR

    ..dual pane windows - a must for us
    ..slide topper awnings - also a must
    ..we like the standard recliners and the couch is OK
    ..high gloss - yes!
    ..electric rear jacks - yes!
    ..we have the 8cu ft fridge because going up to 10 would have cost us the pantry. Not a good trade off in my opinion.
    ..we got decorator pillows(they are for the bedroom)-wish we had saved the money
    ..high back chair is for the desk area - OK but not necessary
    ..metal slide tray - we looked and decided against it
    ..we thought about 2nd a/c got a fantastic fan with rain sensor above the bed instead
    ..make sure you get the one piece shower surround. We thought they all were, but found out differently when we read the options order form.
    ..trailair hitch - I wish we had done that or got one of the others on the market like it.
    .. we got a 2nd battery and had a 5k generator installed before delivery

    If your local dealer isn't being too helpful, you might try emailing Heartland from their website and they will send it to the factory rep for your area. Our rep made all the difference between making a deal and walking away. Doing that also meant we kept a relationship with a local dealer so we have a better chance of being treated well for warranty work. So far, they have treated us very well, but I don't think they would get work done as quickly if we had bought it elsewhere. Good Luck with your choices! I spent about a month researching options and deciding how to structure the deal making process. It was fun and a little stressful at the same time. All worth it now though!

    Mark and Kristy
    Founding Oregon Chapter Leaders-Retired
    Kona (GSD), Harry and Katie (Dandie Dinmont Terriers)
    2019 RAM 3500HO Dually
    2015 Landmark 365 Key West
    Klamath Falls, Oregon

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    Does anyone know how much the high-gloss finish weighs?
    Fulltiming since 1993None

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    Moderator jimtoo's Avatar
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    See post #5 above.
    Jim and Bette
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