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Old 04-03-2015, 04:32 AM   #61
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If one does the homework before the purchase on any brand you will understand that you most likely have some problems. The Keystone line and the Montana is no better no worse than any in the price range. This 3402 is our 6th Rv going back to 1985 all different brands and we have had minor, minimal and severe problem on all of them. yes we had more problems with our Montana,s than other brands but we have used the Montana far more than the others.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:43 PM   #62
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We love our 2013 3750FL. Problems? Of course. Major problems? Just the tire issue. But overall, the unit is an excellent floor plan, works well for our family and we are pleased. Remember, as other's have posted, a Fifth Wheel is a conglomeration of many different parts made by different manufacturer's. I think ours came with 30-40 different manuals in the Dealer Manual. From the Refrigerator to the Solar Power to the exhaust fans, each one came from a different company. Would I buy another Montana? Absolutely. Would I use the same dealer? NO! Currently, they are 3 months out on repairs, just too small of a service center for the volume of sales. So, do your research, and I think you will find the Montana towards the tops in fewest customer complaints.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:43 AM   #63
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The more we use them the more we live in them the more miles we put on them the more problems we have. Some of us have used them in that manner with few if any problems to report others like myself can not say the same. I can not explain that and it is no different with any other brand.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:48 PM   #64
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On our 3rd Montana, a 2004, 2008, and now a 2013. Only minor thing with each of them. We wouldn't have any other brand. Between the 3 Montanas we have logged over 100,000 miles.
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:27 PM   #65
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On our fourth montana, initially disappointed with a myriad of minor issues occurring that were not experienced with our previous three. However after getting everything squared away, very happy with the unit. Keystone customer service however is not what it used to be. Even our dealer, from whom we have bought three units feels like they often get the runaround and slow response on warranty approvals and parts.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:37 AM   #66
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If you think montanas have problems, you should visit the Forest River foruss.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:48 PM   #67
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We are going to buy our third Montana this week from an out-of-town store. Can we have warranty service at our local Keystone Service center?
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #68
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1st time Montana owner. 2014 HC. So far so good. Minor repair on a wood panel where the staples came out. Use 3-4 weeks a year and will be staying longer in the future. To soon and I hope a long time before I need to buy another.
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Old 08-25-2015, 04:32 PM   #69
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We had Cougars for a large number of years, 2.5yrs ago we bought a Crossroads Cruiser based on their Forum info and in speaking with several forum members. We were deciding between a Montana and the Cruiser and went with the Cruiser due to forum recommendations and the 2 and 5 warranty. Long story short we had many many problems, the 2 and 5 warranty turned out to be a bogus bunch of crap and our local dealer dropped Crossroads and has apologized ever since. When I told him I was buying a new unit this time but wasn't interested in the Forest River stuff he had on his site he said buy a Montana that is my recommendation. We did buy the 3790 a month or two ago and after a couple little issues we are luvin the trailer and after a month or so of steady use wouldn't change a thing... glad to be back in a Keystone product !
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:46 PM   #70
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Just finished a week in our 2014 3625RE. No major issues with the Monty. Everything worked as advertised. As other have said, minor glitches here and there, but overall very happy. Quite a difference from our last fifth wheel
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:17 AM   #71
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Like many have said before, a big part of the equation is the dealership. I had a 2003 and 2009 Montana and was generally happy with both rigs, though the latter had a lot of issues initially and then tank leaks at the 5 year point, plus both looked like FEMA trailers due to peeling stickers - an issue Keystone refused to fix properly. When it came time to get a new one this year we looked at every 5th wheel brand out there. It came down to almost a toss up between the Big Sky and the SOB I now own. The deciding factors were the number of tank leaks I was hearing about on the Big Sky, the fit and finish in the SOB was definitely better (no misaligned trim cabinet doors, etc, and the fact that the SOB has a very active manufacturer presence on its owners forum and Keystones lack of response to several major issues with their rigs. But it was still a close call and we really wanted to stay with the Montana family. However, we rolled the dice and went with the SOB.

Since delivery in early March, the rig has been in the shop 2 months and one more repair trip is scheduled in the fall. Of course, fate dictated that on the first trip we had galley water leaking out the bottom. It took two trips to the dealer to find the leak and fix it (fittings, not the tank thankfully). On the 4th trip out, the fridge stopped working on electric, so we swung by the dealer on the way home to have an (allegedly) Norcold certified tech check it out. He assured me that it was working fine and gave me the spiel on how it was summer and hot and humid, blah, blah even though I have been RVing for 25 years and never had a fridge act like this. So a week later we go to turn on the fridge to prep for our next trip and it won't cool on LP or AC. I got a mobile tech to look at it during the trip and it was a leaking cooling unit. So the brand new Norcold 1210 gets a new cooling unit under warranty thankfully. Anyway, most of the other issues have been small, but each time I take it to the dealer, they either don't fix it right, or they completely misdiagnose it and I have to go back. I had to write a very direct letter to the dealership outlining all of the problems I've had getting minor issue corrected. No one checks the work of the techs even though each time I pick it up, it has a QC sticker on the door with a big "check" on it. On one pick up, I opened the basement where they had worked on a small pex leak and the basement walls were still laying on the floor and there was a puddle of water under the pex. Yet it had been QC'd as ready for pick up! I also pointed out (on each trip back) what appears to be a small hydraulic leak on one of the levelers. Each time I am told it's OK. I asked the mobile tech and he said it was absolutely a seal leak.

I could go one and on. And by the way this is a VERY large mid-Atlantic dealer who also sells Montanas, so buyer beware! Bottom line - I really like this rig a lot but expected a few issues. It is the inability of the dealer to address these issues that is making my life miserable. And while I would definitely buy this brand (or a Montana) again, I will choose the dealer much more carefully. Lesson learned (again)!
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:42 AM   #72
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Like I say over and over again the brands are more alike than different, Touring any plant in the Elkhart area and you will see the same vendors same workforce same assembly line methods. No dealers in general like to do warranty work because they are paid at a lower rate by the manufacturer. Take it back non warranty and they will be glad to work on it. Both our Montana's had many issues so why did we buy a second one. Like I have also said over and over again IF I thought there was a better one in the price range we would have it.

After 3 years with this 2013 3402 Big Sky and nearly 6K in repairs nearly all directly related to poor workmanship and quality control we may finally have a reliable RV. Fortunately we also have Extended service contracts which paid for 90% of the repairs.

We have a great dealer in Town and Co
Country RV in Clyde , Ohio and we have had repairs done at dealers over the country with no problems one was a keystone dealer but not a Montana dealer.(Quartzsite)

We are high end users our Montana do many, many miles and we live in it 6 to 9 months of the year.

Keystone has a good track record with us in addressing and correcting problems.
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:54 AM   #73
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I started this topic last Feb when we were in Az.,and looking at new trailers there(Rv traders).We have been home for months now and spent thousands on a home kitchen complete reno.I think that IWould prefer to buy used as all the major problems should be in the past and of course save enough loot to pay for our kitchen. From what has been said I think we'll be looking for our favorite model MONTANA again,a 2014 or 2015.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:15 AM   #74
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If you buy a Used Montana you can call Keystone customer service with the VIN and they can tell you what dealer repairs have been made on the RV. Maybe.... Buying a used unit you never really know what or how severe the problems were.

I always purchase a good extended service plan with our new RV's then hope for the best but are prepared for the worst.
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:57 AM   #75
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We have had 5 previous 5th wheels.. Prowler, aljo, k-z new vision ultra. Really no problems. We just bought our Montana 3610 rl legacy. They thetford toilet does not hold water.. Took it to dealer, still don't hold water. Water heater was not connected for electric from factory, . Black water handle is still a bear. Led light inside , one section burnt out. Awning coming undone at coach. Refrigerator was dented. Front of cap all chipped up from delivery. The dealer fixed the door on the fridge, fixed the water heater. But putting silicone on the thetford is NOT a fix! I want this taken out and a domestic put in. Yes, there are things to work out. But the water heater not connected? Who is doing qc at he factory? First post gang... Thanks
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Old 09-05-2015, 09:20 AM   #76
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2007 Montana parked across the street form us 9/5/2015


Our 2009 Montana 9/5/2015

And this is only what you can see from the outside.

The owner of the 2007 had no problems with the unit that he can remember since purchasing it.

Now is there any further question about the quality of the Montana line?

I think not.

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Old 09-05-2015, 09:35 AM   #77
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You are very correct. Go look at the production line of the RVís built in other states and you will see a proper production line with QC and a production manual that is available to the work force.

Now watch the forums and you will see these companies may have some problems but they first take proper steps to correct same then take steps to correct the production error if there is one.

I even saw one post a fellow put up when he had purchased a unit that was 10 years old and wanted to remodel the interior. The post was addressed to anyone on the forum that had information about the structure, plumbing and wiring of the unit.

There were 3 posts advising him to contact the manufacturer. The forth post was from the OP and he stated that the manufacturer had contacted him and provided all of the information including some prints to help him with the job.

The post then goes on for nearly a year with picture from the OP showing his progress.

Now try to get help like that from Keystone.

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Old 09-05-2015, 10:44 AM   #78
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I Agree Phil when you talk about other States
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