After much research, I'm heavily leaning toward getting a 36IK with Generator, 12 cu ft Fridge, BR TV, AC Heat Pump, 15k BR w/heat pump, Dual Pane Windows, Air Ride Hitch, Wireless Back-up Camera, Washer/dryer, G-rated Goodyears, and Auto Leveler w/remote.
Am I forgetting anything and/or including something I shouldn't? Thanks…
if it doesn't come with it automatically; be sure and get the electric power cord reel. I really enjoy mine. looks like you've got it right. you will enjoy it!
I agree with the power reel for the electric cord. That plus the electric leveling jacks make setting up and tearing down a lot nicer. I have levels mounted to the front and back corners of our Stoneridge and just walk around with the remote control and watch the levels--no more backing on lumber to level up. I would suggest placing some 2x8's under the jacks to give them a nice flat and solid surface to lift on. Mine had the JT strong arms on the jacks--I do not know if that is standard or an option but they really make the 5er rock solid with no rocking or shaking when walking around inside the RV. For me the JT strong-arms are a must. Our other 5er didn't have them and I would get sea sick in bed if my wife was walking around in the other end of the RV. With the JT's there is no motion at all. They also now have self adjusting breaks which is a real plus. I know you are really going to enjoy your new Stoneridge. We have the rear kitchen and love it!!!
Last Edit: Oct 18, 2013 11:47:49 GMT -5 by shortlance
Post by shortlance on Oct 18, 2013 17:18:25 GMT -5
Both of my 5er's had slide covers and I think they are great! You never get any trash on the top of the slide that has to be swept off before closing the slide and no rain water on top of the slide to deal with when you pull the slide in. I never had one without slide toppers but I also never had to clean off my slides before pulling them in. Like everything else they are not cheap but you will not regret getting them. KZ uses cheap thermostats for the heater and AC. If the dealer really wants the sale you can get him to replace them with the digital ones. They are much more accurate then the factory ones.
BTW--It is really a lot fo fun helping someone else spend their money Which dealer are you going to use?
Last Edit: Oct 18, 2013 17:23:18 GMT -5 by shortlance
Slide toppers, check. Yeah I saw another thread discussing the thermostat issue. Figured I could always spring for them myself, but I'll have to press the dealer a little. My "local" dealer (about 50 miles away) is Family RV Center in Newark, NY. Haven't called or been there yet. Their online inventory doesn't list any Stoneridge model, so I'm open to other dealers, if there are any, within 100 miles. Regarding spending my money, I figure I'd be remiss if I didn't take advantage of the hard-learned knowledge of others, even if I have to spend a little more for it.
Post by shortlance on Oct 18, 2013 17:53:20 GMT -5
That is pretty much how we did it--spend it now and enjoy it instead of having an "I wish I would have got after words." Adding things afterwards cost a lot more then ordering it on the build. The Stoneridge we bought off the lot because it had mostly what we wanted and my wife fell in love with the huge kitchen. I really like the full body paint job--an option I would never had ordered. It does not have a generator or dual pain windows but that is not an issue for us. I don't think I could afford all the bells and whistles they offer. There are pictures of our Stoneridge RK and our Montego Bay posted on this forum and the owners forum also--I saw you posted there too.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2013 7:21:54 GMT -5 by shortlance
Post by william davey on Oct 20, 2013 15:04:09 GMT -5
This may be a double post (fat fingered something before I was done). Last year's price for full body paint on a 41CKS Stoneridge Sportster was about $10K. I didn't want to wait 4 additional weeks for my trailer. IMO, it doesn't make sense to paint RV's in dark (heat absorbing) colors. These things are hard enough to cool on really hot days when everything is white. I do think slide toppers help reduce the heat absorbed by the slides but I have no hard proof.
Had mine for a year now and concur with the recommendations above especially the air ride hitch. The Lippert auto leveling has had some problems on some trailers (not just KZ - search on iRV2 forum). It may be worth it IF you move frequently. Since we spend 5 months in one spot snowbirding and usually camp one week/month when we're home - the auto leveling is not important and I don't need anymore electronic gizmo's to fail when you need them most. .