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Old 02-20-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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looking at used 2012 36RL

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We are looking at a used 2012 36RL, with a slide in slide, full body paint, dual panes, single A/C etc. I am looking for information from owners of this model who have known issues.

For one, this one has the Goodyear Marathons - I am hoping the rims and G614 tires from our Cameo will fit (the Cameo rims are Hi-Spec, and are rated for something like 3960 lbs each). If so, I would do a tire/rim swap as part of the deal

Our TV may be a deal breaker as we have a 2011 chevy Silverado 3500HD, single rear wheels, Duramax/Allison. Our payload capacity is about 4200 lbs, and the dry weight from the Redwood brochure is something like 2600 lbs. My wife does not want a dually.

Thanks in advance for any comments

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:39 PM   #2
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The only things that I know of with 2012 36RL and we have one, is that Redwood issued a Technical Service Bulletin for the hydraulic system involving the rewiring of the Trombetta above the batteries and the addition of a bus bar. And they also provide free of charge a cover for the awning switches in the garage. Objects can shift in the garage causing the awning to extend while underway.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:22 PM   #3
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Hello:

We are looking at a used 2012 36RL, with a slide in slide, full body paint, dual panes, single A/C etc. I am looking for information from owners of this model who have known issues.

For one, this one has the Goodyear Marathons - I am hoping the rims and G614 tires from our Cameo will fit (the Cameo rims are Hi-Spec, and are rated for something like 3960 lbs each). If so, I would do a tire/rim swap as part of the deal

Our TV may be a deal breaker as we have a 2011 chevy Silverado 3500HD, single rear wheels, Duramax/Allison. Our payload capacity is about 4200 lbs, and the dry weight from the Redwood brochure is something like 2600 lbs. My wife does not want a dually.

Thanks in advance for any comments

Rick

I have the 2012 RL slide-in-slide and have towed it all over the country. I would be very concerned about having only one A/C unit. My unit cools down but it takes both units running.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:20 AM   #4
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I bought G614's & rims off a Montana Big Sky and had no issues installing them, so you should be OK with the straight swap.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:47 AM   #5
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We have a 2012 36RL. We traded a Carriage Carr-lite for it. The Redwood had the marathon tires and the Carriage had the G614,s. Exchanged with no problem. I don't know if your Cameo has the never lube bearings like ours, but if so make sure you keep the centers from the Redwood rims since it most likely has the easy lube axles and you need the cap in the centers so you can lube the axles.
As to the tow vehicle, I have a 3500 dually and I wouldn't want to pull a rig this size with anything less but there are a lot of people that do safely. This is my on personal opinion and I like to have a decent weight cushion.
Don't have the slide in slide but am well satisfied with the construction etc.
I would want the 2nd A/C. In fact we were looking to put a 2nd one on the Carriage when we say the Redwood and went that route instead. You may be able to work at least part of the cost of a 2nd A/C into the deal, or have one put on yourself.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:52 AM   #6
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Rick, you don't say what type of camping you do. For full time or long term the RL can get heavy on the pin. Now we travel heave and have a combo washer/dryer, 5.5 Onan generator, dual size 31 batteries, dual 40 Lb Propane tanks, Plus we have clothes for just about all seasons and a pretty full basement which puts our pin at 4K plus.
Plus I agree with Dave 1000% about the ACs. In moderate temps one is enough, but if it gets into the mid 80s and up you need two to keep cool. With both running we have kept the inside temps in the low 70s while mid 90s outside.
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:46 AM   #7
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Without a generator, W/D, and any water, our 36RL was OK on the SRW - I say OK, because it was close to max. As long as you are OK without those items you should be good.

Ended up with a dually after we installed the generator and W/D. Wife won't touch it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've had it almost a year and not a single dent.
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I would also be hesitant with only one A/C unit, you would be OK in mild conditions but in summer heat, especially if your in full sun, you would not be able to cool down your coach adequately.

As to your TV, as you've heard from others here, you really should pull the RL with a dually but if you won't be hauling frequently or for long distances you could use a SRW truck, just be careful and take it slow.
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Just tell your wife that a truck is like a woman.......hips are cool.
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:18 AM   #10
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If you have a long bed 3500 the dually is not much different driving. My wife drives ours regularly & so far I've put the only dent on it. Also know several friends that tow with srw trucks & have had no problems so far.
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