What Options Should We Get?

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Postby bayoubengal » Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:31 pm

Solid surface EDGE, is only the edge for that price? All the Cardinals I looked at had formica with wood. The one we saw with the solid suface was a totally different material. Anyone out there have solid surface to comment? I certainly don't want to pay $500 more for the edge to be different.
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Postby bbgun » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:32 pm

I remember olbird talking about this earlier. Hope this helps. We have the solid surface counters..I love them. We plan on keeping this along time..didn't want the wood on the edge. I am happy with ours.
I hate to disappoint anyone but the counter tops in our Cardinals are all laminate. This means it is laminate composite material glued onto particle board.
The optional solid suface counter tops is also laminate composite material glued onto partical board and only the edges ARE solid surface Corian material in the color Fossil giving the look of a complete solid surface.
I just built and installed a matching solid surface Corian dining table and back splashes to match the factory counters.

If you think I am not correct go under the counter and look around the sink and any other area or look at the glue seams.


Cardinal options/prices

Postby Crismon4 » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:17 am

For comparison shopping try Holman's web site (Eddie is the salesman I spoke with). The pricing is option specific so you'll get a better idea as to the cost of each option as well as the total cost.


Also, check with Rich (owner) at Adventure RV. That is where we purchased from and saved thousands. I prefer local, but when the price difference is over $8k, it wasn't realistic for us. Adventure was recommended by another Cardinal club member here in the Pacific NW....we've been VERY happy!


Good Luck!

Postby bbgun » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:46 am

Hey Crismon..

Are you attending the Rally in Winchester?

Postby tagilles » Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:47 am

Get as many as you can afford from the factory. Most of the options are cheaper than the list price just for the parts. Get the ThermoPane windows, TrailAir (http://www.trailair.com/) suspensions. The 2nd A/C unit, DVD, etc... We did not opt for the powered awning, we felt we could raise and lower it ourselves for $600, we were right. Also the battery disconnect was not on our list either, I installed a commercial (for semi trucks) battery disconnect at the batteries on the negative side. The only thing connected to the batteries is the solar panel to keep them hot during short storage times.
The only option that we felt was a waist of money was the heat strips. They didn't work good enough to change or hold the temp in our big 38ft trailer. All the other options we're glad we got. We have a travel trailer though; the 5th wheels have a lot more options, some of those we would not have opted for either. The solid surface is a joke too, it's just a different edge. Just order new house hold counter tops to fit from a supplier.
Does anyone know the difference between the ThermoPane windows and the standard ones? We opted for the Thermos and still get condensation inside on the glass.

Postby Squire » Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:35 am

tagilles, if you closely at the thermopane windows you will see that there are 2 panes very close together.

Postby tagilles » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:38 pm

Yes I do see two panes of glass. After some more reading of other posts, I understand that the standard windows are single pane. I can't imagine how the heat/cold transfer is with the standard windows. I'm very happy that we chose to spend the money on that upgrade.


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