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Old 11-07-2017, 10:11 AM   #1
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Upcoming Purchase, Pinnacle VS North Point

We're looking at moving from our travel trailer (15 27DSRL) to a 5er and are getting close to either ordering or buying from stock.

The two that are currently in play are the Pinnacle 36KPTS and the North Point 315RLTS, both would be 2018 models.

The NP is a couple feet shorter which I like but besides the Pinnacle being a bit nicer on the inside are there any huge differences between the two that I'm not aware of?
It looks like the price difference will be in the 10k range and for that I get a rear cap, 4100 suspension vs 3000, nicer bathroom counters, a bigger entry door and it's 6 inches wider. I do like the double pull shades in the Pinnacle also.

Am I missing anything? Same slides etc?
If the Pinnacle is worth 10k I'm okay spending the extra to get the better unit if it's really better as this will be the unit we keep until the wife retires in 8-9 years.


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Old 11-07-2017, 10:35 AM   #2
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PMC, loaded question. I went from a TT to an Eagle 5W to the Premium Eagle 5W to the Pinnacle all Jayco. I can say unequivocal that the amenities were will worth the extra $$. This is of course a personal opinion. I will never purchase another 5W less than a Pinnacle level. The fit and finish are the most eye appealing of the sort. Again, personal opinion. Either the NP or the Pinnacle will be a good choice. Remember, all RV's off the line will have some issue's. Do a good PDI and go from there. Good Luck. Skidawg

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Old 11-07-2017, 02:24 PM   #3
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I've had a 2012 Eagle 351 RLTS and now a 2016 Pinnacle 36 REQS. The Pinnacle with the wide body at 102" is noticeable what that 6" brings. The wood work is nicer in the Pinnacle.
Granted we've had a few more issues with our Pinnacle than the Eagle, but I just like the feel of the Pinnacle more than I did the Eagle of the 2016 year. I want to say that our 2012 Eagle was a wide body as well as they weren't making the Pinnacle that year only the Designer Series.

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Old 11-07-2017, 02:33 PM   #4
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Don't know if it's all Pinnacle models, but when comparing the North Point 377RLBH against the Pinnacle 37MDQS, the Pinnacle is 6" wider. Another key feature is the MCD day night shades with are pretty expensive.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:06 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone!

Great feedback, it all helps. My wife is really keen to do a Pinnacle so this all points to her getting the trailer she wants.

Worst part will be we're just getting into winter so there is very little chance of using it before late April at the soonest.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:33 PM   #6
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I recently purchased a Pinnacle, the other feature that I liked that is not mentioned is the solid cap on the rear and front. All part of the fit and finish, for me it was worth the additional cost between the North Point and the Pinnacle.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:13 AM   #7
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We love our Pinnacle we had a Designer before. The Pinnacle has way more and whistles. It is more like a house then a camper.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:22 PM   #8
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Hi PMC, We purchased the Pinnacle KPTS in June and have been well pleased with it. Our choice for the KPTS was that it has more storage in the kitchen area as well as a larger kitchen due the fact that we have started full timing. As others have said you will has some problems but nothing catastrophic. The pinnacle is a well built 5ver and pulls well. What ever your decision I'm sure you will be pleased. Happy Camping and welcome to the Jayco Forum.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:43 AM   #9
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It was hard for us to decide between the "P" or the "NP". We finally decided on the "NP" for the following reasons.

1- Added slide with larger bathroom and dual sinks
2- Appliance slide opposite of the entry door. This put the recliner(s) inline with looking to see who's out there.
3- Out side has fridge w/burner and cargo area has TV.
4- Didn't like the rear cap look.
5- Tank-less water heater (you either like or you don't)

It really came down to personal preferences. The "P" had a more luxury look and a tanked water heater.

P.S. The final decision was in the salesmen. A missed quoted price, wrote it on the brochure and we made corporate honor it.

Good luck in your decision. Were still very happy with ours.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:52 AM   #10
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Looks like the dealer will have the 36KPTS in the next week so we'll be heading down to check it out. We're also bringing the 27DSRL and leaving it so we're getting close.

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