Sandpiper RV Dealer By Country Roads RV Center
Frequently Asked Questions About Sandpiper RVs from Country Roads RV Center
At Country Roads RV Center, we’re committed to being the RV dealership you can trust. We make every effort to give you all the information you need to choose the perfect RV for you and your family and make sure you’ve chosen your new favorite home away from your house! That’s why we showcase questions from folks just like you, to help give you some ideas as you start your RVing adventures. We hope you find these answers helpful and informative. If you have any other questions or to see our full line of in-stock Sandpiper RVs for yourself, we invite you to call us at (336) 775-2100 or click here to contact us!
Question: What is a Forest River Sandpiper? –River, Marblehead, MA
Answer: The Sandpiper from Forest River is a line of 5th-wheel campers designed for maximum convenience, style, and all the comforts of home, whether you’re heading down to the lake for a quiet weekend of fishing, into the mountains to hit the slopes, or starting out on a cross-country adventure. With a wide range of built-in and available optional amenities and features to choose from, Sandpiper offers regular, luxury, and destination campers suitable for any excursion in the great outdoors! The 2021 and 2022 Forest River Sandpiper line includes the following models:
*Currently in stock as of September 17th, 2021. For the latest information on our current inventory selection, including inventory changes, please contact our dealership by clicking here!
Question: What do the letters after a Sandpiper model number mean? –Jericho, Amarillo, TX
Answer: The letters after the model number describe the configuration and primary amenities of the specific model. For example, the 2021 Forest River Sandpiper 3440BH is a “regular” 5th-wheel model with bunk beds, so “BH” stands for “Bunkhouse” in this case. Likewise, a model designation with a “Q” in it indicates it has a queen-sized bed and “K” indicates a king bed on board. “B” by itself means it has a bath. 3-digit numbers are reserved for the luxury Sandpiper models, while the 4-digit numbers indicate standard models. The specific amenities and features vary from model to model, so it’s worth your while to take a look around and see which one meets your travel needs and desires best!
Question: What are the differences between Sandpiper and Sierra 5th wheels? –Matt, Mooresville, NC
Answer: The only noticeable difference from a customer perspective between the two fifth wheels is in the decals, the logo, colors both inside and out and the nose caps. They are built on the same frame to identical specifications and the interior features are the same. If one model has a bunk over design and entertainment center, both do. Both of them hold resale and instant trade value well and are backed by excellent warranties. And, because both lines are effectively the same, you’ll generally find they’re around the same price, although the advertised price for each may be impacted depending on any extra options and amenities from unit to unit.
Question: Which RV or 5th wheel floor plan is best for my family? –Bryson, Cleveland, OH
Answer: This is a question we get a lot, but it’s never easy to answer. People who mostly stay within around 200 miles of their home area are likely to have different needs and wants than hard-core road warriors who plan to spend most of their time on a cross-country trek. People who have a lot of motorized toys will prioritize designs that include toy hauler capability, while people who like to entertain in style even at a campground are more likely to be interested in the size and capacity of the kitchen and living area. We always recommend before talking to your camper dealer about an RV or fifth wheel that you ask yourself the following questions:
- Can my vehicle tow this trailer? Many people overlook this important question, which can lead to disappointment on the dealer lot or damage, danger and possibly worse on the road. Just because your vehicle is rated to tow X amount of weight doesn’t mean it’s up to the additional demand another 5,000-25,000lbs imposes on the engine, brakes and transmission, so it’s vitally important to check this as early as possible! Your vehicle manufacturer’s website or your owner’s manual includes a towing guide so you can work out what your vehicle can and can’t take.
- How much room for people do we need?
- How much cargo capacity will we require?
- Where will I/we mostly use this trailer?
- What do I most need or want in terms of comfort and capabilities?
By asking these questions, you should find yourself with a pretty good starting point in terms of what models will best suit your needs and give you the best possible experience for your investment!
Question: What options should I look for in an RV for cross-country trips? –Ferdinand, Charlotte, NC
Answer: This is a slightly easier question to answer. Because you already know you’re planning to go cross-country, you will probably find you’re more concerned about bed size, whether there’s a rear living area and the kitchen capacity and whether the travel trailer has an island than someone who’s taking a popup camper out to the nearest campground for the weekend. One of the biggest issues you’re likely to run into is the living room question. If it’s just you and your immediate family, you probably won’t need as much space to be comfortable as you would if you were taking two families and a couple of “odd people out” to the family reunion. In preparation for choosing your fifth wheel or RV, we suggest you ask the following questions:
- What kind of terrain will I be driving over? If you’re sticking mostly to flatlands, you will have different demands on your towing vehicle than if you’re traversing a lot of mountains or uneven terrain. See the question above for more on this.
- How many people will I be accommodating long-term? If you have a Sandpiper fifth wheel that sleeps 8 and you estimate you need a camper that sleeps 12, you’re probably not going to be as happy with your outcome. Buy for 95 percent of the intended use, not the 5 percent.
- How much room do I need or want? If you plan to spend a lot of time in campgrounds between legs of your trip, you’ll likely want to consider a model with more slides to maximize living space and elbow room.
Starting from these questions, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the perfect model for you before you ever walk onto the lot!
Question: Is it better to buy or finance an RV or fifth wheel? –Mikhaila, Indian Trail, NC
Answer: In some rare cases, it may make better financial sense to simply buy outright if you can because of the savings in interest payments and fees alone. However, the interest is deductible and for people with a stable financial picture and income, or folks who are looking to maintain or upgrade their credit with “good” debt, financing may be a better option. Financing at the dealership will typically allow for a longer payback period and a lower monthly payment than using your own financing source, such as your local bank. The advantage to financing for these people is that they don’t have to come up with the whole amount up front, freeing up more money to actually use it! In addition, dealers will allow you to apply for financing and, on approved credit, you may qualify for plans with lower monthly payments depending upon the amount financed and your overall credit history. However, with good credit and stable income, there’s really no reason not to finance, especially if you’re looking to further improve your credit score!
Question: Are Sandpiper fifth wheels wheelchair accessible? –Jessa, Portland, ME
Answer: As they come from the factory, unfortunately, they are not. There are third-party aftermarket companies that specialize in retrofitting and upgrading motor homes, fifth wheels, camper trailers, and RVs to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals. However, this sort of refitting could be much more expensive in the long run than considering a line that was purpose-built with disabled individuals in mind. Before you decide that this means the Sandpiper line isn’t for you, we suggest you come down to our lot and take a look for yourself. Depending on your specific circumstances and needs, you may notice amenities and features that make refitting worthwhile.
Your Forest River Sandpiper Fifth Wheel Dealer
If you don’t have a dealer, no problem! Country Roads RV Center has a wide range of travel trailers, camper, and RV options to choose from, so we can help you find the perfect balance of space and safety for you and your family. Click here to contact us, call us at (366) 775-2100, or come visit us at 2609 Enterprise Road, Lexington, NC 27295. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you choose the right solution for all your outdoor adventure needs!