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Old 07-07-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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I have been recently been looking at alpenlite f/ws and have had not much luck finding ones in this part of the country. A friend of mine who owns a
snow bird and told me to look at the hitchhiker 11 as an alternate choice.
I have found one fairly close to me,a 2001 30.5' with 2 slides. This rig is
owned by a retired couple and due to medical cond they cannot r/v
anymore. Now i am torn between a 2001 alpenlite valhalla 31' and this hitchhiker.The alpenlite is 400mi from me. There are some issues with the
alpenlite. Ihave not personally gone to view either one yet,but being that the hitchhiker is much closer i am going to see it tuesday. Both rigs are
well built trailers.Does anyone here have an opion on either one good or bad. Byron
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How and what are you going to use it for, weekend trips, summer vaca, snowbird or full time?
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When buying used any trailer could have issues. We owned a highly priced unit for 15 years and it needed regular maintenance. The roof kept leaking. I always blamed the weak tubular frame that always twisted. The pin frame broke due to weak tubular frame designed for 0% safety margine. Many ST tire failures until switch to LTs. Axles needed alignment due to possible frame twist caused by hitting curbs or other objects.
The interior was like new when we got rid of it. but I was afraid for walls to fall off. It did a great park model for someone. But not for the road.
Our present unit has all the previous trailer problems improved but not with other problms that needed attention.
So know what to look for and you will be surprised at what you can find and pay accordingly.
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It is all in what you want to do with it. Drive it out to the local lake and leave it for the season and use it on the weekends is a bit different than putting 12,000 miles a year on it as a full time tourist, or a few thousand miles as a full time worker.

Zero in on what you want it to do, then look at their respective abilities to meet that standard.
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If my Alpenlite was destroyed in an accident, I would go find another used one. Big axles and wheels. Big holding tanks. Heavy built frame. Quality built. quality/heavy wiring sized above industry standards. Just my openion after 18 years, towing 78,000 miles including 2 Alaska trips of 12,000 each with 1,000 miles of dirt back country roads
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