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Old 10-10-2016, 06:38 PM   #1
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Any brands to stay away from???

Currently have a Keystone Passport(bought new 2015) - and like it - no problems, but first RV. Looking to do some cross country, but would still require a lite. Any brands to rave about or rant about??? What about coverage on warranty if/when traveling? Has anyone bought a newer model, used? Depreciation?

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Old 10-12-2016, 07:43 AM   #2
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that is a LOADED question.!

ALL, None, any. I personally will never own another 'LITE" trailer.

Depreciation, 50 percent after a year or 2... Common.
few offer good warranty other than the sale-ing dealer.

over 70 percent of all Brands are owned by 3 companies... look it up.

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Old 10-12-2016, 08:46 AM   #3
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We are first time RVers with a '17 Passport 2520RL. So far we love it! I needed a lite because of my Sierra 1500. We plan on holding onto it at least five years and then evaluate options.
Randy & Brenda (and Bailey and Candy)
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:53 AM   #4
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Take a look at Grand Designs Imagine lineup.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:34 AM   #5
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Comparing "lite" trailers to I guess "heavy" trailers (is that even a category?) is like comparing a Toyota Corolla to a Toyota Avalon.
Yes the Avalon may feel more sturdy due to its additional weight and structure, it even feels like it's nicer quality because of the higher grade fixtures in the car. However at the end of the day the Corolla and Avalon underneath are both made out of the same materials, perform the same job, and given equal maintenance will likely provide same longevity (not that I'm saying trailers will last as long a Toyota ;-) ).
Some manufacturers arguably provide a little higher quality product (Northwoods and Lance to name a couple) but you will pay for that difference in quality.
Airstreams are the only trailer to escape the very steep depreciation schedule, but Airstream money buys a very nice used class A.
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:08 AM   #6
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What you buy is dependent on several factors. Budget, tow vehicle specifications and floorplan.

All RV's have some issues because everything inside the RV is manufactured by others not the RV manufacturer. They manufacturer the shell and in a few cases the frame, but everything else is supplied by others.

High end trailer is Airstream #1
Mid range trailer is Evergreen and Northwood #1 & 2
Economy range is Forest River Products, Thor and others.

Regardless of manufacturer you will hear good and bad on every manufacturer.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:36 PM   #7
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Evergreen, RIP.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:22 AM   #8
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I have a 2016 Evergreen I-GO. It's lightweight and a very nice unit. It was unfortunate to hear they folded, but, if you can get through the first year, it's the same as any other trailer. You might find a really good deal on one also.

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