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Old 09-26-2016, 07:13 PM   #1
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Hello , I'm looking at our first travel trailer and we are looking between the Cruiser MPG , Keystone Outback ultra lite and forest river vibe ultra lite, all of them are the rear living double doors any suggestions on which manufactures are better than one , I've been watching videos and doing lots of searching ! The vibe we just added the other day ! We like them all lol
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What will you be towing with?
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:32 PM   #3
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How are you going to use it? Weekends / Road trips - on/off pavment

How long will you be away for?

Drycamping or RV park

What type of conditions are you going to use it?
-Summer
-Spring summer fall
-Spring summer fall winter

How much gear do you need to carry?

How long do you want it to last?

It resale important?
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:15 PM   #4
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Sometimes the higher the cost per pound, the better the trailer.
I've never been impressed with the "ultra/super" light trailers out there.
There's a reason some brands of TT's are heavier. It's all about the foundation/axels that the box sits on.
We've always been happy with Outdoors RV & Northwood's quality even though they weigh more than the competition.
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Your total towing capacity has more to do with your tire vehicle cargo capacity being eaten up by tongue weight than the tow rating of your vehicle. Cargo capacity includes your passengers, pets, anything in the truck bed, etc. Look at the door sticker.
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Your total towing capacity has more to do with your tire vehicle cargo capacity being eaten up by tongue weight than the tow rating of your vehicle. Cargo capacity includes your passengers, pets, anything in the truck bed, etc. Look at the door sticker.
Total GCWR on the plate is 13,500lbs with the total weighted trailer pounds as 7,800 pounds
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What is the cargo capacity of the tow vehicle? Not the towing capacity. Not the GCWR. What are the axle weight ratings? What are your tires rated for? What does your tow vehicle weigh with you and your family and pets and any things you want to take with you on your trip?

If this stuff was easy, everyone would be doing it right every time. Instead automotive manufacturers give misleading data and salespeople just want to move units.
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What is the cargo capacity of the tow vehicle? Not the towing capacity. Not the GCWR. What are the axle weight ratings? What are your tires rated for? What does your tow vehicle weigh with you and your family and pets and any things you want to take with you on your trip?

If this stuff was easy, everyone would be doing it right every time. Instead automotive manufacturers give misleading data and salespeople just want to move units.
well my rear axles are 3850 GAWR , I guess inside ill have 500lbs between us and our dogs other than that I haven't weighted anything
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Leave it to a consumer industry to make something cheaper and then market it as desirable by calling it "lite." It doesn't mean you have to buy junk and it's not just up to the dealer service, although that's important if you're not handy. Really the thing to do is choose an individual unit that is well built. That means whatever the brand and model, check the construction thoroughly to make sure it was put together well. Unfortunately that takes some experience and knowledge to do. But that's what it takes - is the plumbing straight? Is the roof solid? Is the wiring neat and connected properly? Is the body put together well? Is the suspension good enough? The list goes on and on. Look beyond floorplan and features and try to find a well built unit. If I were shopping for a small trailer, I'd start with Lance, Arctic Fox, Airstream. Lance is a good standard for decent quality build and reliability in my opinion. So says the moron.
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Looked at a few trailers yesterday at a local dealer. The dealer in general carried mostly units on the lower end of the price point spectrum. I asked what is your highest quality unit here. The salesman pointed me in the direction of the Cougar Lite model.

If this was the representation of "their" best unit, I was disappointed. The first 3 of 4 cabinet drawers I pulled open, had split door fronts. Numerous trim moldings were loose. When I looked under the dinette seat the wooden bracing which was stapled, was broken in two spots. Shower door was inoperable. This was 2017, so it couldn't have been on the lot all that long.

Doesn't "someone" at the factory do a final inspection before it goes out the door? Wouldn't the dealer want to put their best product forward for the potential customer? I know the "lite" model Cougar are cheaper than the regular Cougar units.
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1. Find a floorplan you love.
2. Determine how much weight you can pull
3. Be patient in your search
4. Buy used and save warranty headaches and lots of depreciation.
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I just newly purchased a Keystone Passport. After 2 years of looking. They are worth looking at. There is always something better out there but your number one priority needs to be staying within weight limits. That limited my search when I also included some features that were important to us. Bunks, outside kitchen, etc.... I've resigned myself to the fact that nothing is going to be built to house standards but finding the right dealership makes all the difference. I've been to dealers where their trailer are a wreck, others I just had a negative vibe from them, and eventually settled on my dealer. I received my trailer in mint flawless condition. I couldn't be more happy about the service, time and deal I received. I feel like the right dealer is more important than the trailer brand you chose.
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