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Old 12-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Good brands and bad

I have found floor plans that I like in Keystones and Forest Rivers. What is my best resource to find the most and least reliable TTs? I'm open to other suggestions for any high quality brands. We really like rear entertainment with opposing slides which limits the options.
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I suggest you go check the brands out at a dealer. Look for tight "fit and finish" details as well as real wood vs covered laminate. I have a Gulf Stream Innsbruck and a Forest River Puma and while the GS has some upgrades to it, the cabinets are much better quality in the Puma. Most manufacturers have a variety of lines and the quality varies across them. The trick is to find the quality you want with a floor plan that you like and have it remain in your price range. You will need to see many campers first hand to begin making this determination.
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I suggest you go check the brands out at a dealer. Look for tight "fit and finish" details as well as real wood vs covered laminate. I have a Gulf Stream Innsbruck and a Forest River Puma and while the GS has some upgrades to it, the cabinets are much better quality in the Puma. Most manufacturers have a variety of lines and the quality varies across them. The trick is to find the quality you want with a floor plan that you like and have it remain in your price range. You will need to see many campers first hand to begin making this determination.
Specifically I like the Keystone Laredo and FR Rockwood. I haven't been able to find any locally (West Palm Beach) but will be going to the Tampa show in January. Lazydays carries the Keystones and I just read great things about them as a dealer so it's a good place to start.
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I have found floor plans that I like in Keystones and Forest Rivers. What is my best resource to find the most and least reliable TTs? I'm open to other suggestions for any high quality brands. We really like rear entertainment with opposing slides which limits the options.
One source of info, but not free, is a publication titled "2006-2013 Travel Trailer Comparison Guide", by Randall Eaton published by J R Consumer Research. I can't vouch for accuracy of their research and analysis, but it does seem to align fairly well with info and feedback I've seen on a couple of forums.

YMMV, of course...

Cheers!
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I agree that you should look at a lot of travel trailers. For the most part it is a real racket. Builders come and go and change product lines as the wind blows.

Going to the Tampa Show will help. Check fit and finish. Look for loose screws and sloppy trim fit. Try to look at the way the unit is wired. Are the wires nice and neat or are they like spaghetti.

Not sure what you have for a truck but the trailers you are looking at will weight 7,000 lbs. and will be 32' long. Even in Florida where it is flat at highway speeds a 32' trailer may wag a truck that is not big enough to control it.

Also have the dealer install a larger battery. They will try to install a small group 24 when a larger group 29 which is a much better battery will only cost $30 more.

Good luck.
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I agree that you should look at a lot of travel trailers. For the most part it is a real racket. Builders come and go and change product lines as the wind blows.

Going to the Tampa Show will help. Check fit and finish. Look for loose screws and sloppy trim fit. Try to look at the way the unit is wired. Are the wires nice and neat or are they like spaghetti.

Not sure what you have for a truck but the trailers you are looking at will weight 7,000 lbs. and will be 32' long. Even in Florida where it is flat at highway speeds a 32' trailer may wag a truck that is not big enough to control it.

Also have the dealer install a larger battery. They will try to install a small group 24 when a larger group 29 which is a much better battery will only cost $30 more.

Good luck.
Take a look at Bigfoot 25ft models and the 2401 know as the 3000 series. Bigfoot before 2013 uses real wood fit and finish is top of the line. I own a 2001 Bigfoot 21RB and a HR Alumascape 25ft and both are quality made.
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Tuff- I'm driving a Tundra and am comfortable towing big trailers. It can safely tow up to 10,000lbs. The hang up for the Tundra is the tongue weight. 5ers are pretty much out since it only had 1440lbs charge capacity.

I checked out the Bigfoot and Alumascape trailers but there are no opposing slides on those. That is just about a requirement for us.
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forest river has their own forum at forestriverforums.com

Also, I have never met hardly anyone that owned a forest river and hated it. But keystone is a highly spoken about brand too.

But I would for sure lurk on their own forums for a minute, you will see any complaints about your particular models there I'm sure.
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which rockwood floorplan are you looking at?
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Take a look at the Jayco 330TS. It has opposing slides plus Jayco builds a better than average unit.

But again - this is a large trailer for a 1/2 ton truck.

But in Florida where you have RV Parks and State Parks every 10 miles (you lucky dog) the opposing slide trailers will make your camping very enjoyable.
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It's really a crap shoot. Even the higher end units can have problems. And it's very rare that the one you buy will not have a few gremlins. They all use parts from several manufactures so it really boils down to build quality.
JNO but I would not get a TT without a solid fiberglass front cap. The filon luan backed front caps don't hold up as well as the formed fiberglass type.
Also look at the TT's CCC. Don't buy one with a low CCC. You want IMO 2000+lbs of CCC. And the more the better. A lot of the "1/2 ton" TT's have low CCC, so by the time you load 12-1500lbs of camping gear in the tires, suspension and frame are maxed. You don't want to be the guy coming on here asking why his tires are wearing out on one side or the other after 2000 miles.
It's not always true but you do somewhat get what you pay for. TT's in the $20,000 range aren't going to be nearly as nice as the ones in the $30-35,000 range. The higher priced TT could still have issues, but issue wise and apples to apples the higher priced TT will have better cabinetry, furniture and amenities. Those things alone will provide you with a better built TT.
Forestriver and Keystone are equal IMO for build quality. They both have low and high end units. I don't see either one as having an advantage over the other.
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which rockwood floorplan are you looking at?
There are a few but we like something similar to the 8325SS. I really like the Keystone Laredo 316 though. Haven't seen one in person so I don't know about the quality. I'm hearing a lot of mixed reviews here but nobody seems to have much first hand knowledge.
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Take a look at the Jayco 330TS. It has opposing slides plus Jayco builds a better than average unit. But again - this is a large trailer for a 1/2 ton truck. But in Florida where you have RV Parks and State Parks every 10 miles (you lucky dog) the opposing slide trailers will make your camping very enjoyable.
I will rarely go more than a few hours to camp. I can get to the Keys in a few hours and all the way to Jacksonville in 4. Orlando is only 2 hours away. Plenty of options near the beach for me.
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There are a few but we like something similar to the 8325SS. I really like the Keystone Laredo 316 though. Haven't seen one in person so I don't know about the quality. I'm hearing a lot of mixed reviews here but nobody seems to have much first hand knowledge.

Well there's your answer, get what you like, it's almost a gut instinct thing.

But look what i foundd I keystone forum.

Frame???? '10 Laredo 316RL - Keystone RV Forums

I just google Keystone Laredo 316 Problems, and that type of search should pull back at least the major posts on problems, if any. And remember, someone else's problem might not be a problem to you, or they might have done something silly to cause the problem.
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