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Old 09-12-2015, 07:32 AM   #1
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How are these Wildwoods so inexpensive?

Hi All,
Been doing a lot of research for my first TT, and have narrowed it down to a used 25-27 BH weighing 4500-5200lbs dry. The newer used ones (2007-2011) I like are around $10k-$12k (Jayco, Dutchmen, etc.). But a couple dealers are pushing a new FR Wildwood X-lite 201BHXS & 261BHXs for just 13k or 14k. How can these sell for so little compared to the used ones (and to other new lightweights)? Are they real crap w/ cheapest materials and corner cutting? Or is it it that the used ones I like are just higher quality ones? I know quality opinions vary so greatly within specific models, so I'm not trying to open that can of worms.

Also, overall are these real lightweight models (new or used) so light because of less, thinner, cheaper materials? What's making them so light? I'm a little wary of them falling apart from being so "lightly" built, since I will be going cross country.

Thanks to all who offer advice!
Dave

BTW I have a 5.7 Tundra rated at 10100lbs
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:14 AM   #2
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They are designed to be cheap. Check what options and upgrades all these units have. All manual jacks vs. electric, bigger vs. smaller AC units, gas/elec water heaters vs. gas only, etc.

Basically, you get what you pay for.
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Basically, you get what you pay for.
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Old 09-12-2015, 11:18 PM   #4
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Stay away from anything that is named x lite feather lite ect like you said there built cheaper, tiny slides lower ceilings and so on . If your looking at a wildwood we have a 2014 rear lounge which you have the power to haul and it has been very good to us we noticed same thing used 05 to 07 in good shape were selling between 15 to 17,000 we bought a new left over for 20 good luck


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Our cruise lite is basically the same as the wildwoods. That said, it is an entry level unit... The 281bhxl has a shallower slide out, low ceiling height for sure. However dont assume they are garbage units... It all depends on your needs. Our does have a 13.5k btu AC, power awning, power tongue jack... Its decently equipped and.represents a good value for the price. Negetives off all lite weights though is less storage and frame flex... The camper always seems bouncy when setup.. Although I hear stab. Jacks mid frame help that alot.

In the end it.comes.down tona.matter.if needs and availible cash flow. I would rather have the unit I do the have a huge loan for.the amount I use the camper.
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We had a Wildwood X-lite for two year's before trading it in on a class A motorhome. The major items like the refrigerator, stove, heater, etc. Are the same as on the other units. The unit we had had no slides, was slightly narrower, slightly less headroom and less gvwr than the full size Wildwood units. The units are wood framed with aluminum skins. The only problems we had were the window blinds and a bad kitchen facet.

Like others said. They limit storage and options to keep prices down.
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There still good units that are built to haul with small trucks and SUVs but if you have a full size pick up capable of pulling 10k why suffer on all those things that make them light just my opinion


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Thanks for the replies everybody. I want to keep it as light as I can partly for gas and wear and tear on my thirsty truck. Also so that I can move it around our property or somewhere real close in a pinch with my wife's 4Runner just in case my truck is broke down.

We're kind of a low maintenance family when it comes to extra features or options, and I'm ok with just the basics. It seems like I'm hearing that these are light because of less options, as opposed to being light because of less or lower build materials...does that seem to be the consensus?

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There aren't less materials necessarily, just all wood framing, less insulation, not fancy options inside and out. There are good wood framed units out there, so you can't get "less" quality than wood, just thinner wood.
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Ok thanks...I didn't realize that all wood framing was less desirable. What type of framing should I be looking for?
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It's not necessarily less desirable, but to some it is. It's heavier, but cheaper.

Aluminum framing and laminated walls are lighter, better insulated, but more expensive.
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Aluminum framing and laminated walls are lighter, better insulated, but more expensive.
Wide swipe there, maybe lighter, not necessarily better insulated.
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Wide swipe there, maybe lighter, not necessarily better insulated.
So loose batt insulation with thin metal siding will do better than dense foam core with reflective gelcoat?
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