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Old 06-09-2016, 09:01 PM   #1
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KC Spree RV vs Outdoors RV Blackstone

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This is going to be our first travel trailer, and we're looking for some advice, any suggestions in quality build etc. we are looking to full-time and work around the US thank you.
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:17 AM   #2
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I have a Spree, never again! There is no comparison, the Blackstone is better, for example look at the frame.
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Hard to beat an ORV product IMHO.
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I have a Spree, never again! There is no comparison, the Blackstone is better, for example look at the frame.

Iynnmor, thank you for your quote. We did like The Blackstone too, the Spree have some nice floorplans but, I don't know much about quantity, they look nice..
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We have a timberridge by the same company. Have wintered in it for 3 years and pulled it about 12 thousand miles, no major issues good company, wasn't that impressed by our dealer but there are some good ones out there
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The Blackstone will be a better trailer, but you will pay for it. I've only seen one Blackstone but even the world's biggest skeptic... yes, me... I was impressed. But then I look at the frames, the cabinet materials, etc.... Good luck!
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Iynnmor, thank you for your quote. We did like The Blackstone too, the Spree have some nice floorplans but, I don't know much about quantity, they look nice..

Since you are going full time, you need a trailer with lots of storage and a large NCC (net carrying capacity). Compare like size trailers and choose the one that will carry the most, even if you will be traveling light. That extra margin will provide better reliability and safety.

I wouldn't want the minimum tires, brakes and axles, those items have been nothing but problems for me. Add in the broken springs, bent axles and the frame cracks and you will understand a bit of what I am saying. I have replaced absolutely everything below my welded frame. How would you do that while trying to live in it?

Compare frames, axles, tires and brakes, all those things that might make it a safe and reliable vehicle, and then worry about the pretty stuff.
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Since you are going full time, you need a trailer with lots of storage and a large NCC (net carrying capacity). Compare like size trailers and choose the one that will carry the most, even if you will be traveling light. That extra margin will provide better reliability and safety.

I wouldn't want the minimum tires, brakes and axles, those items have been nothing but problems for me. Add in the broken springs, bent axles and the frame cracks and you will understand a bit of what I am saying. I have replaced absolutely everything below my welded frame. How would you do that while trying to live in it?

Compare frames, axles, tires and brakes, all those things that might make it a safe and reliable vehicle, and then worry about the pretty stuff.

I totally agree with you, so when I look at the space, then I consider a fifth wheel, it's a little bit of a tough decision because when you compare prices readability and Comfort you find yourself undecided..
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The Blackstone will be a better trailer, but you will pay for it. I've only seen one Blackstone but even the world's biggest skeptic... yes, me... I was impressed. But then I look at the frames, the cabinet materials, etc.... Good luck!

Thank you Schrederman
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I wouldn't full time in a TT. I know there's some that do and that's fine. With a 5th wheel you get a lot more storage inside or in the lower basement compartments. I would rather have everything I need in the 5er than just some in the TT and the rest in the truck. You will be packing a lot of stuff in the truck bed and more than likely need a topper for security. Digging out stuff from inside the topper would get old. It's much easier to have all your needed items inside the 5er.
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You have a really good point.
Thank you, and I will take that into consideration...
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We saw this TT at a local RV show and really liked it. We currently have a smaller 5th wheel but are thinking of upsizing in a couple years when we are planning on taking some 2-3 month trips. Not sure if we'll stay with a 5th wheel or change to a TT.
It's got really great storage in the rear basement for a TT. A good living layout, and nice size bedroom. Has 16" tires, good size holding tanks. Generous payload capacity as well. Probably the only TT we would look at if we were wanting to spend a lot of time on the road. Plus it has a 2 yr warranty.
https://www.lazydays.com/rvs/tampa-f...-ridge-1023938
https://www.highlandridgerv.com/prod...ilers/MR340FLR
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Wow, I really like it, Thank you so much for the info I think this is a great option I didn't know about this type of travel trailer, I've never seen them before.
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