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Old 02-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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Keystone Vantage Question

Anyone have opinions on these trailers? I saw one and thought it was nice but odd. Looks like Keystone was thinking outside the box when they decided to build this trailer.

Does anyone own a Vantage trailer and if so how do you like it? Pros/Cons?

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The Vantage looks like a plastic version of the 1980's vintage Avion aluminum trailers. I'd like to see one to see how well they are built.


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Old 02-16-2013, 04:46 AM   #3
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Except for the rubber roof and slide-outs (these mean short lifespan) all the other specs look very good.

I see one parked in a campground in the Eagle Ford Shale at Tilden, TX whenever I run through there . Nice lines, nice color and shape especially in comparison to the usual white plastic box.

A MOR/ryde suspension (type not specified) and a decent exterior shape ought to mean decent towing performance compared, again, to the usual plastic white box on leaf springs.

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Rednax - not sure what you mean about rubber roof and slide-outs. Sounds like these are bad things.

What other options are there?
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What lifespan does one expect from a TT? If it's only a few years -- maybe 10 or so -- then the questions of roof type and yes/no to slideouts don't mean as much.

If one expects that a $40k or $80k (or higher) RV ought to have an indefinite lifespan then these two items are highly unlikely to be part of the design/construction.

An AIRSTREAM (or the older, upmarket AVION, SILVER STREAK or STREAMLINE) easily go to 30-40 years before serious work need be undertaken (given good maintenance). At the 20-year mark it's pretty much a matter of new appliances and a cosmetic re-do. While not cheap (maintaining factory standards) it is no where near the depreciation suffered by those who trade a plastic box every few years.

To an extent, you get what you pay for.

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I was looking at A/S but holy cow they are not made as well as I thought. Actually it takes a lot of work to keep them from leaking and falling apart. Thin sheet aluminium does not hold screws too well. And the rivits will work loose over time.

This trailer is something I want to use in State Parks and other places where my 5er will not fit. I am keeping the 5er.

The Vantage is a trailer I like. The others are Funfinder and Koala. I would like to buy one by April as there is a place I want to go that has narrow roads and a lot of tress too close to the narrow road. If I get 8 years out of it I will be happy.
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My TT is 20 years old and still has the original rubber roof. But, I will admit it sets inside during the winter and in MN things like this may last longer because we don't have as many UV rays beating down on stuff year around.
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