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Old 09-12-2011, 10:09 PM   #1
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new guy looking for opinions

Hello there , as the title says , we are looking at buying a trailer but with so many choices we are very confused. We think we would like a bumper pull , about 24-26 feet long ( which I think is actually 28 to 30 feet overall if i am understanding these things ) It would just be for the wife and me . Are there any makes or models that you would say to definately avoid like the plague or ones that are must be considered. i know alot of it is probably based on some personal opinions as everybody does not like the same things but with so many out there we are thinking that there must be both some brands that are diamonds and some that are , well lets just say , not so great. i have been reading alot and it seems , from what I have read , that Forest river products dont rate so high with users . Any input one way or the other is greatly appreciated . Thanks.

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Old 09-12-2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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We owned a 1995 Jayco 265BH (26' bunk house) trailer. It never had any problems whatsoever. Our next adventure was a 2002 Jayco 281RLS 5th wheel, with 2 slides. Again, no issues whatsoever. I was pleasantly surprised and very happy with Jayco products. We traded it in in July for a 38' Class A DP. It was actually hard giving her up since she gave us so many memories.......Good luck in your search!!

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Old 09-12-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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What kind of tow vehicle do you have? That will definitely have a major impact on the TT you can consider.

FWIW, I'm in the same boat as you and have been doing lots and lots of research. IMHO, avoid Earthbound like the plague you mentioned. Why? Look up their owner's forum on Facebook and you'll see why. Really, really sad. Also, I see lots and lots of complaints from Keystone owners, but maybe that comes with the territory considering how many trailers they sell. I'm not sure.

Brands that have made my cut so far include Evergreen Ever-Lite, CrossRoads Sunset Trail, CruiserRV ViewFinder, and KZ Spree.

I'm looking for others' opinions as well.

Good luck in your search!
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:28 AM   #4
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Sorry , forgot that info . We have an 07 2500 HD with a 6.0L
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:28 PM   #5
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I'm interested to hear opinions as well. We're looking at 24-28 ft. trailers, we have a Toyota Tundra CrewMax 5.8L. Have tried to look for a "guide" that would detail the popular travel trailer brands and give an idea of what is what (what's the "Cadillac", the "dependable", the "economy", etc.) We currently have a '93 Tiffin Allegro Bay Class A and are new to trailer pulling.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:48 PM   #6
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Have tried to look for a "guide" that would detail the popular travel trailer brands and give an idea of what is what (what's the "Cadillac", the "dependable", the "economy", etc.)
I totally agree with you!

In my opinion, one thing this industry could use would be to recruit some marketing talent from the consumer packaged goods industry. As I continue to research TT's, I find this industry to be very confusing as brands do a poor job of clearly delineating product positioning amongst themselves, let alone brands that fail to differentiate within their own lines. Furthermore, it's fascinating that it is this way especially when you consider the industry is very consolidated between the two largest producers representing nearly 2/3rds of all industry sales.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:07 PM   #7
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All I have to offer the thread is opinion. We are on our second TT. The first was a Puma 23'. Good starter trailer for us and we didn't have any problems with it. A little boxy so wind was an issue with it. We bought a bigger trailer this year. We went with Crossroads Sunset Trail Reserve 29SS after a tremendous amount of looking. It has been great so far. Had one minor issue with one of the brakes. $80 later it was fixed. (Would have been covered under warranty, but the nearest dealer to us is 300 miles away, and we were ready to go camping!) Good luck with the search!
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #8
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We just bought an Outback 279RB 10th anniversary edition. That might fit what you are looking for. It has an extremely nice bathroom in it. You can go to http://keystone-outback.com/index.php?page=floorplans and look at the specs on their new trailers.

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