Another question, is there a list somewhere of the trailer "mother company" and their higher to low end model lists? There seems to be only a few big companies but a ton of models from each. How do I tell if it's that's companies Cadillac or Yugo?
I'll save ya the trouble. 80% are Yugo's
Just go on that companies website. They will have them listed down the screen, high priced on top or left side of the page.
as an example: they have 11 RV divisions (Dutchman, Keystone....) Each division might have 5- 20 RV lines / models. Keystone by itself has 17 brands of just trailers, 16 brands of 5th wheels, 6 brands of toy haulers....
Some tell tail signs are: at the bottom of the price points are RV's with aluminum siding. Next are the trailers with textured fiberglass siding called Filon. At the higher end is smooth fiberglass with decals. And above that is the same smooth fiberglass but with painted designs, not decals.
Next: molded front caps usually start at the midpoint on the price scale.
Next: If you see a model with a regular house type air conditioner sticking out the side of the trailer wall rather than the roof AC units, your at the bear bottom of the pricing scale.
Next: Just look at the construction of the cabinets. Higher end units have drawer slides that pull out evenly and with little effort. The entry level unit you might have to tug on the drawer and wiggle it back in forth a bit to get it out.
So at the bottom end of the price point on a 30' travel trailer you might get one for $14k, mid-level $18 - $28, Higher end $35k plus. 30' Arctic Fox $50k Airstream $90k...