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Old 03-05-2016, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hi everybody. I'm new to the forum. And would like to say Hi. I have owned my 03 Prowler for 13 years. Well it is time to replace it. That said looking at new ones seems to be costly. My Prowler many leaking problems. I did get good at fixing them though. And have learned a ton about matiness over the years.

While working on my prowler I saw a ton of crappy construction and just stupid craftsmanship. That said my main question to the forum is what brands of travel trailers do you find to be well built for the wet Pacific northwest climate.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:56 PM   #2
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Outdoors RV. I have a Black Rock 19b and it is pretty damned good. I've lived in it full time since August, and except for not having dual pane windows, it has been very good for the PAcific North Wet and for The SW desert where I am right now.
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:21 PM   #3
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Thanks I have been looking at those. I believe they are discontinuing the black rock series. I have heard good things about Outdoors rv.
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Old 03-06-2016, 06:08 AM   #4
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I'd be looking at Arctic Fox/Nash and Lance trailers. I'd also consider Winnebago if you don't care about having a four season trailer.
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Just FYI, Arctic Fox and Nash are made by the same larger company that makes Outdoors RV.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:26 AM   #6
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If you don't mind the compact side of life Lance is a serious contender. I haven't seen Arctic Fox/Nash in several years.

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Thanks Wahoonc The Lance will be added to the list
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Old 03-07-2016, 05:03 AM   #8
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We have been looking at Lance 2285
A bit pricey, build quality sees a lot better than a jaco
We like the layout & floorplan.
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Does anybody have any imput on Forest river or Komfort trailers
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Old 03-07-2016, 11:00 AM   #10
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My trailer was made by Forest River. They make many brands, because they bought out a lot of companies over the last 20 years. The brand I have is adequate, but just adequate. I don't think it was worth what I paid for it. I have worked on it just about endlessly and now have a decent trailer... but it didn't come that way. I've been looking at trailers for about 18 months. Some of the Jayco stuff I've seen looks well made, some not so much. Lance looks like better quality but they don't make anything big enough for our grandchild population explosion. Winnebago Ultra Lites look good... and sometimes not so good... Travel Trailers are such a mixed bag that it's tough to really feel good about any of them. It's even tougher to let go of one that is actually 100% working (for now ) and plunk down good money for a new one to begin totally rebuilding... just because you need the room. But... my grand kids are worth the effort so I'll be fixing a new White Hawk pretty soon... There's nothing better than having a TT full of kids laughter, or seeing one of them catch their first trout... or sunfish... or... ... being told you're the "best PapaJack... EVER!"
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We have an Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 240 RKS. Hands down, the best camper built, esp for PNW, made here, for here.
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I owned a keystone, don't think I will again. Anything from Northwood Mfg seems to be the way to go. Arctic Fox, Nash, OutdoorsRV top the list of reliability.
Jayco's seem thrown together like the Keystones. I've known people with Forest Rivers and Komforts and I would avoid those as a result. I hear good things about Lance.
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We're in the same boat, as looking for the "next" trailer. Really no problems with the one we have now (2013 Aerolite hybrid) BUT? looking for more of a quality built 4 season unit, as I'll be entering retirement in June. We like the shoulder seasons here in the upper Midwest (NE. OH.) The RV show back in Jan. I would say the Winnebago's held the most promise, but no real floorplan in the sub-30' area we are looking at.

The only problem I see on Outdoors RV's in general are very few floorplans with the extra sleeping area for a 3rd person.

I don't believe they sell any Outdoors RV's east of the Mississippi. Same as Arctic Fox (Northwood). Both are made in OR. We will be going to Alaska this summer, so we plan to stop out west to see what each offers. There was a dealer near Cincinnati who just picked up the Arctic Fox line, which is good news.

It's different shopping now because I'm in no time frame to purchase the next one. It's not like we "have to" buy a new one for our Alaska trip. I would rather take what we have, because with 200+ nights in that unit, I kind of know it's limits and away around.
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