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Old 06-07-2019, 08:38 AM   #15
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Gulfstream & 'stick built' RV trailers quality

After many years of pop-up tent trailers, bought a new 2006 Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite which we thought was great until into it for a few years when numerous unseen leaks rotted the thing down around our ears. Got rid of it at major financial loss for trade in value.
Next one we get will be vacuum bonded, aluminum framed, foam insulated fiberglass wall construction. The one we're particularly after is a Rockwood Mini-Lite 1902, very light weight, with a bunk over the dinette (which makes bed also) and Murphy bed / couch for us.
Do a search for it, you'll find plenty of youtube vids describing it, you can find them (or similar) used.
But as for us. we will NOT buy another 'stick built' camper. To see why, do a you tube search for 'Jayco factory tour' where they build a travel trailer in less than 7 hours.

If you ever went camping in a VW Westfalia camper bus, you might be as old as me!
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:59 PM   #16
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Well I guess things happen for a reason. I went to look at that the Ameri-Lite today and the dealer said that they sold it yesterday. They had it parked inside one of the shop bays and they were going through all the pre-sale checks.

I convinced my wife to stop by the dealer than the little Clipper 17BHS so we could spend more time looking without having to keep our 4 year old son corralled. We spent a lot of time looking it over and decided that it was absolutely the smallest trailer we could consider. It was doing, but wouldn't really give us much room to grow in to. We then provided to look at the next size up which was a 25ft model, compared to the 17BHS that is only a 20ft. We decided that the 25ft, even though it did not have a slide, was much more room and much more comfortable for us. So I think we've pretty much determined that we would like to stick with a 25ft trailer.

Also, the little Clipper had an East/West master bed and I determined that I can't quite fit laying down straight. I'm 6'1" and my feet were mashed up against the wall and my head was touching the wall on the other end. So I guess the search is back on.

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Old 06-12-2019, 06:49 PM   #17
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Thanks for the tips everyone! I have been scouring the Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and RV Trader websites. I'm trying to limit my search within a 2 hour driving window because I don't want to waste a day of driving to go look at a camper that the owner's version and my version of "clean" are on two different planets. I'm finding the bunkhouse floor patterns seems to be more prevalent in the larger length trailers and not so much in the smaller sizes. My wife and I have since looked a few more trailers local to us and we are still thinking the little 17BHS Clipper is our favorite so far.

However, I'm hoping to go look at a 24" Ameri-Lite trailer tomorrow after work. It's $1000 cheaper than the Clipper and even though it doesn't have a slide, it is 7ft longer so I'm hoping that makes up for lack of slide. Here is a link: https://kriswillisrv.com/inventory/t...2cd4fed3e12d2/
I would go into the dealer and tell them you have $9500 to spend on the trailer. If they donít go for it you have lost nothing. First you need to see what the listed value is. Iím sure they didnít give him more than 50% of that. Used trailers are a dime a dozen. Good used trailers are more expensive.

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