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Old 11-06-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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Starcraft/Coleman/Shasta Quality

My wife and I sold our Class A motorhome this year looking to downsize into a simple-as-can-be class C. Nothing fancy, no slides etc. In our search, we have started to consider small 18-24 foot travel trailers. The first brand we have encountered that we are partial to are the Winnebago Towables. This weekend we popped into our local Camping World and noticed that they had a load of Starcraft/Coleman/Shasta branded trailers in our desired length/configurations for a significantly reduced MSRP. My question is, are these brands generally reliable for travel trailers? The quality seems to be equivalently reduced from the Winnies based on the lower prices but they appeal to me as we aren't sure that towing a trailer will be to our liking. I'd rather be on the hook for as little cash as possible. My wife desires a new TT. I convinced her to be the motorhome used last time, but she wins this time.
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The Coleman Explorers were high on our list but the Winnebagos were nicer.
We did not pay any real premium in price for our Minnie. Especially this time of year, you should be able to get a great deal.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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Look for an Arctic Fox dealer. You will find one tough trailer. Built on their own frames, not Lippert.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:03 PM   #4
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From an earlier post-
We have owned coleman and keystone trailers. We are on our 2nd starcraft, (current rig) purchased in 2010. We camp 60-70 nights /yr. It has been to 3 of the 4 US coasts during that time. We have 2 teen boys and two dogs.

The floor plan is thoughtful, efficient. Workmanship is excellent, durability is excellent, good quality of standard components and excellent value for the money. We have had both fiberglass aluminum skins. The current rig is the latter.

Good luck on your decision
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Old 11-15-2014, 01:11 PM   #5
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My 2012 14ft Dutchmen is no longer made and is identical to the current 14ft Coleman - both are from Thor Industries. We have been very happy with it. We camp May to October in Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland.
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Old 11-15-2014, 02:30 PM   #6
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I second the opinion on the Arctic Fox. If you want a well built trailer that will last then choose a Northwood product. I have a 22H model and it is perfect for us. No slides, no troubles. I've upgraded several items just because I wanted to not because I needed to. New faucets, Moen and Price Pfister. New bath sink, Kohler Pennington, that type of modification. It's fun and I enjoy working and maintaining my trailer.
Good luck on your search and buy the trailer you want first rather than trading up to it.
Look at the 25Y from Arctic Fox, one of several floor plans you'll like.
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During the 80's and 90's, we had 3 different Starcraft pop-ups and they were good products. We did have an axle issue with one unit, and Starcraft was excellent in getting a replacement axle sent to a nearby dealer and covering all of the costs including replacing a tire. They are are owned by the same company that owns Jayco, and after buying Starcraft, they decided to keep Starcraft as a separate product/division. I haven't seen very many of their products in recent years, but I would think they would be comparable to what I consider "good" products. I find the Winnebago trailers to be a bit nicer, but if you see a Starcraft unit that you really like, you might as well save a few $$, and you can always upgrade later if you decide you like having a TT. The big question is how good is the dealer for customer service for warranty repairs?
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