Originally Posted by tuffr2
Keystone Vantage or an Airstream.
Who else makes a quality TT?
A quality trailer will have heavier axles and better tires as well as feel solid.
OK, if you think that a Keystone and an Airstream are even in the same neighborhood in terms of quality, I'm going to politely suggest that you reconsider.
Keystone is a mass manufacturer. They're owned by Thor. And I believe that Thor has now bought airstream.
You'll see lots of Airstreams that are decades old. You won't find the same for Keystone trailers.
A new Keystone has a year warranty. To exercise that warranty, you go through the dealer. The dealer typically has no obligation to repair the RV in a timely manner.. And new sales as well as paying service customers will be priorities. I'd suggest you read through BBB complaints on Keystone. Again, scaled them to the fact that Keystone sells MANY more RVs, but I'd encourage you to read the corporate response to those complaints.
Most TT's use the same framing techniques - either wood or aluminum. The Airstream is different - it may be aluminum framed, but the skin provides some structural support.
In terms of how it feels, anyone can add nice cabinets.
Keystone in terms of axles: The axles will be rated to handle the RV's gross weight. Components of the axle may be a product of one or more manufacturers - so it can be hard to get some responsibility if something goes wrong. Keystone provides tires that are rated to gross weight, but they are all out of China, and they are not balanced from the factory. The first thing we did with a new Keystone is throw away the factory tires.
That is, I would look for a good frame. I wouldn't worry about axles or tires - they aren't a major factor. Just make sure they're rated for the gross weight, tires aren't too old, not made from China, springs have curve, and axles aren't sagging.
Manufacturers like DRV actually invest some time in suspension systems and decent tires. Heck, they might spend the extra $80 to actually have them balanced.
And this: Axles, springs, tires - all easily replaced if you don't like them... And relatively inexpensive compared to having to repair a leak or structural issue.
I own a Keystone. I like it. It works for me. I but I knew walking out the door that I'd be the one repairing it (under warranty). I'd never compare it to the quality of an Airstream.