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Old 08-07-2016, 12:21 PM   #1
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Any particular small trailers to avoid?

Newbie here - thanks in advance for your help! We currently have a popup and are looking to go with a small (max 20') TT. Are there any glaring weak spots out there - trailers that have more than the usual number of lemons or repeated history of A Big Problem?

I tried to search on this topic, but didn't find a lot. I'm certainly not the first to wonder about this - if you could point me to some past posts or give me your insights, I would be most grateful.

We aren't looking for full time living - from weekends to maybe 2 weeks at a time.

So far we have looked at Coachmen Clipper, Apex, Travel Lite, and R-pod. We've hardly scratched the surface of the seemingly endless list of choices available. Any thoughts on narrowing the search?

Thanks very much!


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Old 08-07-2016, 12:58 PM   #2
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We had a new 2016 Coleman 192RDS for about a year and pulled it well over 10,000 miles with no problems. It has a 19' box and 23' total. Was easy to pull. The only thing we did not like about it was the bed sat crosswise and was not a walk around, so one of us had to climb over the other at times. We did decide we wanted more room, so traded it in on a bigger trailer.

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Old 08-08-2016, 05:40 AM   #3
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for a small trailer.. you and the second person.. MUST do normal stuff inside BEFORE buying.. cooking, cleaning, bathroom, laying in bed.

we had a 21 foot trailer.. Wife hated the fact if I had had to exit trailer and she was cooking.. she had to stop or move...
owned it 6 weeks... sold it and got a 30 foot with a slide out and FRONT KITCHEN..
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:06 PM   #4
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You won't see many responses to this type of question because nobody wants to offend another person by saying their trailer is crappy. You may get better results asking which trailers are better built. Generally speaking, most trailers are built to terrible standards because most users only spend a hand full of nights in them per year and are willing to sacrifice some quality if it means less weight so they can tow a larger trailer without having a larger truck.

There are some well built trailers however they are usually heavy and more expensive. The 34' super ultra-light that is 1/2 ton towable and the same cost as another brands 26' may not be very durable or even well sealed. Weight savings comes from somewhere and usually it is from plastic replacing steel and making the frame and structure less robust.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:56 PM   #5
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This is a pretty good video:


The issues these guys find in the small trailers are typical, I believe. I would look at small Airstreams as an example of the best made small trailers for comparison.
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Old 08-08-2016, 10:44 PM   #6
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Outdoors RV and Northwood MFG are also very well built.

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