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Old 01-20-2020, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question Quality RV's Anyone?

Hubby and I just sold our Coachmen FE 22DSX hybrid. We found it to be of good quality and sold it for health reasons (bought it to camp with another couple, he has health issues) and they won't be camping too much anymore. Anyhow, so what's next? I have heard so many horror stories regarding Forest River and Thor products, they dominate the market. We did look at a Lance but uhmmm, it's a tad on the high side price wise. What is a good brand for a smaller towable (up to 28 feet max), u-shaped dinette to play cards and games, no bunks, maybe a murphy bed?

Does anyone have an opinion for us please? Our budget is $30k max, less would be better. We are not afraid to buy a year or two old, actually we would prefer that.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Anything without a Lippert frame. Search Lippert frame issues here on IRV2 and run away from anything using them.

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My daughter is looking for a TT in the 4000-4200 pound range. Any recommendations in that size range. She was thinking Airstream until she checked prices.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:39 PM   #4
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My son has a Coachmen Apex Nano that is very light, around 4000 lbs. A standout feature is that Coachmen builds them with Azdel panels instead of the standard luan plywood, so the inevitable leaks are, theoretically, less destructive. If I were shopping for myself, I would be looking at http://www.aluminumtrailer.com and customizing to my own (admittedly spartan) desires.

I absolutely love the looks and craftsmanship in classic Airstreams, but a simple search for “Airstream leak repair” returns enough horror stories for me to get past the nostalgia and into something made with modern materials and techniques.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:46 PM   #5
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Quality RV's Anyone?

What is the weight range?

Quality tends to heavy and/or expensive. Good, cheap, light: pick two

Nash would be the best only moderately heavy unit I could think of. The smaller ORVs? They have a ~20’ unit with a huge rear dinette and no slide.

An egg perhaps? Casita, Scamp, or Escape. Dang near indestructible.

What about a teardrop? T@b. Some of those are built really well.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:08 PM   #6
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Quality Travel Trailer Brands

Winter of 2018 I joined the Dutchmen Owners forum and expressed my disappointment with my new Dutchmen Kodiak Cub. My opinion of Dutchmen travel trailers has not improved since then. Total cost of ownership has not been lower than much higher priced trailers.
In 2019 I found a thread on iRV2.com started by a new member who wanted advice on what to buy for his first travel trailer. What followed was a compilation of 1000’s of camper hours of experience and a list of brands from owners with firsthand experience. Needless to say Dutchmen and many other Thor companies were specifically not recommended. Their only advantage is low purchase price. Jayco is now a Thor company and the last 4? model years are also specifically not recommended. A short list of recommended brands and brief comments follow. I wish I had this information before buying.
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Lance are $10-$25k more than the same length ORV Creekside or Timber Ridge.
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New TT's are only available from the factory, no dealers. They have none in stock. They are only available by ordering. There are very few floor plans and sizes. Only the best components are used.

Easier to tow:
Air Stream, Oliver, and Escape are streamlined shaped trailers of high quality that are true cold and hot weather campers. They are easier to tow. They are heavier than many light weights and cost a lot. However, you get a lot more.
There are others that have curved leading and trailing roof edges. These also tow a little easier (see Forest River Rpod as an example). I have no first hand reviews of most other trailers.
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