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Old 01-18-2016, 06:59 PM   #1
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Forest River vs Coleman

My wife and I are looking at buying a new travel trailer. We are looking at a 2013 Forest River Tracer 2640 RLS and a new 2015 Coleman 270RLS. They have nearly identical floor plans, ameniites, weight etc. The cost is nearly the same. The Forest River is fiberglass exterior with aluminum frames and the Coleman is aluminum exterior with wood frames.

I'm looking for inputs from folks who have experiences with either of these units, areas to watch for, things to think about etc.

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get the forest river.

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Wood frame=potiential wood rot down the road
You really have to think. New for the same price as used?
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Had a Forrest River and would Never buy one again. Total lack of quality and support. Just my experience !
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:26 PM   #6
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I vowed to never have another aluminum sided, wood framed trailer, Paint can rub off even with a fancy cover. Anything bouncing off it will leave a dent. Then there are hailstorms. Wood framing is usually about as low end soft pine available and it almost seems like it rots immediately on ANY moisture contact - I've done major repairs on 3 metal sided, wood framed RVs. Yeah, fiberglass will occasionally delaminate, but it usually takes a while longer and you still need to do your overhead maintenance. Then - IMO, some of them really look more like a tin back yard shed with wheels then a costly travel trailer
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Fiberglass over aluminum every time for me.
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We have the 2016 Coleman CTS 16FB and love it, there is , as always a few thing I did myself to make it my own. My Cousin has another Coleman but a couple of years older than ours and because he bragged on it so much we went with the Coleman.
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Had a Forrest River and would Never buy one again. Total lack of quality and support. Just my experience !
Ditto on the lack of quality plus shoddy workmanship. I've had two but will not have another.
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Forest River vs Coleman

The reason alum/wood construction is still around is that it is cost effective, robust and easy to build. I have had both, never had to repair either. My current Starcraft 329bhu is 5 yrs old and has been all over the US. It has some dents but we are very happy with its value and durability.
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Thanks for the inputs.
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