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Old 08-12-2021, 09:02 AM   #1
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Newby on travel trailers.

We're just on the verge of getting our first travel trailer. Thought I'd ask you owners about quality units. We're looking a a Mallard 27 and a Starcraft 242. We would appreciate any feedback from previous/present owners. Thanks.
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Well I have a 2020 Gulfstream and I like it because it was inexpensive and the downside is it's built like it's inexpensive. But I like rebuilding things so it's been fun. If Ikea furniture gives you a headache...avoid Gulfstream.
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You don't state if you are looking for new or used. These days a used unit may be the best bet even if it is only two years old. The bugs will be worked out and it will be a pre covid build. That said, some years of just about every company have had problems. I currently own the unit in my signature but had a 2004 Starcraft Aruba that was built like a brick poop house but some subsequent years were severely lacking in build quality. Had a 2015 Rockwood Mini Lite that was absolutely awful but owners of newer ones claim they are fantastic. Even with my own unit, we had the choice of two units that had consecutive serial numbers and one looked like it was slapped together and the other was impressive on fit and finish. Still had some minor glitches but nothing that required it to go back to the dealer. Your pre delivery inspection for a new unit and evaluation by a good rv surveyor for a used unit will cover just about all that can bite you. Good luck and welcome to the rv world!
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First thing I would have you consider is whether you want a trailer suitable for cooler or winter weather. Even if you don't plan on winter camping, you have to consider if you think you will have to travel in cold temps to get to your destination, as we do when we leave Ohio and travel south in the winter. The added insulation, heated water bay or heat pads on water tanks, double pane windows, etc. make it easy to travel in cold weather and the added insulation helps with the hot, hot summers that so much of the country is experiencing.
If I were in the market for a trailer, I'd be thinking about Arctic Fox, Northwood, or Lance trailers. Then there are other companies that offer cold weather packages for their trailers which can be pretty good, but may not make up for less insulated roof or sidewalls.

Although not a all season trailer, I will say that our 2014 Winnebago Minnie travel trailer was a pretty nice trailer and we had no problems with it. We were able to stay warm on some pretty cold nights, and kept water lines from freezing by opening up cabinet doors where water lines were near. If I still had it, I would be looking at installing heating pads on the water tanks.

Since you are new to the game, I suggest looking at a lot of trailers, and studying them carefully for build quality along with insulation values and what "winter package" is available. Double pane window, if available, really help you avoid condensation in colder weather. Single pane windows end up requiring opening some vents to help with the problem.

And, with the current market, your choices may be limited. Take your time and your patience may pay off!

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Hi Tommy.

Both Mallard and Starcraft have several owner's forums at other sites that may be able to answer your question. Probably both sites have folks that have owned both, but apples to oranges for several reasons.

You also might try driving through your local RV camping area to see what people are using. Most there would probably answer your questions and show off their mods.
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