Thinking of upgrading

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  1. Craig jones

    Craig jones New Member

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    What do you guys connsider to be the best manufacturer of hard sided trailers ? Im looking for and 10000 pound or less

    Thanks in advance !
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Way to narrow it down! [:D] take a look and see what you need , so beds, space, 5th wheel or TT. Toy hauler? Need space for things or people? What are you towing with?
     
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    I will be parking on a seasonal site, I dont need much room for just two, I would like a 6-8 sleeper for guests No toys . TT

    Im really just interested in the quailty of the build.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah Gold Supporting Member

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    Other than air stream a lot of campers I find are made cheaply and quickly with little quality control. My parents bought a Rockwood and it spent more time in for warranty repairs than out. Sinks and faucets were plastic. When 5 years later their floor started to get soft we realized they made the floor of foam and a thin plywood sandwich. Not to mention very few frame joists to keep the floor sturdy. A friend just bought a Lance truck camper and in the 4 months he's had it it spent 3 months in the shop. He didn't want to go into details as he was still pissed. It's sad, here you spend almost as much as a car for a camper but you find they are not made like one.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I would get something that you like floor plan wise. Ive heard good things about grand design, but never had one. I like my kz, but some say there builds have changed.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    6 to 8 people would probably need a double bunkhouse? At least so you dont have to fold stuff down. Or that just could be me!
     
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    Brother in law just purchased a 32 foot Jayco Jay Flight. I could not believe how cheap the bed was made. He had to rebuild and support in a brand new camper. He was surprised how much sturdier my KZ was built. But with like every manufacturer they all have low end and high end models. I look at the RV show every year and my next one will be a Grand Design.
     
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    Bradley E Dixon Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Personally I'd buy used. If you can find what looks like a decent unit get it.
    As a rule, the previous owner most likely took the initial depreciation hit and had all the warranty issues addressed before they got fed up and traded it in.
    Does that mean you won't have issues? Nope. As mentioned the build quality on most of these units is cheap garbage. I used to help my "old man" out years ago when he was hot shotting hauling/towing these things out of the plants in Indiana up to Canada
    When I went with, I was surprised at just how crappy these things were built helping with his pre-inspection checklist before he even hooked into it.
    I should also mention I worked for an RV dealership for a few years managing the Power sports dept. There is close to a 50% markup on new RVs. I've seen the paperwork. That's why you get "great deals" at RV shows. They can knock 30% off and still make a profit from ALL the accessories they upsell you on.
    Yep. Go used IMHO. (fixed...)[::)]

    Good luck
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    IMHP- ????
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    In my honest opinion. Imhp.
     
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    Kinda weird, if it was a brand new trailor why not have it fixed under warranty? Especially a job that big. Something doesn't add up there. I have seen vids where grand design fixed things years old, and with 2nd owners, standing behind there product.
     
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    If you look at forestriverinc. Online, the parent company, not just the forest river line of trailers and ar Thor industries, you'll see all the brands those 2 companies own and you can look through all the floorplans..
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    So it's really "In My Honest Pinion".
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I dont make them up. I just tell you what they mean[LOL]
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I won't update the acronym list with that one.
     
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    Bradley E Dixon Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow

    One typo when using my phone.

    The O and the P are next to each other on my ANDROID phone using the "querty" keyboard configuration.

    IMHO.

    There fixed. :)
     
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    When i went with my brother looking and we looked at a bunch...( no airstreams)...the Winnebego TT's and Heartland Mallards were the best we looked at.
    But you have to go into it realizing they are campers and not houses.
    They flex and shift around when being towed and like anything else...you get what pay for...and what you get depends on your budget.
    If two TT's the same length with the same options are $10k in price difference...there is a reason for that...usually in cabinet quality,counter tops' fixtures, flooring etc etc.
     
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