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Title: Travel trailer advice
Post by: jackelope on January 17, 2021, 10:48:11 AM
So were considering a travel trailer. Something in the 20-24 range. My current vehicle has a 7500 pound tow rating but Im wanting to keep max weight around 5k. I know we want bunks and at a minimum, a queen bed. The table that folds into a bed is mostly useless as were all tall(I have a 13 year old daughter that is 6 tall). So maybe if her short friend comes along the table bed thing would get used as a bed but probably not. We want new or at least newer. Im looking for advice on brands and other things I should be considering with this. There is a plan for a truck with a higher tow capacity at some point but really these trailers weve seen all have what we need as far as size goes. Were all outdoorsy types and wouldnt spend a lot of time indoors. Weve always been tent campers but my wife is about done with tent life I think.
I like the layout along the lines of this one.

Forest River Evo 177BQ
https://hr4kf.app.goo.gl/6xCKK

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210117/3faa4e1814ac01189d8a2ecf99140bff.jpg)


Which I guess brings up the question of single axle or dual axle.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Buckhunter24 on January 17, 2021, 11:00:00 AM
Sounds like your already looking close at the bed lengths, but measure for yourself. My dad has a Springdale that looks identical to that and the bunks are only about 5' 9".
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Igor on January 17, 2021, 11:06:24 AM
Sounds like your already looking close at the bed lengths, but measure for yourself. My dad has a Springdale that looks identical to that and the bunks are only about 5' 9".

That is a good point......measure the beds yourself.  What the RV manufacturers call a "Queen size" is not a  normal queen size....it is considerably shorter.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Old Dog on January 17, 2021, 11:09:04 AM
I just bought a new 24' coach, 28' overall, Springdale last August.  I ended up staying away from the ultra lite models.  Lack of cargo capacity, small holding tanks, and no winter package with those.  I did not get a bunk house model either, because the bunks in the smaller models are for kids.  I don't think your 6' daughter would like them.  There are only 3 or 4 manufacturers that make all the travel trailers, so pick the one you like in you price point and buy it.    :twocents:
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Sandberm on January 17, 2021, 11:13:19 AM
 :chuckle:

Seriously...sit on the toilet and pretend to use it. I'm 5ft 10in tall. In my old 20 ft Nash its a tight fit. My knees almost hit the opposite wall and leaning over to do a right hand wipe is much easier with the door thats on my left open. Ive been married a long time, but that doesnt mean my wife wants to see me wipe my butt.

Lay in the bed next to your wife and roll around to make sure there is enough room. Again, my old Nash is a tight fit for me and the wife. Its doable but we keep eachother up at night when each of us rolls around. Our bed measures about 49 inches wide wall to wall. I really wish it had another 10-12 inches of width

Stand in the shower. Again, if I was much taller the hair that is left on my head would be getting cut off by the exhaust fan.

Ours holds 40 gallons of fresh water. Thats about 3 nights stays worth for us(2 people, 2 showers total?)
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: hiway_99 on January 17, 2021, 11:15:16 AM
Ultra lite rv tend to have a shorter interior head hight.

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Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: jackelope on January 17, 2021, 11:23:10 AM
I travel trailer camped pretty much the first 25 years of my life and never took a shower in one. Its a thing, but not a huge thing. We all know its going to be a tight fit. Well definitely investigate the actual bed lengths too. Thats good advice. Thats one of the biggest factors of this idea.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: NRA4LIFE on January 17, 2021, 11:24:15 AM
Double axle for sure on something that big.  5K should be easy to stay under with the ultra lights.  Don't be too hung up on brands unless you want to upscale to certain makes like Airstream and others.  Most models are built in the same 2 or 3 factories in Indiana and are virtually identical I found. One thing that I would change in your diagram is the orientation of the main bed.  If it's rotated 90 degrees, you can both get out on your own side without one of you climbing over the other to go to the bathroom.  That seems to get more important as we get older.  A slideout is also mandatory.  The extra room it gives is invaluable.  Other little perks I like on ours (excluding all the real obvious needs) are the following:


Outside:

Shower nozzle with hot water
QD propane spigot
Electric awning
Lots of LED lights
Speakers
Backup camera
Electric tongue jack (I installed that)
Dual battery system (I installed that, there are some things to be careful of)
Anti sway hitch system (I installed that too)

Inside:

Tons of storage and closets
Microwave
Oven (for baking cookies and frozen pizzas mostly)
TV/entertainment system
Shower
Big fridge and freezer
A/C (never thought we'd need it until camping in E. WA in August)
Clothes line to dry out clothes (I installed that)

There are other things I'm sure that I am missing.

A couple things I would like that I've yet to upgrade:

Larger propane tanks
Additional counter space for the "kitchen"

Hope that helps.




Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: BD1 on January 17, 2021, 11:32:02 AM
I purchased a 2020 Forest River Salem Cruise Lite 2208 BHXL...very similar floor plan. I love it  :tup: it is basically 28' total. If you have specific questions shoot me a PM. 4300# dry. Tandem axle. Ours is a murphy bed that folds up to reveal a small couch. The XL I think stands for the larger bunk beds. Full size oven etc. Got mine at Apache in Everett. Lots to look at there. 
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Igor on January 17, 2021, 11:54:49 AM
Unless you really need a lightweight trailer, I would stay away from the ultralight versions.  My wife and I looked at probably 30 trailers before we bought ours, and we noticed early-on that the ultralights had some serious drawbacks.
Depending on how many trailers you look at, I would recommend taking notes on things you find out that you like, and things you dislike.  We looked at so many trailers over a 3-day period that it was hard to remember what we had liked in specific trailers.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: MADMAX on January 17, 2021, 12:14:38 PM
We like our ultralight Jayco Hummingbird Baja
Queen
Slide
Power awning
TV/dvd
20ft
4K on weight loaded
Run everything with a 500 watt generator
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: JKEEN33 on January 17, 2021, 12:15:16 PM
I have the truck canopy, 1 man, 3 man, kodiak canvas and a 28 foot trailer. They all have their uses. Been doing travel trailers for 20 years now. If you buy new, expect to do repairs. Im sitting in the new trailer I bought in November right now. Had to repair cable connections, screen door, shower door, loose trim, TP roll hanger. Its well known that the finish on trailers stinks. They are easy fixes usually and to me worth just fixing and then enjoying the time spent in the trailer.

Dont max out the truck. I see it a lot and it becomes a truck repair nightmare fast. Get the most space you can, you will appreciate it down the road. Showers do become more important down the road.

I bought the UL this time. Even with a one ton truck, there is a lot of weight back there. This UL does have a lower ceiling height, Im 510, so not an issue. You can get 4 season UL, this one is. Heated tanks is nice if your going to be in cold weather. Big tanks are nice if you are going to be out for any length of time. First thing I look at is the roof. Some of the older models have the seam between the roof and the wall on top of the roof. I never understood that. Standing water on the roof eventually works into the seam no matter how well you caulk my new one wraps the roof over to the side of the wall

I went with a slide this time. I was worried about leaks also, but have been in a few heavy downpours already. So far Im impressed and LOVE the extra space.

We have a great time RVing especially now that recreation and vacation options are limited.

Ill add, a good quality cover is a must. The sun is just as bad as the rain on trailers. Keeping it covered while storing helps keep them dry and in good shape. Ive seen new trailers that are junk in 4-5 years from just sitting uncovered.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Sandberm on January 17, 2021, 12:35:35 PM
I love using my shower. Its nice to have a hot shower at the end of a sweaty day. I sleep better.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Mudman on January 17, 2021, 12:54:12 PM
We just bought 27" toy hauler work and play.  I dont understand why people arent concerned about quality of construction?  These things are headaches like boats.  Leaks, rotten floors, roofs etc.  I choose this one due to NO wood in walls.  Laminated floors, alum truss roof.  PVC roof instead of rubber membrane roof.  Heated underbelly.      I would look at a Coachman TT.  Azdel aluminum walls.  etc.  Forest river.caochmen.   Also heated underbelly if ya camp in winter, nobody likes frozen poopsickles.  Tufflex pvc roof much better the the TPO rubbers.   Dual axles required imop. 5-7k lbs should be fine I think?   Longer dual axles tow easier.  Axle flip lift if boondocking?  Dual 6volt batts and or solar  :tup:.  Nice tall skylight shower, AC, elect. tongue jacks, elect awning are nice features.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: jackelope on January 17, 2021, 02:20:47 PM
Im totally concerned about quality of construction.

What brand did you buy?
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: KFhunter on January 17, 2021, 02:24:21 PM
Quality is huge, beware of bling that runs surface deep 


I'd give Northwood products a hard look

https://northwoodmfg.com/travel-trailers/
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: turkeyfeather on January 17, 2021, 03:42:26 PM
Being on trailer #2 and headed toward #3.....best thing I come offer is that slides are your friend. They make a huge difference in not feeling cramped. And get larger tanks.....you'll be amazed how fast those things will fill when everyone realizes how much more convenient it is to do your "business".
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Mudman on January 17, 2021, 03:46:24 PM
Im totally concerned about quality of construction.

What brand did you buy?
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/rvd/d/boise-warranty-forever-2021-work-play/7256315537.html
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Old Man8383 on January 17, 2021, 03:52:12 PM
You might consider looking at the Escape Trailers manufactured in Chilliwack BC.  I like their design and they have a very good reputation.  Went up a few years ago and checked out a few demo's they had on the lot at the factory.  They aren't cheap, but you get what you pay for.  Will be purchasing one ourselves as soon and life stops getting in the way.  Here's the web page: https://escapetrailer.com/
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Mudman on January 17, 2021, 03:56:18 PM
IMOP they are all CHEAP.  I just tried to find a better built "CHEAP" one!  We do like it so far.  Delamination is always a concern as well as rot in floors and of course roof leaks.   I choose the AZDEL no wood walls for no delam and pvc roof much better and also UV proof with full 15y warranty.  Laminated wood flooring with alum joists seemed like a winner as well.  Seen to many chipboard garbage as soon as water touches it in my life.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Old Man8383 on January 17, 2021, 05:09:37 PM
I am not aware that Escape uses constructional chipboard in the manafacture of their trailers.  The floor is exterior 3/4" plywood.  The walls are part of exterior thick epoxy insulated shell.  Leaks are the bain of most recreational vehicles, but Escape has gone a long way to minimize them.  They also have an owners forum you can join and their great at answering questions.  https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/misc.php?do=login
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Mudman on January 17, 2021, 05:55:02 PM
Reminds me of Bigfoot campers.   :tup:   I also not fan of slides...  Great but also leak/problem/weight issues come with em.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: MADMAX on January 17, 2021, 05:57:22 PM
If your wanting a really good $ trailer
Get an airstream
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Moose Master on January 17, 2021, 07:01:36 PM
Don't care what tow capacity is for your truck.  If you don't have a trannie cooler get it install.

Stay away from Forrest River Products.  Good luck and listen to wife when it comes to storage and kitchen.  Most RV mattress are not good so be prepared to change them out or upgrade.  Lots of good suggestions here

Forgot to add making beds and bunks depending on what you use for bedding  and getting in and out of them.

If you use a cpap machine  12 volt adapter close to the bed and where to put it.

Convert to use of 6 volt batteries instead 12 volt batteries.  Power last longer.

Look at clearance might want to flip the springs.  Depending where you take it.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: jackelope on January 17, 2021, 07:04:32 PM
Truck is factory equipped to tow. Auxiliary trans cooler, heavy duty cooling, etc.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Moose Master on January 17, 2021, 07:16:13 PM
Truck is factory equipped to tow. Auxiliary trans cooler, heavy duty cooling, etc.


Great
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: elksnout on January 17, 2021, 07:35:55 PM
After having one with and one without I wouldn't even consider a traveler trailer without a slide out. Especially with a family.

Tandem axle for sure. 


Elksnout
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Rob on January 17, 2021, 10:14:39 PM
How about brands to steer clear of?
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: follow maggie on January 18, 2021, 04:15:48 PM
Id stay away from the Keystones if youre buying new. I dont think they really have more problems than the other brands, but theyre famous for working harder than all the other brands to not honor their warranties.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Encore 280 on January 18, 2021, 06:13:46 PM
On my 2nd trailer now, first one was a 25' Dutchman Rainier, wasn't too bad for a first one. Traded it in on a 26' Arctic Fox with the 3 bunks. When we looked at the AF it looked way bigger than the 25' Dutchman! Come to find out the Dutchman length is total length from front of tongue to back bumper. Arctic Fox is 26' inside, lots bigger. Look for individual reading lamps by the bed if you or your wife reads. Some come with one reading light right in the middle above so if one wants to read the other has to bury their head under the covers or pillow. Look for one with an exhaust fan in each space, bathroom, kitchen,  and bedroom. Make sure it has a ladder to access the roof. If there isn't a ladder then that means you shouldn't be on the roof which means it's weak construction. You'll want to get on the roof to clean it or replace exhaust fan covers. Check sealer seams on the roof around vents for cracks in the sealer. If there's cracks in the sealer then water has got inside. Nice to have lots of storage inside and out. I think Kent RV is a good place to shop.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Hunter mike on January 18, 2021, 07:44:04 PM
Were  about to pick up trailer #4 soon. #3 was kind of a mistake - we went no slide for weight and simplicity and my wife really struggled with the kids and dogs always passing through her space when  cooking and dishes etc. Were getting one big slide this time along with larger bunks.

One thing to think about with those smaller single axle trailers is the very low payloads. Often theyre rated for under 1000 lbs including the water tank. Also watch for ultralight construction - things can be pretty flimsy. Try to get a 5/8 t&g plywood floor and walkable roof.

Good maintenance goes a long ways toward making it last.  Get an Equalizer hitch and maybe look at Sumo springs for a 1/2 ton - supposed to be really good.

Invest in good batteries and a small generator - tons of great free dry camping in WA. Its fun to set up camp off the grid with all of the comforts for the family.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Idighuntin on March 16, 2021, 06:27:51 AM
Look into Outdoors Rv and Northwood mfg. both quality Rv made in Oregon built for camping in the Northwest. If youre interested in quality you have to look into there models. :twocents:
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Magnum_Willys on March 16, 2021, 07:53:22 AM
After having one with and one without I wouldn't even consider a traveler trailer without a slide out. Especially with a family.

Tandem axle for sure. 


Elksnout

 :yeah: X 100
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: gutsnthegrass on March 16, 2021, 09:08:31 AM
We had really good luck with our Jayco.  Owned it for 10 years and never had an issue with it with proper maintenance.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: walter351 on March 16, 2021, 09:16:18 AM
My honest opinion on travel trailers in our current market would be to wait another year if you could. Consider the following reasons. 1. Thor industries has over 2 billion dollars worth of orders currently on the books. Thor is the biggest RV manufacturing company and owns keystone, forrest river, jayco, etc. Due to this fact they have their entire staff working as much as they can to process these orders. As with anything quality goes down with volume. This can be easily seen in forum reviews/complaints and overall customer satisfaction surveys. 2. With the covid shutdown certain materials became almost unavailable. This has caused rv manufactures to utilize "alternative" resources to complete the job. One of the major impacts were on refrigerators. Some manufactures are pitching a frig that runs off electric alone and throwing in a free solar panel to entice buyers to consider this. The problem is that the solar panel is not strong enough to keep up with demands and you typically have to do a significant battery upgrade to make it all work. I like to boondock so this just does not work for me, unless I upgrade the solar adequately. 3. The pricing of RVs are through the roof. This is mainly due to the supply issue as stated before. When they have a model that was not preordered to exact specs for a person, that unit will have 4 or 5 families waiting to purchase it. I have also heard that some rv sales divisions are forcing people to order a new unit vs being able to take the lot unit home just so they sales lot has something to show to customers that walk in. In other words, expect to pay a premium for a unit that will more than likely have quality issues above and beyond what is normal. 4. Most warranties are a gimmick. They also become increasingly more difficult to be honored if the repairing facility is not the same facility you bought the unit at. I recommend when you buy a RV it will also be the one that will be repairing it when you have an issue. Never buy a specific unit just for the warranty.

My bet is the market will flood with used units for sale once covid restrictions lighten up. I also believe you will see precovid units sell for more than 2020 models.

If I HAD to buy I would stick with outdoors rv, or northwood. They are smaller manufactures that do not experience the level of corporate influences other manufactures have. Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: ucwarden on March 16, 2021, 09:26:53 AM
Look into Outdoors Rv and Northwood mfg. both quality Rv made in Oregon built for camping in the Northwest. If youre interested in quality you have to look into there models. :twocents:

Outdoors RV trailers are awesome.  They are well built, rugged, and very well designed.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Robinhood on March 16, 2021, 01:02:49 PM
I looked at a bunch of trailers and the best quality IMO were Jayco, and Grand design. I ended up with a Grand Design, 31' and love it.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: trophyhunt on March 16, 2021, 01:38:17 PM
Outdoors rv!
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Magnum_Willys on March 16, 2021, 01:50:14 PM
I looked at a bunch of trailers and the best quality IMO were Jayco, and Grand design. I ended up with a Grand Design, 31' and love it.

Grand Design is top notch !  Their 5th wheels are awesome.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: ctwiggs1 on March 16, 2021, 02:04:53 PM
Grand Design's are awesome, but you pay for it.

I've had a pretty good time with our Jayco. 

The biggest thing you have to wrap your head around is that these things are going to break no matter how good you are.  You're essentially putting a lightly built house on wheels and giving it the same effect as a continuous earthquake while rolling down the highway.  Stuff happens.  Get good at Google and be ok with spending some cash every now and then on spare parts and tools to throw in the trailer after learning hard lessons.  Be comfortable with dealing with your family's poop (literally) because black water tanks can get involved.

Go into it with the right mindset and you'll be fine.  You're an outdoorsy guy who is pretty handy so I'm sure you'll do just fine.

 
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Special T on March 16, 2021, 02:46:20 PM
My brother did RV repair for a little while. He belives most are junk, but if parked under cover and resealed regularly new ones don't deteriorate as quick. Once leaky the developer rot and mold very easily.

The fiberglass shells are expensive but made right. Less leak prone, stiffer and hold value. Buddy had his PU camper burn up, to try and replace it with another he was gonna pay the same price for a 20 year old one... same age and cost he purchased new 20 years ago...

Good luck with your search.

@HappyGillmore has a small tow behind. I think it is a Casita.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: huntandjeep on March 16, 2021, 07:58:44 PM
We were in the same boat 5 years ago . We wanted a 26-28'. Looked at a ton of trailers from every manufacturer.  Every one of them we hated the always down master bed in the front . Felt like such wasted space . Found a new Jayco Whitehawk 24MBH . Bought it on the spot.  The master bed is still in the front but it's a  Murphy bed . When its folded up we have a couch and actually more useaable floor space in the 24' trailer then the bigger ones .  Have not had 1 problem with the Jayco . Only thing we regret is the outdoor kitchen . We have a Camp Chef and Blackstone and have never used the stove or sink . The fridge gets used on rare occasions when we are hooked up to shore power.  Hindsite we would have had that deleted for more storage .
 
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: M_ray on March 16, 2021, 08:28:53 PM
My advise is? 
Western Washington is brutal on RV's, they will all leak and usually doesn't take them long. Unless you have a roof to store them under. Otherwise the two best days of your RV life will be the day you buy it and the day you sell it. Sorry if this has been covered I didn't read the whole thread.  :twocents:
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Netminder01 on March 24, 2021, 11:24:51 AM
Josh - we should connect! I'm still in the shopping phase for my enclosed trailer; based on my research it will hold up better for the mixed-use - and terrain it will be in. Travel trailers for the price I'm at seemed to be lacking. I'm going with an all-aluminum structure before building out the interior.

The problem I'm having is quality inventory; I was going out to Boulder, CO to find one that fit my specs.

Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Hitsman3 on March 26, 2021, 07:59:50 AM
Agree with the Grand Design! We've had ours a year now and love it! They are known to be good to work with on any warranty issues. We did like the Outdoors RV's we looked at but they were damn proud of them & weren't looking to spend that much $.  No matter what you get make sure to have somewhere to park it under cover, it will make a huge difference.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: lee on April 04, 2021, 08:01:10 AM
Hi,

Which ever manufacture RV you choose,... it is vital that you get up on the roof at least x2 a year and perform an inspection. Every seam, every roof pentation must be inspected to see if the DICOR sealant is still intact. Touch up suspect spots by cleaning with Simple Green, rinse with water soaked cloth, let dry then apply DICOR self-leveling sealant (when over 50* degrees).  Every time that I inspect, I find a spot that needs attention.

Also, inspect sealant around every light (clearance, brake, etc.) and every window and doors.

After inspection/repair then apply a protectant (I use Areospace 303) to the roof membrane (including slide out) also apply to the slide out seals, all door seals.

Water intrusion is every RV owners worst enemy.... especially here in the Great North-Wet!!!!!

Finally,... if you plan on keeping the RV for a long time,... and plan on putting a lot of miles on it.... install a wet bolt suspension kit.... and most important... replace those stock "China-Bomb" tires with quality tires.

Lee
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: 280ackley on April 04, 2021, 08:08:20 AM
I've been looking at Outdoors RV which are made in LaGrande I think.  They look well built but I haven't seen one in person yet.
https://www.outdoorsrvmfg.com

Does anyone have any experience with them?
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: trophyhunt on April 04, 2021, 08:14:26 AM
Outdoors RV is a top model in my opinion.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Buckhunter24 on April 04, 2021, 08:31:43 AM
Was there a trailer covering thread a while back? I thought there was but cannot find it. Considering a steel frame building, but may take the cheap way out with a canvas type cover
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: lee on April 04, 2021, 08:49:10 AM
Hi,

Being an RV owner for over 20years,... I haunt many RV forums. Since I own a Keystone product, I haunt a Keystone forum the most (BTW: Not affiliated with Keystone RV Manufacturing). One of the Moderators is a repair technician at an RV repair facility. His recommendation is to NEVER cover your RV with one of the advertised RV covers. He states they do more harm than good through abrasion to the roof membrane from wind and also the fact they trap water and moisture under them causing more problems.

He recommends what I stated in my post earlier on this subject. Inspect, Inspect, Inspect. At least x2 yearly.

Lee
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Pnwrider on April 04, 2021, 09:39:31 AM
I've been looking at Outdoors RV which are made in LaGrande I think.  They look well built but I haven't seen one in person yet.
https://www.outdoorsrvmfg.com

Does anyone have any experience with them?
My neighbor just bought the outdoors rv 28 bunkhouse. Said he did tons of research and narrowed it down to them. He wanted one that he could use throughout the winter for skiing. Seems like a solid unit from the time Ive spent checking it out. His biggest issue is trying to find storage for it. He called everywhere within 20 miles and no one has space.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Mudman on April 04, 2021, 09:41:25 AM
Azdel walls.  PVC roof membranes.  Alum framing?  Underbelly protections.  These are important to me to reduce issues down the road.  Also I plan to put up a metal 30'x16" rv port this year.  Sun UV rays do alot of damage imop.  We have a new 27' TT so I plan to protect it.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: trophyhunt on April 04, 2021, 09:53:30 AM
Yup, wasnt going to have a new trailer without a steel rv cover to protect it! Dont regret buying it one bit.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Mudman on April 04, 2021, 10:03:05 AM
I tried order one few months ago and backlog kicked in.  I had false info from em or sumthing but I said screw it for now.  Plan to order one soon and put it up this summer.  Roughly $4kish..  RV covers suck and lumber is so high.  Jeez.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Magnum_Willys on April 04, 2021, 10:05:05 AM

My neighbor just bought the outdoors rv 28 bunkhouse. Said he did tons of research and narrowed it down to them. He wanted one that he could use throughout the winter for skiing. Seems like a solid unit from the time Ive spent checking it out. His biggest issue is trying to find storage for it. He called everywhere within 20 miles and no one has space.

Yea finding storage space for anything is crazy - most storage places are 100% full - don't even have a 4x10 much less a 40 x 10 !  check out neighbors.com?
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: jackelope on April 04, 2021, 10:06:47 AM
All really good info. Weve decided to hold off a year. Were thinking about renting one a few times just to make sure we all like it. I know I will, I grew up RVing with my grandparents and have used one several times as an adult. I dont think my wife ever has and my kid definitely has not. Only tents.  Because of our driveway situation we dont have a good place to store one so wed also have to pay storage somewhere too. Not a dealbreaker but also not ideal. I appreciate all the awesome advice though. Those Outdoors trailers look pretty great. Theyll be near the top of the list for sure.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Craig on April 04, 2021, 08:59:44 PM
Im selling my 2018 27 trailer with bunk beds. Probably a little to heavy at 6500 dry weight. Daughter is at college and my son will be going to college next year. No need for bunk beds anymore.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: C-Money on April 05, 2021, 10:16:30 AM
We were not super happy with the quality of our new Salem camp trailer. Got rid of it and got a used Komfort 5th wheel, and seems to be a bit better built unit. The Salem was okay, lots of warranty work after purchase, and just kind of felt a bit cheap. Hope you find the the unit that you are looking for!!
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: KFhunter on April 05, 2021, 06:53:14 PM
getting on the roof of my RV scares the hell outta me,  feels like I'm going to fall through, it makes so much cracking creaking and breaking noises.

wish I would have read this thread before I bought it, would have known to look at the wooden rafters and not bought.  Seriously need a 120lb kid up there to do the dicor

Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: browney5er on April 09, 2021, 08:29:26 PM
All really good info. Weve decided to hold off a year. Were thinking about renting one a few times just to make sure we all like it. I know I will, I grew up RVing with my grandparents and have used one several times as an adult. I dont think my wife ever has and my kid definitely has not. Only tents.  Because of our driveway situation we dont have a good place to store one so wed also have to pay storage somewhere too. Not a dealbreaker but also not ideal. I appreciate all the awesome advice though. Those Outdoors trailers look pretty great. Theyll be near the top of the list for sure.


I dont know if youre looking to buy a brand new trailer when you decide to buy but I would definitely consider buying a used one. You can find 1 and 2 year old trailers a whole lot cheaper and most are like brand new. I think youre on the right track with Outdoors Rv. My wife and I researched for over a year and came up with Outdoors Rv and Northwood manufacturing. We ended up saving half on a 2018 Outdoors Rv Glacier Peak 5th wheel. If you can be patient and watch Craigslist, Facebook and other classified pages you will be able to get more trailer for your dollar, I promise.
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: BD1 on April 09, 2021, 08:34:20 PM
wish I would have read this thread before I bought it, would have known to look at the wooden rafters and not bought.  Seriously need a 120lb kid up there to do the dicor
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My 12 year ls it my roof detailer  :tup:
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: lee on April 10, 2021, 07:26:41 AM
When inspecting my RV roof... I just stay on my hands-and-knees. This spreads out the weight, plus since I'm inspecting the roof this places your eyes that much closer to the membrane making the inspection easier.

I have read that some owners buy a sheet of 4" thick high density foam and cut it in half. Put these on the roof to walk on thus spreading the load.

Lee
Title: Re: Travel trailer advice
Post by: Sandberm on April 10, 2021, 09:55:04 AM
170 lb me painted the top of my old Nash 20n...my current 210lb me feels like im going to break the seams.

Ill have to try that foam trick :tup: