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I am going to buy my first travel trailer and have narrowed it down to a 2018 FR Wolfpup 18TO black label edition (has upgraded insulation, alumn wheels and some cosmetic upgrades) and a 2018 Outdoorsrv 18DB (backcountry edition which has base camp package). I am kinda torn between the 2. The wolf pup is about 400lbs less,cost about $4,000 less, has a slide and my gf likes the couch and floorplan better than the other one. On the other hand the Outdoorsrv has a solar panel, offroad suspension/shocks, and is a aluminum frame. As a newbie I'm not sure how big of a deal it is to have a aluminum frame vs wood. Will the outdoorsrv last that much longer than the wolfpup assuming equal level of maintenance? I will be living in it for about 6 months of the year in the Oregon high desert at my job roughly May-Oct. Any input would be appreciated.

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Outdoor RV will be much better overall trailer. 4K is nothing to sneeze at, but at the end of the day is a small price to pay for better. Not only is Outdoor an aluminum frame, it has an in house built frame compared to FRs Lippert frame.
IMHO either frame mayerial can be good or horrible depending on how its put together. So dont let that alone sway you.
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Pros and cons about both...floor plan that fits your needs best should come first.

but, I think you can find a trailer that has what you like about each one of these all in one trailer....ie, slide, the couch your girl likes, cosmetics, and smooth sided, aluminum framed, etc.

My advice, keep shopping.


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“On the other hand the Outdoorsrv has a solar panel,”

A solar panel capable of producing how many watts? Is it for battery maintaining or battery charging? Can you add more panels with the installed controller?


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donn0128 wrote:


If your close enough come to LaPine state park next summer and say hi.

I will be at Prineville Reservior SP so I might be able to do that sometime. As far as finding one that has both 20k is right at the top of my price range. I should've also noted that 18ft is about my top weight range (grand cherokee of mine is listed as 6500lb tow max) I am up for other suggestions just those 2 are the ones that have popped so far.

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donn0128 wrote:

Outdoor RV will be much better overall trailer. 4K is nothing to sneeze at, but at the end of the day is a small price to pay for better. Not only is Outdoor an aluminum frame, it has an in house built frame compared to FRs Lippert frame.
IMHO either frame mayerial can be good or horrible depending on how its put together.


Absolutely I’ve seen good and bad examples of both. Might want to look at some other Northwood products (Arctic Fox and Nash). Had one for 5 years and still would have it but outgrew it.

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What is the Jeep’s payload number? At a max 7000 you will have 900 pounds or so of tongue weight and 75 for a WDH. With your GF and stuff I believe you’ll be too heavy. Wheelbase is important too.

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The slide in the Wolf Pup would add valuable space for long term living.

We have the exact same floorplan as the 18DB. No doubt it can get cramped for two or more people. On the other hand, it's pretty roomy when you're alone. It's kind of like sleeping in a little cave though. That top bunk is very handy for storage.

I think Outdoors brand RVs are probably superior in every other way. JMHO

You will be very comfy watching TV from the sofa in that Wolf Pup. LOL!

The Outdoors 20RD is only 18" longer and essentially the same weight. It has a superior layout for long term living and offers excellent view out the back windows. I don't know how different the price is, but it's far and away superior to those other two. Once again, just my opinion.


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An aluminum frame is lighter and will stand up to dirt roads much better. An OUtdoors RV is much better built and insulated than the Forest River Wolf Pup. If you spend your time on paved roads in pleasant weather you won't notice the difference much. If you push the envelope there will be a big difference.

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