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kbtravels

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I posted a few months ago about looking to upgrade our 2015 Jayco 19FRB to a similar size trailer but with one slide. After hours looking at floor plans, I've found a few that would work for us, from lots of different manufacturers. I've tried looking for reviews and it seems you can find both glowing reports and horror stories for everything, even the really expensive ones. Hard to know what to believe. Does anyone have experience, either positive or negative, with any of the following brands? Winnebago Micro Minnie, Coachmen Freedom Express Ultralite, Cruiser RV Fun Finder, Palomino Palomini, Forest River Flagstaff MicroLite, Keystone Premier Bullet, or Pacific Coachworks (they have a bunch of different names with basically the same floorplan - Tango, Panther, Sea Breeze, etc. Not sure what the difference is, All are Pacific Coachworks)
Thanks for any advice. I will probably be looking to buy a lightly used one. Partly to save money and partly because we live in NM and only a few of these are carried by a dealer anywhere close to us.

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I've rehabbed and flipped over 200 trailers. From my experience the top 2 would be winnie and keystone. Don't even look at forest river. This is my opinion

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kbtravels wrote:

Does anyone have experience, either positive or negative, with any of the following brands? Winnebago Micro Minnie, Coachmen Freedom Express Ultralite, Cruiser RV Fun Finder, Palomino Palomini, Forest River Flagstaff MicroLite, Keystone Premier Bullet, or Pacific Coachworks (they have a bunch of different names with basically the same floorplan - Tango, Panther, Sea Breeze, etc.


You haven't listed any specific models, the size of the unit, or what amenities it should have - that said, we've owned our Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS for 6 seasons now and it's served us well. Yes, a few minor issues I've taken care of myself, a couple of major ones taken care of by my dealer, but overall for what we paid for a mass produced couple's trailer it works pretty well. [emoticon]


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And from my 12 years experience FR builds decent trailers with decent quality.
In smaller trailers I would pick Lance or Northwood products first.


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Do a thorough walk through and test everything. Walk out if something is not right -- even if you think you can fix it. It's sometimes a symptoms of bigger things even just a dirty floor or rusts in the underside.

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kbtravels wrote:

I posted a few months ago about looking to upgrade our 2015 Jayco 19FRB to a similar size trailer but with one slide. After hours looking at floor plans, I've found a few that would work for us, from lots of different manufacturers. I've tried looking for reviews and it seems you can find both glowing reports and horror stories for everything, even the really expensive ones. Hard to know what to believe. Does anyone have experience, either positive or negative, with any of the following brands? Winnebago Micro Minnie, Coachmen Freedom Express Ultralite, Cruiser RV Fun Finder, Palomino Palomini, Forest River Flagstaff MicroLite, Keystone Premier Bullet, or Pacific Coachworks (they have a bunch of different names with basically the same floorplan - Tango, Panther, Sea Breeze, etc. Not sure what the difference is, All are Pacific Coachworks)
Thanks for any advice. I will probably be looking to buy a lightly used one. Partly to save money and partly because we live in NM and only a few of these are carried by a dealer anywhere close to us.


If you listen/read every single complaint ever complained about, you would find out that every make and model and every yr will be "junk" by at least one person's "opinion".

You WILL drive yourself crazy fretting over the supposed quality of each trailer you look at.

Quality is subjective, what is great quality by one person is often junk by another persons standards.

EVERY RV has one main issue, WATER INTRUSION.

Yep, water leaks from the outside can trash even the highest quality RV ever built in less than a few months.

As a RV owner, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO DO SOME REGULAR MAINTENANCE.

Failure to do this maintenance will result in your RV rotting away.

Roof, side seams, window and door openings NEED to be checked at least ONCE PER YEAR, looking for cracks or bad caulking. Any bad caulking needs to be removed and replaced with new, often means getting on roof or even removing windows/doors frames to do this work..

You need to take this into consideration BEFORE committing to buying a RV. If you can't/won't do this preventative measure on a yearly basis then you are better off forgetting about owning a RV.

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Gdetrailer wrote:

kbtravels wrote:

I posted a few months ago about looking to upgrade our 2015 Jayco 19FRB to a similar size trailer but with one slide. After hours looking at floor plans, I've found a few that would work for us, from lots of different manufacturers. I've tried looking for reviews and it seems you can find both glowing reports and horror stories for everything, even the really expensive ones. Hard to know what to believe. Does anyone have experience, either positive or negative, with any of the following brands? Winnebago Micro Minnie, Coachmen Freedom E...


'''EVERY RV has one main issue, WATER INTRUSION.

Yep, water leaks from the outside can trash even the highest quality RV ever built in less than a few months.

As a RV owner, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO DO SOME REGULAR MAINTENANCE.

Failure to do this maintenance will result in your RV rotting away.

Roof, side seams, window and door openings NEED to be checked at least ONCE PER YEAR, looking for cracks or bad caulking. Any bad caulking needs to be removed and replaced with new, often means getting on roof or even removing windows/doors frames to do this work..

You need to take this into consideration BEFORE committing to buying a RV. If you can't/won't do this preventative measure on a yearly basis then you are better off forgetting about owning a RV.


Now, that's a good advice. As a newbie, I'll take that with much appreciation.

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You can Google any it doesn't matter what rv maker
it is there are hundreds of complaints on Forest River
jayco, winnabago, heartland and so on.. just Google any maker
for reviews and complaints. Click on pissed consumer.com
and read.

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donn0128 wrote:

And from my 12 years experience FR builds decent trailers with decent quality.
In smaller trailers I would pick Lance or Northwood products first.


My 13 y/o FR wildcat was a good trailer. Never a leak and build quality at least equal to my new Northwood.

Gdub is right though, basically all RV's are junk.

* This post was edited 07/12/18 06:44pm by ScottG *


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Run away from cable operated slides.

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