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salem

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I seem to be seeing a lot of 5th wheels that are designated as "LITE." What exactly is the difference? Any reason to avoid the so called Lite trailers? The guy next to us has a Rockwood Lite 5th wheel that is 5 feet longer than mine but is about the same weight. I was just curious.

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Some things I have noticed in some cases.

Smaller tanks, fridges, water heaters, frame sections, axles, wall sections, payload capacities, less durable interior finish materials. Often no generator option, single AC unit.


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We’ve got a “lite”travel trailer, and to save weight they use really thin wood in lots of places. The “plywood” under the cushions of the dinette lasted 2 trips until my daughters knee went through it. The material reminded me of the balsa wood airplanes I played with. The floor is made of 2 pieces of a really thin plywood with foam between them. The floor feels springy when you walk on it.

Things can be made light and strong, but that usually is a more expensive material or construction method, neither of which I’ve seen on my trailer.

Unless you really need to save weight I would avoid the lite ones.


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LITE DUTY stickers on the trailer would really clarify things


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"Lite" usually means Lite on Quality, Lite on Durability and often times means a lighter hit to your wallet but there are real problems and concerns if you go this route. I know. I bought a "Lite" 5th wheel new a year and a half ago and it's falling apart. So far I've had to stain and finish the dinette table, cut 1/4" off one leg of a dinette chair so it doesn't rock, tried to match a stain to hide the paper thin veneer on the MDF cabinets that has rubbed away, re-adjusted interior doors so they would close (wall flexing during towing is the culprit), Put gorilla tape over worn out areas where it rubs when opening/closing the trifold couch (this happened after using it as a bed maybe 20 times), Window treatments falling off etc. Then there's the lack of wall thickness and insulation that not only effects heating and cooling but there's no sound dampening either so you can hear everyone outside and everyone outside can hear you. These are just a few of the issues I've had in the one year of ownership of my "Lite" 5th wheel. Never again!

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It's because of the proliferation of people wanting "trucks", i.e. half-ton, or lighter, trucks. Mfrs started making all these so-called 1500 or "half-ton" models which, in most cases, should be towed by a 3/4t, once they're loaded for camping.

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LITE generally means CHEAP and lower quality on construction.

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All in all it is just a "marketing" scheme...

I have a "Ultra Light" Travel Trailer that I have over 40000 miles on in 7 years and close to 600 nights of use in also...

After the 1st fix of the shower p-trap not being connected correctly from factory

I have never had any issues at all
No cabinets loose ever
No feet through the floor
No issues at all

The only thing I do is keep it clean, Keep up with the maintenance on the roof seals seems etc and repack the wheel bearings yearly

I have seen on these forums over the years people paying 60 - 100g for thier so called top of the line rigs and have many many many costly issues with them.

Honestly its just the luck of the draw you either get a good one, an ok one, or a bad one...all depends on the technicians building the rigs mood that day...


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I think that term is mainly a selling gimmick. There is no standard as to what it really means. But if a trailer is truly "lite" I would wonder what is being left out.


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