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Mike LeClair

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Posted: 01/03/20 05:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jayco-noslide wrote:

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.


Or what and how it's being held together.

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Thanks for all the comments. I've talked to two different people here today who have Lite 5th wheels. One a Rockwood and one an Open Range. Both said they were very happy so far. I guess it's like one poster said, "It's the luck of the drawer."

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TXiceman wrote:

LITE generally means CHEAP and lower quality on construction.

Ken

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No problems at all with '16 Cougar X-lite 25RKS that we bought 2 years ago, barely used by the previous owner.

I wanted a short unit, but almost every non-lite 5th wheel was longer. Our truck/5th length is 41' total. [emoticon]

Maybe a compromise in quality for better maneuverability since we rarely stay in one place more that a couple nights. Also we tend to be gentle with RVs and stay on top of any maintenance.

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TXiceman wrote:

LITE generally means CHEAP and lower quality on construction.

Ken


YUP!

Fine for the weekend warrior but put some miles on them and look out!


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You can have a well built lite 5er if that were the MFG's intentions. My previous 2013 Northwood Fox Mountain was a 1/2 ton type 5th wheel @1385 dry pin and 7200 lbs or so dry. Being only 27'10 long it would be easily towable by Fords new F150's that have close to 1900+ lbs of CCC.
Had it for 6 years and except for a couple very minor issues it was trouble free.
Most people are weekend warrior types anyway so a lite 5er doesn't need to stand up to the rigors of a full timer or an RV'er that hits the road for 6 months out of the year.

The same issue that lite 5ers have can also be had on non lite 5ers.
With that being said you can't lump all lite 5ers ito the same group. Some MFG's do a better job of construction that others.

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"Skimpy Materials".


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Of course, if you had a couple hundred grand to burn, I'm sure someone would build you one from carbon fiber, kevlar, aluminum and titanium. [emoticon]

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I haven't had any issues with my 2013 KZ Durango 1500. KZ uses the same interior components as their larger units. My model 2857 was replaced with the D277RL a few years ago. Same floor plan.

I agree with the smaller tanks and no generator prep comments, but we get by. If they skimped on anything else it would be roof and wall insulation.


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2112 wrote:

I haven't had any issues with my 2013 KZ Durango 1500. KZ uses the same interior components as their larger units. My model 2857 was replaced with the D277RL a few years ago. Same floor plan.

I agree with the smaller tanks and no generator prep comments, but we get by. If they skimped on anything else it would be roof and wall insulation.


Hey! Another 277 owner! [emoticon]

Lyle

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