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colliehauler

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Posted: 02/06/20 05:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another good example of old vs new is look at other threads currently on travel trailers about a 2017 Lippert frame braking and 1964 Red Dale still being used after 56 years. While the construction of stick and tin is basically the same some are not. Earlier TT a metal roof was common now they use rubber.Very common for Lippert frame failures very rare in vintage TT unless you count rusting out with age.

I know I would not want to give up the amenities of a modern travel trailers. Early TT rarely had a bathroom and no A/C. Hand pump for water instead of a electric water pump. Who would want to go back to those odd trailer wheels the attached by the outside edge of the wheel?

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Posted: 02/06/20 06:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ksbowman wrote:

I have an old Coachman 1987 5th wheel (18') that I use for hunting that is still going strong. The last 5th we had before our newer GD was a Keystone 2004 and it was getting tried with quite a few problems popping up. I think some at least were made better.


Like you I have a 1989 Coachman 5th wheel that I have basically rebuilt just to update to my liking but the meat and potatoes of it were and are still structurally fine. Mine was a leaker but I remedied that and repaired anything suspect from water infiltration. I would put my little 5ver up against almost any new unit.

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Posted: 02/06/20 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a 1991 Prowler 15 footer back in the day. It was bloody heavy for a 15 footer. There were things about it that were better. It had a metal (probably tin) roof that would way outlast a rubber roof. It felt more solid. My 2017 is probably more refined but, not as solid feeling. Better made?? I'm not convinced.

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