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jimbow2

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Posted: 02/04/22 02:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are thinking of changing from a high quality truck camper to bumper pull trailer...... can I ask advice of good quality trailers in the 22 foot class with walk around bed..... or maybe ask for those that should stay away from...... I'm assuming when they say ( micro weight, light weight & etc) that they are using less materials & other cutting of stuff to lower weight...... Have a ram dually now...... More interested in strong good quality over light weight...... Thank You


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Oliver and Lance come to mind.
You could also check out Airstream if you can live without a slide....we can't.

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I’m happy with my WInnebago and the whole towable Micro Minnie line is within your length limits.


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As a very general statement from best on down
Airstream, fiberglass eggs, Oliver, Northwoods rv, outdoors rv, Lance, now you get into the true mass marketed units, others may (and no doubt will) differ, but here is my opinion based on what I've seen.
Grand Design, K-Z, Jayco, Winnebago, and then the thundering herd.
Some upper end models from Keystone or Forest River may have more fans than others, but as a generalization, this will give you a start.
As a starting point consider warranties, their value is questionable because of dealer support, but some lines offer longer warranties which COULD be seen as a sign of manufacturer support.

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If it's made in Indiana, you might not like it. $7.25/hour wages do not buy quality.

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Just wanted to say light weight does not = low quality. Not saying there are not shoddy light weight trailers, there are. Just saying don't rule out light weight ones.


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MitchF150

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While these are called "Mini Lite", they are not really all that "Lite"... I think the quality is very good on my rig.. No issues so far.

I tow a 2019 version of this. Floor plan is the same, but I have different features than this one has.

It's 26' in length, so a little more than your 22' goal, but I came from a 22' trailer to this one and it's no different where it can go or park compared to the old 22' one.. It's just heavier and a much better rig in general then the old one. (but even that old 2003 Prowler Lynx 722F was a great 'starter rv' for us.

It's a Youtube video and Josh is kinda a 'goof', but he's entertaining and shows the features of the rig in an informational way, but with some humor, so it's just not a boring 'commercial' as such..

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jdc1 wrote:

If it's made in Indiana, you might not like it. $7.25/hour wages do not buy quality.


Wage of the workers does not make one difference in "quality".

Build quality and price are however directly related to what the cheapskate buyer is willing to pay.

Don't want to pay much for a RV? You get cheap materials, cheap construction for being a cheapskate.

Spent my last 22 yrs working in a high tech robotics manufacturing business and seen it all.. Typical starting wages at that place was right at $10 per hr..

Yeah, even at that wage had to deal with constant no shows, drunks and heavily laced drug addicts along with the constant slackers that couldn't care less about quality. Seen at least half of our production crew get fired over the years by constantly tripping the late or no show boundaries one too many times.

You could easily quadruple the $10 starting wage and still get the same crowd and it just costs the company more money and yet you get absolutely no better quality.

RV manufacturers build to the target price range that they know will sell, very few will build $100K 22ft travel trailers because that market simply is too small. The only exception I can think of to that may be the diehard AirStream buyers but those buyers will buy an AirStream at any price.

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Gdetrailer wrote:

Wage of the workers does not make one difference in "quality".



Of course it does! Someone making $18/hour has a lot more incentive to retain that job. Someone making $7.25 knows there is a fast food restaurant within walking distance that has a "Now Hiring" sign in the window.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

As a very general statement from best on down
Airstream, fiberglass eggs, Oliver, Northwoods rv, outdoors rv, Lance, now you get into the true mass marketed units, others may (and no doubt will) differ, but here is my opinion based on what I've seen.
Grand Design, K-Z, Jayco, Winnebago, and then the thundering herd.


Generally agree, but would put Oliver at the top of the list, above Airstream.

Among the "fiberglass eggs", Scamp's build quality isn't quite in the same league as Escape, Casita or Bigfoot.

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