Originally Posted by youroo
Your friend with a A-Fox and your X-Lite are not even in the same class. A-Fox has a H/D frame unlike X-Lite welded sheet metal frame. Youroo!!
This is a very important point to make. It bears repeating that the thrust recently in RV manufacture is "Green." Lighter trailer products use less gas and can be towed with higher efficiency vehicles or "down classed" ones.
For example, camper lengths and floor plans that could only be towed by 3/4 ton class trucks are now advertised as 1/2 ton tow-able. How this is done is by reducing the weight of the camper by using materials and construction methods that limit the excess engineering in previous rigs. It also reduces the useful life of the product by removing that "over-engineering."
In the past car and truck manufacturer's used "planned obsolescence" in the design and construction of their products; targeting replacement at the 8 year point was just good business. In fact, most cars "rusted out" before they wore out and needed replacement every 5-8 years.
Older drivers know exactly what I am talking about.
TANSTAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
When compromises are made to achieve one result; it always results in unintended consequences.
Reducing frame weight to reduce overall weight, will by its nature reduce frame strength commensurate with that weight savings. This compromise will ultimately result in a shorter useful life and almost no additional functionality beyond what is delivered and stated in the brochure (payload and maximum gross weight).
"This is NOT A FLAW - It is a feature" (as Microsoft would say...)