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Old 11-04-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Want To Buy My First Trailer - Lite Quad Bunks

Hello Everyone,

Now that I have an appropriate tow vehicle 2011 F-150 Ecoboost with the HD and Max Tow package the wife and I are looking at travel trailers.

I checked out a Salem Cruise Lite 281QB yesterday at a local dealer. The unit is a 2014 but was used as a rental for their rental dept.

They are asking $19,900 which I feel is too much considering the prices I've been looking at online. I offered them $15,000 and the sales lady said there was no way they'd go for it... So I walked away, lol. Based on my reading here and elsewhere and researching NADA guides I felt my offer was pretty fair, maybe too high too start actually.

My Questions...

Does Anyone Know The Difference Between The 281QB and 281QB XL?

How Much Was The Outdoor Kitchen Option vs Additional Bunk Bed?

How Accurate is NADA pricing for Travel Trailers in Canada?

What Are Some Other Great Forest River Models That Are 1/2 Ton Towable and Include:
  • Quad Bunks
  • Private Master Bed
  • 1 Slide

With 4 kids the quad bunk trailers are pretty much what we are limited too. I would like to keep it under $15,000. This way we can put money down and not be upside down.

Looking at used trailers it seems there are many owners asking waaaaay to much because they didn't negotiate their purchase price down to a fair price.

Thanks for any assistance or advice!
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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Used 2008 Forest River RV Wildwood LE 32BHDS Travel Trailer at Collier RV | Rockford, IL | #242665

I’m not sure if this link still works but we just traded in a 2008 Wildwood 32BHDS.

It had 2 slides. One in the main living area, and one in the bunkhouse. The one in the BH really made a difference. Much more room to move around.

They still make this model but they’ve changed the layouts slightly. Now the slides are both on the same side of the trailer.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:20 PM   #3
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Nada values are actually higher than trailers actually sell for. A better gauge is to do a search on rvtrader.com and search craigslist. We used both of these when selling our old tt.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:31 PM   #4
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Not sure what your payload limitations are (the ecoboosts weak link) but Some other good options for you:
Check out the flagstaff and Rockwood lines.

While not forest river, crossroads makes good trailers:
Check out the zinger, z-1, and sunset trail models. Our zinger was a great trailer and held its value well (sold for $3k less than we paid for it 3 yrs prior).


Basically if you are looking used, the key is to look for any sign of leaks (ie reexamination , wetness, mildew odors etc). Find a tt that is truly within your trucks capabilities and not the internet capabilities listed for the truck. Do not ever believe the salesman. Do your own math. Remember you will not tow a dry or unloaded tt camping. On average most add 1000-1500 lbs of stuff to a trailer. You can expect the loaded tongue weight to be 13-15% of the loaded tt weight. Stay within spec and find a floor plan that fits your needs and you will be happy.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:56 PM   #5
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In California I've seen the 281s going for $19.9k brand new


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IF...
you like the dealer
and you like that TT
go poke around it some more and they'll start poking numbers.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:37 AM   #7
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Rvtrader shows 3 new 2014s going for $17,440 in NY, $19,600 in MT, and $21,050 in KS. I would say they are too high, especially on a rental that probably got abused in their fleet. I would also want to know why they are selling their rental that quickly.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Decisions... Decisions... I do like the TT. It seems like it would suit our needs.

The SeeDealerCosts website lists the Wildwood X-lite 281QBXL at $15,348 USD invoice. That is like $17500 CAD. The Salem Cruise-Lite is essentially the same thing.

Wildwood X Lite Travel Trailers by Forest River | See Dealer Cost

I found a brand new 2014 Wildwood X-lite 281QBXL at a dealer about 2 hours away but they are asking full MSRP of $28,836 CAD and it has only 3 bunks in the rear to make room for the outdoor kitchen... A cool option but we'd rather have that 4th bunk.

My Ecoboost has a Payload capacity of 1600 lbs (says on the door) and a towing capacity of 11,300 lbs with my engine/gear/max tow package combo. My goal is to stick with a trailer that will come in around 7000 - 7500lbs loaded.

I have a 16' enclosed we haul around with 2 - 800lb ATV's an 11' foot zodiac with 9.9 motor more than 12 5 gallon jugs of fuel and an ATV trailer and all hunting gear. With two Moose as well the trailer is easily 6000lbs and my Eco handles that with ease even through the rockies here in BC so I think my estimate on a TT is going to be fine.

I just need to find the right one at the right price.
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Old 11-05-2014, 02:18 AM   #9
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Are you sure you don't want a toy hauler with the bunks to bring your atvs etc along? Sonething like this vengeance
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Yeah, definitely not. The dry weight on that is 7600 lbs. I'm not looking to max out the capabilities of my truck. I want a 28-32 foot light weight trailer with Quad Bunks.

There seems to be a lot out there so I just need to be patient.
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