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Old 03-03-2015, 03:50 PM   #1
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The big price difference between Mini-Lite, Ultra-Lite

In a 28 ft trailer, the Mini-Lite is around $20,000 negotiated price, and the Ultra-Lite is almost $30,000.

I've read the brochures, and I just can't figure it out why the Ultra is so much more. Only a bit is reflected in actual equipment.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:06 PM   #2
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What models are you comparing? There's some big construction differences between them in general such as floors with framing on 16"oc, enclosed underbelly, different chassis/running gear. Our HG is a step above both and loaded and I negotiated a price just a little north of your $20K mark...
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:24 PM   #3
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Not sure where you are getting prices, but RVWholesalers typically sells the MiniLites for the teens, UltraLites for the teens to low 20's and the Signature UltraLites for upper 20's to low 30's. I think since you are stating 28' maybe you are confusing some of the model lines??? Sounds like maybe you are talking about the UltraLite versus Signature Ultra Lite. Like geo stated, there are some differences in construction, as well as standard features and included amenities.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:31 PM   #4
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The prices I was looking at were loaded trailers, so they were a bit more. A difference in construction would definitely explain the price difference.

Geotex, I was looking at Rockwood because of the 7/12/14 insulation. The HG looks good. Which model do you have? Did you buy at a local dealer?
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Hi woozy! DW and I purchased a 2015 232IS with every available option except rear ladder. It's a "couples camper" that FR has now discontinued. We did not buy local for two reasons 1) our local dealers carrying FR either a) are terrible for a variety of reasons or b) didn't carry lines we were interested in, and 2) we needed to buy for dealer inventory because of the circumstances we were in late last season. Ultimately, negotiations narrowed down to two dealers with identically equipped units - one 5.5 hrs from us and the other 8 hrs away. Either were willing to sell to us a few hundred over cost, which amounted to 35% off MSRP. We chose the unit 5.5 hrs away because DW preferred the interior fabrics.

I'm a repeat FR owner, and our last camper with a Shamrock 21SS where the construction is essentially the same as the minis. The HG is much, much more in every aspect.
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