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Old 05-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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How did you decide on a particular brand?

How did you decide on a brand (or brands) when buying your trailer? There are soooo many!

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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For us, the qualifiers are: Quality build, floorplan, size well-matched to TV capabilities, and strong customer service.

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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Started with floor plans then looking at quality (although thats hard to find) so you pick the best of the bunch.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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Pin wt, floor plans and one we could pay for with trade-in and cash.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Quality, floorplan, features, reputation, met our wants & needs list, value for the $, a good dealer.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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we decided which floorplans we liked and began looking for which brands had that floorplan.
we then went and actually looked at those brands. if the dealer didn't have that particular flooplan, we looked at other models of that brand.
we quickly decided who made a quality product and who didn't.
then we would review sites like this one, looking for feedback from owners of that brand, to get an idea how that brand responded to their customers.
lastly, we looked at price.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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Floor plan, quality, and then $$
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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create a spreadsheet, across the top put categories that are important to you (ie TT weight, tongue weight or 5er pin weight, length, specific items about floor plan you want/need, holding tank size, cabinet space etc.). Down the side put make/model. go look at different TT or 5er and the ones you like fill in the blanks. This will narrow the playing field for you.

Any tt/5er you like, spend some time sitting in it and imagining your usage of it (ie moms cloths in this cabinet, dishes in that cabinet, kids toys in that drawer etc, have mom pretend to cook while dad walks around TT to bathroom, TV etc, have any kids pretend to play or whatever and think about any pets you might trip over). Also think about your style of camping because that will determine your tank size needs..... fhu you don't need very big tanks, w/e site you need a pretty decent sized grey and black tank, and boondocking you will need a pretty good sized fresh tank as well. Also boondocking, BLM, and state or national parks tend to have more sites geared to smaller trailers whereas rv resorts tend to have more big rig parking. look at your TV and realistically understand its weight capabilities once you have all family, pets, gear and fuel in it (hint the more you put in a TV, the more its capabilities drop, this includes purchased options on a vehicle, if you need a tutorial lots of us here willing to help you with these calculations).

once you have all this figured out and narrowed down to a few rigs, then compare brands. Owners forums and RV.Net RV and Camping Forum ? RV, Trailer, Camper, Motorhome, Camping and Campground Information are great places to ask about brands (good and bad) but please only ask this once narrowed down as it will be like asking which is better, ford, Chevy or dodge. Read the forums to get a feel for customer service and general problems seen with a brand but remember that more people post negative items than positive. Also remember every rand asked good trailers and every brand makes lemons. The trick is to have a really good pdi, a really good dealer, and a company that honors its warranty. Happy hunting!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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Deciding on a brand is all about research.

Read reviews.
Go to dealership and look at fit & finish.
Go to RV shows.
Go to parks and see who has what. Stop by and ask. The folks you meet will tell you more than you need to know.

Here is a good place to start...

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Old 05-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Scratch View Post
For us, the qualifiers are: Quality build, floorplan, size well-matched to TV capabilities, and strong customer service.

We went to RV shows, & internet, lots of looking at dealer lots, learned a lot after 4 campers over almost 30 years what we were looking for in a layout........

It changes over time no kids......with kids........with grown kids........ with grand kids.....

We have a great nearby dealer so we went with the Forest River products that they carry (we ordered ours).



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