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Old 07-27-2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
First off, I am brand new to both this forum and the RV world. My husband and I have decided to buy our first trailer. We both grew up camping and want to enjoy camping with the rest of our family, but in our own little oasis. The problem is, how do we decide on a trailer?! There are just so many, and I have been doing so much research online the letters on my keyboard are wearing off.

Anyway, we have narrowed the field to three different trailers, and I'm here hoping that somebody can give me a model/brand review. Being a FR forum I know I may be leaping into enemy territory by mentioning other brands, but everyone seems so helpful that I wanted to start here at least.

These are the three models:
Crossroads Zinger 19RD
Gulf Stream Streamlite Sport 22TRB
Salem Cruise Lite 22RB

We are looking for lightweight, but full featured, and these three seem to be the best we have seen in our area. Does anybody have any thoughts?

Thank you all in advance!
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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I can't help you on a trailer selection, but try to speak to fellow RVers in your area. Try to find out if they bought local (or not) & the reasons why. The dealer you buy from can make a world of difference in your RVing experience.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:37 PM   #3
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Not sure I can be of help either but I'd say this. We bought our second TT (travel trailer) 3 months ago. This time we knew what we were looking for, not too heavy but with some finish qualities, Bunkbeds, slide(s) certain ammenities, functionalities and so forth. We ended up with a FR Wildwood. Good quality, haven't had a problem (knock on wood) rides well with our TV (Towing Vehicle) and best of all...based on all the posts I've seen from my FR colleagues....Forest River stands behind their product.

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Old 07-28-2010, 06:23 AM   #4
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Like the other posts I can not offer help on which TT. I can offer advise on what I call liveability. You have narrowed down to three now its time to just sit in each unit. Look for things that make you work to enjoy, items like how hard is it to make the bed, do you have enough storage, is on bathroom better than the other. Where are the tv's located, are the easy to see from more than one location. Good luck and enjoy which ever TT you decide on
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:36 AM   #5
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What we looked for in a camper

After talking with many RVing friends; renting a Trail Lite TT for a year; and our own particular needs we came up with this yardstick for use in our final selection.

1) MUST, MUST, MUST pass the "how much trailer is safe to tow with my tow vehicle test"

http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-trailer-weight-tt.shtml

for travel trailers

http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-trailer-weight-fw.shtml

for 5th wheels

2) Mid Kitchen: Too many friends with rear kitchen units have arrived at the campground with broken dishes and pots and pans strewn through out the camper. "Tail gets wagged a lot."

3) Mid bathroom: Guests in the living room; bathroom; masterbedroom layout. Bathroom accessible to guests without climbing over our bed and vice versa. TWO doors a bonus (our Flagstaff, and the similar Rockwood, layout has a hall door and a pocket door to the master bedroom).

4) MUST be able to access bathroom and kitchen without opening slides. You never know when the "urge" will hit between rest stops. The side of the highway may be your only option for that greasy burrito. Also full truck parking may also prevent you from opening slides to access the fridge to make a sandwich. Access to the dinette to eat comfortable is a bonus. Again our Flagstaff, and the similar Rockwood, layout has about 16 inches between the slides when closed. Enough to squeeze through if it is pouring outside.

After that, it is how much you plan to spend for better quality cabinets and carpets.

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Old 07-28-2010, 10:17 AM   #6
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4) MUST be able to access bathroom and kitchen without opening slides. You never know when the "urge" will hit between rest stops.
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When I was discussing eventually moving up to a TT from a popup, the chap I used to camp next @ the races & had gradually moved up the ladder to a 5er told me the same thing.

I didn't get a TT w/ slides, but always remember that advice.
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Make sure that YOU, not your husband, are happy with the kitchen layout - very important !! Is there enough storage for all your pots, pans, gadgets, etc? Is there a pantry ? Can you get to the sink(s) without having to scrunch over under the overhead cabinets ? Is there a light over the sink ? Is there enough countertop for your toaster, coffee machine, coffee grinder, etc without having to use the table top and still leave "work-space"?
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Hello and welcome. Can't help with the trailers, sorry, but why a light trailer? Because of your tow vehicle? Light trailers seem to have a few more problems, due to their lightweight construction. Also are you going camping, or traveling? If you are traveling, then you may want television and surround sound, etc. If you are camping, as we do, these things aren't important. Out of the last 30 night in ours, we have spent 2 nights when we had television reception from an antenna. Read the post, slides give a a lot of problems, or so it seems. Slides also require larger campsites larger than some places have.

You will have to decide what you will be happy with. For us the question was, are we going to live in it, or sleep in it? We decided it was a place to sleep and get a shower for us, so ours is pretty simple. Also for us, we wanted to haul two motorcycles, so it had to be a toy hauler. It sleeps two only, so if you want to camp with us, bring a tent and get your own site. Camping is our time together not to be interrupted with friends and overnight guest.

It basically boils down to what are your plans? Invite friends, get a lot of sleeping space. Cook large meals, get a nice kitchen with counter space and a large refer. Enjoy your time together? the smaller and simpler the better.
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Make sure that YOU, not your husband, are happy with the kitchen layout - very important !! Is there enough storage for all your pots, pans, gadgets, etc? Is there a pantry ? Can you get to the sink(s) without having to scrunch over under the overhead cabinets ? Is there a light over the sink ? Is there enough countertop for your toaster, coffee machine, coffee grinder, etc without having to use the table top and still leave "work-space"?
...VTX-AL
(P.S. - I am the male in our camping family, but I had to learn all of this the hard way LOL !!
I agree buying the rig is a group decision. Having a "Happy Camper" with you is number one on the "how to have a good time while camping" list.

I guarantee she will not be that Happy Camper the first time her favorite pasta bowl is in pieces her first time out.
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It basically boils down to what are your plans? Invite friends, get a lot of sleeping space. Cook large meals, get a nice kitchen with counter space and a large refer. Enjoy your time together? the smaller and simpler the better.
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