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Old 08-13-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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Hello from RVA


I am new to all of this. Me and my wife are considering a Prime Time Lacrosse 318BHS and we are trying to do our homework and be smart about the whole process.

Any advise, suggestions, comments would be appreciated.


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Old 08-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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I would suggest to compare a few different brands, just so you have an idea how they are built.
I would look at the frame, how deep it is, and how thick the I-beam flanges are. Note that some campers do not even use a real I-beam, but make one up out of three pieces of sheet metal, and those are much weaker.
Check to see if they have aluminum framing in all walls, roof, and floor. Some have no roof rafters at all.
Make sure the floor has at least 5/8 ths inch plywood on the floor. Some have nothing more than a thin veneer of "plywood" underfoot, and are prone to failure.
Compare the thickness of the walls, and insulation values of the walls, roof, and floor. There is a huge difference between campers.
And lastly, just look at different brands, and even different lines of the same brand. Check out their fit and finish, as it does vary widely.

And when you finally decide on a particular camper, see if they will swap out the garbage factory tires for something like a Maxxis or Kumho.

Good hunting!

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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Welcome to the FR forums! An RV show is a good one-stop event where you can compare different models (& brands). When you have narrowed down your list of possible RVs take notes and pictures of what you like or don't like. It's easy to confuse one unit with another.

Check out the Prime Time forum here for more information on the unit you are interested in.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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