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Old 03-19-2019, 10:55 PM   #1
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New travel trailer opinions please.

Ok. I just joined the forum cause it is really hard to find true reviews on travel trailers without going to a forum. We are in the market for a new TT. I currently have a 2015 Cherokee 254Q. Itís really a good solid unit with fiberglass exterior. Great ac and furnace and fridge. BUT the sleeping for our teenage daughter kinda sucks. It only has a dinette and a pullout sofa that is so uncomfortable there is Noway you can sleep all night. And dinette is to short for her. Hahaha. SOOOOO I have been checking out the alpha wolf 26rl-l and was pretty sold on them until I read a couple threads on them yesterday. And there are no 26rl-l available till mid April. Well I talked to a dealer today and they are always willing to deal better on instock models than ones in order. So he is telling me they have a Coleman spirit 3373rl. I have never looked at one of those in person at all. So I was hoping someone on here owned one or has looked at em enough to know if I shud look into the Coleman or alpha wolf. Are Colemanís build quality that much better. Cause price is def higher????
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Must be a Camping World as they sell Coleman. Check other dealers for other opinions.

If you have the money best built Travel Trailer is an Arctic Wolf not made by Forest River. Lance are good as well.

Any trailer is going to have issues no matter who kales them. Forest River Rockwood and Flagstaff as the best Travel Trailers they make IMHO. I owned two Rockwood.
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Well actually not a camping world lol. Just another rv dealer in Missouri. I been trying to get alpha wolf 26rl cause we love the opposing slides and the trifold sofa or could just put an air mattress down if needed. Then he texted me today telling me about the spirit 3373rl. There are things I like on each one abs things I don’t. But the floor plan is pretty much the same. So I thought I would ask about em. I can’t find any reviews on em. I do see that they have like 8 or 9 ac ducts in ceiling and a heat duct in bathroom I do like those options. I’ll look into the ones you mentioned too. Just not sure what our dealer sells other than Cherokee and the spirit
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A cheap solution might be to purchase a thick mattress topper for that pull out sofa.

That new trailer is a bit longer at 34' and that might make it more difficult to find a place to camp in some state and national parks. Nice looking rig.
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Must be a Camping World as they sell Coleman. Check other dealers for other opinions.

If you have the money best built Travel Trailer is an Arctic Wolf not made by Forest River.
Arctic WOLF is a Forest River product:
http://www.forestriverinc.com/rvs/fi...ls/arctic-wolf

You're mixing it up with Arctic FOX, made by Northwoods Manufacturing Inc.

Coleman is made by Dutchmen, a division of Thor Manufacturing, specifically for Camping World. They bought the rights to the Coleman name for their RVs. It's a clone of one of Dutchmen's brands.
The Arctic Wolf should be a better made trailer.
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Arctic WOLF is a Forest River product:
Arctic Wolf | Forest River RV - Manufacturer of Travel Trailers - Fifth Wheels - Tent Campers - Motorhomes

You're mixing it up with Arctic FOX, made by Northwoods Manufacturing Inc.

Coleman is made by Dutchmen, a division of Thor Manufacturing, specifically for Camping World. They bought the rights to the Coleman name for their RVs. It's a clone of one of Dutchmen's brands.
The Arctic Wolf should be a better made trailer.
Thank you for the Correction.

One of my RV Club has a Arctic Fox. Tows it back and forth across Canada every summer. No construction issues and handles the trip some 3500 kms one way.

Another RV club member has a Lance and they traded there vintage Airstream for this Lance. They have put 10,000 miles on it in 2 seasons and only had a AC unit fail and fridge electric quit. Been a good trailer for them.
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Thank you for the Correction.

One of my RV Club has a Arctic Fox. Tows it back and forth across Canada every summer. No construction issues and handles the trip some 3500 kms one way.

Another RV club member has a Lance and they traded there vintage Airstream for this Lance. They have put 10,000 miles on it in 2 seasons and only had a AC unit fail and fridge electric quit. Been a good trailer for them.
Take a look at Rockwood 2703ws, with opposing slides
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Dealers prices vary widely... Don't trust them on dealing just because its in stock.They can get anything you want- they just don't want to pay for delivery and want to move their current inventory.

My experience was to find the trailer I wanted, after visiting dozens of dealers- then search for dealers all over New England that had the model we wanted at the best price. I contacted my local dealer who told me that he could not come close to the price because of his shipping costs. So I drove four hours and saved $5,000- well worth it to me.

Large dealers can often buy higher volume and therefore offer lower prices. If you are willing to travel a little you can save a lot.

Oh- and don't believe the salesman that tells you "you can't get service" or get first dibs buying from them. I have a friend in the business and that is flatly not true- you go in line with everyone else.
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Dealers prices vary widely... Don't trust them on dealing just because its in stock.They can get anything you want- they just don't want to pay for delivery and want to move their current inventory.



My experience was to find the trailer I wanted, after visiting dozens of dealers- then search for dealers all over New England that had the model we wanted at the best price. I contacted my local dealer who told me that he could not come close to the price because of his shipping costs. So I drove four hours and saved $5,000- well worth it to me.



Large dealers can often buy higher volume and therefore offer lower prices. If you are willing to travel a little you can save a lot.



Oh- and don't believe the salesman that tells you "you can't get service" or get first dibs buying from them. I have a friend in the business and that is flatly not true- you go in line with everyone else.


We did the same as CentralMe. Our first camper had me drive about 8 hours one way. But saved me $10k, so we picked it up, drove about halfway home and camped our second night in it (first night was at the dealership so we could find any issues we didnít spot during PDI). Second trailer was a lot closer at only an hour away. DW and I looked online at floor plans, narrowed it down to 5 that we liked, then started checking dealers to see what they actually looked like. Take your time to find the one thatís for you.
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As a teenager, how many more years will she want to camp w/ you? For $30 you can by a Intek queen air mattress with built in inflator to put down on the HAB sofa. Especially if the rest of the TT still is working for you. I have one for the occasional squatters that come with
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We are in our second Rockwood and there is a huge possibility the next will be Rockwood too...
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She probably wonít be going with us a whole lot more this is true. I have looked into the option of completely pulling the sofa out and replacing with a couple recliners. That way I could slide those into kitchen area and throw down a mattress. But those alpha wolf 26rl look so cool and tons of room. And I like the idea of looking across the camper at the tv instead of towards the front to see it. We have a rear bath right now and I like the alpha wolf that it has a door straight from bedroom to bathroom. Just looks like a better setup to me. I just want to know if anyone owns one and if they like em or not. Or the spirit 3373rl and what one is better.
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Just got a text from my dealer the alpha wolf 26rl-l just showed up. Gonna try to go look at it.
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If the daughter's sleeping comfort is a prime consideration for the longer term (looks like it may not be, reading down the thread), there are two other Alpha Wolf models which may work for you - a bunkhouse, and a double queen bedroom (2 bedrooms, front / rear). Either of those could be converted to spare (office?) space later on, if you're handy. She'd probably love the double queen, and could bring a friend.

I have the 23RL, and traded a Grey Wolf 20RDSE for it. As you probably know, it's kinda like a GW on steroids, as they use better materials, laminated vs. stick & tin, etc.

I'll probably be flamed for this, but the 26RL especially reminds me of a similar Arctic Wolf (5er), with the opposing slides. And it's a rear living plan, too. But it's a lot heavier than my 23RL, and a bit longer. So that's why I went with the 23.

One other 'gotcha' with the 26RL - if you're someplace where you can't put out slides, there's a LOT of that trailer that's gonna be inaccessible. That was a negative in my book. Just mentioning.

If there's one thing I'd give the 'Alpha' line a knock for, it's that the 'insulation' factor seems to be (way) less than advertised, in the underbelly area. No tank heaters available, and no insulation, as it turns out. The R-value in the floor...is from the floor. I *have* seen FR's site on this line that says "heated" (e.g.; from furnace) - but have not proved that out myself yet, and it may only be on some models, not 'all' Alphas. As a result, they are only 3-season trailers, they way they come from the factory.


As far as Lance / Arctic Fox...I saw Lance's trailers at Hershey. Good construction, from what I saw. They're a bit pricier, though, and none of the floorplans 'spoke' to me.

I've never seen an Arctic Fox in person (they're concentrated out west). But if I ever decide to trade from this Alpha 23RL, I will make it a point to see in person before choosing my next trailer. From the pictures I've seen - they look *very* good. Pricing seems (?) to be a bit more reasonable than Lance.

Either of them would seem to be a good choice. As far as the Alpha Wolf line -- I've heard different people say they're 'close' to a Rockwood, for construction. Might just be some marketing pap they got from a FR rep, and I can tell the Rockwood / Flagstaff TTs have better cabinet facings, from having been in them. But I know the Alphas are a step up from the GW / Cherokee lines, at least.

I'm pretty happy with mine, although I haven't gotten to use it a lot yet, having bought end of season. That'll be changing soon, hopefully.

Oh - one more thing... it tows differently than my GW 20RDSE did, having a higher height (both at the frame & total height). The Grey Wolfs have a low center of gravity, making for a pretty easy tow, in my book. Just mentioning so you'll be prepared - I don't know what you're using for a tow vehicle.
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Can only speak from my experience, with 5 daughters. When they hit their teen years (at different times) they seldom wanted to be in the same enclosure with their parents, unless it was thundering or their tent was leaking. And wherever we went, they wanted to bring a friend along. And whatever arrangement works now, it might not work out in 6 months. I say pick a unit that you and your significant other will be happy and comfortable in over the long haul, and figure out the rest as you go along.
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When we were looking for a new TT I looked at some Coleman units at an RV dealer near Akron OH. I was surprised and disappointed at the low quality of the Coleman TT. At one time the Coleman name was synonymous with quality camping gear. Went with a Flagstaff Shamrock.
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Ok. I just joined the forum cause it is really hard to find true reviews on travel trailers without going to a forum. We are in the market for a new TT. I currently have a 2015 Cherokee 254Q. Itís really a good solid unit with fiberglass exterior. Great ac and furnace and fridge. BUT the sleeping for our teenage daughter kinda sucks. It only has a dinette and a pullout sofa that is so uncomfortable there is Noway you can sleep all night. And dinette is to short for her. Hahaha. SOOOOO I have been checking out the alpha wolf 26rl-l and was pretty sold on them until I read a couple threads on them yesterday. And there are no 26rl-l available till mid April. Well I talked to a dealer today and they are always willing to deal better on instock models than ones in order. So he is telling me they have a Coleman spirit 3373rl. I have never looked at one of those in person at all. So I was hoping someone on here owned one or has looked at em enough to know if I shud look into the Coleman or alpha wolf. Are Colemanís build quality that much better. Cause price is def higher????
we bought a 2019 FR Vibe 28rl in november and we love it, its about 5k less than the Artic Wolf with a few less bells but it looks very similar to it and I mean similar, that AW TT is very nice, go to the FR web site and give it a look Good luck, let us know what you decide
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Well guys. I am new to this forum and I am sure glad I joined. I thank everyone for all the replies. My wife and I are headed out on our first camping trip of the year but we are making a stop on the way í!!!!! My dealer texted me this morning and a bran new alpha wolf 26rl-l showed up on the lot this morning. We drove down and took a look at it. They had it inside the shop all opened up and hooked up and they really made us a great deal so we took it. Weíre stopping by in the morning to finish up the deal and go through everything and take the NEW one to our campsite. The dealer just happens to be on our way to where weíre going and we are excited. Everything looked emaculant on it. I made em turn on every single thing on it. Open doors and talked to service guys and we are super happy with this dealer ship (so far&#128513. Tommorow we will get the full tour and hooked up and roll on down. Itís exciting to start our adventure in our new TT. The Coleman was at a different dealer in complete diff direction so we never even got a chance to look at it. I talked to the salesman about it this morning and the money wasnít going to work for us. The alpha wolf and the dealer we purchased it from fit us much better. Iím sure Iíll still have a ton of questions but so far we are PUMPED!!!!!💪💪💪🤟
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I just hope I made the rite choice
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I just hope I made the rite choice
Congrads I think you did, i don't care for the coleman either, I think you and the DW will love the AW, have fun and a safe trip
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