I considered buying a Camplite since there is a local dealer and inspected the unit very carefully. The design, construction and materials are everything the company claims. They were impressive.
There are two reasons why I didn't buy one. First of all, the largest unit is smaller than what we really wanted. The second reason is the inside feel. There really is no wood anywhere. It is utterly devoid of styling. It is mostly metal and plastic. It reminded me of a mock up of the International Space Station I went in minus the instruments and controls. I wasn't sure I could get used to that.
I look at campers a LOT and came across this brand: CampLite. Haven't heard much about them but they are super lite-even shows a smaller one being towed by a MiniCooper! anyone know anything? Reviews?
My Lance 1575 has a sticker weight of 2800#, sleeps 4, slide and 6 windows! Tankless water heater for unlimited hot water, awning and dry bath, for less than $22K. One more thing, it is all fiberglass, no roof leak issues. Total length is 19', living space is 16", single axle saves on tolls.
2009 Dodge Ram Hemi 4x4 11,300miles- lifetime warranty
2012 Toyota FJ-500 miles
2012 Escape 19'
nights camped already=14
In a similar situation - but with kids - we just bought a 16' Amerilite with bunks. But I really like both the 16 and 19' that didn't have the bunk floorplans. We looked at most of the other options mentioned in the string. We picked Amerilite for the inside storage space and water. Several others had most of their storage only accessible from the outside (or the only way from the inside was quite awkward. Also on all the small ones, watch the water and black/gray storage. A lot of them are only 10-15 gallons, Amerilite is 20-30 gallons.
Good luck, can't wait to hear what you get!
I would prefer tandem wheels in a TT of the 15 ft or more length.
The extra axle means more weight and more tolls which translates into more costs to own.
And some would argue that a tandem axle is safer due to the redundancy factor. When you have a flat tire obviously on a single axle, you have nothing else on that side holding you up. Having said that, over the years, I've pulled all types, and the couple of times that I had flats at highway speeds on single axle trailers, it turned out to be essentially a non event from a safety standpoint. Although in both cases, by the time I stopped at the side of the road, the tire was totally destroyed. May have been anyway even if a tandem. The one time I blew a tire on a tandem ( boat trailer ), it too destroyed the tire.
As for the tolls, that too is a non-issue for me considering where I live and drive, but to others it could be different. More to point on costs, a tandem means twice as many tires, brakes and bearings, so that is a possible cost consideration.
That Lance looks really nice !
PS EDIT: Some say a tandem tows more stable in crosswinds. I guess the only way we could really get a feel for that would be to do something like hook your Lance up....go out for a drive, come back and hook up my funfinder ( similar size/weight ) to the same TV and go for another drive.
More to the point, it's been my experience, the biggest thing effecting how well they tow is "how well the setup is".....regarding correct tongue weight, WD hitch if needed, etc.
We did a lot or research and hands on demos last year, and ended up with the Rockwood Mini-Lite 1809S (TV - Nissan Xterra V-6). Compared the Fun Finder 18ft models, Heartland MPG with slide-outs, R-Pods, and Lance 1685 (2011 model), Jayco, Apex, and decided on the Mini-Lite for Dollar value and features/quality.
I have since purchased a newer Dodge V-8 Hemi and now thinking of purchasing the Lance 1685(true 4 season) since I do a lot of fly fishing into the winter. I have owned two other Lance Truck Campers and like the quality and four season capability.
The new Lance 1575 is a great trailer also and the NEW V-Cross VIBEs will be hitting the market soon. The new Koala TT also look very well built
2012 Lance 1685 with 4 Season Cert, Blue Ox Sway Pro
2011 Ram "Outdoorsman" Hemi with max Tow Package, Timbren