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BradW

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Posted: 10/31/06 02:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can remember talking to a Lance factory rep at the Atlanta RV Show in 1994 about aluminum framed truck campers. He told me that Lance would never build a TC frame from aluminum. He also told me Lance would never use a rubber roof and slide-outs would never be used in truck campers. The guy was wrong on all three points.

The major TC manufacturers obviously see aluminum frames as the way of the future. I have two questions:

1) Which manufacturers used aluminum for their TC frames in 1994?
a) Jayco
b) Alpenlite
c) Weekender
d) Four Wheel Campers

2) Which manufacturers use aluminum for their TC frames in 2006?
a) Alpenlite
b) Bigfoot
c) Arctic Fox
d) Lance
e) Outfitter
f) Host
g) Four Wheel Campers
h) Eagle Cap
i) Citation/Corsair

I will update this post with any manufacturer names provided below.

Brad

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Lance does not use a Rubber Roof, it uses a TPO Roof. Big difference!


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Posted: 10/31/06 02:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jayco, for one. This was an aluminum framed camper. Had a rubber roof, too.
They quit making Truck Campers in 1998.

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Posted: 10/31/06 02:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about Veri-Lite? Were they aluminum and were they building them in 1994?

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1 alpenlite, over 25 years now


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My 78 weekender had al frame.


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Posted: 10/31/06 04:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awww, shucks, Brad... Did you start this topic for _me_ ?!?! [emoticon]

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Posted: 10/31/06 03:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bigfoot uses aluminum frames on the 3000 series


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Arctic Fox told me straight that they went to building aluminum framed campers simply because public perception was that they were more advanced. They implied that they were quite happy with wood frames. Building a reliable aluminum framed camper is harder. Maybe large companies like Lance & AF have the resources, but smaller outfits, maybe not. Aluminum framing raises several problems which is why Lance took so long to jump in. You have to remember that Lance turns out close to 2000 units a year. if a a major problem shows up, it's a huge issue.

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Posted: 10/31/06 05:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brad, remember when all the hype was going on about aluminum frames and such, and I pointed out on this forum that Lances own website stated that wood frames were far better due to many factors, all while they were building aluminum frames on some of their other models?

Then within a few days someone noticed that they updated their website as if it never said that.

I deleted the strut comment, as it caused flare up amongst some folks. That was not my intention. Sorry if I caused anyone heartburn.
Tough crowd!

* This post was edited 11/01/06 07:16pm by INSAYN *


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