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qwerty1111

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I am looking for a good value, but inexpensive, travel trailer. A couple of years old to new. Under 4,500 lbs. I know some of these cheaper trailers have build quality issues and poorly chosen materials. What I am looking for are the most inexpensive models that do not have bad build quality or poor materials. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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I think your wants are a oxymoron.


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If inexpensive is a $40k trailer, thats fine. I'm just not wanting to spend more than necessary.

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Good luck satisfying your last requirement.

Our first TT was a Keystone Springdale 202QB which served us well for a couple of years when we upgraded to a bigger unit. Dry weight was 4300 lbs. no issues in that time.

Try rvt.com and do a search.


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Unfortunately they no longer make my good quality R-Vision 2001 Trail Cruiser Lt built by Monaco Coach that sold the TT division many years ago or was taken over by another RV outfit.

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qwerty1111 wrote:

If inexpensive is a $40k trailer, thats fine. I'm just not wanting to spend more than necessary.


Casita still builds a small, lightweight trailer with good fit and finish. The 2-piece molded fiberglass construction holds up very well over time - which helps explain why they hold their resale value better than most other brands.

Until their price bump with the introduction of the 2023 models several weeks ago, their shower/bathroom-equipped "Deluxe" models were selling for around $26K, decently-equipped.

Escape also builds a very solid small trailer with molded fiberglass construction - has a lot of customization options.

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qwerty1111 wrote:

If inexpensive is a $40k trailer, thats fine. I'm just not wanting to spend more than necessary.


I'm not sure I understand your question. You want a inexpensive, under $40K trailer with good build quality?

If you can't find what your looking for new, look for used. A used trailer will have all the kinks worked out. Older trailers typically had higher build quality than the units that were rushed to put together over the last couple years.

A good deal is what you decide a good deal is, not the market. Right now prices are all over the board. People who purchased during COVID want to get their money back even though they purchased at super inflated prices. My unit is worth more now than when I bought it according to NADA. When I bought it, used, I thought I got a good deal. I might not consider paying that same price 6 years later a good deal, but someone else might.

If you really want a good deal, start shopping now, wait for the economy to tank, then pick up something someone has to sell quick just to get out of the payments they can't afford.

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Thermoguy wrote:

qwerty1111 wrote:

If inexpensive is a $40k trailer, thats fine. I'm just not wanting to spend more than necessary.


I'm not sure I understand your question. You want a inexpensive, under $40K trailer with good build quality?

If you can't find what your looking for new, look for used. A used trailer will have all the kinks worked out. Older trailers typically had higher build quality than the units that were rushed to put together over the last couple years.

A good deal is what you decide a good deal is, not the market. Right now prices are all over the board. People who purchased during COVID want to get their money back even though they purchased at super inflated prices. My unit is worth more now than when I bought it according to NADA. When I bought it, used, I thought I got a good deal. I might not consider paying that same price 6 years later a good deal, but someone else might.

If you really want a good deal, start shopping now, wait for the economy to tank, then pick up something someone has to sell quick just to get out of the payments they can't afford.


I’m willing to pay what I need to get quality. I want the most inexpensive options for this. Whatever the price is, it is what it is. This isn’t a “I don’t want to spend more than x.” I’m willing to spend what I need to. I just don’t want to spend more than necessary.

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A few years ago we bought a new Puma trailer. At $26k it was total garbage. We traded it in less than a year later on a Sabre that was twice the $. Fortunately the Sabre was excellent quality. We sold that Sabre for a smaller older R Vision and although the R Vision is well put together for a lightweight trailer , there is no comparison in quality to the much heavier and more expensive Sabre. It seems that in the RV world you do tend to get what you pay for.

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Quality doesn't vary significantly across the price ranges. The higher ranges are usually about image and bling...and fancy bling tends to mean more stuff to break.
- If you buy new, expect to have bugs to work out initially.
- If you buy used, someone might have worked the bugs out or might have let it rot (and that rot can happen quick with abuse). Without experience, good luck telling the difference.
- Then there is ongoing maintenance. Every time you travel it's like taking a house thru a combined hurricane and an hours long 7.0 earthquake simultaneously. If you don't keep up on maintenance, expect things to fail.

If you are expecting automotive type quality control, where you just drive it for 100-200k miles without issue, I suggest picking a different hobby.

PS: Go on youtube and search for RV repairs...put in the high end brands like airstream...you will still find plenty of expensive repairs.


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