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Old 12-04-2018, 09:30 PM   #41
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My personal experience researching everything to death and going inside a lot of TT models at 3 different dealerships and one show back in September:

High-end lines: Sprinter, Outback, Laredo

Mid-range: Hideout, Cougar

Low-end: Springdale

I did not go inside EVERY model line but it was pretty clear what the "rankings" were.

I actually found the Hideout to be kind of an interesting value. It IS low priced but is somewhat nicely appointed I thought. We found an awesome deal on our 28RKS ($19k new) which made it an excellent starting out trailer for my family (first RV). The under mounted metal sink went a long way with me and my perception of quality. Porcelain toilet is also nice. The new hideouts include a power tongue jack and moryde steps too which I am jealous of! I did end up upgrading my manual jack to a power jack.

Some things to consider that it is easy to overlook when shopping:
-Quality of cabinet construction
-Flex in flooring due to construction
-Framing and sidewall materials

We bought our Hideout at the end of fall and actually have yet to camp in it but I expect to use it for a couple years before the urge to upgrade overcomes me I anticipate is ending up in either an Outback (there is a 330RL at our local CW that I have sat in a few times, it is slick) or a GD Reflections - they are a well regarded brand. The Laredo is also a good option with a lot more floor plans than the Sprinter line. Two things I really like on the Laredo is they have awesome outdoor kitchens and those nice big showers.

It is important to identify what floor plan will make the most sense for your needs and then identify what brands have a similar floor plan. If you look around enough online you will start to see there are really only like 5 floor plans that get recycled shamelessly by the RV companies.

Something else to take into account, there are a lot of small upgrades you can do that will greatly improve the appearance and perceived luxury of your trailer. A couple such upgrades I did in mine included metal (looking but still plastic) fixtures for the bathroom sink and shower along with a new shower hose and head. I did also add an igniter to my stove because spending nearly $20k to light a stove with a match just grated me. The mattress was embarrassing and had to be replaced.

Hope that helps some!

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Old 12-05-2018, 02:12 PM   #42
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After reading over the previous posts there was some good information, but I feel it is a bit misleading. Within some of the model lines there are super lite models, mid profile models, full profile models, and trim levels. I have no solutions as to ranking them.

The first two things a perspective buyer need to define is; do you need a unit rated for full time and under what climate conditions. After that your budget and personal preferences will take over. If you are new to this there are four season, sub zero, rated units out there with 3" walls, most are under 2 inches.

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Old 12-08-2018, 06:54 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Gegrad View Post
Oh, I know.. my comment was just more toward the "eyes rolling" nature of how much less they are in real life than the "starting MSRP" listed on the website.
I received an email from Camping World this morning, announcing their "end of year inventory clearance sale"... Essentially what it said was, "Select travel trailers up to 35% off MSRP and select fifth wheel trailers up to 40% off MSRP, Class C RV's up to 45% off MSRP and select Class A motorhomes up to 43% off MSRP.

So, Camping World is having a "Clearance Sale" on last year's models and probably some "mistakes they ordered and can't sell" for up to almost half off the MSRP. You can bet your bottom dollar, that not one of them will be sold at a loss !!!!!

As a note, even the high end clothing stores and Bass Pro have similar sales with similar pricing. Gives me a "warm fuzzy" about the "price gouge" between wholesale and retail pricing..... YMMV


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