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We've been posting questions lately about getting a small travel trailer for summer trips.  We are parking our bigger 5W permanently, and are looking for a 20-25' TT.  Today we looked at an Aspen Trail by Dutchmen, a Springdale by Keystone, and will be looking at some short Jayco's tomorrow.  Any thoughts on the quality of these units/manufacturers?  Other recommended manufacturers for small TT's?

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On 12/28/2017 at 10:32 PM, charlyhors said:

Today we looked at an Aspen Trail by Dutchmen, a Springdale by Keystone, and will be looking at some short Jayco's tomorrow.  Any thoughts on the quality of these units/manufacturers?

While it has been a couple of years since we were shipping, I liked most Jayco products and some Keystone. Never looked at Springdale and never cared much for Dutchman. We have been happy with our KZ, as has our son been with his. I think you should also take a look at the small trailers now being built by Winnebago. Generally, the ultra lite RVs are intended for seasonal use and so are much less expensive and because of that they are also lower quality in the fit and finish areas to save both weight and money. But if you use the new RV seasonally, do you really need to spend what it takes to buy an all season RV? We chose one in the lower price group after much care and examining of the construction features. It isn't as good as was our fulltime RV, but it also cost far less. 

Remember that you can't expect to have the same level of workmanship in a $20,000 RV as you would expect when paying several times that much. 

Edited by Kirk Wood
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On ‎12‎/‎28‎/‎2017 at 11:32 PM, charlyhors said:

...We've been posting questions lately about getting a small travel trailer for summer trips...looking for a 20-25' TT.  Today we looked at an Aspen Trail by Dutchmen, a Springdale by Keystone, and will be looking at some short Jayco's tomorrow.  Any thoughts on the quality of these units/manufacturers?  Other recommended manufacturers for small TT's?

 

18 hours ago, TedSchwink said:

...You might consider Grand Design...Also Highland Ridge...

Grand designs smallest trailer is almost 27'. Highland Ridge does appear to have one model in the length range you are looking for. It has two slides and a GVWR of 8995#.

Jayco has had a good reputation over the years. Not sure whether that has changed since they were bought by Thor which also owns Keystone, Dutchmen and many other brands. In the past, Keystone and Dutchmen shared the same warranty/customer service phone center.

Some of the small Winnebago models have impressive carrying capacities. You need to watch the carrying capacity of small trailers as some may have as little as 550# and many are less than 1000#.  In another topic, you said you are considering an SUV as a tow vehicle in which case you may not have much extra cargo capacity in the tow vehicle as you might with a full size pickup with a cap on the bed. KZ seems to have as many or more choices of small trailers in the Escape, Classic and Connect brands than many of the other manufacturers with slide and no slide models. Northwood, which has a good reputation, makes a couple of smaller trailers in the Nash and Artic Fox lines, but they are heavy.

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38 minutes ago, Burrabbit said:

Outdoors RV builds a fantastic unit. They are built in La Grande, OR. They are a sister to Artic Fox, and Nash. They use a bonded aluminum, fiberglass body. Designed for back country camping. We have a Timber ridge 24RLS. Check them out at OutdoorsRV.com

I have some friends with Outdoors RV's and they are pretty impressive from what I've seen. Those that have them really like them too. 

 

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