Travel trailer reviews: Celebrating our 15th Year!
Learn who builds the best travel trailers, fifth wheels & toy haulers with the latest travel trailer reviews and more. The NEWLY UPDATED 2019 Travel Trailer Comparison Guide now rates over 50 manufacturers.
Why are travel trailer reviews so important for today’s buyer? For one, the base price of travel trailers (this includes fifth wheels and toy haulers) has been creeping up in recent years due to the advent of complicated slide-outs, increased use of on-board technology, and improved materials that are safer and stronger -but more costly. We are always amazed at how many people contact us wanting to know, “Who builds the best travel trailer or fifth wheel?” Or, “How do I know if I am paying too much?”
Great questions to be sure, but there are a number of variables that will determine which model, company or brand is best for you. For example, how long do you plan to keep your travel trailer? Will you vacation in your travel trailer or fifth wheel for extended periods (4 weeks+) or use it just for weekend travel? How much is your budget? Will you be traveling during the pleasant summer months or do you see yourself as an extreme RV-er? Thus the reason for our Travel Trailer Comparison Guide, which answers all those questions and many more with current, insightful and easy-to-read travel trailer reviews.
Most buyers start at the dealer level when shopping for a travel trailer and fall in love with a particular floorplan. This is the wrong approach and usually leads to buyer remorse. We believe RV buyers need to compare manufacturers before they start shopping for a recreational vehicle -and the best way to do that is with travel trailer reviews.
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We have been conducting surveys for many years now and buyers are primarily concerned about two things: quality and price. Lets talk about quality first.
What to Look for in a Well-Built Trailer
Almost all potential buyers want to know if the model they are looking to purchase is constructed well and will stand the test of time. Developing a set of construction requirements that appropriately reflect a structurally sound fifth wheel or travel trailer is essential and helps remove any frustration when trying to understand the quality of a particular model, new or used.
An important element for selecting any towable model is how well is it is constructed. In Chapter 2 of our publication we cover fundamental aspects of construction:
- Underbelly construction
- Exterior wall construction
- Insulation types
- Plumbing & electrical
- Kitchen cabinets
- Roofing materials
- Additionally we explore towing specifications and how to avoid overloading a travel trailer or fifth wheel.
How we research the RV industry
As we carried out our research for this chapter we found that most RV salespeople didn’t know much regarding the overall construction methods of the product they were promoting. This frustrated us and it made our staff look deeper into the industry to see how much those in management knew about construction methods. Interestingly, most in management were also to some extent tentative in conveying which construction techniques were best and what to look for in a quality trailer.
We were beginning to think we would never complete this section until we decided to get in touch with plant managers to see if they could shed some light on the topic. To our surprise, many plant managers were delighted to talk with us, and they had the technical expertise we were looking for. Much of their inside feedback has gone in to our travel trailer reviews, as has considerable input from owners themselves. Our current database also has feedback from thousands of RV owners and we find their comments extremely helpful since it tends to be both unbiased and relevant. Want to know how the RV you’re considering will hold up to regular use? Ask the man (or woman) who owns one -and we have. Lots of them.
Who do we review?
Our Travel Trailer Reviews cover nearly every manufacturer in North America -even those that have closed their doors in recent years.
Why? “Orphan” RVs can be a significant bargain for those who now how to buy one -and we show you how. It’s worth mentioning that considering an Orphan RV is not recommended for those who don’t thoroughly understand what is involved. There is no quicker way to lose money buying an RV -sometimes a lot of money- than by dabbling in Orphan RVs.
Our Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Guide includes a factory article for each manufacturer with helpful facts and insight you won’t find anywhere else. Our goal is to provide a brief description or “Snap Shot” of each manufacturer based on interviews and research collected over the years. This gives our readers crucial insight into how each company got its start, their current financial health, and the direction the company is heading.
Each article contains information in these key areas:
- Company background and history
- Principle target customer
- Discussion of best-selling models
- Company’s main competitors
- Average MSRP of best-selling models
- Financial stability of company (including buyouts, bankruptcies and ongoing lawsuits)
- 10 years of rating charts that track how each manufacturer has performed over multiple years. These rating charts are very important and reveal if a particular manufacturer is trending upward or downward in quality, customer satisfaction, factory support and overall resale value of models.
- Objective comments from research staff
If you have ever attended a large recreational vehicle show or visited a mega RV dealer you know there are almost unlimited models and options to choose from. For those who haven’t done their research, multiple choice overload is a common reaction. Lined up in a large convention center or on the dealer’s lot they all look great. How are you supposed to identify the best built trailer from this endless array? This is where your research begins to pay off. After reading the guide you’ll be able to dismiss the subpar units from the quality offerings, quickly narrowing your search to a handful. During this process expect your dealer to say something like, “This manufacturer builds the best trailer on the market”.
How can everybody build the best RV?
After you have visited a number of dealers it’s like a broken record. Everybody claims their brands are the best in the industry. How is that possible? It’s not. Consider this: as an independent research company we have no preference regarding your towable of choice, whereas your dealer is heavily biased. He (or she) is going to push the brand that makes them the most money -and you can’t really blame them. But your goal is not to line their pockets, it’s to buy the best unit at the best price. Our only goal for over ten years now has been to provide honest and informative data to our customers.
Our best-selling trailer guide cuts through the conflicting claims and sheds light on which manufacturers have high customer satisfaction ratings -as well as those that don’t. Poorly constructed travel trailers with slippery and misleading warranties are all too common in the RV industry and will cause headaches, frustration and costly expenses for the uninformed. After reading the newly revised and updated Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide, chances are you’ll know more about today’s towables (and their manufacturers) than the dealer you work with.
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The Ultimate Travel Trailer Package includes:
- Best-selling 2019 Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide.
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- A total of 3 (three) Travel Trailer Reviews. Use for any make or model of Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel or Toy Hauler (2000-Current). NOTE: Travel trailer reviews have no expiration date.
This amazing offer includes everything you will need to make an informed decision. Our best-selling RV Guide reveals which RV manufacturers consistently rate the highest in quality and customer support. Our time-tested buying tips can save you thousands when it’s time to buy. In addition, the Bonus Offer items will coach you to negotiate the best deal from any dealer. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, the 3 RV Reports included in the Ultimate Package will give you the dealer’s wholesale cost and average selling price. We provide RV reviews for all current travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers with easy to read and insightful 9-12 page reports e-mailed directly to you.
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If you order the E-book version of the Ultimate Travel Trailer Package you will receive an email with instructions to access your Trailer Book, Bonus Offers & RV FORM within minutes of placing order. All printed book orders will receive instructions to access RV form and bonus offers when book arrives priority mail. To request your RV Report, simply fill out a RV FORM on our website and click “Submit”. We’ll take it from there and return your report via e-mail. Each report contains 8 pages of detailed ratings and wholesale and retail values for that particular model. All reports are sent as a pdf document, making saving or printing a breeze.
Part One – Intended Use:
In this section of the travel trailer reviews we focus on intended use. There are four main categories most RV models will fall into. They are: Weekender, Vacationer, Snowbird and Full-Time use. Based on the standard options, overall quality, and data collected from various RV sources, we can accurately determine the overall intended use of a particular model. If your intention is to use your RV to head south for the winter and spend 3-6 months a year in your unit, you will probably be dissatisfied with a poorly constructed model or a model that was intended for moderate use only.
Part Two – Comprehensive Rating Chart:
The manner in which a particular RV model performs in the areas of: Quality of Construction, Reliability, Payload, Drivability (motorhome only), Customer Satisfaction, Style & Resale Value will ultimately determine the overall satisfaction level of the unit. Our proprietary database contains thousands of reports from current owners that we use to determine an overall rating.
In addition, our staff has interviewed hundreds of dealers and manufacturers. We also frequently attend RV shows to stay current with changes and new models. A simple request: Our past readers are an important source of owner satisfaction and we welcome all feedback. If you find our information helpful in your search, please consider passing along your own feedback after your purchase. It will be used to help the next customer.
Part Three: Depreciation Chart:
This chart shows how a particular RV model depreciates over time and the RV dealer’s invoice for a new model or the true wholesale value for a used model. This information will help you determine if the model you’re considering is a good investment. Aside from initial quality you’ll also be able to see how the RV holds its’ resale value. Having the dealer’s invoice or true wholesale value is very important and puts you in the driver’s seat when it is time to negotiate a price. This data has helped thousands of our customers over the years and we receive positive emails on a regular basis thanking us for this info.
Part Four: Star Chart:
Our reviews feature a simple STAR RATING based on the data collected in the Comprehensive Rating Chart. A Five Star Rating is the highest rating an RV model can receive. E-Book orders are accessible via an e-mail that arrives within moments of placing your order. Printed book orders are shipped priority mail for FREE in U.S. Please allow 3-4 days for delivery.
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