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Old 08-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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New CampLite Trailer doesn't pencil out

Livinlite is new to the market and the concept seems to be very good. Their trailers are about 98% aluminum. They'll last a long time, the structure is trouble-free and they're light as heck. On the flipside, they aren't much to look at, though you can have them painted. Dealers are difficult to find, though I've received a price list.

The 16 footer starts at $22,349. That doesn't include a TV, microwave or stereo and speakers. That also doesn't include their "propane package", which includes a furnace, water heater, fridge and range. Unless "range" includes a stove, I don't believe it comes with a stove, even as an option.

It's difficult to say if the A/C is included, because they appear to show A/C as standard and as an option. Both are 13,500 BTU, but the option says "low profile" and costs $1,100. They have some cool options too, such as a tip-out bunk, like a hybrid. The option appears to be very well-built, and it doesn't have to be pushed out, as there will either be a queen bed or dinette that makes into a queen bed. There's also an option for an overhead bunk above the Queen bed or dinette, which to me is a great option. We had it in our Fun Finder (which I've sold).

I don't know if Airstream insulates the flooring on all their new models, but it's extra with a CampLite.

By the time you load this trailer up with items that are generally standard (less a stove, as stated), you're probably into a 16 footer for about 26-27K.

IMO, the CampLite is a great concept and appears to be very well-built. But considering I can buy a new Airstream Sport 22 for 38-40K, I'd much rather have the Airstream. Sure it's another 12K, but it's a far better trailer and the make is more than proven.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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Update. They provide a stove, not an oven. I had it backwards.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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Looks to be very well made, but it's in a different class from Airstreams. Looks more like a very sturdy camper, as opposed to a travel trailer. However, I would be interested in seeing one up close, just out of curiosity.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:56 PM   #4
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New Serro Scotty 16' - $15,000, with pretty much the same equipment. What am I missing here?
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:02 AM   #5
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It might be aluminum and it might be cheap, but an Airstream, Avion, Spartan, Curtis, El Ray, Vagabond it is not. To each his own.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:29 AM   #6
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This is my guess, but I assume an Airstream will tow better than that little box. The tandem axles on their top model would be nice, compared to the single axle on my Minuet or a new 22' Sport, but I'd rather have the aerodynamics of the low-slung Airstream.

I was towing my Argosy yesterday with my minivan and I'm always amazed at how well the rig handles, even at speeds that would get the safety nannies wagging their online fingers at me.

Plus, I'm not devoid of vanity - and that LivinLite just ain't pretty. At all. If I wanted function uber alles, I'd be towing a Trailmanor or Chalet/Aliner all-composite hard-sided pop up.

Their aluminum-floor idea is awesome though - even though Airstream (and my trailer) had it 30+ years ago...

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There are many manufacturers of aluminum-framed trailers with fiberglass panel exteriors. Livinlite doesn't appear to be doing anything distinctive.
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There are many manufacturers of aluminum-framed trailers with fiberglass panel exteriors. Livinlite doesn't appear to be doing anything distinctive.
with aluminum floors too?

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CampLite All Aluminum Travel Trailer Overview by LivinLite

Looks like they are light but the aero Airstream is still going to tow much better.
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it would be interesting to see a road test of one of these at speed.

also a sway test.

i wonder if the front cut-back generates any lift?

and changing the dinette/bed back and forth all the time sounds like a real PITA.

just my 2c.
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Their website makes them look cheap. One propane tank, held on with a strap?

They don't look bad to me. The recycle thing is a good idea - since many trailers are built for relatively short lifetimes, we should at least be smart about it.
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