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View Poll Results: How long did yours last or how long have you had it?
1-2 Years 10 34.48%
3-4 Years 6 20.69%
5-6 Years 4 13.79%
7-8 Years 4 13.79%
9-10 Years 2 6.90%
11+ Years 3 10.34%
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:00 AM   #11
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My last TT weighed less then a ton and was 42 years when I sold it last spring. Weight has nothing to do with how long it will last.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:08 PM   #12
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I have had my X213 for 2 years and knock on wood, I only had a power jack issue and a loose trim panel that needed repairs under warranty. We are loving it.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:12 PM   #13
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We had a 2005 Jay Feather LGT 27P which we bought new in 2004. We stored it winters in an unheated pole barn. Used it for 9 summers with no issues with the structure or finish etc.

Our only real issue was a serious electrical that I repaired.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:04 AM   #14
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I had an '03 Ultra-lite (another brand) for 11 years. It survived a collision with a wild turkey (the bird, not the liquor), a falling tree which took out the awning and both bathroom vents, a trip from Michigan to Texas, 6 trips from Michigan to Nebraska, and numerous trips all over Michigan. It did have a leak in it somewhere (I think where the spare tire mounted to the back wall) that ruined the floor after only a couple of years. I ended up replacing the subfloor and flooring. I got a pretty good trade-in deal for it, and the dealer sold it in about 3 weeks.

If my experience is any indication, they can last a long time if properly maintained. That said, it is just my opinion that they tend to be of lower quality. Many are also made by "fly-by-night" companies, that have gotten into the "Ultra-lite Craze", and folded once a few problems show up. I also believe the quality issues are disappearing, as manufacturers get more experience with the unique issues of Ultra-lite trailers, and the bad ones get weeded out. Looks to me like Jayco is leading the way, here.

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Old 05-05-2014, 08:50 AM   #15
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Just puchased a 2011 x23j JayFeather last year. Loved the layed out. Jayco has discontinued this model, they went back to the dinette area in front of the bunk area instead of the side like we preferred. Keeping our fingers crossed that this is not one of the "bad ones" they have weeded out.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:59 PM   #16
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Whitehawks appear to be fairly well built, however have not been on the market long enough to determine their longevity.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:29 AM   #17
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My '06 23B says "Ultra Lite Weight" on the side so I'm chiming in on the poll. I'm the 3rd owner and it stays inside a heated building when not camping. The first 2 owners stored it in an unheated building in the off season and in their yards during camping season.

No floor issues, delamination or other problems. All the doors and windows fit and work as they should. The trailer has a skeleton made of welded aluminum tubing...not a lot of it but nonetheless and vacuum laminated stress skin construction per Jayco.

The only issues I've had so far have been the result of low skilled labor and typical low grade materials used widely in the RV industry. That's my story for what it's worth.
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One thing I notice about trailers in general; you do not see a lot that are 10+ years old. I see a fair number of older motor homes and 5th wheels, but not travel trailers. I tend to try to keep my vehicles for 20 years and my goal for the HTT is for 10 years. I think there is a strong correlation between ensuring proper maintenance and the health of the TT. If I was buying an old unit, I would go over it with a fine tooth comb starting at the roof looking at caulking, and trying to determine how many different layers of caulk I could find. That will be a good indicator someone did good maintenance.

My parents sold their last ultra light after 11 trouble free years. It was still in fine shape.
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One thing I notice about trailers in general; you do not see a lot that are 10+ years old. I see a fair number of older motor homes and 5th wheels, but not travel trailers. I tend to try to keep my vehicles for 20 years and my goal for the HTT is for 10 years. I think there is a strong correlation between ensuring proper maintenance and the health of the TT. If I was buying an old unit, I would go over it with a fine tooth comb starting at the roof looking at caulking, and trying to determine how many different layers of caulk I could find. That will be a good indicator someone did good maintenance.

My parents sold their last ultra light after 11 trouble free years. It was still in fine shape.
I think most people including many on this forum are terrified of buying a used TT therefore explaining all the new ones at the CG. It's not really any different than folks buying (or leasing) a new car every 2 years. Everybody wants new things with all the latest WiFi and electric awnings. Many people who buy TT's leave them parked under a tree in the back yard most of their lives and rarely maintain them.

The highest quality piece of equipment will fall in to disrepair with continued neglect. Ultra-lites in my opinion are no different.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:11 PM   #20
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A forum moderator on another forum is saying no way these things go 7 years.
Shows how much that guy knows. We had our '03 Kiwi 17a for 10 years. We bought it new. Never any real issues. We had one small seam leak in a roof seam due to it drying out at about 7 years, but it was easily fixed with Eternabond tape. We got a fair trade on it and the dealer sold it within a month. That trailer easily has 5 - 10 more years in it.

I plan on getting the same or more out of our X20E. A trailer is only going to last as long as how you take care of it. Just like a car.
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