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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 02-07-2014, 11:04 AM   #1
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Ultral Lite Longevity

Hey Gang,

Just wondering how long these things tend to last if maintenance is performed regularly? On another forum I'm getting a lot of 'Ultra Lites aren't built as strong and won't hold up long term'. Now, I'm not asking about full-timing, but I'm asking about say 30 nights/year? A forum moderator on another forum is saying no way these things go 7 years.

I was sort of hoping the Jayco Ultra Lites would. So, how long have you had or how long have you gotten out of your Jayco Ultra Lite?
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:29 PM   #2
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I traded in my 2009 Kodiak 25QS at the end of last summer... I had bought it because I was limited with regards to towing capacity.

I used it exactly for that 30-35 days a year... it did travel some distance... minimum 1000miles per year

I maintained it extremely well... actually the dealer was amazed of how it looked when I rolled it in... but after only 5 years, and with that great care and maintenance, it was already showing structural damages. It had a water leak, that I couldn't have noticed.

The floor, the walls, the suspension...everything is built to save weight... so everything is cheaper built... and on top of things they often sell these at a higher price, because of the "lightweight" approach and materials used.


My father also had a ultralight weight RV which he also took good care of, it was written-off by his insurance company after 7years. He had endured a violent thundestorm one night while on a trip and when he got back home he noticed that the RV looked crooked... He got it checked out, and the structure had been damaged because of the wind... the walls were out of alignment and weren't square with the floor anymore!

But never again will I touch an ultra light (nor fiberglass exteriors).
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:54 PM   #4
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Have had our 2007 30 U since new. Have had some minor issues to date. Worst was a leak in the front cap that showed up last summer, after a big rain storm. Found a pin hole leak in the caulk at the roof. Fixed it. Then noticed more de-lam a few weeks later and traced it to the marker lights. All the marker light screws were rusty. The water got into the lens cover and followed the screws. I switched out all the markers (for led, look great) and found about 1/2 of the rest had some rust on them. The front does not show to bad till the sun heats it up then it stands out like a sore thumb.
Will definitely move to a heavier built unit when DW says we can ditch the bunk house. (Another 2 years probably.)
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:06 PM   #6
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Your poll question is rather slanted. " How long have you had it ?" is very different from "how long did it last?".

Shouldn't combine them in the same question.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:51 AM   #7
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Your poll question is rather slanted. " How long have you had it ?" is very different from "how long did it last?".

Shouldn't combine them in the same question.
X2. It skews the results. Only had my ultra light for 5 months so not ready to think anything could statt going wrong.
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Yes, you guys are right. I should have worded it better.
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I believe that water intrusion is the main issue with how long a hard sided trailer will last.

Is there some belief or fact that heavier trailers are better sealed against water intrusion?
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Some on the other forums equate lighter weight to less robust build quality. Others vigorously argue against the point. I would HOPE that lighweight does not equate into cheaply made and short lived.
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