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Old 08-12-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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New 2013 Echo RV Spirit 19QB Travel Trailers at Coates RV Hugo Minnesota Coates RV

What are everyones thoughts on a camper like this? I have a friend who is interested in this model. What are the pros and cons to an rv such as this? They are just sooooo much cheaper then say a casita or scamp. Thoughts. Please and thank you.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:51 PM   #2
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I think you get what you pay for

I don't know how long this particular trailer has been in production. Even if it's five years or so, check the resale prices. THAT tells you a lot about the value.

Typically at ten to fifteen years or so, most stick built trailers are "give-aways." Because they have nearly zero value. THAT doesn't happen with a maintained all molded towable. Those of us that own one, consider them a valued asset.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:55 PM   #3
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There's nothing wrong with it if that's what they want. I have owned Class C's and tag-alongs, 5er's that were 36'. I finally grew tired of the bigger units because I felt it was taking me away from the camping experience. The biggest thing I see is the weight. Dry weight 3,461lbs.
Yes the resale is also a huge factor.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:55 PM   #4
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Couldn't agree more Donna D!
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:09 PM   #5
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I just checked on Nada and it says that this was the only year this Spirit model was made. What does that tell you? It is a Spirit made by Echo. Seems a bit fishy. Also, Nada says, "Due to limited resale activity, we are unable to determine used values". They only have the msrp stated. Is that odd?
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:54 PM   #6
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Let's compare to an Escape 19. It's 8' wide, whereas Escape is 7' wide. It's 118" high versus 102" for Escape. So it has 32% greater frontal area than the Escape. Now add in the dry weight, 3461 lb versus 2510 lb. Figure 14-15 mpg for the Escape, and 9-10 mpg for the Echo.

Now consider all the roof seams on the Echo. The stickie I just sold was 3.5 years old and, wouldn't you know, the new owner called me a week later to say that the roof was leaking! I went halfsies on the $660 cost to reseal it because I felt bad about it leaking so soon after I'd sold it, and wanted to be fair. The points are, first off you have to stay on top of it and have a stickie roof inspected and re-sealed often; and second, if it's sitting outside (stored) unused for months and you don't catch the leak right when it starts, the unit can be ruined.

Also, consider resale value. Ten years from now a $25K Escape will probably still bring $20K (partly due to inflation), whereas a $11,500 stickie in 10 years will likely be worth less than $4000, maybe a whole lot less if there's water damage to the walls or roof.

Buying a stickie is not always bad, but one must go into it with eyes wide open. Best to consider it a "throwaway" unit that will not be missed should it become useless or worthless. $11,500 is not a huge chunk of money to toss off, for many folks. If one cannot afford the $25K but can afford the $11,500, I say go for it and have some camping enjoyment.
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:02 AM   #7
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Great points Mike. It says it has a fiberglass top. Do you think that would fix the leaking issues of the stickies?

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Comparing the listed stickie to Homelet.

Washing: Echo 717.6ft^2; Homelet 253ft^2 exterior surface.

Hitch weight: 365# vs 200# needs pick-up truck

Curb weight: 3561# (dry) vs 1840# (as traveling) needs twice the gas.

Plus the rounded corners of FG add to its aerodynamic efficiency.

Also consider the time to clean the inside. When we camped with our Good Sam group, we would be participating in the activities while persons with large MHs would say they had to clean their MH. Large RVs are like having another house to clean. If you have to have all the convenience of home, why leave home in the first place? It takes us all of 5 minutes to clean Homelet.

Also the construction. Stick builts have numerous joints which eventually flex over the road. This leads to leaks. Homelet is all one piece because of the inside furniture is actually part of the structure and all fiberglassed. No flexing and no leaks.

Also why do you think they can drop the price 25%? It is because the value is just not there compared to FG.
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Great points Mike. It says it has a fiberglass top. Do you think that would fix the leaking issues of the stickies?

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No Luke it wouldn't. I had a class A Southwind with a one piece fiberglass roof and sidewalls. You still have the corner seams to deal with, top and end corners. Even with resealing them and any through shell opening every year, at about the 15 year mark it started leaking. I never was able to find the source and ended up with some dry rot. Bummer cuz the rest of it was pretty much mint. BTW, the A did have a steel framework for the body (still a sticky) but as they are so long you get a lot of body twisting that probably is part of the reason for seams opening up. Our eggs are so short there isn't near as much movement of the body. Sorry for the long story, short answer.....moulded trailers have around 90% less seams to leak.
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Roger you beat me to an answer . I think you filled in the rest of it.
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A friend of ours bought a 5th wheel from Coates in 2006 (cost $30K) In 2012 he went to Coates to buy a new 5th wheel trailer and trade in his 2006 . His 2006 trailer was worth $7K in trade. That being said ,fiberglass RVs cost more upfront and usually offer fewer features . I could have purchased an R pod for $7K less than my Casita .The R pod had features such as an oven ,stereo ,tank sensors, a bigger refrigerator etc. Etc that my Casita did not offer . I did not like the the throw away aspect of the R pod or want to do the constant maintenance / repairs the R pod would require . Resale was not a major factor in our decision . At our age the Casita will probably be our last trailer unless my wife gets the Escape bug again
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Agree. My last Crossroads 5er cost $39,000. Kept it for two years and sold it for $16,500. Made me sick, but that's how it goes with resale on stick trailers. And I sold mine straight out. If I had tried to trade. Probably $10,000 would've been the price.
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Too big, too heavy, too expensive and it looks to be a stick built. Will not last like my 1971 Boler which is 43 years old and once I get the new axle under it should last another 43 years.

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New 2013 Echo RV Spirit 19QB Travel Trailers at Coates RV Hugo Minnesota Coates RV

What are everyones thoughts on a camper like this? I have a friend who is interested in this model. What are the pros and cons to an rv such as this? They are just sooooo much cheaper then say a casita or scamp. Thoughts. Please and thank you.
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Too big, too heavy, too expensive and it looks to be a stick built. Will not last like my 1971 Boler which is 43 years old and once I get the new axle under it should last another 43 years.

Rick
I agree, but to some our fiberglass eggs are too small , to the point of being claustrophobic. Many when traveling want to bring home with them .They are RV ing not camping . Many only stay at resorts with full hookup .. plus Expensive is relative to their personal finances. I could have purchased a 24 ft trailer with a lot more amenities for less than the cost of my 17ft Casita . My friend who just purchased a 34 ft fifth wheel is well over 70 years old, so long term resale value was not a factor in his decision . His biggest concern was " Creature Comforts"
Our fiberglass trailers are a niche in the total RV market and our often sparsely equipped when compared to stick built trailers . You can have fun with either style of trailer
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