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|Looking for a hybrid trailer||lisa in california||6-24-03|
|We are looking to purchase a 19-23ft hybrid trailer that has been gently used and for sale by a private party. please e-mail if you have any information. thanks :)|
|Re: looking for a hybrid trailer||Gary Rindfuss||11-4-03|
|We have 2000 Travelstar 21ck that we bought new.It was one of the first in that line. Initially, we thought it was the greatest trailer we ever owned.|
Now it seems to be falling apart. And Starcraft will do nothing about it because it is off warranty. This trailer is beginning to delaminate everywhere. The front bunk end is almost entirely delaminated, as is the area around the door for the gas bottles. The floor is rotting out from the outside in behind each of the wheel wells. The plastic membrane covering the bottom of the floor filled with water and made huge blisters. The plywood above the gray membrane delaminated and rotted away (must not be exterior grade luan), though the inside floor layer is still good. The water is getting in from the underside somehow. There is delamination on the left lower rear quarter below the waste hose door and power cord. The wall covering inside the bathroom is blistering in the upper rear corner of the trailer, as if water is getting in behind it too.
Almost none of the fittings or doors that go through the "hull" of the trailer had any sealant at all beneath their flanges. only a smear of RTV silicon around their edges after they were installed. We will be paying for this pile of junk for a long time yet and I do not know how long it will remain usable. The best starcraft had to offer was that if we took it to indiana to their factory, they would give us a reduced rate for the repair.
The problems are the result of obvious design and manufacturing quality control defects. One would thaink that Starcraft would try to make good on it. But I guess not. Our first trailer was a 1976 Viking pop up. When we got rid of it in 1986, It still looked new.
It is still in use and looks good today. Our Jayco pop-up was without flaw after five years use. I do not think it unreasonable to expect a travel trailer to last three years without falling apart.
We are looking to rent space at the Pgh and Ohio Camper shows this winter and just park the the thing there as an example of Starcraft quality. I retract all the great things we said about this trailer on various discussion groups when we first bought it. Beware, it appears that Starcraft will not stand behind their products.
Gary in the Pgh area.