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To read RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury’s comments about this in RV Travel issue 752 click here.

What’s your opinion of these two issues affecting RVers?

  1. Has it become harder lately to find a site at a campground or in an RV park than it was 5 years ago?
  2. How would you describe the quality of the workmanship on your RV? This question for RVers who have purchased a new RV in the last few years.

Please leave a comment on one or both these questions. Try not to exceed 200 words unless necessary.


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Thomas Worley

My wife and I have owned an RV for 15 years. After much research and tire kicking, we purchased a 2015 Keystone Montana High Country 305rl from RV Wholesaler in Ohio during May of 2015. We drove 1500 miles to pick it up. There was a major rain storm during our walk through, which was on a Saturday. The only major thing we found was that the bedroom was not laid out as we ordered. We refused the unit. The saleman was able to make arrangements for us to take the unit to the Keystone factory on Monday morning for… Read more »

laurel jones
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laurel jones

We have a 2008 Fleetwood Tioga. Knock on wood it has been problem free. When we had an issue with the toilet break. We were shipped a whole new toilet no charge. But friends have told me so many horror stories about their newer trailers major leaking roofs and sides shabby workmanship

Steve
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Steve

Has it become harder lately to find a site at a campground or in an RV park than it was 5 years ago? Yes. we used to be more spontaneous with RV travels but its getting more and more crowded. Reservations are becoming a must and there are little to no places to find that arent heavily regulated. The Go RVing marketing ad type places dont seem to exist….. How would you describe the quality of the workmanship on your RV? This question for RVers who have purchased a new RV in the last few years. Workmanship has always been… Read more »

Jim Langley
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Jim Langley

We recently picked up our 2016 Lazy Daze Class C RV motorhome and we couldn’t be happier. The quality of the construction throughout and the features and appliances exceeded our expectations and are functioning perfectly. In comparison, we previously owned a Roadtrek Class B that we enjoyed a lot, however there were quite a few problems, such as the generator not working, interior cabinet latches frequently locking you out of the cabinets, windshield rubber trim flapping at highway speeds.. all fixed under warranty, but frustrating to have the problems in the first place. So far with the Lazy Daze we… Read more »

Chris Potter
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Chris Potter

The Baby Boomers (I’m one of them) have started to reach retirement age during the last few years, and they want to enjoy life while they are still young enough to able to. This is causing an increase in the number of tourists and travelers in general. Its not just the sites in RV parks that are getting difficult to find without a reservation. We also stay at motels sometimes. Motels in tourist areas that we used to be able to walk into and get a room, as little as 3 years ago; now need a one month reservation and… Read more »

larry williamson
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larry williamson

2016 keystone high country has sewer vent stack left open in trailer, broken screws causing slide leakage, refrigerator not installed correctly, defective blinds installed, wheel skirts missing several screws, wheel hub covers lacking inserts allowing dirt etc to go to axle, useless manual as it is so generic it provides no help at all and disgusting customer service and refusal of non selling dealer to deal with problems.

Ed Killgore
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Ed Killgore

Larry, we bought a new 2011 Cougar High Country and haven’t had any major issues. However, I walk around with a screw-driver in one hand and a tube of LocTite in the other. This bugger is held together with staples and plastic fittings. The Lippert frame is off the shelf merchandise with too much flex, the 4,400 lb. axles are insufficient for the gross weight, the electric brakes are a mere drag at best, and the China bombs are a ticking blowout waiting to happen. It is for sale! We have opted to purchase a new Augusta Ambition 35RS that… Read more »

Cindy Martin
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Cindy Martin

I can only say that some trailers have always been cheaply made. People love vintage, but they had their issues. Scotties, for example, were badly made and sold cheaply. The last trailer we bought is a 1999 Fleetwood Terry Ultra-lite. I own a 1963 Terry and I don’t think you could break it if you rolled it over, but I can’t say the same for my ’99. Leaks everywhere (even when we take excellent care of the roof), saggy floor, linoleum that discolors if it gets wet, cushions that are so poor they are impossible to sleep on……you get the… Read more »

Lynn Padgett
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Lynn Padgett

2014 Winnebago Travato, , 1st year in the shop more than in a campground. Refrigerator rarely worked on gas, bad thermocouple, bad gas line, still – sometime it works other times it just shuts off. Can’t trust it. Broken vent fan housing at delivery, ceiling flooded, they would only pay to dry it out! Electrical problems from day one, been in shop at least 4 times for that. Usually takes a month to get a service appointment. Winnabego does not care about their customers.

John Yellowolf
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John Yellowolf

OK – I know that my experience isn’t with a newer RV, but rather, it’s a challenge to newer RV’s. I own a 1978 Fleetwood Tioga. All the original appliances still work. The refrigerator doesn’t even have to be level to work! It has just shy of 170,000 miles on it. I’ve had to do some maintenance on the suspension and transmission, which is no surprise at all. My challenge is simply this: I challenge ANY manufacturer to put out an RV that will still be roadworthy and fully functional 38 years from now! I personally don’t think this is… Read more »

Jackie
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Jackie

I agree with you John, we can’t aford an expensive motor home and have had two older models now. Both our motor homes gave been built by Triple E in Winkler Manitoba Canada. Our current one is a 2000 -34 foot and solid as a rock. Good ride and no major repairs. We definitely love the quality and unfortunately they no longer make the big units. They now manufacture the travel vans. Also if we have questions we just phone the head office, they help even if we have a unit 16 years old. Unfortunately not many of these bigger… Read more »

Buddy Pickler
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Buddy Pickler

My wife and I bought a new 2016 Fleetwood Bounder 36E last June from Camping World. We had selected another manufacturer’s unit and the sales manager convinced that the quality of Fleetwood was much better than the other vendor. The first 6 months it was at CampingWorld more than we had it. We identified 30 issues with it. We had purchased it locally because we had been told that we would get better service. That is not what we experienced. Time and time again we would take it to CW, half of the issues would not be corrected. We ended… Read more »

Bd2
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Bd2

When buying new RV’s, or even slightly used RV’s be ready to lower your expectation levels. They build these vehicles like the cars from Detroit in the 50’s & 60’s. You buy it, get a large pad of paper, and then write down all the things that need fixing…..a punch list. Then try to get into dealer for multiple tries to get issues fixed and have to argue what is/is not on warrantee [with the added fun of the coach vs. chassis argument for identifying responsibility]. Summary, they work quick to build/sell as fast as they can, people buy junk… Read more »

don magel
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don magel

So I can’t spell tile!

don magel
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don magel

My suggestons: buy older upscale diesel coaches. They are much less expensive and were built to last. My wife and I full timed in a used 1994 Beaver Patriot for over two years crossing the country several times without problem. Our only repairs were wearout items but not the 250 cummins power train or framing. We did lose it to a tornado in Alabama and purchased a used 1996 country coach integra with a 300 Cummins, which we still use frequently and do florida for the winter. Each of these coaches had/have over 150,00 miles. Wearouts occur but not to… Read more »

Doug Smith
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Doug Smith

Re buying older quality: We bought a 2007 Newmar Dutch Star 3 years ago that had 4012 original miles on it and never sat outside. Great coach with great Cummins 400ISL diesel and upscale Spartan Mountain Master GT chassis. Lots of options added by wealthy original owner. Paid a little more than half original cost to get exactly the floor plan we wanted, but never regret it. The coach is still like new and we park next to the new ones with equal pride. So, my advice would be to decide what you want, determine an older year model that… Read more »

Pat Engle
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Pat Engle

My feeling is that most RV owners expect their RV to be as reliable as their cars. The problem for the RV manufacturers is that if they built them to last like cars they would be too expensive for us. Whereas most of use our cars everyday, less than 5% use their RVs everyday. RVs are built for the 50% of the families that use their rigs for 3 weeks out of the year. But, the consumer needs a model of RV that is for full timing, that they are willing to pay more for. Would Forest River and Thor… Read more »

KEVIN SEMON
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KEVIN SEMON

Pat. I respectfully disagree with your first paragraph. To pay $50k for a unit I think is still a good bit of money. Myself, along with a lot of other people posting here, have had it in the shop more then we have been able to use it. In my case, it is not only poor quality, it is the total dishonesty on the manufacturer and the dealership. If I purchased a $50k truck, I should not have to lift the hood when I bring it home and rebuild the engine just to get it to work. In regards to… Read more »

Jim Streeter
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Jim Streeter

We have seen a definite decline in the workmanship of RVs. We bought a 20ft. Nash 12 years ago and sold it 2 years ago and bought a new 24M Nash. The only problem with the old Nash was a heater element that went bad. During the last 2 years our new Nash has had slider problems twice, a broken leaf spring and camp with a faulty heater bypass valve for winterizing. Sad to see the decline and worry each time we go out. Have to make our plans in the winter for next summer to get reservations.

Marcel Ethier
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Marcel Ethier

We will comment first on the availability of camping sites. We believe that only on 3 occasions, in the past 5 years, has a campground told us that they had no available sites. It did not cause any problems as we found other sites nearby. We are flexible and have not had any difficulty in finding sites during our travels. Now as to the quality of RVs. We have purchased 2 new 5th wheels (both Rockwoods) in the past 3 years. Both had quality control issues. Forest River has been great and not so great in dealing with warranty issues.… Read more »

Frank Dajnowicz
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Frank Dajnowicz

Well I guess we are kind of lucky. In 2012 my wife and I bought a new 2013 Heartland North Trail 22FBS. A 30′ Ultra Lite from Lloyd Bridges Travel-land in Chealsea, MI. We did a lot of research and went to many RV Shows. I went to Elkhart IN, twice and watched the trailers being built in the factory. I have had it in for service twice. The first was to replace the front axle of the tandem axles. No, it wasn’t defective until I made a too sharp of a turn after my first trip and tried to… Read more »

Angie Lee
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Angie Lee

I’m writing about the scarcity of campgrounds that allow new arrivals without a reservation. I think the reservation thing is great but sometimes situations rise making it necessary to find a campround at last minute or over night. Also, the campgrounds ht discriminate because of RV age. That’s a lot of bull. You can’t discriminate to anyone checking into a motel or renting an apt. There should be no difference. I could see if the RV were falling apart, spewing fumes or a danger to everyone. But as long as it’s mobile, and taken care of,, it’s wrong. My husband… Read more »

Ron and Pat Schlesch
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Ron and Pat Schlesch

Our experience with Entegra Coaches has been a fine experience. Few problems and great factory service. We have a 2014 Aspire model. We purchased it new.

Campground availability means you play their game and reserve early. This works for us. We are half timers.

Becky and Terry Walker
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Becky and Terry Walker

We also purchased a new Entegra Aspire in 2012, kept it for three years ( including driving it to Alaska) and then bought a 2016 Anthem-had some minor issues with both but everything was fixed at no cost to us. Entegra service has been exceptional!

Janet Poell
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Janet Poell

Last year we bought a Jayco Greyhawk class C. the salesman told us it would easily tow our car, and that we could fill it up with our “stuff” and we would love it. Fact is, we had very little in the basement storage, and had many empty cabinets inside. Only two of us, only neede 2 plates, 2 cups etc. we took it to get it weighed….and were only 400 pounds short of the maximum. What if we had kids with us? Add in the kids weights and their clothes and we would be over the maximum!! The engine… Read more »

Joe Allen
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Joe Allen

On the problem of finding a RV campground, I would have to say that this is no more of a problem than 15 years ago. We just came back from a 13,000 mile trip up to Alaska and back and only once did we have a campground tell us they were full. And to be honest with you, after their comments, I wouldn’t have stayed there if there was room. We are Good Sam, Passport America and use to be FMCA members as well. Now, if you are going to a National Park or a super duper RV site that… Read more »

Joe Spence
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Joe Spence

I AGREE, WE LIVE IN ALASKA AND SNOWBIRD EVERY YEAR OCT TO April. not much of a problem as long as you don’t need fancy and we do like Walmart parking lots

Gil Watts
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Gil Watts

We purchased a new “entry level” 2008 Winnebago Vista 32K from MB Thomas in St. Louis. It has NEVER returned to the dealership for any kind of maintenance or repair! I fixed a few minor items and made several mods, but other than tires have spent almost no money on this unit. We travel with son, wife, and three grandkids with trips to Alaska, both coasts, and a lot in between. I couldn’t be happier with the Winnebago or the initial purchase from Lonnie at MB Thomas

Jon
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Jon

It had become difficult to find quality campsites and so we chose to find a seasonal site and no longer tow. It has worked well for us and we don’t have the trouble of looking for a sight. We don’t see the different sights, but . . .

The quality of the workmanship seems about the same. We are very pleased with our dealer and the help they provide us after the sale. They assisted us with the little issues and worked with us to repair a few ‘bigger issues’ at a reasonable cost.

Travel Today!
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Travel Today!

Remember that RV’s are a conglomerate of parts and pieces from a variety of manufacturers. Just take a walk around your RV and count the number of brands you see. Then, they are assembled into the RV at the parent company. For quality to start, competent engineering is required. Factory’s that assemble components need to specify quality parts for reliability and safety. What is the point of putting 15,000 lbs on a 10,000 lb frame? What is the point of putting E rated tires and loading them 2% short of max capacity? Why in the world are we still using… Read more »

Jeff McClintick
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Jeff McClintick

In January of 2015 we purchased a THOR ACE 30.1 for long weekend and one week camping trips. We identified three warranty issues on our first camping trip. One, we had a bad fresh water pump, we had an ugly, scratched, unfinished sliding door between the bath and kitchen and we had water leaking from the kitchen faucet and sink. We took the issues to Tallahassee Camping World (where we purchased the coach) and they ordered the parts and did not keep the ACE. On our second camping trip we used only campground water, put up with the unsightly door… Read more »

Lynelle
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Lynelle

The real problem is most campgrounds are franchised owned and must follow the main office/HQ plans to make the most money for the corporate shareholders. Most mom-n-pop places can’t afford to build cabins on their sites but are forced to put one or two up to keep up with Joneses. Those smaller campgrounds are far and few between and are usually reserved way in advance because, like me, I suspect most RVers don’t want to be in a franchised campground. There is a hit-or-miss with mom-n-pop places with too many of them having to charge way too much just to… Read more »

Dennis Adams
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Dennis Adams

The days of camping spontaneity are long gone. 10K Baby Boomers retiring daily. Many buying rigs and hitting the road. There are 72 million Boomers 1946-1964. An 18 year span and only 5 years into the retiring population. Look for things to get much more challenging. 400K units sold in 2015. 2016 is another banner year for the market. I make reservations a lot now, up to six months or more in advance for some places. Yellowstone and GTNP had huge years. Traffic was up 40 percent in June. We noted a big jump in rental units. A PIA because… Read more »

Larry
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Larry

Agree! Camping is not to get away to something different, but just an extension of home. We “full timed” for eight years, but as we age, the fun has left and it’s becoming work. The freedom is no longer as easy to obtain.

Dennis Adams
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Dennis Adams

We have a new 2015.5 Winnebago/Itasca Navion. 17K miles in 18 months. A few issues when new and all were covered during the warranty period. Some issues were Mercedes related and not the coach. Some were both. One recall on a propane hose. One recall item from MB which had been captured. Our local Dealer (east TN) who we did not purchase the unit from has been quite responsive. We have owned many boats so having an RV wasn’t a big reach regarding repairs/issues. I try to repair most items myself, or troubleshoot and get advice. The View/Navion Forums have… Read more »

Joe Allen
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Joe Allen

Having lived full time in an RV, both Class A diesel, 5th wheel, popup, tent, etc. and now a Class C, one thing you have to remember, these are homes on wheels. It is not a question on if they will break down, it is when. Then comes the quality control and when you see a manufacture pumping out 20 or so RV’s a day, well, you do the math. Something is not being handled properly. I have also sold RV’s and even with this knowledge, you still make mistakes. We have had much better luck with the top of… Read more »

Wayne Girard
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Wayne Girard

We love RVing but our first two years as full timers has been a nightmare in our 2014 Winnebago Tour. Over 120 system failures–many major like the Energy mgmt system catching on fire, Aqua Hot replacement at 15 months, 8 Lippert slide failures, front cap put on with no sealant, total of 4 weeks at the factory on two different occasions. You get the picture. Winnebago has been great fixing everything but we have been down for repairs for a total of 6 months in the last 2 years. Pretty tough when you live in it.

John Huggins
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John Huggins

Unfortunately, here at the Horseshoe Cove RV Resort, our new management has decided to put park model trailers in more than 60 of the 100 RV sites here within the next couple of years. There go 60 campsites in Florida!

Jeff Jarrett
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Jeff Jarrett

We bought a 2016 Forrest River Solaire in May of 2015. Saved $1000 by buying at the largest dealership in Texas for Forrest River. Long story short it took a whole year to get all of the issues resolved with the unit. Some of it was lack of quality control by the factory. Most of it was caused by dealership technicians who were not trained properly. There were no factory certified technicians at this dealership. They put 15 screws through the underbelly into the gray tank causing the tank to leak. Many other issues too numerous to go into here.… Read more »

Cyndie Sands
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Cyndie Sands

We have been spending the summer in in our RV in various places in Iowa and have found that there is a limited availability of sites due to RVs belonging to people who are working on building a pipeline through the state. They live in the RV parks while they are working here. They are mostly from other states. We HAVE been pleasantly surprised by the number of county and state parks here. State parks are easily found online. We have just happened upon county parks with electric sites and water available and usually a dump station. There doesn’t seem… Read more »

Shirley
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Shirley

Allstays is a great app for your phone. Shows every campground available in any given area – commercial RV parks or public campgrounds, even county and city parks. It will show you Walmarts, casinos, Cabelas, you name it, that allow RV overnight parking. Can also go to Allstays.com on the computer.

Penny
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Penny

Another good RV trip planner is RV Trip Wizard. I use that for planning all our journeys (we full-time). It shows local (county or town) RV parks and any other type of park you designate it to show.

Shirley
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Shirley

Thanks! I’ve heard of that. Been meaning to try it.

Joe Allen
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Joe Allen

Another is “RV Parks” app.
Click on your finder icon and then you will see campgrounds, walmarts, etc. You may have to zoom in to bring these out. Works great and you can even click on the item you are searching and it will give directions.

Jerry Collis
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Jerry Collis

We special ordered a 2015 Winnebago Adventurer 38Q in December 2015. We received what we ordered in April 2016. Even though it is on a 2015 chassis it looks like a 2015 model, it was registered as a 2016. This is good for me, but hard to argue with someone that actually has a new 2016. To the point of quality: As expected, there were a few issues and mostly cosmetic. However, those issues should never have been allowed at the factory. Things like wrinkled wall paper, trim not attached to the walls, open spaces in the shower where water… Read more »

Ron Pollock
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Ron Pollock

This is terrible, they are just pushing as many units out the door and don’t care about the workmanship ! I think it is best to buy a few yrs old.

John Bolinski
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John Bolinski

My latest RV purchase came with the following problems, awning switch hooked up backwards, the TV antenna switch hooked up backwards, the water pipes in the kitchen, bathroom and shower, backwards(even though they are color coded. The rig came with 3 class C tires and 1 Class D tire. The factory would not correct the problems since I had back surgery, and did not find the quality problems until after the 1 year warranty. Since a lot of manufacturers seem to not care about putting out a quality product, my suggestion would be to develop a list of “Real World… Read more »

Roger Marble
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Roger Marble

John, What Load Range tires are specified on your RV on your certification label ( front of left side on trailers. There should be information on GAWR, GAWR, Tire size Load Range letter and minimum cold inflation.

Tommy Molnar
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Tommy Molnar

Regardless of the specifications, they should all at least match, even if they were WRONG.

Paul Englert
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Paul Englert

What was the brand and model of the RV you purchased?
I think lacking from the purchasing process is a good source which breaks down manufactures and model of RV which have both good and bad recommendations. A resource for the RV Buyer. I know there is a publication available on line but the cost is high for something that is published by a one source producer.

John Koenig
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John Koenig

I purchased my 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RV in May 2014. Immediate leaks in slides, washing machine didn’t work. Debris in AC ducts just the first defects I noticed. The MSRP on this Super-C is almost $300,000! TWO 12VDC house batteries to run a 23 cubic’ residential fridge. Furniture & bed is pretty but NOT comfortable. User / Owner’s Manual is a joke. Quality Control at the factory is LARGELY MIA. Good luck in getting an appointment at the factory for repairs. Due to the poor workmanship, the factory is booked long in advance.

Jeffrey Jourdonais
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Jeffrey Jourdonais

We bought a WildCat Maxx from Blue Dog RV in Washington. All in all, we love it, and the quality seems good. But we did have an oxidation problem which the dealer told us basically , not their problem, unless we throw a few more thousand dollars at them. I kind of feel for the many thousands of dollars that we paid, we should have gotten better service than you would from a third rate used car dealership. Now I’m stuck with a 12 year note, and a trailer that looks less than good. The manufacturer is willing to work… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

We did our research and stumbled into a 2006 30′ Safari Ivory MH this year. It is high quality and has been problem free for 15,000 miles – so far. The company was bought out and dissolved a few years ago by Monaco. Parts would be a bit difficult but not impossible to find. But we haven’t needed any yet!. We are out nearly every weekend and have not found any problems in finding spaces in our state. We can choose from State campgrounds, private and public lands and are happy to dry camp whenever we can. I feel a… Read more »

Allen Olson
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Allen Olson

Old timers should be smart enough to know that it usually takes many deaths to get action when it comes to changing laws i.e. state and federal governments. That single item I believe is at the top of the list, i.e. get it into law. However, in the corporate world, money and profits command the day and in fairness why not, as there is no free lunch. Why would the RVIA put additional restrictions on self managing that would at the least, hurt its membership and profits? CEO’s do not work like that. I could not agree with your comments… Read more »

Eric Meslin
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Eric Meslin

I just remembered another reservation system complaint. Reservation fees are now collected for most state parks by reserveamerica.com. I don’t know for a fact where these fees end up, but I don’t think any part of them goes into state park coffers. I suspect they go to Reserve America for nothing more than software and payment collection. Over the last couple of years I have probably donated between $100 and $200 for cancellations and other schedule changes. That’s what advance planning does to you in the camping world.

Eric Meslin
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Eric Meslin

Regarding the difficulty of finding campsites: We weren’t camping five years ago, so we must be part of the problem. We prefer state parks with at least electric and water for our travel trailer. Staying at nice parks in the southeastern U.S. is very challenging. It requires advanced planning, or flexible scheduling. Private parks have so many sites, we can always get one in a pinch, but the quality and cost are usually issues. We joined Harvest Hosts, but haven’t tried overnighting at any of them yet (or at any other free highway store/truck stop locations either). We have had… Read more »

Carl Traeger
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Carl Traeger

Chuck, I plan on going full timing some time in the future and have been researching which Fifth Wheel manufacturer I’ll select (it’s down to two). I plan on hiring someone to inspect the unit before I write a large check and take ownership. In all my research, I have not read where people do this. Can someone explain to me why this doesn’t occur? It just makes sense to me. The last two homes I had built I had an inspector follow the build process and let me know if there were any issues. They did find some. It’s… Read more »

Rick Smith
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Rick Smith

Hi Carl,

That’s a great idea, for both the RV buy and the home build. Out of curiosity, which two 5th wheels have you narrowed it down to?

Steve Peterson
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Steve Peterson

We have found that there are more campgrounds in the south that are set up for the larger RV’s. We are from Wisconsin and here most CG’s seem to be older and not updated for the larger 5th wheel units and 50 amp requirements. Regarding the quality, we have has a 2014 Open Range LITE and now have a 2015 Montana High Country. Both had some issues and as a Industrial Eng. I feel it is a lack of process control and of course buying the low cost components (which we buyers force with our price demands). Simple issues like… Read more »

Gene Lindstrom
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Gene Lindstrom

We have had two MH, a 97 Pace Arrow purchased in 07 and a 2012 Thor Hurricane purchased in 2014. In Nov, 15 we purchased a 2016 Thor ACE 30.2 Bunkbed unit. Took it on a weekend trip and then had to park it on our driveway. Had the full side slide out extended and couldn’t get it back in. Took a month to get new motor. That shot any winter camping down south. We live in Minn. This spring we took road trip to Wash DC. No problem finding parks to stay on way out or back. Had reservation… Read more »

Byron Propp
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Byron Propp

Four years ago we decided to try part time Rv-ing. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money in case we didn’t enjoy it. We purchased a 1985 Minnie Winne which we still use. It did have a new fridge and hot water heater. Flooring (carpet) and seats were original as well as the onan generator which still works. I have updated the lighting to LED and replaced carpeting with linoleum and some cosmetic changes. I have to say the quality in the cabinetry and plumbing is great. No real problems since we owned it. Reading about all the… Read more »

Bob
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Bob

To answer the availability question: I can usually find a spot for one night but my last week long stay I made reservations several months out and had to move to another spot after the first four days because there was no spot available for a week. As we were moving we talked to two other campers being forced to move sites also. As to quality I have kept a list of problems on my two year old 2015 Columbus 320RS and I have over 70 items on the list. I have put a sticker on the RV that says… Read more »

Dick O
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Dick O

It definitely is more difficult to find a campground if staying more than a couple of days. We had always been spur of the moment travelers and never had problems getting a site for a week or two. Now, if we want to go to a particular place we have to make reservations sometimes a year in advance. Now that so many state parks are taking reservations it is almost impossible to get a site. We have one park we visit every other year to visit our kids and now we have to make reservations over a year in advance… Read more »

Jana fordyce
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Jana fordyce

In Colorado the national forest campground this year became almost all first come first serve. We had to also make reservations before and always we couldn’t get places we wanted due to regulars reserving.
Now we have been able to stay where we like but have to keep in mind the weekends everyone camps and it fills up quickly. Better decision by our national forest system here.

Jk
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Jk

We have a 2014 Coachmen on a permanent site. After 3 years no problems. I’m wondering if they are built to mobile home standards and not vehicle standards. I rarely see complaints from seasonal campers. D

Brad Butler
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Brad Butler

I’d like to offer a different perspective on the RV quality issue. In my view, the quality issue is more of a statement on consumer demand and expectations overall. Let me explain (unfortunately I can’t do it in under 200 words). One of the companies I own manufactures a mostly made in the USA high quality LED lighting product to the RV industry. Our products are carried by RV dealers, Amazon, Walmart and we also sell to consumers directly online. The number one reason folks tell us they buy our product is because of the superior quality and customer service.… Read more »

Barry Brown
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Barry Brown

You are absolutely correct in your opinion.
There really needs to be a defined division between the weekender and the full timer, or retired traveler.
I as a long term retired camper would appreciate the better quality and would not mind paying a fair bit more to know that when I needed my unit, I would not spend a great deal of my rest time fixing broken/failed components.

Greg
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Greg

I have friends with $200,000 plus motor homes that have a list as long as my friends with $ 100,000 motor homes. I see no difference in the quality no matter what price you pay.

C T
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C T

Buy a bus conversion, say a Prevost. You will not be fixing broken item’s on the coach each trip. You will also be spending several times more for a coach. But you get what you pay for. I have been RVing for 40 years bought several motorhomes, always new. The new motorhomes in the $100-500k price range are not built with the same quality as 20 year’s ago.

Greg
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Greg

So you have to spend one to 2 million dollars to get quality. I know an individual with a Newell motor home and they have issues also. The difference is that Newell will send a technician to you to address the problem. No matter what you spend quality should still be the number one priority from the manufacturer.

Roy Ellithorpe
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Roy Ellithorpe

Regarding the “get what you pay for”, I had a Keystone Montana and a DRV Mobile Suites, as you say twice the price. The Suites had some higher end components but the workmanship was every bit as shoddy as the Montana.