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In Three Little Pigs’ terms, is your RV made of straw, sticks or bricks?

Is your RV made to last? What if the Big Bad Wolf showed up and tried to blow it down? How well would it fare?

Let’s be honest here – those cheap little travel trailers that Camping World sells for $20,000 (and finances for 15 years!) do not last. Have you ever seen one that flipped while going down the road? At times it’s hard to figure out what it was to begin with. It ain’t pretty one little bit!

On the other hand, if you spend $500,000 on a big ol’ diesel pusher, it might fare better. It still won’t survive a serious bashing, but it’ll look a lot better than that little old “stick and tin” (industry term for cheap entry-level travel trailer) model.

So how do you feel about yours? Straw, Sticks or Bricks? How many potholes can it encounter before it starts throwing parts?

Remember, it can take a few moments for the poll to load, so stand by!

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Linda
1 month ago

Bricks😊 We’ve been full timing in our Solitude for 3 years and it has been wonderful. Our last two were straw and sticks – we’ve learned our lesson👍

Larry Lee
1 month ago

I selected “sticks” because our cabinet doors continue to fall off, random screws appear on the floor from seemingly nowhere, the rear furnace can not be used because it smells like burning rubber, the pantry door pops open when driving down the highway, ditto for the bathroom door, the driver’s side sliding window remains taped in place after 3 attempts by professionals to reglue it, the pull out kitchen table drops so much anything round rolls off, the OEM dryer screeches so loud we can not watch TV, the toilet seat screws work loose regularly despite LocTite, and the diesel engine failed at only 28,000 miles with a dropped valve. It is still our “home” and it is paid for.

pursuits712
1 month ago

Wonder if the poll were broken down by age of vehicle, how many of the straw variety would be newer models and how many of the bricks would be those over 15 years old? Our 1999 40′ DP was a tank. Biggest expense was the replacement of all those big tires!

Bob Weinfurt
1 month ago

Mine was made in the mid 1970s. Back then they were built a lot stronger.

T Edwards
1 month ago

Other: Solid steel frame, oversized axles & tires, welded aluminum sidewalls with Azdel composite panels.

Gary G
1 month ago

2007 Keystone 364Q, broke frame, more inside repairs than should be done, 8K axles added due to frame repair. Should have got rid of it but we like the floor plan.

Jerry X Shea
1 month ago

Had a 40′ DP and a jar full of screws, nuts and items that “fell from someplace” until something fell off and I could “re-attach” it. Sideouts repaired 5 times in 8 years.
Then a 33′ DP with outside doors for storage that would fly open while driving down the Interstate. No matter how much adjustment, 4 years later they still flew open.
In 2018 we really did a downsizing to a Leasure Travel Van (LTV) UNITY – Twin Bed, no sideouts, made in Canada on a MB Chassis.
Talk about HAPPY CAMPERS. This RV is indeed as Solid as a brick.

Cheryl DeNoi
1 month ago

Our 1983 Apollo Sceptre, $200,000 purchase price back in ‘83, is so well built neither my husband or I would give it up for a newer model even if it was given to us….we ❤️ everything about it!

crusty.old.vet
1 month ago

I’ll say ‘sticks’, for no other reason than it needs more maintenance than a brick outhouse, but it comes with owning ANYthing. Its not bulletproof, but its in great shape, and I’m willing to do what it needs to stay that way. A ’17 Thor four winds on a diesel sprinter chassis.

Marie Beschen
1 month ago

Our 36′ Class A Tiffin may be a bit “older”, but after putting over 100,000 miles on her, she has never lost a screw, jiggled loose a door, or broken down anything we couldn’t easily fix. We’ve traveled all over the US and Canada and put her down some pretty rough roads and she’s made it through with flying colors! She’s a brick!

Jim
1 month ago

My 2002 Born Free Motorcoach is a brick. Solid, heavy, and tough as nails.

Bob Palin
1 month ago

20 year old Glendale Titanium, seems solid, obviously has the odd issue here and there. Right now it’s the furnace, which is a pity as it was 25F last night.

Lois
1 month ago

We have a 4 slide Stone Ridge by KZ. It is rock solid. In a high wind, we can’t feel any movement. It holds heat with furnace, cool with AC. My oven cooks as even as my “house” oven. No drafts. We have fiver maintenance as “house” issues. Nothing is perfect, but we got a jewel when we bought this one.

Jeff Craig
1 month ago

The suspension feels like it’s made from bricks, the walls and floor are OSB, so definitely sticks and the insulation is as porous as straw…. So all three???

Roy Davis
1 month ago

This is a little subjective. By RV standards our RV is made of bricks. By housing standards closer to straw. The basic structure is solid and I have no concerns but doors, cupboards, and such aren’t as well built. I once lived on a major highway where the house’s Foundation was solid but we had to straighten pictures and such regularly.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 month ago

I bought a brand new Forest River, Rockwood, Signature Lite fifth wheel in 2015 from a dealership. The next month we headed out on a ten week cross country trip. During the trip I kept a list of things that had broken, fallen off or needed replacing. By the time I got back to New Jersey that list had grown to 17 items. Little stuff mostly: ceramic tile fell off the back splash. The door over the satellite/cable connection fell off,, etc. The biggest problem: The rubber roof came loose from the front and air had been blowing up underneath lifting the material from the glue. My dealership stood behind the warranty and everything was repaired. But over the years I have had several repairs that I have taken care of and this past year Forest River paid to have my rubber roof repaired again. So I would say my fifth wheel is not made from straw, because I still own it. But it’s definitely made of sticks that snap every now and then.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 month ago

I thought I would include these two repairs I had to make; 1.) I noticed daylight coming in next to the slide. So I measured and found that the slide had shift and was not properly aligned with the opening. Underneath the slide I found the manufacturer had secured the slide with a regular nut and no washer. I replaced with a lock washer and a locking nut. When I called Forest River, I was told I should check all the nuts and bolts underneath the trailer before heading out on the road. Obviously this guy did not own his own RV. 2.) The dining room table and sofa were anchored down with common wood screws. They eventually worked their way loose and when I would move somewhere I would find the table and sofa also moved. I anchored them down with the proper items I purchased at the local hardware store. Forest River couldn’t care less.

Richard Hughes
1 month ago

Our Outdoors RV 270 RLS is as solid, and nearly as heavy as our brick house. After our “straw” Winnebago, we couldn’t believe how solid an RV could be.

Wayne Caldwell
1 month ago

I think our ’01CrossRoads travel trailer is probably between the “sticks” and “bricks”. It has survived 20 years of interstate highway, state, and dirt washboard roads and has held together extremely well. On one of our trips this past summer, the medicine cabinet door was bounced off on a dirt washboard road and, after replacing the broken mirror, I reattached it with machine screws and nuts. Everything else is still hanging like it was when initially built. For now.

Peter Capiro
1 month ago

Hi, I have a 1996 Skyline Nomad 19’ tandem Travel trailer it’s frame is heavier and it sits lower then the newer models. So I would say it is somewhere between stick or brick. It’s been completely remodeled inside so it is a little lighter then the original.

Don
1 month ago

It’s way beyond bricks, considering the amazingly high number of votes for that construction. The Dynomax chassis of our ’08 Country Coach is a solid steel monocoque frame that has survived even rollovers with its passengers walking away almost unscathed.
But I have to wonder what the thought process is for the almost half who think they have a “bricks” RV. The fact is that at least 95% of the rigs rolling around out there are “stick and staple” boxes that will basically fall to pieces in any serious collision. Apparently a LOT of owners are going to be really surprised when that happens… 🙁