Would you buy an airplane made by an RV manufacturer?

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Imagine if you were in the market to buy a small airplane and, hypothetically, could buy one made by a large, existing RV manufacturer who opened an airplane-building division. Would you do it if the price was right?

In other words, do you believe the quality would inspire your confidence at 10,000 feet much the same as it might today flying in an aircraft built by Piper, Cessna or Beechcraft?

We realize this is a loaded question, so perhaps use it as a conversation starter in the comment section below. Keep your comment respectful and constructive or it will be dispatched into the far reaches of cyberspace. Thanks. — Chuck Woodbury

Oh, by the way, here is what I think.

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Rick Sorrenti

I wouldn’t have any problem flying in a Newmar manufactured aircraft if:
A. They were certified by the FAA
B. Employed the requisite number of FAA Designated Engineering Representatives
C. If their engineering and manufacturing processes were ISO 9001/2020 certified

Steve

I appreciate the discussion, but as a pilot many RV’ers don’t understand the aircraft industry. In the 50’s there were many aircraft builders, but today there are few. Most of it is because of cost. Government regs and liability insurance have driven the cost out of most peoples ability to buy and keep in mind the pilot license requirements. Half the RV drivers on the road today would not be on the road if we required a RV driver license. So would this be bad, maybe and everyone will have opinions. But like everyone, I believe the RV industry needs to improve but getting these improvements will not be free. And may put the RV experience out of reach to many. So which is worse. Hard to say, but the RV industry needs to step it up with out the door quality. But I also believe RV buyers need to be more involved in the maintenance of their RV’s. Taking you RV in to the dealer saying it squeaks will not help how quickly it gets repaired. You are pulling you house on poor roads and many go to fast and then expect everything to be perfect. I recall a saying about RVs, that you are pulling your house in a hurricane during an earthquake. I am not trying to be down on (new) RV’ers, but when I read some questions on the blogs and book face (as my brother calls it), it is obvious that people do not do their basic homework before buying and heading out. So I agree that the industry needs to do better, but we as consumers (buyers) we need to be better informed and better owners. Thanks

Henry Dorn

Yes I would.

I am impressed with the build quality of our used 2011 Jayco RD19 .

No, the trailer does not use aircraft-styled steel fasteners, expensive machined castings or fittings, titanium skin, expensive black boxes and that’s what made it affordable to me.

My trailer is made out of carefully selected lumber strips, accurately assembled roof trusses, quality NSF grade plumbing. It uses correct AWG wire (everywhere I looked), is mounted on a very well-designed frame and rolls on quality vendor-sourced axles. The aluminum sides are beautifully installed and painted and the windows let a beautiful view in. The refrigeration, heating, air conditioning and plumbing systems are from top notch manufacturers. My trailer came configured with a customer selectable option of winter insulation and also with vendor-provided operating manuals and warranties.

The workmanship is superb, from behind the walls and under the floor. Kudos to Jayco and its hardworking employees in Indiana and Idaho.

When I asked to see the plumbing and electrical and build schematics for my 2011 Jayco RD19, the manufacturer quickly and professionally delivered them to me. These are top-notch engineering plans that match the drafting standards of commercial airplane manufacturers (zone callouts, title blocks, revision history and signed with the engineer’s initials.)

I would buy a Jayco airplane and know it would not be built like a trailer!

Airplanes fly. Trailers camp.

bill b

as a pilot who owns a RV.
happy to fly. but always disappointed in the cheap manufacturing process used to build Rvs.

buy used. check it front to back.
expect to fix and repair as a normal course of ownership

Joe

I would not fly in any plane build by an RV manufacturer nor would I purchase a boat from one of them.

Goldie

Yes…if Entegra built the plane. Not many other manufacturers. I would trust them as much as I trust Boeing. I still fly on Boeing – I would fly in a plane built by Entegra.

Vanessa Simmons

Only if my dad was still alive to do the maintenance on it. He purchased a crashed Cessna and rebuilt it in our driveway while caring for my ailing mother. Years later he sold it and the new owner promptly crashed it. He wouldn’t let anyone do the repairs but my dad. At 85 and 2 months he was getting ready to go to the airport to work when he passed away.

Michael

Would you fly in an aircraft manufactured by Boeing?

John

Having owned one of the last Comanche B’s, and logged over 20,000 hours, mostly in Boeings,my answer would be no!

Jim Schrankel

I would happily take to the air in my Born Free built airplane…..if they were still in business!

John

Talk to Boeing about the Maxie 737 — and they think they know what they are doing – and the FAA passed it as air worthy!

yelaroc - full timer

Only if it were made by Tiffin. If it were made by anyone else the answer is a resounding NO.

Michael from Shawnee KS

The phrase “riddled with defects” applies to the RV we bought new 3 years ago. No way any FAA inspection could catch all the hidden flaws that would show up when you are 10000 feet in the air, or 1000 miles from home. The other applicable phrase would be “lies the dealer told.”

Primo Rudy

If RV manufacturers built airplanes, they would have to pass FAA inspections. The questions are: Do you trust the FAA to adequately inspect an airplane made by an RV company, and Could you afford to buy an airplane?

Ken Withey

No Sir! And I doubt many salesmen would offer to go up in “test flights” let alone get a license to fly!

Alvin

Chuck -thanks for saying, and allowing to be said what practically no one else will – or can – they’re bought off, owned, by this largely unregulated industry! I’m truly astonished 3% of those in the survey (when I read it) would fly in a plane built by any RV manufacturer – AMAZING!

I personally am one person who successfully returned a defective brand new 26 footer to the dealer getting every penny of my money back.

The dealer in business since 1969 claimed they had NEVER travelled that path before. It’s a long story but II was prepared to make that piece of crap (with 42 documented faults embedded in it – 6 safety related) the poster child for everything you state in the article and a whole bunch more requiring a very large book to document.

A gag order accompanying the final cheque prevents me from speaking specifically, naming names etc. Signing on that line was the only way I could avoid a period of no travel, endless repair shop indigestion, significant out of pocket money and headaches of undeterminable length – the reason there remains so little visible paper at this level of consumer dissatisfaction – they buy you off. I developed a large time consuming court ready document – leaving the maker little to defend.

Thank you for staying the course on this matter. I wonder how many other savvy folks among the crowd are as ticked as I am that I was so easily taken by the “floor plan” and “bling”

I blamed in on the lady here – lol.

Steve

As a licensed private pilot since 1970, I was looking for a choice that said “Hell No.”