103 COMMENTS

  1. We’re soooo “‘Thor” after buying that 2018 KZ Sportsmen LE 231BHLE a year ago in February 2018-it had less than 9 months left on the warranty BEFORE we could pick it up and take it home. Got to haul it 3 times since buying it and on the 3rd trip the outside kitchen drain lines broke,flooding the entire undercarriage….never again…glad we kept our tent !

  2. We have a 2019 Regency Ultra Brougham class B+. It is the most well-made RV we have owned in 12 years. We have owned a 5th wheel, a TT, 2 class A coaches, and class B Roadtrek. The Thor Vegas was disaster, taking a full year to resolve problems, then the coach began to fall apart with water leaks, interior panel rot, and more. It was a shame, because we liked the interior layout and the way the coach handled and drove. Our Tiffin was a good coach, but it took a full year of visits to the dealer to resolve problems that kept popping up. Our other RVs were used, and performed well while we owned them. The Regency had a few minor “teething” problems that were discovered by us, and repaired before we took delivery from the sales lot. In the year we have owned the Regency, we have enjoyed the coach, with few problems, easily repaired. The warranty is 3 years, and the company responds quickly to any warranty issues. This is the best customer service we have experienced so far in an RV builder. There are several RV builders out there producing high-quality well-built RVs, as good as Regency. Pleasure Way, Leisure Travel Vans, Coach House, and several models of Coachmen class B coaches and a few others like Renegade, all build good to high quality RVs. Sadly, many of the stick-and-tin built trailers appealing to first time buyers with families, are cheap to buy and very poorly built. Better for a first time buyer to get a used RV in good shape, inspected, and save a bundle of cash. A buyer must be familiar with the RV they are considering, take plenty of time, do not be rushed into a sale, and do their homework.

  3. I have a 2011 Lance Truck Camper that has been the most trouble free RV I have ever owned. This TC has traveled to Alaska and back and been to all but 7 of the lower 48 states. It has been a real joy to own a quality built RV.

  4. I was about to check “other.” But I decided to investigate and learned my Jayco 5th wheel is under the Thor group of companies. So, I checked Thor.

  5. We have a 1984 Bluebird Wanderlodge. They stopped making the rv side of Bluebird in 2010 because of the recession. Every Wanderlodge was custom made for the owners. Mine sold in Nov 83 for $280 thousand dollars (have the original bill of sale) Now just make school busses. Had ours now for 17 years and live and travel in it fulltime. Wouldn’t own anything else. Solid and dependable with no leaks and no slideouts!

    • Hi Bob & Arlene, Good to know you still have the Bird and are still at it. Think about you two often. We’re back in Maine for the summer and headed for Crystal River Florida this winter. Phil & Cheryl

      • Hi Phil and Cheryl,
        Yeah, still traveling, presently in Port Townsend, Wa for a month or so, then on to Westport for a month. Will end up In Quartzsite for the winter to see how the park we managed is doing. Still fun! Be safe!!

    • We used to own a 1983 bluebird 40′ pusher, had it for 7 yrs and no major problems. It had 220,000 miles on it when we sold it.

  6. Foretravel Motor home. Made and worked on in Nacogdoches, Texas. The guys there are the best in maintenance, repair and remodeling of their rigs.

  7. Originally answered “Other” then googled what is KZ RV parent company and it is Thor…I think I knew that at one time but had forgotten. So I changed my answer.

  8. We have a 2018 Vilano made by Vanleigh, a division of Tiffin. Say what you want, based on our experience and many others that I know of, Vanleigh provides the best customer service that exists. Any RV is eventually going to have problems, so why not have customer service you can rely on.

    • We have a Vanleigh Vilano 320GK. Love it. While we’ve have had only very minor problems, all were remedied with a phone call or email. Can’t wait to tour their facility soon.

  9. I had to google it. We have a Coleman travel trailer. The sticker on the side says made by Keystone, but the manual is for Dutchman. Both of those brands are owned by Thor. They don’t even list Coleman on their website.

  10. I’m really surprised that you didn’t list Tiffin and Newmar. Especially Tiffin since it builds the largest selling diesel pusher made…the Phaeton…..which I own.

  11. I have a Keystone Montana. I think Keystone is part of Thor but not sure. If it is then I should have answered Thor rather than other.

  12. We have a 2011 CampLite by Livin’Lite. It’s all aluminum, built before the THOR buyout. It’s been a great little (13’) travel trailer. We have towed it about 35,000 miles in total. No problems other than normal wear and tear.

  13. I doubt that the results of your poll will be accurate. A lot of RV’ers may not realize that, in example, Thor Industries covers close to 20 different RV companies and therefore, they may check the “Other” box….. Just an observation, given the way the voting is going so far…

  14. Fleetwood 2005 Discovery … our second one. First was a Fleetwood 1998 Discovery. Both have been excellent RVs. The 1998 was bought by a friend and it’s still providing many fun travel days for them.

  15. 2015 Grand Design 365 Den and very pleased we bought it back then with very minor issues.
    To me in what I’ve read the newer ones are having problems of falling apart. ???

    • Lance, I agree. We have a 2015 Grand Design Solitude 305re and have had very little trouble. Love ours. You can have the newer models.

  16. 2012 Cameo by Carriage one of the last ones made before Carriage went out of business. We have owned a Cardinal, a Big Horn, and a 2008 Holiday Rambler made before they started having problems. The Cameo is the best unit we have owned, hope to have it until we can no longer RV.

  17. 2006 Itasca Meridian. Itasca is to Winnebago like Chev is to GMC, different name but the same product. It has been a great MH so far, hard to believe we have had it 10 years, bought it used.

      • We love our 2006 Winnebago Sightseer 29R. It’s our first motor home, and we are really impressed with the quality build. We sold a 2005 Fleetwood Terry Quantum 5er that we had for years, and that was pretty well built too. Before that was a 2000 Fleetwood Mallard 25′ fiver. Hmm, entry level. We’ve also owned four TT’s, three popups and one old Franklin truck camper. I do miss the old TC at times.
        Edited-year for Mallard. Yay, we can edit our posts now!

  18. 2004 Fleetwood American Tradition DP. Sold our 2017 Montana fiver and bought this lovely gal! We love her and wouldn’t go back!

  19. I think that the Big 3 listed make RVs with all kinds of names. I’ve seen it on your website in the past. Would be better to clarify this question, with a list of their subsidiaries. We chose Grand Design, based partly on your articles, and have been very happy. Thanks!

    • Mary, we should have more clear in the question and the choices. We assumed that our readers better understood the manufacturer of their rig, not just the brand. For example, Thor makes Airstream.

  20. Our trailer is a Jayco that was made about a year before they were taken over by Thor. We love it. However, since Thor has taken them over, I don’t think I would buy another one. If I had to buy another one, I don’t know what I would buy, since I am not a fan of Thor or Forest River.

    • We also have an Outdoors RV, a 2015 Timber Ridge. Its our 3rd travel trailer and probably the best manufactured of the three.

  21. I concur with Jerry – the big companies own so much that you have no idea if your unit was built within their umbrella. Monaco, Holiday Rambler, etc. Who owns all these now?

    • We have a 2005 Desert Fox 28ks and love it. Nothing fancy but solid and a true all season camper. We’ve been it when it was 5 degrees outside

  22. We are on our third Class A DP. It is a 2015 HOLIDAY RAMBLER AMBASSADOR 38DB made in late 2014 by ARG now REV. That qualifies as OTHER.

  23. A lot of people picked another company. It makes the survey not mean anything. Many of them don’t realize that the company that built their RV was probably bought by one of those big three.

  24. I will never buy another Grand Design product.After owning many fifth wheels and travel trailers over the last 50 years I have never seen such shoddy workmanship and poor quality in an RV.I sure wish Peterson would come back with their Excel Fifth wheels…or better yet Hitchhiker. On a side note…run far away from any Camping World.

  25. Ours was built by Sunline, the last year they were in business. Companies now do not build them as well as ours was built. Such a shame!

  26. I chose ‘another company’s because ours is a 2001 CrossRoads, built a few years before CrossRoads was swallowed up by one of the “Big Three”.

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