Would you buy an RV made in China if the quality was equal to one made in the USA, but priced significantly less?

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Say a new RV company came onto the market. The RVs they’re making are absolutely gorgeous! They have a great floorplan, unique design, high-end appliances, and the interior is classy yet modern. The quality is the same as U.S.-made RVs. It’s exactly what you’ve been looking for and it’s even a bit cheaper! The catch? It’s made in China. Would you still want to buy it?

Or, another scenario: Say Winnebago (or insert your favorite RV manufacturer here) shuts down their U.S. factories and begins making their RVs in China. Nothing is different except the pricetag is lower. Would you still want to buy a Winnebago?

Please answer in the poll below, and leave a comment, too, explaining your answer. We’re curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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Jeff
2 months ago

I avoid China made products like the plague. A Chinese RV, no way! Btw, go look and check what brands of appliances you have in your home. GE, once a great American company has sold their appliance division to Haier, a Chinese company. LG? Why that is a Korean company as is Samsung. Not that the quality is any better but Whirlpool is at least manufactured here and the $ stays in the good old USA!
I have been an appliance tech for over 30 years and am appalled and disgusted with the crap being made today and the over-engineering that goes into the production.

Robert Wohlrab
3 months ago

I would not buy an RV made in China but with the US made quality being such as it is. China might do a better job.

Engineer
3 months ago

I go out of my way to not buy anything made in China. It’s the only way to make American great again……

Roland On
3 months ago

Yes, we ALL would definitely purchase “American made” products, even for a bit more, IF the quality is apparent over imports.
Why?? Well American companies have to remain competitive, and put out an equal, or better made product than imports. They have to be held accountable to the American consumers. Why purchase “crap”, when you could get quality?
The market determines who will succeed.
If American companies produce low quality RVs, at outrageous prices, and a import like Hyundai or Toyota, decides to compete in this market, you damn well, will see improvements in American made RV’s. Competition is good for the consumers. Too many consumers currently are complaining about the lack of quality of American made RVs. Will they decide to purchase an import, if the import has far better quality, reliability, features, for a far lower price?? I would! Why settle for less, even if American made.

Dennis
3 months ago

Brad I hope that attitude will change, I for one check almost all labels, anything made in china goes back don’t want any part of china. If its clothing I will tell the clerk ” would love to buy but made in china” hopefully over time will make a impact. I feel letting owner or clerk know my feelings times many more doing the same will change the course. Your right price does effect but FREEDOM can make a difference when we all get on board. My attitude also goes into food , sea food especially, china has some very bad habits when it comes to salmon, farm raised fish . NO NO NO.

Donna
3 months ago

NO! Absolutely NOT!!

Brad
3 months ago

I would argue that the vast majority of folks saying ‘no’ in this poll aren’t being 100% truthful. Reality is that all things being equal, price wins — regardless of where its made.  I know this b/c I am involved in a couple of businesses that compete against Chinese companies and more often than not, the fact that the Chinese companies (or suppliers) are able to offer a lower price means the American consumer choose them over us — an American manufacturer with American employees. And the quality isn’t even close (we’re far superior). So while lots of folks like to say they would support an American company, in reality, when push comes to shove, price wins every time. I see it every single day.  That’s the harsh reality.

Bull
3 months ago

I would not buy any new RV from any American manufacturer as has been shown here and everywhere else in the RV world the quality of American manufactured RV’s SUCKS!

Yes I would look at a Chinese built RV. Can’t be any worse than an American RV JUNK built today and maybe just maybe that Chinese unit might be a better built quality unit. Would not surprise me at all!

Time will tell when a Chinese manufactured RV hit’s the American shores. I am sure I will not have to wait long to find first hand answer to the question of the quality of a Chinese built RV!

Mike
3 months ago

NEED to keep jobs here. Enough outsourcing already.

George
3 months ago

Do you want China oppression here….because that is how you get China oppression here. (but we may get it anyway due to Xiden)

Vincee
3 months ago

There are two ways to buy Chinese. One is a company that is wholely owned by China and controlled by the communist regime, or a U.S. based company the manufactures their products in China to save costs, Hello Apple iPhones!

The problem we all complain about now with the RV industry is the lack of quality control. Perhaps if the industry feels the heat of competition, maybe, just maybe it will improve.

Then you have the political will of our government with an outgoing president that has battled with China for four years and has cost them billions in lost revenue, vs. an incoming president that it has been pretty much proven is in bed with the Chinese government and will fill our shelves with Chinese made products, similar to the invasion of Chinese goods we saw during the Clinton administration.

I think China is the biggest threat to this country and the entire world yet our government will not view it that way, so, why should I?

Tim
3 months ago

Of course not. Politics aside, china couldn’t do it!

BUT I said yes because US makers need to pull their heads out!

Bill N Stacey
3 months ago

NOPE!🇺🇸

The Spices
3 months ago

Not just no – Hell NO!!

Another Ray
3 months ago

First I think it hard to imagine China, Japan, Korea, etc., trying to enter the US’s RV market at the “equivalent quality” level. That insinuates the quality of US built RVs would be hard to match or surpass. If they wanted to enter the market, do you think they would really put forth an equivalent product? That has not been their approach in the past.

ron
3 months ago

Yes, so it would force the cheap American made rv manufacturers to build better quality products.

Bob P
3 months ago

We could develop a joint operation, since American manufacturers can’t seem to make anything you can use for the first 6 months because it’s sitting at the dealership awaiting repairs of defects from manufacturing and China can’t build anything that doesn’t fall apart after 6 months if they coordinated their efforts we could buy a new RV that was good from day one and could still be good after 6 months. Think it over RV manufacturing. Lol

Ray
3 months ago

Gosh, with the “quality” we’re getting now? Trim falling off, appliances not working right, electric a mess. Look at all we buy now from China. Just saying.

Carol Forrest
3 months ago
Reply to  Ray

We love our 2014 23 foot Jayco Jayflight. We have had a few issues, but most have been minor–things we could easily fix. I don’t think we will ever upgrade. We are satisfied with what we have!!

Dennis
3 months ago

No Way or anything else from china, its a COMMUNEST country. Wake up, they or buying up our land they want to rule us. Nor do I trust Russia, in 1956 Then leader Nikita Khrushchev said” We will take America without firing shot .We do not have to invade the US We will destroy you from within. Do you realize China is responsible for the viruses? Hello, do you think it was a accident? God Help Us !

Vincee
3 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Dennis, I think you are spot on and that is what is happening now as we read this new letter.

BrianR
3 months ago

I said yes because I believe it would up the US companies game, the same way Japanese car makers forced the US to start making better cars at competitive prices after they started becoming a serious threat.

Ray
3 months ago
Reply to  BrianR

Competition is good.

Tommy Molnar
3 months ago
Reply to  Ray

I agree Ray, but not from the commies.