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Pius Horning
3 years ago

your post on quality RV’s is spot on. I have worked in the rv industry at the dealership and have spent a lot of time fixing manufacturers mistakes. although RV manufacturing is not rocket science it still is a shame that you pay out your hard earned dollars for a piece of crap is inexcusable. whether it is poor workmanship or poor materials there is still no reason you can not get a good quality RV. people just have to be educated on doing a thorough PDI and refusing to buy these rejects from dealers. in this way we can force the companies to build better units or they will sit on the lots unsold

Paul Anderson
3 years ago

I would like to comment on the quality issue in newer RVs. I spent 20 years in Quality control/assurance for other industries other than RV . If you want a 100% inspection you must be ready to pay for it. I would estimate that if the Trailer/Coach were 100% inspected it would raise the retail price by at least 5% possibly more. The manufactures depend on their suppliers to inspect their product before it’s shipped.. Most problems I’ve heard about are not the trailer/coach manufacturers but rather their suppliers. I feel confident that someone will point out that they should just change suppliers. In the RV world there are relatively small number of suppliers, for instance axles, basically they’re limited to Dexter and Lippert. I”m not saying they couldn’t improve the quality but because they could but it have to include not just the manufacturers but also their suppliers.

3 years ago
Reply to  Paul Anderson

I have been delivering rvs to the dealers for the last 14 years. The quality issues I experience on every unit I deliver are on the construction of the rv and not from the suppliers. I can only imagine the extra issues if I had to inspect every appliance and electronic device provided by the suppliers and make sure they were installed according to the suppliers directions. I am lucky to deliver one rv out of ten without an issue related to the construction of the unit.

Jane Cripps
3 years ago

Good morning Emily
I just read the recent newsletter #814. I did not receive the video message your dad referred to in the newsletter. Would you please check to see if I’m on the list.
Jane Cripps

3 years ago

In the editorial it stated ” How can these leaders really know how you and I use our RVs? They can’t! Do they care that their rigs’ beds are too short for anyone over 5 foot 8, or that TVs are positioned where RVers need to bend their necks 45 degrees to watch, or that the bathroom is inaccessible with the slideout(s) in?”

Well, the RV buyer should be more selective in his choices .

As far as RV sites being available, let the free market decide and have less federal government regulations.

3 years ago

We have been on the road for 8 weeks now and there are many problems with RV camping. The further East we traveled we found more and more parks are “over run” with annual campers. Folks pay to park their rig for the “season”. Several parks many of these rigs aren’t even licensed!. A few parks took our reservation and deposit but when we arrived didn’t have any space suitable for our rig. We know the questions and know our rig. We don’t want to try to squeeze into a small site! Power issues, dump sites, how to sort garbage for recycle all are issues park owners and campers need to work on.

Sherry Dawson
3 years ago

This is the second issue in a row with several article introductions that have no links to the full article or reply to the question posted. Do you have a new editor or staff member responsible for making the links work?

Larry and Tammy Pate
3 years ago
3 years ago

Every issue I learn something that is useful to our RV travels – thanks

3 years ago

My wife and I buy older high end motorhomes with full maintenance records – that were high quality when built. Much better than spending the same money on a new mid to low end rig.

Current: 2003 Foretravel U320. $550,000 when new. Buy it now, the depreciation makes it affordable.

3 years ago

RV Consumer Group:

3 years ago

We purchased our new camper in 2012. We used the air conditioning very little. This year 2017 the air conditioning unit went out. We had to get a new one put in. The Amish guy who replaced our ac said some ac units only last 2 years.

Joe Allen
3 years ago

As always Chuck, you are right on with your discussions on not enough RV parks, vs manufacturers rolling out as many as possible with little regard for quality. Their motto; let the buyer beware, but don’t tell them! Having full timed for 6 years, we have seen it all when it comes to the everyday RVer. Leaky sewer hoses, no gloves, washing their sewer hoses on picnic tables, rude neighbors, trailers that have been in parks for years with mold and mildew on outsides, etc.
It’s all about me now and forget you! We just returned from a trip to TN to see kids and found that most all RV parks have now become permanent housing for ragtime trailers with scary people coming and going. Enough is enough! Give us the wide open spaces and forget the full hook ups! Next RV will have much larger fresh, grey and black with an adequate generator for that boon docking experience!

Eric Eltinge
3 years ago

After 2 years of owning a new 2015 Winnebago ERA motorhome (32,000 miles driven), I have come to 2 observations: first, I am drifting away from camping and towards NASCAR tailgating (not NFL, member of military boycott); second, it is ridiculous to spend $100-$400K+ on a beautiful motorhome to camp next to trailer park trash in public and private campgrounds that are dumpier than a Motel 6. You can buy a new Mercedes SUV for $50K and have $50K left to stay at Hampton Inns forever.

3 years ago
Reply to  Eric Eltinge

Mr. Elting,
What a snobbish attitude. Not everyone can afford a $100-$400k unit. Most real people cannot afford the “low end” $50k Mercedes unit you propose. RV’ing should be for everyone; not just the rich. . I CAN afford one of the $100-$400k units you tout. I chose to buy older units and remodel them as my hobby.

To others reading this, I apologize for my remarks. “I just can’t stand rude behavior in a man”

Larry Gold
3 years ago

We’re retired and travel almost exclusively when kids are in school to avoid crowding. That works okay except for holiday weekends. Being forced to make reservations well in advance removes the element of spontaneity from RVing.

Re. quality: We’ve had many RVs, but none as beautifully constructed and reliable as the Chinook. It’s a shame they went out of business. Perhaps there’s no market for high quality RVs anymore.

3 years ago
Reply to  Larry Gold

I love our Chinook also. Top quality even used. Tho we bought our 05 new, it still looks new in 2017 and i wouldn’t trade it for anything. We don’t have slides and I really like it that way.

Paul_gizzmow Martinez
3 years ago

Really enjoy reading your News Letters, Chuck. I’ve learned ‘so’ many do’s and don’t’s from you over the past 8 years and still learning. If I had ‘that’ million…I’d give it to you to do the RV things you posted today. I’ve not used my ’88 Dolphin 31 footer in a while, but have gladly donated 25 bucks for the 2nd time this year in support of your ‘great’ work. Keep up the good work, Chuck!

Mark Pittman
3 years ago

My elderly father, a former RV’er, enjoys the newsletter but has difficulty navigating/ reading it online. Is there a way to convert it to a PDF so I can print it for him?

Jim Waddell
3 years ago
Reply to  Mark Pittman

I use PDF Creator to convert all my documents to PDF format. Download the “free” file using this website:

Hope this helps.

Steven M Jenkins
3 years ago

We are wrapping up a three month rv trip of national parks, monuments, etc. Want to know why the RV parks are crowded? Foreigners who fly in and rent rvs to tour the same places. Some cannot speak or read English well enough to obey road signs. They crowd the RV parks and crowd the national parks, feeding the animals standing beside signs forbidding it. They attempt to drive on mountain roads at fast speeds. Something needs to be done.

3 years ago


John Hiler
3 years ago

So much to say, so little space. Give a cost analyse of a space in say, California and the same space in Nebraska. All the cost and continuing cost of a single space in an RV park. Do you support Free college or trade school in the USA? This old house has apprentice’s this year, a new idea that’s as old as work history. Do you support making all of our national lands private? No Forest or Parks Service. What you are writing about is how in this country we now worship maximizing profits and minimize quality. Cheap is best. We do not honor honest and quality labor. I figure that if I can’t afford to travel I won’t go. Cheap is not always best.

3 years ago

I enjoy reading the RV Travel Newsletter each Saturday morning with my coffee. I have to say, Chuck, you are spot on with your editorials. It is obvious that you have not been bought off, as it appears both FMCA’s Family Coaching magazine and Motorhome magazine have.

3 years ago
Reply to  John

John, totally agree, the fish stinks from the head down

3 years ago

If you need a few laughs check out GAC on your TV. They have several RV shows that are a pure joke. On one of them they show people buying new RV’s without a thought of how they will pull them or any thoughts of safety. Others show restoring old trailers to like new condition and another showing how motor homes are built.