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2 years ago

25 years!!! The units they are producing now won’t last 25 years so an owner will be paying on the unit long after it’s gone. No wait. Most of that time it will be in the shop waiting on parts so it might last that long.

Brian “Doc” Burry
2 years ago

Please know many of us will not/do not use Facebook, yet your RV Horror Stories is just on that undesirable (to so many of us) site?! Isn’t there a way you could create a different way for people to read such important issues please?
You do such a wonderful service and job of creating your informative newsletter, we just are so grateful and appreciative for all of your fine work in your readers behalf!!!

John Hiler
2 years ago

Instead of all this yowlin about punk rv’s why don’t you just tell folks what are good and what are bad. Get right up there in your bully pulpit and sort out the good the bad and the ugly. Who’s selling good and who’s selling crap.

Kenneth Hanigan
2 years ago

I enjoy reading the weekly edition and currently I am in Australia visiting friends and still opened this weeks edition to read. I just wanted to say I spent 10 days at a campground and noticed many RVs and in particular pop up tent trailers here built for rougher roads much higher than ours seem to be. But I wanted to mention I talked to and inspected a number of units and it seemed to me the units here are built much sturderier than ours, and the heavier framed pop up trailers come with added tents and outdoor kitchens that are excellent. I found several I would have loved to have. I was very impressed with the quality of rvs and tent trailers.

Tony King
2 years ago

The article/tip discussed the “ Pull Test” for 5th wheel hitches but it doesn’t explain for New RVers how to perform the test…safely. I know of one 5th Wheel owner pulled too hard too quickly and couldn’t stop quickly enough and crashed his 5Th Wheel right on top of Truck bed right in the RV Park. Bed was totaled. I don’t own a 5th Wheel but know how to perform the “ Pull Test”.

2 years ago

As an add-on to “Pull test for safe fifth-wheel hitching”, when coming back to your vehicle also check whether some SOB has pulled your pin release.
Same with us TT haulers, back in ’15 a buddy had his pin pulled from his WDH bar, he drove 2km through multiple traffic lights in Barrie (Ontario) before the hitch pulled out of the receiver!

Safe travels.

2 years ago

Several years ago, after looking at expensive cookware protectors, I purchased round, foam-style placemats at the dollar store. A few snips of the scissors customized them, and they have worked beautifully.

2 years ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Styrofoam plates work great too!

William McFarling
2 years ago

Did you know that OHIO may raised the gas tax by .18 cents? That will bring Ohio to fourth highest in the nation. Do you know about the joint venture of G M and NAVISTAR? ALL cutaway chassis used for vans/delivery trucks/class-c motor homes have been built for the last TWO years in the Navistar assembly plant on Springfield Urbana road , 5 miles north of Springfield , Ohio. Now a new phase of the joint venture , they are building the International and GM class 5 & 6 trucks on the same assembly line using the same chassis and cab, but with different engines and hoods/grilles. . This may be an article for you news .

2 years ago

Wonder if the agricultural tariffs in Ohio had anything to do with the increased gas tax?? Hmmm.

2 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

The Green Movement to keep the planet’s climate from changing is expensive

2 years ago

I live on the border of WVa and Ohio. Guess where I will start purchasing my gas!. I really dont mind the increase, but the news said it was to increase the maintenance funds necessary to maintain the roads. Well what are they doing with the money they already get? All I see are potholes and 6-8 month bridge repair. I think more wiser spending should be needed first.

Steven Scheinin
2 years ago
Reply to  George

You say “20 percent of our readers consider the quality of their RVs as poor or terrible” 80% of us don’t. Why preach to the choir? You should give your readers some credit. Most of us have bought a house, and therefore know about loans and loan lengths. If you are a smart consumer, you will get a 20 or 25 year loan, and then pay it off in 5 or 8 yrs. Sometimes the interest on a long loan is less than short. More importantly, if you run into financial problems, like losing your job, you can make the lower payments of the 25 year loan, without losing your RV, until you are back on your feet.

Bill T.
2 years ago

Amen brother. A little financial planning and budgeting goes a long way. I think it would be great for to crunch some number for folks that could be useful and not just “bible thump” the devilish bad news of 20 year loans.

Chuck Dunn
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill T.

I have a 20 year note. I am 7 months ahead and pay double, sometimes triple principle. However, one month we got really hit hard with extreme expenses and I had to pay the normal payment. NO PROBLEM. The way I am paying it will be paid off in six years, with no trouble.

Craig T
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Dunn

Same here, I had a 20 year loan on my fifth wheel. Every month I paid 15-20 dollars more, payment was 185 and I usually paid 200. It was paid off in 11 years. I would have like to have paid more but after 2008, it was the best I could do.