Tuesday, May 17, 2022


Why so many RVs are junk

Why are RVs made so cheaply, why are some “junk,” and why are they even sold in the first place when there’s a high likelihood that the buyer will have problems with the unit?

This video does a great job of answering those questions.

Here, the discussion focuses on lightweight travel trailers and their cheap, rushed construction, and why that ends up biting the RV’s owner down the road.

If you’re about to buy an RV, especially a lightweight model trailer, you should watch this.

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1 year ago

Everybody knows the 3 steps to junk RV builds, including mine, 1) built cheap ; staples. Luan chinese plywood, no adhesive on wood to wood, stripped out screws, old parts that have been in hot warehouse for ever, just crap builds. 2) let the customer do the PMI and let them generate their on punch list. 3) punish them if they don’t fix the countless issues themselves and bring it to a service center, keep it in the parking lot for months, teach them to never do that again!!!! I expected a hidden camera showing the crap thrown together. DIsappointed.

Wayne quick
3 years ago

The light weight video was not whatI expected. I thought we would see behind the scenes for shoddy work and design. Talk through not very helpfrl. Sorry

1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne quick

Agreed! The content should have been an article that took 2 minutes to read not a 9min video of a drive!

1 year ago
Reply to  Irv

Actually a waste of time. I kept waiting and waiting similar to Wayne quick above and nada! The drive wasn’t even a scenic drive, lol.

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
3 years ago

We have a Reflection “heavy” as opposed to an “ultra lite”. It has been very good but things do go wrong. If you live in 6 months and never stop more than week be prepared to wait while parts ordered, wait while on road dealer serves their customers as opposed to transients, wait in a motel for a week. Then there is the problem of finding a good repair facility.

Unless a major issue we wait until at our home dealer for servicing, and for annual servicing. We even purchased 100 miles from home due in part to exemplary reputation of our dealer.

A registry of Exemplary Service Departments or a registry of horror stories might be helpful. And yes, you need to be self reliant about repairs.

Finally remember, if you could drive your city bricks ‘n mortar home 10,000 miles it would fall apart.

Captn John
3 years ago

Much of the “light” junk has to do with all the items mentioned. BUT mostly these are built for consumers that do not have the TV required for what they want to pull. The ‘1/2 ton towable’ is qualified by ” properly equipped”. Few truck dealers order what is needed and standard tow package often is not enough. It still falls back on consumers not knowing or not caring enough to KNOW the capability of their TV.

robert mcbride
3 years ago

Listened to the video about “Why so many RV’s are junk”. Agree with all said but sometimes going back to the dealership you bought it from may not work. I travelled to Middlebury, In from Florida to purchase my Jayco. It was well worth the trip in many ways besides saving thousands of dollars I was able to utilize the free camping, FHU spots they provided for as long as I wanted which helped me familiarize myself with the camper & test it for defects in actual use, also utilized the large parking lot to adjust the brake controller settings & practice backing & turning techniques before hitting the road. All great until I got home & created a punch list of defects that popped up after my first 4 months of camping. The 2 year warranty was great until I tried having the local Jayco dealerships here in Fl refuse to do warranty work because I didn’t buy it from them. This has been a problem for most that is unacceptable & has me wondering if any warranty is worth purchasing in the first place.

Michael Bates
3 years ago
Reply to  robert mcbride

Had a similar situation with a Starcraft 5 th wheel . Saved 5 grand on purchase, but try to get the local dealer to work on warranty repairs was a no go.

1 year ago
Reply to  robert mcbride

Also had the same problem while on the road. RV dealers buy the units outright and are not a franchise, therefore they have no obligations to the buyer from another dealership. I agree with the video, be prepared to fix anything! I have a diesel pusher and amongst other parts and pieces and tools I travel with a complete set of filters for the engine only because I cannot go to the local auto parts store to buy them (helps me sleep better). I like to live by the Boy Scout motto, “BE PREPARED”! I have always said if you cannot fix most things at home don’t buy an RV.