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Posted: 10/11/18 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FWIW, we bought a Big Country last year (made in April '17) and had 2 items repaired under warranty and outside of that, are very happy with it. Wet bolts and 5th Airborne added. Really nothing bad inside or out. Previous coach was a '06 Silverback and was very much considering another, but just couldn't find the right combo within their line. The BC is a heavier coach and so far, nothing moves inside while under tow. I won't say it doesn't have 100% QC, but overall very pleased w/ it and HL took care of our 2 issues w/o a fuss.


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mowingman wrote:

I would be real careful about Heartland. A good friend of ours bought a 40' Heartland with an MSRP of about $125,000. He had 48 warranty issues in less than a year. At the end of the first year, he got rid of it. After many talks with Heartland, he told me that that company has pretty much no quality control inspection, and leaves it up to the dealer to make sure the trailer is in good working order. FYI: He has a fantastic dealer who helped him all they could.


I think this is true of virtually =all= RV mfrs, these days, with the only exceptions being the true custom-built stuff.

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Posted: 10/11/18 01:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both Jayco and Heartland are subsidiaries of Thor. Jayco has a better suspension and is better built in the most important areas like the roof and underbelly. The cabinetry and appliances are basically equivalent.

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justme wrote:

Both Jayco and Heartland are subsidiaries of Thor. Jayco has a better suspension and is better built in the most important areas like the roof and underbelly. The cabinetry and appliances are basically equivalent.


As of what year?


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What’s is a accounts units? ac units *



I do not believe Heartland makes their own AC units! For that matter all new trailers will have the same Dometic or Coleman AC's. Our 2017 Bighorn had a recall on the AC regarding drain holes which I did myself. It has been a great unit.

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Jayco has better engineering in the suspension and other areas that promote for better traveling. Heartland puts their effort into glitz and glamor rather than engineering.

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neal10a wrote:

Jayco has better engineering in the suspension and other areas that promote for better traveling. Heartland puts their effort into glitz and glamor rather than engineering.


Heartland has many different names in it's stable, from higher end to the low end of the market. Are you trying to paint them all with the same brush? I think the Landmarks are over priced! The Landmark, Bighorn and Big Country all go not the same assembly line. The Bighorn has a nice balance between price and what you get for one's money. The elite models have the same high roof lines of the Landmarks.

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neal10a wrote:

Jayco has better engineering in the suspension and other areas that promote for better traveling. Heartland puts their effort into glitz and glamor rather than engineering.
What's to engineer? They both buy their frames from Lippert. They both use tandem axles with leaf springs and either Lippert or Dexter axles. Look the same to me. It's not like they build any part of the chassis themselves.


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Friends have a 2018 Pinnacle and they are quite disgusted with it. It has to go back to the factory for a known problem of stress cracks appearing in the gel-coat of the main wall near the lower front corner of the BR slide, plus staples comming through the roof membrane. $100K and headaches. IMO if you like what you have with no problems, why change?

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I have a 2010 Jayco and it's been mostly trouble free. I've had a few very minor issues.

-The propane pigtails at the tanks had to be replaced about the third year.
-Had an upper cabinet door break loose and fall off. Was caused by a poor latch and a very rough road that allowed it to open then just hang there bouncing until it broke the upper hinge.
-The air mattress is a less than stellar set up.

Almost 30,000 miles towing this rig and never have had a bearing failure/issue, no blow outs, no axle issues, no frame issues. We've hauled to to Montana, California, Oregon, Arizona about 6 times. Overall it's served us well and we've used it a lot in my opinion.

The only way I would switch to another brand is if and that's a big if, I might consider a New Horizons. They are custom built by hand in Junction City, KS. A New horizons might actually be our full time retirement rig.


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