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NamMedevac 70

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Posted: 09/09/21 03:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe they will start making todays RVs in the C country and quality will improve or how about clf. You reckon????

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I have a 1999 Sunnybrook 27RKS 5th wheel. Aluminum framed, aluminum smooth-wall exterior. If they actually made something today of this quality, I might be enticed to hand the keys to it to someone and buy something new. So, the premise of past quality holds true for a few units, I know for a fact.

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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Maybe they will start making todays RVs in the C country and quality will improve. You reckon????


As long as they are made in a state where the minimum wage is $7.25/hour, don't expect much.

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jdc1 wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Maybe they will start making todays RVs in the C country and quality will improve. You reckon????


As long as they are made in a state where the minimum wage is $7.25/hour, don't expect much.


Yes well in 2003 in Indiana I doubt if the minimum wage was even $7.00 and my R-Vision there was made good quality for my 15 years of hard use. There were also other Good quality brand TTs made there also during that time according to comments I have read on RV forums over the years. I am not familiar with today's RVs and no longer attend the RV shows.

Management and shareholders attitude about quality is a major player along with complacent buy in a hurry attitudes of many new RVers.

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jdc1 wrote:

As long as they are made in a state where the minimum wage is $7.25/hour, don't expect much.


Oh, smug condescension for all those uneducated Neanderthals in the flyover states - Nice!

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No doubt minimum wage is too low, but that's not a relative point in this thread.

The things I was calling out were all about design: a thin strap secured with a self tapping screw to support hundreds of pounds of holding tank, water lines not protected from the cold, non-insulated floors, etc.

That kind of stuff has significantly narrowed my choices for the next RV.


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The wife loves to camp so that burdens me to keep junk functional.
We're on our 4th trailer from various manufacturers and always wear my toolbelt.

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I think the problem is still RVs are built one at a time like a house. You never know if an individual one is going to be bad or not.

There’s not a lot of innovation for the past few years other than floorplans. No reason to buy new unless you just want to.


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I love my 1993 Cobra Sunrise for many of the reason you said. The water lines are inside, the fresh water tank is inside under the bed, and I think may my floor might even me plywood.

Another reason I love it is that it's simple, basic, and only 22 foot long. These days the new ones are all to super long, and have slide outs. I don't want either of those.

Unfortunately the roof is getting purdy bad and it's been though 2 hail storms. It starting to look like a golf ball. lol

Finding a replacement like the one I want is getting so difficult I'm thinking of just getting a really nice big tent.

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Posted: 09/13/21 05:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've seen vids of old vs new rv TTs...5th wheel trailers...truck campers that showed how bad those older units were.
JMO but vids message on one particular trailer doesn't mean all trailer brands or brand lines are like that.
Having worked on those older rv trailers I'll take a new any day over those old trailers.

Yeah we had cheap built trailers back then also and their horror stories.


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