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Jbrowland

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Posted: 02/07/18 12:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have now owned a few different RV's over the years. New and VERY used. The one that stands out as having the LEAST problems was the Cruise America Class C that I bought with 124,000 miles on it. Ran perfectly without issue inside and out other than tires and problems I caused due to user error. My new 2018 TT had/has over 30 problems I found before I paid for it. Then more problems after the shakedown trip. The dealer has now had my TT longer than I have since buying it.

When I go to dealer lots, I see issues clearly visible in almost every brand and style of new RV. Seems to be acceptable and the unfortunate norm to both (not all of course) dealers and manufacturers. Even some of the ones people claim never has issues. That's life with a rolling boat these days. Sad indeed.

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Posted: 02/09/18 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I purchased a 2017 Forest River last April and it was in the shop 115 days last year with issues ranging from a major water leak on the roof (water pouring down from the upper bunk all over the cab), massive condensation inside (which caused the downpour), a generator that would never run, and other various repairs. I swore I would never buy another Forest River, but now that everything is fixed it's running perfectly and given us a couple of months worth of good camping. It was very frustrating and I contacted a lemon law lawyer and was told as long as the dealership and manufacturer are trying their best to correct the issue - you have to put up with the coach and live through the pain of making payments and not using the thing. I've learned through this experience to find a good dealership with an honest service representative and ask them what is the brand they see the most and what issues/returns they have and go from there. I think my next one will be used and probably either Newmar or Tiffin at this point based upon reviews and recommendations from various people.


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cbigham

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Posted: 03/13/18 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hmm..
Bought a 23u in December, wanted the e450 chassis so it was step up for a 2017 or buy later and get a e350 (without paying premium for the chassis)

Had some minor issues, clearly rig wasn't quality checked before leaving factory. The issues were minor, solvable by me. I called Thor, they were very polite, very helpful, confirmed my repair ideas in writing (email)and scheduled me for service at a repair shop to confirm or redo as needed. Only tuff stuff was getting a shop scheduled. Not easy.

When I was shopping the rig, I initially wanted a forest river 2301 or the 2290 model with the dinnete slide. Model I looked at I could see daylight thru the upper corner of the slide extended and retracted..having had issues with my slide on the 40 ft diesel I sold, never again. From what various techs told me, the Thor box is solid, doesn't have the razzmatazz of fancier stuff but holds up.

Since I've seen ads for so many Thor class c with 100k+ including rentals, there's evidence they hold up and can take the miles; which is what I hope to do.

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Posted: 03/13/18 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I purchased used and glad I did, all the bugs were worked out. I would not buy a new motorhome for that reason AND the depreciation hit.

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Posted: 03/13/18 09:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You’re a smart guy/gal. I’d have done so also but wanted the e450 on smallest chassis possible to do the job.

In orange too!

ol' yeller

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Posted: 03/13/18 11:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP is gone!This was his first and last post.


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I am NOT a mechanic although I do play one in my garage!

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Posted: 03/13/18 06:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Amen...


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JumboJet

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klutchdust wrote:

I purchased used and glad I did, all the bugs were worked out. I would not buy a new motorhome for that reason AND the depreciation hit.


So did I. 2017 with 8,000 miles on it.

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JumboJet wrote:

klutchdust wrote:

I purchased used and glad I did, all the bugs were worked out. I would not buy a new motorhome for that reason AND the depreciation hit.


So did I. 2017 with 8,000 miles on it.


DITTO...2014 with 8000 miles.

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