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trailernovice

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Posted: 06/10/18 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I get it...especially for those of us who use our TT's recreationally/occasionally, price matters (ex. I probably wouldn't spend more than $20K on a trailer, given our status as 'weekenders' maybe 5-6 times/year with one or two longer trips thrown in)...and, weight matters...notice how many travel trailers have the word 'light' or 'lite' in their brand name...

Price and weight both matter...That said: the bottom of one of the kitchen drawers blew out...I took it out of the cabinet to see what could be done...the bottom of the drawer was hardly thicker than a piece of paper, and was held onto the drawer frame by the teeny-tiniest little staples imaginable...flimsy, especially given that whatever's stored in it will be bouncing around on the road


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But some Amish guy did it before he left for the day to work in the fields.


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Posted: 06/11/18 02:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The drawer is nothing, hopefully you dont have a foam core floor that gets spongy.

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Posted: 06/11/18 03:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You were lucky since below is what was originally in our TT.

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there all made cheap some just cheaper than others.

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I think trays like that are a great idea, lot easier to find things by pulling them out to look rather than feeling around with your arm deep inside the cabinet. Too old to get down and look. Probably more lightweight too.

You want thin as you can get panelling to save weight (for those of us who are weight concious. If it falls apart, you fix it. That's the best part of RV's, there is always something to fix.

And we have a 2005 Trail Cruiser which has foam core floors, not spongy yet.


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Well, you're only just starting to get initiated, lol.

-Made the bed one day and flicked the sheet towards the head of the bed and the headboard fell clear off the wall. Yup, held on by a few itsy bitsy, teeny weeny staples.
-Lights in slide kept flickering. Cause you ask? Wire barely inserted into crimp connector and crimp made onto the plastic instead of metal.
-Bathroom door won't stay closed 'cuz the wall at the top is almost 3/4" out of plumb.

This is only a small sampling of the MINOR issues we've had and could go on for pages. Worst thing has been getting a whole dang TT replaced under warranty due to frame problems. How does this happen? Total lack of quality control plus they could care less. Oh, and lack of industry regulations on design and construction.

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After going through 3 TTs in 3 years, I've become a hardened and cynical RV owner. Sad!


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I have a 25ft, 2010 Dutchmen Lite that I bought in 2014. Yes they do require fix and repair. Most minor like drawers and trim other a bit more extensive like slide problems.

But quite frankly I do not know of any other 25ft. TT I can pull over 35,000 miles with a half-ton pick-up for $14,000.00

We had a summer cottage growing up that always needed attention and it was not being pulled down the road.

TTs and maintenance go hand in hand.


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LarryJM wrote:

You were lucky since below is what was originally in our TT.

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Nah, the plastic tubs that came with ours are a lot better than poorly constructed drawers as seen in Ikea cabinets (and even those sound better than what OP is describing). They're not the prettiest things but I have no fear that they're going to blow out going over a bump.


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afidel wrote:

LarryJM wrote:

You were lucky since below is what was originally in our TT.

[image]

Larry


Nah, the plastic tubs that came with ours are a lot better than poorly constructed drawers as seen in Ikea cabinets (and even those sound better than what OP is describing). They're not the prettiest things but I have no fear that they're going to blow out going over a bump.


well I and the better half are much, much happier with the alternative that I installed as shown below ... you can keep the useless plastic garbage drawers.

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