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b&rharmon

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Posted: 10/27/19 10:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If anyone can give some direction I would appreciate some help. Among the Heartland travel trailer companies is there a rating of the best quality to the less quality (and probably lower price). The floor plan we like is called "RL" and we are looking for 25' to 28' length.


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In my opinion the RV industry should be ashamed of the lack of quality overall. I have always felt each worker on the line should sign off on what they do and a bonus given at the end of the year based on number of warranty work. Have you seen the video's on Youtube for RV asembly? Guys running with walls slappin them on. And we keep buying it. Amazing


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I agree with OasisBob...While not a Heartland model, in the Outdoors RV forum, a gentleman picked up a new 2020 trailer and headed home, got 100 miles down the road (highway, not dirt roads - even though ORV claims theirs are made for off-road use) and the Rear Window Valence came off and landed on the dinette table.

Product quality is the lowest amount that a manufacturer can get away with and that a buyer will accept. Until we the consumer stand up and tell the manufacturers (with our LACK of purchases) that we do not accept their product, they will continue to spew out junk as fast as their worker's crazy legs can move.

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We have owned an Airstream since 2016 and it has been flawless. With that said, some of the AS models coming out in the last couple of years have seen an increase in defects. Mainly with the interior items. Shell, Windows and Suspension have been solid but, Issues with the furnace, cabinets, plumping have been on the rise. Still a well built unit but, even at the higher price point, they are not immune to issues.


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More than likely the difference in price is just bells and whistles. The frame, suspension, and body are probably all the same, built by the same guys at the same factory.
The quality of cabinets, flooring, furniture, etc. may be higher. Bigger appliances, bigger AC.
But the basic structure is probably the same across the price spectrum.


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Between my parents and my family we have had 7 RVs since the 70's. In order to save weight the manufacturers use build techniques which are not as beefy as sticks and bricks houses. They do have to take into consideration the travel aspects of RVs and make them strong enough to survive various road conditions and weather.

Unfortunately as a brand or model becomes popular, the assembly quality may suffer in order to keep up with demand. Our first 5th wheel was one of the first on the market with two slide outs with one of the slides being 14 feet long and 4 feet deep (super slide). This model became so popular the factory added a third shift to try to keep up with demand. So you can imagine a worker on the 2nd shift might be installing a sink and end of shift comes with the task not complete. The 3rd shift may not be aware the sink install is incomplete and the trailer ends up being shipped with loose connections. Our 1994 5th wheel had over 25 problems, most were cosmetic with only a few mechanical issues.

Lack of quality is not just an RV industry issue...Our friend who bought a new house recently had over 300 problems identified during their final walk through, it was a 5000 sq ft house. Another friend had his oil change at one of the quick oil change places and drove off he got a few miles away and his engine seized up. They hadn't put the oil filter on.

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You can buy a cheaper priced RV and fix a basket full of issues or you can buy a higher priced RV and fix a basket full of issues ! Ain't much difference !

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Try to build an 8 foot by 25 foot cabin with bed, bath, kitchen and the associated plumbing, electrical, lighting and appliances, for $25K to $28K.

Now put wheels under it and drive it down the road at 60 mph. then off road for a few more mile.

Oh, also,it has to weigh less than 6000# and you have to charge for your labor.

Lots of folks have tried and most of them are now owned by Thor or Forest River.

It is tough to do and even tougher when folks do not want to pay extra for a quality product.

The higher priced unit may use plywood over pressed board or better construction techniques and appliances but the manufacturing process is pretty much the same.

The Casita/Scamp egg types or Airstream are a few of the non-standard construction types.


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There is NOT a good correlation between price and quality, even within a given manufacturer. Jayco has a dozen different "lines" of TT. The biggest difference are trim. Basic construction is the same.

Eggshell TT seem to be of better quality/durability, but they tend to be on the small side. The only "medium" size eggshell that I know of is made by Oliver, 23'6". Oliver probably has the best warranty in the business, unlimited on the outer fiberglass, 5 years on the chassis, 2 years on everything else (probably not the appliances).

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rbpru wrote:

Try to build an 8 foot by 25 foot cabin with bed, bath, kitchen and the associated plumbing, electrical, lighting and appliances, for $25K to $28K.

Now put wheels under it and drive it down the road at 60 mph. then off road for a few more mile.

A challenge for sure ! But if they could build the same size "cabin on wheels" for under $40K and warranty it for 5 years (except for appliances), backed by factory trained technicians, with a 90 day "claim until returned to customer" guarantee, do you think they would get more repeat sales ?

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