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jplante4

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Posted: 12/14/19 07:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's a big difference between people who bought new prior to 2018 and after. The shop at the RV parts store where I work has seen a big uptick in late model (<2 years) rigs. We do some warranty work, but do not sell RVs. Mostly they come to us to just get it fixed. Imagine buying a new trailer in March and being told that the dealer can't get to your warranty repairs until September. That's the situation in this part of the world.

We sold 30 air conditioners last summer. Half went to rigs 2-5 years old. One owner of a new fiver came in with a small leak. It was hard to locate so we put the Seal Tech machine on it. They counted 20 separate leaks, mostly around windows.

There's a lot of junk out there. Buying new is no longer a guarantee of problem free RVing, and the wait to get the warranty work could be all summer.


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Everyone likes new. The problem is that often the problems are.

Anyone who knows the difference between a torx & allen screw will be able to deal with most problems encountered. They simply are not worth the drive to the dealership or the down time while the dealer gets around to giving your rig the hour or so that it takes to fix.

Then there are those who only know how to use one tool. The credit card. The Newbs in this group come in thinking that the RV industry operates like the automotive industry. Wrong!

If your rig is under warranty & out of service you are not getting a loaner. You are not likely to be getting any special consideration so that you can do that long awaited trip. You are out of luck.

JMO, but find a well cared for, preferably lightly used, unit & find yourself a good independent RV tech who does not care what builder or where you bought yours from. Be prepared to lend a hand if one will make the job go easier & you might just learn something as you go along.

They are out there. I had to replace a large fridge. Took 3 of us to get old out & the new in. Learned something about RV fridges that day.

Being confident about buying used & fixing any problems has never been easier. YouTube is your friend.


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Posted: 12/14/19 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another issue is the increasing dependability of modern cars with little or no maintenance has lulled the newbies into believing that RVs are the same. After all, most class C RVs are just Ford vans, right?





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Veebyes wrote:

Everyone likes new. The problem is that often the problems are.

Anyone who knows the difference between a torx & allen screw will be able to deal with most problems encountered. They simply are not worth the drive to the dealership or the down time while the dealer gets around to giving your rig the hour or so that it takes to fix.

Then there are those who only know how to use one tool. The credit card. The Newbs in this group come in thinking that the RV industry operates like the automotive industry. Wrong!

If your rig is under warranty & out of service you are not getting a loaner. You are not likely to be getting any special consideration so that you can do that long awaited trip. You are out of luck.

JMO, but find a well cared for, preferably lightly used, unit & find yourself a good independent RV tech who does not care what builder or where you bought yours from. Be prepared to lend a hand if one will make the job go easier & you might just learn something as you go along.

They are out there. I had to replace a large fridge. Took 3 of us to get old out & the new in. Learned something about RV fridges that day.

Being confident about buying used & fixing any problems has never been easier. YouTube is your friend.


The person without any DIY skills will not likely be able to identify a well cared for RV vs. a leaky lemon.
They will not recognize a minor issue from a major issue.
For every used cream puff story there is some poor soul stuck with a lemon and a horror story
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"For every used cream puff story there is some poor soul stuck with a lemon and a horror story."

Buyer beware. Before buying a used car do we not check on the model to see if it has common issues? Is it not prudent to have a RV surveyed before committing to buying? It is my boaters mind working again, but $100K does not buy a very big boat. The smart potential buyer gets a survey & sea trial before signing anything.

Nobody is going to let you go camping for a weekend 'sea trial' however paying for a survey can be a whole lot cheaper than finding some costly secrets after you have bought it.

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Posted: 12/14/19 02:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Basically... You are towing a box down a bumpy road.
Something will go wrong, an inconvenience for you can be a major catastrophe for others.
There is no right or wrong
Sh*t happens!

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