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lane hog

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Posted: 07/17/20 01:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Specific to any Grand Design Transcend owners here... what warranty issues did you run into with your units???

We have a walk-thru for a 2019 29TBS this Monday, and have yet to see it beyond dealer photos. We're buying out of state, and have one shot to get issues addressed when we take delivery.

I'm mainly interested in actual defects or failures. No need to pitch me on other trailers, extended warranty or tires, thank you...



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Posted: 07/17/20 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are two dedicated Grand Design forums on the internet. You might get more responses on one of those. One is a general forum with all manner of sub-forums; the other is a technical forum connected to the company itself. PM me if you want links.

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Posted: 07/17/20 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And there are several very active Grand Design Facebook pages.


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Posted: 07/17/20 02:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lane hog wrote:

Specific to any Grand Design Transcend owners here... what warranty issues did you run into with your units???

We have a walk-thru for a 2019 29TBS this Monday, and have yet to see it beyond dealer photos. We're buying out of state, and have one shot to get issues addressed when we take delivery.

I'm mainly interested in actual defects or failures. No need to pitch me on other trailers, extended warranty or tires, thank you...


Hi lane hog. I own a Grand Design Transcend. Also active on one of the other forums - pretty low volume of conversation there on Transcends but still a good resource.

We really like our Transcend. So far, it has been a great camper and we have been enjoyed using it. We posted a full review and YouTube video of it on our site if you are interested.

As with any travel trailer, do a thorough inspection of the unit yourself. Should be before any dealer walk-through and they should give you all the time you need. You can probably find a delivery inspection list to use as a reference.

You'll want to check under the camper. Ensure the material used to enclose the underbelly is installed to your satisfaction. On ours, there were some gaps. I had them install extra screws to secure it. I should have had them use a foam sealant to close any remaining gaps.

I didn't encounter this but heard from another owner that the rubber roof had bubbles. Be sure to climb on the roof and inspect the roof and all seals.

I'm not sure how you would inspect the axles without removing the wheels. You can reference my recent post asking about hubs and axles. Working on an update to post soon with our lessons learned.

One thing you might not think to ask about is the toilet paper holder. They don't install it. You may find it in a drawer. To be sure it gets installed where the owner wants it, they leave that up to the dealer during delivery.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have questions.


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Posted: 07/17/20 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello Lan Hog.....owner of a GD Transcend 26RLS since March of 2019. So far no warranty issues with 40+ nights camping. Some minor trim and loose screws, but no major problems at all. Really love our floorpan with the walk thru bathroom. Solid built trailer.


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Posted: 07/18/20 03:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You might want to look at the post above. Lippert frame issues.

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Couple years ago I toured a Transcend at a show. One entire interior wall was bowed in so far, it had broken away from the framing, which also looked questionable.

I like a lot of Grand Design's ideas. They have set the standard for a lot of floor plans and features in the industry. But I worry about their construction just a little too much.

If I was going to buy one, I'd definitely go over it with a fine tooth comb.


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TurnThePage wrote:



If I was going to buy one, I'd definitely go over it with a fine tooth comb.


I would have to agree. Our 2020 Solitude has/had so many issues we have lost count. They cut a lot of corners as most if not all do. My take on it having owned a GD Reflection previously is their overall build quality declined big time since they opened the doors, then went further south with the Acquisition.

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Posted: 07/19/20 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reading all the posts on the GD owners forum you can tell that they're built like all the rest. I'm not sure I could even recommend one brand over another anymore. Maybe Lance, but they're over priced and I don't like their floor plans much.
It's really a **** shoot when buying a new RV. There can be two identical RV's on a dealers lot and one could have multiple issues and the other might never see the dealer again.
Sad.

lane hog

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Posted: 07/21/20 04:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, we did the walkthru and the only problem encountered was the drip line for the fridge was laying inside the compartment leaving condensate to puddle from our testing.

Brought it home from Ohio with a six hour pull, and it tracked and handled better than I expected without sway control on our F-150. The plan for this week is to pick up a dual cam...

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