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RE: What brands of Travel Trailers are NEW & Quality

Even for an entry level trailer, we have been pretty happy with our Sunnybrook (Sunset Creek). I don't know how they've been since Winnebago took them over, but they had the lowest employee turnover rate in the Midwest at one time. I toured their facility right after Winnie took over and the new units looked pretty nice. When you consider lightness and cost as the primary factors, It's hard to build quality without making it heavy. My biggest gripe is even the small tasks involved in building trailers get fubar-ed. I mean, how much longer does it take to properly drive a screw to do it's job than to slop it in sideways and miss the intended component? Goes to pride in workmanship I think. As far as I can tell, they're all varying degrees of junk. If they made them too well, you wouldn't need to buy another one. Or the cost would be prohibitive. The markup on trailers is obscene. As stated, if we continue to buy junk, they'll continue to make it. YES. This is exactly the problem. People continue to buy junk. Much of the TT industry is living on the reputation of far yesteryear. I've been all around RV's now for decades. (Yes I'm the talker at camp grounds.... I stand guilty! :) ) I can't believe how many terrible issues some people are having with their newer built RV's. Much of it is coming out of Indiana. They guys are paid by piece and run like crazy to make as much $ as possible. This is very common in Mennonite / Amish businesses so I suppose those companies started applying the same process. The problem is - Amish do speed with Amish craftsmanship. Jayco (etc.) uses the Amish speed for Jayco craftsmanship. "Let's save money buy pushing a few staples instead of screws". etc. KZ, and so many others.... Same exact thing. In fact, I'd argue there really isn't a difference. Then there are some companies I really appreciate. One I know of well is Casita here in Texas. They custom build just about everything and really produce a VERY nice unit. Nothing cheap. Only problem... and it's not their fault... SIZE. They are small. When we get to family campers options get limited... Too bad because I'd buy a Casita no questions asked. I love how mosseater described the "sideways screw". It's exactly what I think. JUST yesterday I looked at a Class A Winnebago gasser that was 100k. I kid you not, a tile off the backsplash was "leaning off" the backsplash in the kitchen! It was in an INDOOR SHOWROOM!!! I think the real answers here are going to be in small RV manufacturers that CARE about their products. It's a challenge to find them. They will be a bit more money... But it's worth it. Keep the suggestions coming folks!
crasster 05/09/19 07:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: What brands of Travel Trailers are NEW & Quality

Probably want to get away from the typical trailers and maybe look at the fiberglass clamshell designs; Bigfoot, Oliver, and the several other smaller ones. The ones built in the west suffer the same issues too, but I would still consider them. Lance is high on my list. Northwood & Outdoor RV build them stout at least. Are there any MFG's like these that also build larger RV's like with bunkhouses etc.? These are NICE yet small.
crasster 05/09/19 06:38am Travel Trailers
What brands of Travel Trailers are NEW & Quality

Pretty much I've come to the conclusion ANY RV travel trailer coming out of Northern Indiana are not of good quality. On youtube there are brands such as Jayco that they build in 6+ hours. Real thin wood, small screws, etc. There are countless issues coming in to dealerships about sub par mfg of many travel trailers. Many of the workers are paid by piece (not by hour) and literally RUN as fast as they can all day to crank out as many units as possible for maximum $. It's just REALLY gone sub par. The brands I've noticed are pretty much anything owned by Forest River, Jayco, KZ etc. etc. This includes a PLETHORA of smaller brands. Also most brands produced by thor, except for Airstream because I think Airstream customers would probably have a revolt. LOL Many dealers that push the "junk" out of Indiana factories can have customers leave their unit from 4-5 months to administer the warranty fix... It doesn't take long to realize the warranty period is being used up in this time frame, the customer loses the use of the RV, and the RV is getting older. So what brands of Travel Trailers today have REAL quality? Preferably Aluminum wall (studs). Built well. Doesn't have to be "light". Just something that can last and not have problems for the most part. Thanks!
crasster 05/08/19 11:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Shopping tires now wow$$$$

Also look for Hankook tires. :) They are my favorite because of price + quality.
crasster 01/20/19 04:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart RV parking app

I love wallydocking. I think we should all make a community based update map on google. :)
crasster 01/20/19 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
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