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We're just looking, but this checks all my boxes. Any Redwood owners, your opinion is welcome...
Looking at this.
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TxGearhead wrote:

We're just looking, but this checks all my boxes. Any Redwood owners, your opinion is welcome...
Looking at this.
(Moderator edit to make URL a clicky link.)


We have a "15 " Redwood 38RL...It's the older, big brother to that one your looking at. We really love our trailer !

There have been a few issues with them, jut like any other brand they are hit or miss....
-Tires for a while were inadequate- they since changed to 17.5's
-some complained about bad seals and oil getting on the brakes.. ( very few )
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The ongoing issues seamed to have been cleaned up , but still some stragglers around... There were a few that mentioned that the springs broke, But only a very small percentage...

There are 2 Redwood sites, hop over to 1 or both and do some reading... I you are able to, The Redwood Owners group has a rally in July every year out in Indiana.. Redwood sends Techs there and does 3 fixes per trailer for free... Lippert as well attends, and 1 year there was a truck FULL of old pin boxes that were swapped.. out..

They also had some Tri-Glide issues that they handled very well, and have since changed to the flex-Air...

www.redwoodrvowners.com

Drop me a note if you have any other questions...

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Thanks, good info.
Good forum as well.

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Personally I would stay clear of mfg's that were incorportated into a conglomerate. That means they have more pressure to make more profit and that useually means decrease the quality to meet corportate demands. There are other mfgs. that are still family owned or are not part of a conglomerate that build better qualty RV's while provideing excellant warranty and customer support.

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neal10a wrote:

Personally I would stay clear of mfg's that were incorportated into a conglomerate. That means they have more pressure to make more profit and that useually means decrease the quality to meet corportate demands. There are other mfgs. that are still family owned or are not part of a conglomerate that build better qualty RV's while provideing excellant warranty and customer support.
Cost is always a factor. Quality, warranty and customer support come with a commensurate price tag. You get what you pay for; some people are willing to get a little less and invest more into sweat equity. Every one is different.

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neal10a wrote:

Personally I would stay clear of mfg's that were incorportated into a conglomerate. That means they have more pressure to make more profit and that useually means decrease the quality to meet corportate demands. There are other mfgs. that are still family owned or are not part of a conglomerate that build better qualty RV's while provideing excellant warranty and customer support.


I think ALMOST ALL, if not ALL are now owned by Big Corporate Companies..

As you can see, there are not many Redwood owners around... It's rare that we see any on the road here in the East...

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neal10a wrote:

Personally I would stay clear of mfg's that were incorportated into a conglomerate. That means they have more pressure to make more profit and that useually means decrease the quality to meet corportate demands. There are other mfgs. that are still family owned or are not part of a conglomerate that build better qualty RV's while provideing excellant warranty and customer support.


I think ALMOST ALL, if not ALL are now owned by Big Corporate Companies..

As you can see, there are not many Redwood owners around... It's rare that we see any on the road here in the East...


I can think of several that are not part of "big corporate" that are doing well building reasonable quality units.

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Only independent I can think of is Northwood. Nearest dealer is probably 800 miles from Houston. Rarely see one for sale. Don't think they have full body paint. There is the very high priced Lifestyle?? or something similar. All custom ordered I think.
I guess the DRV is about top of the production brand?? Not sure of the quality of DRV vs. Redwood.
I see very few Redwoods around here as well. Last one was I saw on the road was at last years Bristol NASCAR race.

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Only independent I can think of is Northwood. Nearest dealer is probably 800 miles from Houston. Rarely see one for sale. Don't think they have full body paint. There is the very high priced Lifestyle?? or something similar. All custom ordered I think.
I guess the DRV is about top of the production brand?? Not sure of the quality of DRV vs. Redwood.
I see very few Redwoods around here as well. Last one was I saw on the road was at last years Bristol NASCAR race.


If it was August of last year, and in the Medallion Campground it was me...Or at least there were 2 of us there.. I was the one with Black and Silver

DRV is also owned by Thor.. As far as differences, the price points are probably $25-30,000 apart.depending on the area of the country, options, and dealer...
DRV is above Redwood in many, or all categories, but that DOES NOT mean that they are immune to quality issues..

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Only independent I can think of is Northwood. Nearest dealer is probably 800 miles from Houston. Rarely see one for sale. Don't think they have full body paint. There is the very high priced Lifestyle?? or something similar. All custom ordered I think.
I guess the DRV is about top of the production brand?? Not sure of the quality of DRV vs. Redwood.
I see very few Redwoods around here as well. Last one was I saw on the road was at last years Bristol NASCAR race.


Tiffin is independent, Neumar, Lance and others are not owned by a conglomerate and are large in their own rite while expanding. Lance is independent and there are others. Winnebago is becoming a conglomerate while Thor and Forest River are conglomerates that have been gobbling up others. Those being gobbled up need to readjust thier profit goals (cheapen the product) to satisfy the "King" to get the return on their investment they expect.

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