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colliehauler wrote:

rbpru wrote:

In spite of all the whinging and complaints, the only thing I can figure is, the construction practices and rework levels on an RV are satisfactory for the market.

We expect phones, television's, computers, monitors and other cheap, off shore, electronic products to work first time and every times. Not so our RVs.

Go figure.

To me it comes down to price.
I don't know about electronics lifespan but on ebay you can buy pallets of new television's that are non-functional. I know several people who have had issues with their phone and simply replace them or upgrade offten. My last washing machine went out after 8 years of use (plastic gears). My last high end HP laptop the mother board failed after just a few years, cost more to fix then replace. Good friend is on his 3rd Sony lcd tv, was told average lifespan was 8 years. Another friend was already having to replace their Blu Ray DVD player. Look at all the posts about the even cheaper RV electronics that go out or fail without making it out of the 1 year warranty.

I personally think a lot of the stuff we buy is garbage and we have become a throw away Society. I think planned obsolescence is alive and well.

Absolutely. If I had kept all the stuff that just quit working over the last ten years, I could fill my shop top to bottom.
On the other hand, I have a shop full of tools that I will be able to pass on. Mostly Dewalt, older Porter Cable and Craftsmen.


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grubbster wrote:

This trend is happening across most purchased goods. It's not unique to the RV industry. It's our disposable culture.
For RV quality I have been very happy with my NuCamp T@B. They are not cheap but quality and cheap almost never go together. The designs are well thought out and they use quality components including custom made baltic birch cabinets which are very solid. None of this quarter inch luan ply **** they use in most campers now.
They are also coming out with a larger trailer soon that looks to rival Airstream in quality called the Avia. There are some tour videos on Youtube. Look them up.


I got to tour the Avia at the RV show in Atlanta last weekend. It was stunning. 28' and 5000 lbs dry. A lot of aluminum and azdel panels. It's design and quality are way above that of the competition. So is the price. Approx. $60,000. It would be worth it to me, but I already have a Euro styled lightweight trailer, Earthbound Golden Ridge. It is 29' and 4735 dry and we tow it with our Jeep Grand Cherokee. Apparently I am drawn to innovation and good design. Take look at the Avia if you get the chance. Southland RV in Atlanta is apparently the dealer here.


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AFAIK, OutdoorsRV (and the other Northwood brands) are only available in the west which is unfortunate. One feature I really like in them is that none have a Lippert frame and they build their own heavy duty, off-road certified frame which includes shocks. They put a lot of thought into various things that count. Not problem free, but much higher quality compared to the usual **** built in Indiana.


Video tour at ORV which starts with the frames


People come from all over the country to buy from Thompson RV which is the closest dealer to the factory. They pick up their own rigs from the factory, so there's no "delivery / destination fee (costs)" like all other dealers may have.


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I'm in the Northwood/ORV camp. If I was going to upgrade from my little CreekSide, I would first look to ORV, then Northwood. If for one reason or another I didn't find what I like I'd look to Lance. My Brother has a Lance and it is a beautifully finished rig with lots of standard bells and whistles. I do think Northwood/ORV is a tougher rig when it comes to bombing off the road. I've also heard of Lance frames/rigs starting to sag at the slide due to Lance's frame being of lighter material than the I-Beam/H-Beam material that Northwood uses to construct their frames. Regarding Lance, I think this is related to how long the coach is and where the slide is in relationship to the axles. One thing to recognize for sure: A Factory can put all the right stuff and plans out there on the assembly line and have all the right inspectors and QA/QC checks in place and all it takes is one person in that mix to have a bad day, miss something, or..........just be a sucky employee that has not been vetted to cause us a problem with an otherwise well designed coach.


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Two years in we've been very happy with our ORV. No repairs needed. Seams holding up well. Love the size of the grey and fresh tanks and with 2 6v batteries and two 30# propane tanks we can boondocks for days. And take the rough dirt road to get there.

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Just read this entire thread and I see several votes for the ORV/Northwood trailers made in Oregon. After a totally horrible experience with a Forest River R-pod, we did a lot of research. Our son guided us toward the ORV and we would have bought one, but the smallest one they make was bigger than we wanted, and we definitely did not want a slide. Thus, we turned to other company started by Ron Nash, RIP, Northwood RV. The Nash 17k seemed perfect for us, so we found a dealer 200 miles away who had one, and we bought it!

We had no plans of camping in winter weather, but an unexpected medical problem has us camping for 2 months away from home in winter weather and we are mostly glad we have this trailer. It is so well insulated and built so that the propane heater keeps the holding tanks warm enough. We bought a blue heated hose and added extra wrapping to the connection and the small faucet and so far, all is well. The quality of everything is so superior to what we had before!

But we do have a couple of problems with the wiring that should not have happened and we will get them fixed after we leave here. We need to either find a good dealer somewhere, or we will go back to the factory. In our small town, our local RV repair people could not find the problem. When the heater turns on, it blows out the little fuse in the digital thermostat. Since we had to have heat, and needed in NOW, they pulled the two heater wires out of the digital thermostat and attached them to an old analog thermostat. It works. We also have to run the cable TV through the kitchen window. These things WILL be fixed under warranty and meantime, we LOVE the full size queen bed with a great mattress. :-)

For a small trailer, it is heavy, but it follows well behind our Tundra even while it sucks gas.

Overall, we recommend a Northwood product and our son has been extremely happy with his ORV.

BTW-- many years ago we owned a fiberglass Casita and it was trouble free. We took it across country and way down into Mexico and more. If they only made one a bit bigger, we would have bought another one without hesitation.

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I just went through a big snowstorm in my Nash 22h. I cannot say enough good things about that trailer. I stayed warm and comfy, and used surprisingly little propane. It's been trouble free so far.


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I'm not even going to comment on my Jayco, it just seems that the best part of it is it's paid for.


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jdtrotter wrote:

Just read this entire thread and I see several votes for the ORV/Northwood trailers made in Oregon. After a totally horrible experience with a Forest River R-pod, we did a lot of research. Our son guided us toward the ORV and we would have bought one, but the smallest one they make was bigger than we wanted, and we definitely did not want a slide. Thus, we turned to other company started by Ron Nash, RIP, Northwood RV. The Nash 17k seemed perfect for us, so we found a dealer 200 miles away who had one, and we bought it!

We had no plans of camping in winter weather, but an unexpected medical problem has us camping for 2 months away from home in winter weather and we are mostly glad we have this trailer. It is so well insulated and built so that the propane heater keeps the holding tanks warm enough. We bought a blue heated hose and added extra wrapping to the connection and the small faucet and so far, all is well. The quality of everything is so superior to what we had before!

But we do have a couple of problems with the wiring that should not have happened and we will get them fixed after we leave here. We need to either find a good dealer somewhere, or we will go back to the factory. In our small town, our local RV repair people could not find the problem. When the heater turns on, it blows out the little fuse in the digital thermostat. Since we had to have heat, and needed in NOW, they pulled the two heater wires out of the digital thermostat and attached them to an old analog thermostat. It works. We also have to run the cable TV through the kitchen window. These things WILL be fixed under warranty and meantime, we LOVE the full size queen bed with a great mattress. :-)

For a small trailer, it is heavy, but it follows well behind our Tundra even while it sucks gas.

Overall, we recommend a Northwood product and our son has been extremely happy with his ORV.

BTW-- many years ago we owned a fiberglass Casita and it was trouble free. We took it across country and way down into Mexico and more. If they only made one a bit bigger, we would have bought another one without hesitation.



Oliver & Big Foot.

I don’t understand the desire for “new” when older can be found that is distinctly better. And always will be.

No one is any longer making trailers the quality of Streamline (1974), Silver Streak (1997) or Avion (1990). Airstream ain’t in the running at this level and never was. Never meant to be. SS never made more than six trailers per week. AS is General Motors by comparison.

That said, an AS ten years or a bit more has depreciation gone. And may need only some cosmetics to be like new. Plenty of them out there. Huge owners group. Tow beautifully.

Mine’s thirty years old this year. I’ll put it against anything from the generic box manufacturers that’s five years old. As the 1989 boxes hit the landfill before Obama took office.

If I were in the market for brand new, a BIGGER Big Foot would be my default. But they don’t make one a full-timer like me wants. Lacks size, amenities & storage (that the aluminum trailers don’t).

ORV is okay enough. But they all need conversion to DEXTER Tor-Flex independent suspension. Today’s trailers with slide-outs for fatties ride FAR higher on ready-to-roll leaf spring suspensions that wear out quickly.

Conversion to anti-lock disc brakes is the other upgrade.

And, as the hitch rigging is EQUAL in importance to the two vehicles, get a aHensley-patent hitch at the start. It’s a requirement for a pickup as tow vehicle.

That disc brakes & a sway-eliminating hitch aren’t topics with FAR more threads than tow vehicles shows the ignorance level of supposedly “seasoned” RVers. The new guys with their twenty years.

The he number one cause of trailering accidents is loss of control. And that loss of control is due to wind. The worst combo on the road is the tall teeter-totter box of today. (5ers worse; toyhaulers worst).

Pay attention to what really matters: Steering control & braking.

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