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Posted: 01/17/21 05:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TT quality has declined quite a bit over the last year...

Well we have found a TT that checks all the boxes for both of us. It is only 27 feet four inches (My checked box). It has the private bedroom, and the full bunks, slide out and outdoor kitchen... https://www.dutchmen.com/product/aspen-trail

We have a smaller Aspen Trail we got three years ago and the quality was very good on the build. But...now...during Covid when they can't build them fast enough...apparently...quality is distinctly affected...and not in a good way...so we are going to wait. When you walk in and first thing you see is a toilet that is crooked in the bathroom...direct from the factory...and start looking around and seeing "little things" it makes you pause. We also looked at a few others, different brands and there is a difference between our three year old one and this years...crop. We are doing fine so far and don't NEED a new one so we will wait... I'm also thinking that once Covid is defeated, there are going to be a bunch of lightly used travel trailers on the market as people realize...Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time...

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Wait till you find that those "lightly used" trailers are heavily abused by novices.





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Prior to covid, most mid model year models were pretty good. Early in a model year things were iffy due to the learning curve for the different design. Late model year units were victims of boredom. We had a starcraft that was a mid year build and was almost flawless, a forest river that was an early model year and never made a trip that didn't have something go wrong and our keystone is a mid year build and it had a loose water line discovered at the pdi and fixed immediately and no other issues on six trips. I have made many upgrades but this has no bearing on build, only on features not designed in.


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Lot rot.
It is more pronounced on a poorly made unit.

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It's not the quality of materials being used but rather the haste in which these units are being thrown together, no pride in low scale employees.

Our 2020 Outback has much better cabinetry, countertops, hardware and the use of synthetic materials compared to our previous trailer but had to spend an entire day with multiple tools to realign slides, cabinet doors, refrigerator, trim, handles on dump valves fell out....BUT I have no issues with the materials used in the build.

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I agree, but in the end, the quality of the builds are not as good. AND, apparently construction incentives are based upon quantity, not quality...

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I think you got lucky with your last TT. I've always said that you can have two RV's of the same make and model side by side on the dealers lot and one will be a gem and the other could be a headache.
Thus the reason why people are all over the place when asked which brand is best.
I have a pre-Covid TT that's not lived up to it's reputation. Prior I had a 2013 5er that did live up to it's reputation.

I suggest looking for another TT of the same model at a different dealer. Chances are it could be the gem.

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Guy Roan wrote:

The quality was terrible on them long before the Covid problem.

Talk to anyone and that has bought in the last five or six years, and they will echo that.

I think you must be one of the lucky ones.

Guy


I can't really disagree but I looked at Aspen Trails like five years ago and they were horrible... Then I watched them improve and when I bought I was pleasantly surprised. Some of it is the Dealership also. Mine used to go through them with a fine tooth comb before giving them to customers. One thing I noticed on mine was as I was going through the initial quality check with the head of their crew that did the prep, I noticed a small round mark on the counter top. I pointed it out and the guy goes oh that's a flaw, they should have fixed it at the plant but we will give you a new one.

Now, from that, I first noted that one, someone was doing a quality check at the factory. Second, I could not even see the flaw they were marking. AND I looked hard... The Prep guy said it could allow moisture into the core. I frankly was a bit surprised it had even been noted. AND, the prep guy agreed with me on improved quality noting they keep track and provide feedback to the manufacturer. When I picked it up, he told me, I had gotten one that needed very little work.

I remember the ones from like 5 to 6 years ago and simple things like puckering on the "wallpaper," excess screws everywhere, siding on things like dinette seats not fully attached...

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RV construction has always been get them out the door.

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