RV Industry (Still) Not Catching Up on Quality Issues
05/11/2012 7:14 AM
I have been driving an RV for 5 years now and as quality is
an overall issue on the RV's I wondered if the RV industry made some
My RV Winnebago 2001 on a Ford E450 has many quality related
issues. The one thing that's sticks out is RUST. Rust is everywhere; any part
of the RV that is made from metal is totally rusted and makes the vehicle look
old and dilapidated in less than 5 years. This and many other issues can be read
in this blog: http://do-not-buy-an-rv.tumblr.com/
that I found the other day.
So we are now 5 years later and we just went thru a big
financial crisis where especially this industry got hit hard. Many RV makers went belly up and I was hoping
that lessons learned would put this industry in a different thinking mode, ie "Let's
see if we can make them better and customers might come back".
Nothing is further from the truth. I went to an RV dealer
and looked at the 2012 Gulf Stream VISA 23RBK.
The one thing that I noticed immediately is that the formaldehyde scare after
Katrina got their attention (http://do-not-buy-an-rv.tumblr.com/Formaldehyde)
and this trailer had a certification in low VOC.
So that's good, however one dip under the trailer revealed a
rusted area of over a foot long on the frame.
Knowing that this trailer had not driven one mile and spend it's entire
live in the showroom you and I know what this means once you own the vehicle.
Rust, rust and more rust. So looking more closely at the vehicle and comparing the
other issues I have with my RV I must report that nothing has changed.
So the conclusion is
still: Stay away from buying an RV
and either rent or take a vacation in an expensive hotel. Because owning an RV and
paying for its yearly maintenance is easily going to top your expensive hotel
trip bill by far and that hotel trip will not give you headaches throughout the
rest of the year.