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VallAndMo

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2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:56:44 PM »
Hello everyone,

I just noticed that TrailerLife published their annual Reader's Choice Awards on trailer/5thWheel RVs and related products:

http://www.trailerlife.com/rv-gear/2017-trailer-life-readers-choice-award-winners/

Very interesting and worth reading overall, but I found strange the complete absence of some brands that we've seen as highly regarded basically everywhere, some cases in point:

(a) Northwood with their legendary Arctic Fox in the 5thWheels section (instead, Keystone/GrandDesign/Forest River get Gold/Silver/Bronze awards instead -- I mean, GrandDesign is probably deserved and should even be Gold instead, but Forest River? Come on...)

(b) Andersen with their outstanding Ultimate hitches, in the 5thWheel Hitches category (it could be because they don't consider the Andersen a true "5thWheel hitch" due to its completely different working principles ie no jaws etc, but IMO that would have been very short-sighted of them).

(c) EezRV/EezTire doesn't get any mention under the Tire-Pressure Monitoring Systems category.

Other categories were more as expected, like the Hondas being #1 and the Champions #2 in the RV generators category, and Ford/GM/Ram on the towing vehicles category.

I wonder if those awards are entirely  honest, or whether there's any "rigging" going on here.

What do you people think?

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lynnmor

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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2017, 04:06:59 PM »


I wonder if those awards are entirely  honest, or whether there's any "rigging" going on here.

What do you people think?


It is another advertising media for the Good Sam and Camping World empire.  Just follow the money.

AStravelers

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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2017, 04:27:48 PM »
Just because Camping World owns the magazine, why would anyone think there is bias behind any of the ratings?  ;D

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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 06:44:10 PM »
^^   ;D  ;D  :))
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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 07:06:06 PM »
Where's the sitting back and eating popcorn emoticon? ::)
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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2017, 02:08:33 AM »
Follow the money.

Who advertises in their magazine?

Who doesn't advertise in their magazine?

The only magazine I trust is Consumers Report.

 
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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2017, 10:17:09 AM »
While "follow the money" is near-always sage advice, I think the explanation here is more innocuous.  The TL Readers Choice is supposedly tabulated from their online poll surveys, so do not necessarily cover all available products or have anything other than reader popularity behind the ratings.  Most Popular is often a far cry from Best Available.
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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2017, 11:36:22 AM »
My guess is their online polls only includes brands sold by Camping World, or who have purchased reviews in their magazines.

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Re: 2017 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award Winners
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2017, 12:50:26 PM »
   Along with “ follow the money”! Some of the problem with “Readers Choice” is the ignorance, “not” stupidity, of the average RV consumer. Example: If you’be only lived in a unheated Yurt, then a Detroit Slum Lord rental may look pretty good!

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