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decaturbob

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I don't think a new, $1.5M Class A unit has anything to do with looking for the lowest price point, right? Hard to believe its multi millionaire owner would actually not Lemon Law it after having it for only three months out of the year while the dealer worked on repairing it for the other nine months!
most states have NO lemon law to speak of. Sad thing, this same owner has had the same expereince with 2 other $$$$ Class A's he bought NEW.
 

RVwandering

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Meanwhile, in another thread it was mentioned that Forest River has a $14 Billion, 7 month production backlog, RVs that have been purchased but not yet made. Tell me again why they should concentrate on improving their quality instead of cranking out units as fast as they can?
Because the majority of RV owners purchase multiple rigs over their lifetime.
 

Bugford

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actually you quit buying them NEW and let the first owner deal with the mess
I've heard that repeated many times, however definitely not a guarantee I can't count how many reviews I've read where the owner has bought a lemon and says they can't wait to get rid of it. It doesn't mean everything got fixed, or fixed right.
 

phil-t

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I've heard that repeated many times, however definitely not a guarantee I can't count how many reviews I've read where the owner has bought a lemon and says they can't wait to get rid of it. It doesn't mean everything got fixed, or fixed right.
At least, if you buy a 2-3 year old unit, you have the oportunity to check/inspect thoroughly before laying down any cash. If it's a lemon or has problems it should be obvious. Well, if the inspector/buyer knows what to look for.
 

SuwanneeDave

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This thread has reinforced my decision to purchase an 8.5 x 20 cargo trailer to develop into a travel trailer that meets my needs and construction specs.
 

SeilerBird

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This thread has reinforced my decision to purchase an 8.5 x 20 cargo trailer to develop into a travel trailer that meets my needs and construction specs.
I think it would cost a fortune to build an RV that way. Better off just buying a new one and paying someone to fix the problems or fix them yourself.
 

SuwanneeDave

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I think it would cost a fortune to build an RV that way. Better off just buying a new one and paying someone to fix the problems or fix them yourself.
Well I have to disagree. I can build it cheaper than a factory equivalent, with better components. It must be said that I have the skills in plumbing and electrical systems, as well as carpentry. Also with no disrespect to anyone, I don't care for the interior decor of most factory RV's.
 

SargeW

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You probably can, if you can avoid going for high end fixtures. That's how most manufactures do it, they build with entry level fixtures, which are also usually very light weight, and get discount prices by buying in volume.
 

Ex-Calif

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This thread has reinforced my decision to purchase an 8.5 x 20 cargo trailer to develop into a travel trailer that meets my needs and construction specs.
If you have the skills, why not?

There are a few folks doing this. From an engineering perspective the biggest hurdle is going to be weight control. It's basically the bane of every engineering project on the planet.

I have "hobbied" boats, cars and RVs and my question to folks is always the same when they decide to build vs. buy.

Do you want to sail boats or build boats?
Do you want to drive classic cars or restore classic cars?
Do you want to live and travel in an RV or build RVs?

Horses for courses...
 

Uncledave54

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You probably can, if you can avoid going for high end fixtures. That's how most manufactures do it, they build with entry level fixtures, which are also usually very light weight, and get discount prices by buying in volume.
Thats basically the reason the OP started this thread.
 
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