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Old 01-05-2020, 06:43 PM
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Looking for a small towable 4 seasons type RV. 18-20 ft.
Lots of great looking designs but the reviews on most are horrible. Water leaks, bad plumbing, heater, fridge, ac , etc etc all going bad in short time.
I found 1 or 2 brands with good reviews but the prices are high. 5-7 times higher.
Anyone have recommendations on an RV thatís a decent price point and reasonable quality?
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Lance might fit your build.
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Rent one !
It's way cheaper to rent one than to own one , even if you rent it two or three time a year .
You lose half the value of anything you buy instantly , Trust me .
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Scamp but they pretty small.

If I won the lottery I would have an Earth Roamer.
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I looked at lance. The reviews could be better for the price they are asking. 3.4 out of 5.
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Buy your third RV first. And buy the floor plan that works for you. Then buy the best mfgr that makes that floor plan. You get what you pay for....
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You may be better off buying a sprinter and buying kits to finish it out. I use to do a lot of RV reading, and did a long trip through Mexico in a 34 foot older Bounder. Great times, lots of little and big issues. Doing it yourself could afford the quality you are looking for.

Friends built out a sprinter but have since sold it. This is their website, ZENVANZ is the link to their kits. Great people. https://www.thedangerz.com/zenvanz


Sorry just saw "towable."
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Originally Posted by Smitty 45 View Post
Rent one !
It's way cheaper to rent one than to own one , even if you rent it two or three time a year .
You lose half the value of anything you buy instantly , Trust me .
vrbo houses/camps/cabins unless you are wanting to stay in certain parks. At least thatís my thoughts. My parents had several RVs they just werenít worth it, they didnít travel much and when VRBO came along the RV was sold. I have bought one since for a ďhunting campĒ used it for a season then sold it in the spring for the same $. Roofs eventually leak on all of them, and can ruin the inside quick.
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I have my perfect floor plan. Outdoor RV has a similar one with a lifetime warranty. Closest dealer is in Texas though. Long haul from Virginia.
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The biggest problem with mass production RVs is that their quality as a whole is poor due to them stamping them out just as fast as they can make them. The question isn't "how good of an RV will I get?" but rather "How bad will my production-line-built RV be?". I've come to learn that "quality Amish craftsmanship" is not what it used to be.



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Not a bad idea, I camp off grid sometimes and need a 4x4 to get to some areas.
Being able to leave the RV in a less rugged area and 4x4 to hiking trails/ areas is better setup for me.
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Originally Posted by tcpip95 View Post
The biggest problem with mass production RVs is that their quality as a whole is poor due to them stamping them out just as fast as they can make them. The question isn't "how good of an RV will I get?" but rather "How bad will my production-line-built RV be?". I've come to learn that "quality Amish craftsmanship" is not what it used to be.
Agreed!!
There are some good brands like ďOliverĒ but wow, the price is crazy high.
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Originally Posted by Roosty View Post
Buy your third RV first. And buy the floor plan that works for you. Then buy the best mfgr that makes that floor plan. You get what you pay for....
^^^This^^^. I can confirm from experience this is sage advice.
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Lance and Arctic Fox have both added campers to their lineup. I have a Lance 825 camper and give it a thumbs up. If at all possible buy used any brand, the kinks should be worked out by then. I've never heard of a trailer or an RV that hasn't had at least 2 warranty repairs for normal craftsmanship bs. Reviews on a $20k+ purchase are going to be skewed to mostly negative, did you happen to post a raving experience about your last car purchase, home purchase? Probably not. Ladt hamburger review, much more plausible. Try RV.net also.
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The winnebago trailers we sell are as good as it gets. We sell a lot of them and have almost no major warranty issues.
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I just bought a slightly used trailer. Brand is a little above average, but not much. They are all built cheap, really cheap. No screws, not even nails are used. Everything is stapled.
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RV and good quality donít go in the same sentence! Been through a few and have a $130k 5r. Itís been in the shop more than any boat, car, truck, motorcycle Iv ever owned! You learn to deal with dealerships. Buy the best you can afford, they are all shit in my opinion. Good memories are worth it though. Sleep in my own bed, with my own smells, and my own feet on the floor.
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Originally Posted by ChesapeakeBay View Post
Looking for a small towable 4 seasons type RV. 18-20 ft.
Lots of great looking designs but the reviews on most are horrible. Water leaks, bad plumbing, heater, fridge, ac , etc etc all going bad in short time.
I found 1 or 2 brands with good reviews but the prices are high. 5-7 times higher.
Anyone have recommendations on an RV thatís a decent price point and reasonable quality?
What is your tow vehicle and whatís your budget? I was looking for the past two years so kind of have the routine down. Iíll look at a few and give you a couple of ideas.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
The winnebago trailers we sell are as good as it gets. We sell a lot of them and have almost no major warranty issues.
Had no idea you sold RVís
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What is your tow vehicle and whatís your budget? I was looking for the past two years so kind of have the routine down. Iíll look at a few and give you a couple of ideas.
F250 , 6.7 diesel

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