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Old 05-28-2011, 10:19 AM   #29
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I know nothing about any of this, but what if you offered an optional basic system and then offer the INSTALLATION of a system if a discerning buyer is keen on having his dream setup?
He/she could provide the specs and request placement of speakers, etc. at some point during construction and bring the system in at pickup for installation if he/she couldn't do it at home. I've seen car audio systems thrown in in about 5 mins.
It probably wouldn't be cost or time effective, though.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:28 AM   #30
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I just wanted add that I think it's a testament to this board and it's participants that a manufacturer sees value in our input.
Imagine if all the manufacturers paid close attention to our discussions regarding all the modifications we make to our rigs - how much and how quickly would the industry evolve?
I can hardly wait to see what the next generation of RV’ing will look like when it comes along.
I think if you look to the European RV market that is exactly what we can expect next?
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:34 AM   #31
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I know nothing about any of this, but what if you offered an optional basic system and then offer the INSTALLATION of a system if a discerning buyer is keen on having his dream setup?
He/she could provide the specs and request placement of speakers, etc. at some point during construction and bring the system in at pickup for installation if he/she couldn't do it at home. I've seen car audio systems thrown in in about 5 mins.
It probably wouldn't be cost or time effective, though.
I think you answered your own question, too many variables with providing your own system for the builder to install. Better to have the builder offer 1-3 alternatives and then you pick the one you like best. That way the builder already knows the variables based upon his choice vs your choice.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:03 AM   #32
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I just wanted add that I think it's a testament to this board and it's participants that a manufacturer sees value in our input.
Imagine if all the manufacturers paid close attention to our discussions regarding all the modifications we make to our rigs - how much and how quickly would the industry evolve?
I can hardly wait to see what the next generation of RV’ing will look like when it comes along.


The "RV" industry as a whole has been offering such upgrades, it's just the small glass market is behind (But not completely their fault) ....... Many large Rv manufactures have offered these upgrades for years.

The reason I say not completely the glass manufactures fault is, molded glass travel trailers as a whole have always been for the bare bones type campers. (That is changing somewhat) Granted there are several even more bare bones options out there.
The fiberglass market was for a different type of consumer. Not made for people looking for the luxury's/amenities of life to invade their camping time. But as with all good things, the world of glass is changing. So as more of us that like to rv and want more of the amenities/luxury items along with us on our journey. The more manufactures are going to have to respond.

It's only just now becoming apparent to people that they can actually "rv" with in an egg. (HELLO) and as gas prices, the economy changes, Eggs will become even more popular. But the segment of the growth has probably been more towards those of us who choose to rv in a smaller unit but still want some amenities of the larger rvs.

So as the wants and needs of the egg consumer is changing, the glass manufactures will begin to follow suit.

Having only been in the egg world a few years, I can't say for sure but would assume that more experienced egg'ers have seen a huge change in who their fellow egg camper is as well as seen the product itself evolve.
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The "RV" industry as a whole has been offering such upgrades, it's just the small glass market is behind (But not completely their fault) ....... Many large Rv manufactures have offered these upgrades for years.
My last 2 campers- 2009 T@da made by Dutchmen- had few factory options and no upgrades. My 2010 Lance offered some options that were in the Lance truck campers. But no upgrades. Don't even try to ask Airstream to change one of their models, that is why some of the older ones are in high demand, the newer ones are all the same. I wanted a smaller a/c unit for generator reasons, they said they would not make an Airstream without 13,500 a/c!!
I think Lil Snoozy and Parkliner and Egg Camper as well as Escape will try to give you what you want. Scamp and Casita's seem less flexible- due to their high demand.
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Ahem.
I have an Audio Cassette Deck and a CD player in my Odyssey, and I still use both of them, especially on cross-country trips to augment when FM Radio isn't to my liking. I don't subscribe to Satellite Radio, and I don't have an iAnything.

I vote for a system with wireless headphones instead of speakers.
hehe well Frederick if you were to ever decide to make the jump to an IPod or other MP3 player you could take along hundreds more audio books and albums which would take up less space than what you have now. Thats what I love about them - less stuff in the small trailer

Melissa its actually illegal here to text or talk with a mobile phone while driving. It has to be totally blue tooth hands free or nothing. If you dont have a blue tooth you have to stop to take a call or text - the silly part of that is some people think it is ok to just stop in the lane they are in put on their flashers and take a call! Pretend they are calling for help but then hang up the phone and drive off. Hard to believe it when you see it!
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #35
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My last 2 campers- 2009 T@da made by Dutchmen- had few factory options and no upgrades. My 2010 Lance offered some options that were in the Lance truck campers. But no upgrades.

My statement still stands, the RV industry has been offering options for many years.............. I should have clarified as well as the nitch market rv's, that the entry level Rv market hasn't been on board as quickly either.

Though I will say they are far faster to offer such upgrades than the nitch market. But assume that yet another reason other than what I said before is, like you said certain "nitch" manufactures have high demand for their product. I guess the old saying if it isn't broke, why fix it? But still believe as the new breed of rv consumers ask for/demand even they will implement certain upgrades.


I can remember in the not so distant past, a "nitch" manufacture offering upgrades that a lot of people on this forum thought were unnecessary. So I suppose we should be Thankful that we can camp/rv however/in whatever fits our needs.
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Hi: All...This whole issue is why I admire Escape Trailers. Their build it your way policy is their strength. They have an extensive standard equip. list, a short option list, and an unseen mods. list. I think its been years if ever since they built a standard unit.
Their lineup is in a constant state of flux as if Reace sees value in an owners wants he may just add it to their lists. I wish more manufacturers of consumer products listened to their customers!!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:10 PM   #37
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I wouldnt be interested in the stereo option.

As others have said, too much noise already.
Besides, I have a TV and a portable sat. dish. Im more likely to turn the TV on than listen to the radio.

I also have a spare battery and solar panel to keep that charged to run the TV and receiver.

So a radio is not likely to be an option I would use.

But thanks again for asking. I d be interested in stopping in and visiting your factory when I get back to Vero Beach to see my parents.
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