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Old 07-13-2017, 02:33 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by skyking View Post
IMHO quality is in the toilet, just depends how picky you are. Don't expect new car quality in a TT, fit and finish is terrible. If I new how quality was on my 2017 Casita, I would have never bought a new one. Oliver is having some of the same issues from what I hear from other owners, same with Airstream. Stick built trailers are built really cheap so only expect a limited life out of them.
I will never buy another new TT, not worth dealing with customer service and having to take my trailer in for repair to some place 40 miles away. I have had over 20 warranty issues that I just repaired or replaced myself.
I have to agree , the quality control on ALL travel trailers is far below where it can and should be. One would expect that when you spend up to $60 K on a trailer especially a small FG trailer that you should not need to spend half your summer fixing factory defects or flaws.
Even if the problem is covered under warranty , it is still a PITA and a waste of our time to have to drag the trailer in to repair something that should have been right to begin with.

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Old 07-13-2017, 05:39 PM   #16
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Oh no, more crowded campgrounds

Originally Posted by dgriffin661 View Post
I don't own a trailer but have been looking. Two concerns: 1) are the campgrounds getting so crowded that it's not worth spending the $ on a trailer and 2) the HUGE increase in production in response to demand: is that likely to affect quality which is often already "spotty"?
Agree with what has already been said re quality. It is a general problem with RVs, not just molded fiberglass. It is common to have a number of assembly defects to deal with. And yes, sometimes it's just less hassle to fix them yourself. Most will not leave you dead in the water in the middle of a trip.

Used can be a good alternative to new. A late-model used molded trailer won't be much cheaper than new, but the new bugs are generally worked out, and many have some nice upgrades. If it works for your camping style, a simple, basic trailer will likely have fewer issues than a full-featured trailer. Ours was four years old with a few minor dings on the exterior and a like-new interior.

I still think molded fiberglass is the best option. You won't have leaking seams or rotting walls to deal with, and their strong resale value means you won't lose your shirt if you decide in the end that RVing just isn't for you. I would certainly consider buying a new molded fiberglass trailer if I couldn't find the right used one.

I haven't seen a big change in campground availability over the last 3-4 years in spite of the hype about RV sales. Popular parks in peak season generally require reservations, but if you plan ahead, you can get a site. And if you seek out less well-known places and/or camp mid-week or in the off-peak season, it is still possible to travel on short notice or even without reservations.

We have a favorite beach campground in San Diego County. As a homeschooling family we have more flexibility, and we've never had a problem getting a reservation in May or September during the week. What we have saved in hotels has already paid for our trailer and then some. None of the hotels we can afford are right on the beach like our campground is, and our children cannot roam and play as freely in a hotel as in a campground.

So all in all, I think RV ownership is great!

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Old 07-13-2017, 07:01 PM   #17
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Yes, campgrounds are getting more crowded, BUT.... the crowds seem to go to the same places. National Parks, getting a campsite can be near to impossible, better plan ahead, like six months or more. Meanwhile, some lesser known parks are lightly used. We went to Zion this May, forget getting a campsite there. So we camped at a state park close by, where sites were readily available....

Yesterday, we made reservations 60 days in advance at our favorite city campground. The campground is small, and reservations open up exactly 60 days in advance. I got up at 5AM to make my reservations. Of the sites we like, only three were left.....

Camping anymore takes more planning ahead. Should you get a camper? Sure! But trips need to be planned.

FWIW, I find hotels are more full than they used to be too. The last minute trips we used to take are a thing of the past. Sure, in the off season, anything is possible. But in prime time, stuff is full.

While we can lament the quality of RVs, good molded trailers far out last their tow vehicles, or even several tow vehicles.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:55 PM   #18
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We spent the end of April through the end of May camping in TX, MS, TN, GA, NC, KY, IL and MO. It was a mix of commercial, state parks and COE campgrounds. The only full campground was Unicoi State Park outside of Helen, GA. Many were almost empty, Trace State Park outside of Tupelo, MS and Big South Fork NRRA (COE) were two nice campgrounds that were almost empty. It depends on when you camp and where you camp.

As far as quality issues with Oliver, there were a few issues when they ramped up production but those have been addressed. Quality is there, fit and finish are good. Fiberglass is the way to go. Mike

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