Cannot recommend RV Consumer Group products - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-24-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Cannot recommend RV Consumer Group products

I spent the $85 for the latest "Towable Rating Reports (2011-2019) plus 3 Best-Selling Books PLUS". Overall, I found the RVCG published information of no value to me.

For example, you should expect that a travel trailer brand will have only one rating and one safety evaluation, regardless of length, number of axles, weight, etc.

I cannot recommend this RVCG product to anyone.

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Old 01-24-2019, 06:48 PM   #2
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Welcome to FGRV!
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:16 PM   #3
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I saw that product advertised on their website. I considered buying it before we settled on a molded FG trailer. With such a small pool of trailer to choose from--and considering we'll likely be beyond the "old" end of the range they cover--I think I can get more than enough info from these forums and other owners.

The way they described the books, it sounded like they would have ratings for each model produced by a trailer brand for the period covered. Disappointing to hear they are less than that.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:17 PM   #4
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From what I’ve read they are overly generous with their reviews ( A lot of 4 out of 5) rendering them almost useless !!
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:25 PM   #5
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Welcome to FGRV!
Thanks. We are finding this forum quite informative.

In late May, we will be owners of our first fiberglass travel trailer - a 19' Escape. Our previous trailer experience has been 15 years in a 30' Airstream Classic.

Mary and I look forward to following this forum and the trove of information.

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Old 01-25-2019, 11:36 AM   #6
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Not sure what the complaint here is. It sounds like you are asking for one brand to have one rating. I cannot imagine that would be helpful, something akin to a Corvette getting the same rating as a a Silverado pickup, just because they are both made by Chevrolet.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:05 PM   #7
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In my experience, the most reliable information comes from forums like this one. The information offered is candid and comes from experience.
I am however a "Good Sam" member as they offer some good discounts to folks like us.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:56 PM   #8
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Not sure what the complaint here is. It sounds like you are asking for one brand to have one rating. I cannot imagine that would be helpful, something akin to a Corvette getting the same rating as a a Silverado pickup, just because they are both made by Chevrolet.
The parallel doesn't quite hold, as many trailer models are typically made in the same manufacturing facility using the same materials and processes. In automotive terms it's more like comparing a regular cab 2WD and a crew cab 4WD Silverado made in the same plant.

On the other hand, RV manufacturers often offer several lines of trailers ranging from economy to deluxe and using different materials, so it would make sense to rate each line separately. Chevy vs. Buick, since you like automotive parallels.

One of the big difficulties with guidebooks to RV quality is the pervasive practice of discontinuing a line that gets a bad reputation, and then rolling out a "brand new" line with a different name and look, but made in the same old plant using similar materials and the same manufacturing process. That's why it does make some sense to look at the overall track record of the parent company and not pay too much attention to names and models.

"There is nothing new under the sun"... or perhaps very little, when it comes to RV's!
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