« Last post by travelingal on November 05, 2012, 04:29:50 PM »
I'm new to this forum. My husband and I became full-time RVer's last December. We love the lifestyle, but are dismayed at how our brand new 5th wheel began to give us trouble right away. It was beautiful at the RV lot, and not inexpensive. We told the salesman that we were going to become full-timers (had dreamed about this for years), and asked which RV he would recommend. He showed us this model, and we fell in love.
The first thing that went wrong was cosmetic, but discouraging nonetheless. We have door handles on the doors to our bedroom and bathroom, and the cover plates fell off within a day. My husband contacted the RV dealer and we were told there is no way to fix them, that that is to be expected. We didn't expect it! Next, we had trouble putting water in our holding tank. We found out that the manufacturers weren't installing it correctly, and did get promised it would get fixed.
After our first long trip last summer, the blinds on our picture windows, all wooden, which seems a ridiculous thing to put in an RV for travel, broke (cords that tied slats together broke, and slats broke), the latch for our shower doors failed and a glass door shattered (again, why put in glass doors), the oven door is sprung, the lights no longer work in our fireplace, our sofa bed with airmattress (can't sit up in be without falling backwards (why isn't there a way to keep this from happening), plus the material has torn from opening the bed up. The bathroom sink, glass bowl (again, isn't there a non-glass option?) is so heavy, the pipe under it broke, so no bathroom sink can be used. There is a leak in our slideout. The curtain rod in a closet broke (why can't they put in a middle brace?).
Are these problems to be expected? Also, service centers are so busy you have to wait months to get your RV in and then, unbeknownst to us, you have to leave it there a week, and that's just for diagnosis. Have to wait more months to get it fixed.
Are there others out there that see a problem with this system? Is there any recourse for having an RV that falls apart? We just get told, "you chose this lifestyle, and this is what you have to expect". Is that true?
I am disappointed, but not with the lifestyle. We have seen amazing scenery and hosted up in Alaska last summer-a dream come true. Am I expecting too much?
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