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Old 12-27-2016, 02:10 PM   #1
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Todays new campers???

My wife and I were talking the other day about new campers.
Our rig will soon be 10 years old. (Doesn't seem possible). I would love to have a new rig, something a little bigger with more room. One of the problems for me, is my building has 12 ft. sidewalls, and everything I look at is over 12 ft. now. All tho, that could be fixed.
BUT, the biggest deterrent is today's campers them selves. Our present rig has been trouble free and something that I don't have to be constantly working on to fix something. Other then the normal yearly maintenance, it has served us well in all respects.
When I get real serious about a new rig, it scares the hell out of me to think about what I might be buying and getting myself into.
What we have seems to serve us real well for the type of camping we do.
Maybe the old saying---If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it, might well apply here.
Just kind of musing out loud.
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Old 12-27-2016, 03:43 PM   #2
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Keep it simple. Keep it small. I'm looking at a second r.v. for traveling. But can't decide, pull, 5vr, camper. Don't want to pull this 40ft around. lol. Good luck.
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Old 12-27-2016, 04:00 PM   #3
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It doesn't matter what size type etc....
I special ordered an 'upscale' 5'er and had worse problems then used ones with no warranty

They are all 'lusury' items that take tlc
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:15 PM   #4
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It seems to me that the units that are built now are not as good in quality as the older units. If your unit serves your needs and is in good repair, why change?

Our unit has been nothing but trouble, and the reasons we have not sold it and bought something is are many. First of all, we love this trailer - the layout, the look, the weight, the way it tows, the size. We go to a lot or RV shows and have yet to see a trailer we like better (in a size we would be comfortable with). If we did get something different, would be be going from the frying pan to the fire? Are the new units going to be as much trouble, or worse, even more trouble than the one we have?

On top of that is the money. Would we be further ahead buying something new or keeping what we have in a good state of repair?

There are many things to consider when you start thinking about a new trailer. You need to weigh them all out. Maybe put the pros and cons down on paper and try to look at it objectively, not from the subjective point of view of a shiny new trailer.
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Lloyd I know where you are coming from. Camper is 10 years old Lots of blim in the new one, lots to go wrong. I would like to look at new CrossRoads But nearest Dealer is 200 miles away Most of the Dealers around here handle Forest River brands, with two Jayco Dealers Trying with out to come up to a good way to go. If I listen to DW it is a new one Hoover likes our present one
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:41 AM   #6
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Lloyd I know where you are coming from. Camper is 10 years old Los of blim in the new one, lots to go wrong. I would like to look at new CrossRoads But nearest Dealer is 200 miles away Most of the Dealers around here handle Forest River brands, with two Jayco Dealers Trying with out to come up to a good way to go. If I listen to DW it is a new one Hooe likes our present one
That part about lots to go wrong is what worry's me the most Frank.
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Me too this one was trouble free except what I did to it Also the new ones have grown in length mine 36 feet the new one with similar floor plan is 40+ feet
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IMHO, It would be best to search for a dealer that WILL/CAN do the warranty work that WILL be needed, then look at the brands that dealer carries. Too many dealers offer good deals at purchase time & can't/won't do anything for you after the sale (did I hear someone say Camping World). Saving a $1000 dollars on the sale & then have your RV set on their lot for months while "we're waiting on parts" will not give that warm fuzzy feeling on what good deal you got.
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:04 AM   #9
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Totally agree with you Danny.
The dealer we bought our Cruiser from doesn't sell the Cruiser line any longer. He is a super super dealer! He does however sell the Redwood, and I have considered a Redwood, but just because a person shells out more money for a bigger more luxurious rig, doesn't meant the QC is any better at the factory. The old saying that "you get what you pay for" just doesn't fit the RV industry.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:05 PM   #10
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Not to worry about Camping World To me it is a Wal mart and I just do not shop there. I have two close to me one has been in business 35 years the other since 2000 One does a lot off service on Motor homes I would guess they come first. The other sell mostly Trailers, just started Motor homes this last fall. Both are good size. at soon to be 73 I would like to find one that has a solid roof and less area to seal up. Legs, back and knees are not what they use to be. Janet will retire in two years and that is when I would like to travel big time. I think if I keep this one time to get the suspension overhauled.
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Since buying our unit under 3 years ago, it's been in the shop more than in a campground. It's been back in now for 2 months with another major issue!

What has gotten me thinking is how do we, the buyers, allow them to give us such lousy warrantee's? The 1 year typical is not very comforting when you role it out of the dealership. And when you get to that 1 year point, it's like you drove off a cliff!
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What should happen is document every day it's setting at the dealership & that should be added the the warranty.
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LLoyd, you pose an interesting question...one that we faced 1.5 years ago with our 7.5 year old CT31RL that had been trouble free except for one water pump that I replaced. We had an opportunity to move into a Rushmore via Tiara RV in Elkhart that was actually priced cheaper than some of the Cruiser 5th wheels we were pricing in a similar floor plan. So far, after 1.5 years, the Rushmore has been pretty solid, but we did purchase an extended warranty from a local dealer that is an authorized Crossroads dealer for any repairs down the road. If you have not done so already, jump over to the redwood website, sign up for the forum AND the owners group...TONS of information over there...just like here. As mine trailer is a 2015, it actually has a redwood frame and was made before they moved the plant, so I lurk on both places for information.
Probably more important, is where do you see your camping in the next couple of years, or in 5-years?? That could have a an impact on your decision as you are well aware of. For us, a recent job change on my part was part of the decision to upgrade as we would be able to spend more time camping in the future than we had in the past. Might be time to schedule an appointment to tour the factory if you can budget the time. Time will tell with the new CEO of Crossroads as to the direction, but we can only hope the will get back to the basics.....
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Lloyd, didn't see this mentioned in your posts but are you looking for a new RV to be your permanent base camp or are you going to be towing the new RV frequently?
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:36 AM   #15
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We have a stick home, so anything we would go to would definitely be towed around the country. BUT, like I stated in my first post, "just kind of musing out loud".

The new campers scare the heck out of me.

I think sitting around here in the winter watching the snow come down, then going out and shoveling, is not a good combination. I have to much time think about it.
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We had a 2008 Cedar Creek Silverback that was optioned out. Got it new. I had to work out all the bugs. We loved that camper but we got rid of it and the diesel we towed it with when my daughter went to college. I wished I had it now. I have a new 5th wheel now and it's nice, but I paid out the nose for a new one. Keep what you got if you like it and it serves your needs. These things may not be made any better than 10 years ago. RV technology in construction and frames really hasn't changed that much, only the doo-dads like TVs, refrigerators, decor, stuff like that.
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