Sunday, July 30, 2017

Is This An RV Blog Anymore?

I know I don't post much about RV'ing anymore. The thing is when you're in the same spot and you don't own the land things don't change much. We work the campground store on Saturday's and spend the rest of Saturday at Ronda's parent's house to have dinner, watch a movie and help her Father watch over her Mother who has Alzheimer's, a disease that I couldn't wish on anybody. Sunday I cut the grass and do some outside stuff, nothing worth taking pictures over.

We have decided not to work in the campground next year and to try and save up for a used Class A Pusher (Yes I know we had one picked out in 2013) but we have learned a few things while owning a Fifth Wheel. Such as they are ALL built to the same standard and that standard is low. We talk to a lot of seasonal and weekend campers while working in the store and the sheer amount of problems people report is mind boggling.

Typical issues are slides stop working, water leaks, holding tank issues, hydraulic landing jack issues you name it I have yet to hear anybody report they bought a new rig and have had zero issues. Our neighbor bought a new travel trailer and I helped him with a few things, I opened the front hatch and saw that the front floor was supported by 1x1's, friggin 1x1's!!

The problems reported by people who own pushers, very few, some are expensive but over all pushers seem to be very well put together. Anyway, we plan on trying to sell the Montana in a few years and hopefully find a nice pusher for a reasonable price. We realize to keep the Montana and use it on the road we will have to find a truck worthy of towing the Montana and those, even used cost's a boatload.

As of today, all systems are working save for the main air conditioner that Keystone refused to anything about. Keystone is a company we will avoid, forever. Sadly 3 companies are buying up other companies and spreading their low standards into companies that used to be pretty good, such as Holiday Rambler. Their latest Navigator new cost 1/2 what a 10 year old used one costs, how can this be a bad thing? Well, they cut corners and reduce the quality and now it's just a shadow of its former glory.

We had one in the campground a few weeks back, while he was checking in the main slide was a few inches out at the bottom, I brought this up and his response was it has been repaired several times, it's a design flaw they don't know how to fix, how awesome is that? When we're ready we'll be looking for a mid 2000's pusher from Newmar, we know how those were built and if we stick to a Dutchstar or Mountainaire we should be able to get a rig that will last a long time if cared for.

That's it for now, I have to go up on the roof and clean it, then cut the grass and do the usual. Have a great Sunday everybody!


Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

There are always things that can be written about even when sitting still.
Wish they would find a cure for that dreaded disease.
Good luck with the RV Shopping.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.

Phyllis said...

How right you are! We had a 2014 Cedar Creek. Ended up changing the 7,000 axles to 8,000.

Traded it in 2016 to an Open Range Roamer. Issues????? Heater worked on twice. Bathroom shower fell apart. Two spring hangers have broken, one time shredding the tires. Fiberglass split in corner of bedroom slide, fixed twice, split again. Residential refrigerator does not work half the time when not on shore power...the inverter has been worked on 3 times..... not right yet. Now a huge problem..... sub-flooring is obviously rotten from a leak somewhere. Started in one small area. Has spread substantially over the last month. Floor sinks at least a 1/2 when stepping on soft areas. Getting worse by the day. Manufacturer is taking the rig back to the plant in November to address issues. Go ahead... fix it.... We can hope they do a good job and address each issue. When done we will sell. Don't want the hassle.

BTW.... we had a 2009 Montana. Never had a problem. Should have stuck with it.

Allison said...

I feel your pain, really I do. We had a Montana 5th wheel, with two grey tanks. The kitchen tank WOULD NOT HOLD WATER. After the 4th replacement tank, the dealer told us tanks were supposed to leak a little. Right. Anyway, traded it for a Beaver Monterey diesel pusher. The first owner had not taken care of her, she spent two years waiting in the desert for a new buyer. It took four years and two extended warranties (which you should have, fixing is not cheap) but most problems have been sorted and now we're just maintaining. Good luck with the winterizing.