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Old 06-23-2016, 04:33 PM   #15
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We bought CG guides which were supposedly rated by AAA, CW, and some others. We drove out just to check some of these CG's prior to taking our MH there. Some were so bad that you wouldn't even think of going to, even for a nights stop over. Many had numerous old RV's that obviously don't move, or can't move, in total disrepair and what appeared to be homeless camps set up in them. Still the same they were given good ratings, some excellent ratings and it was obvious those that did the ratings either never went there, or had absolutely no clue of how to rate the CG's or what was important. So like said when buying any guide, Buyer Beware, and nothing beats doing your own research and seeing things in person so you can decide which "qualities" are most important to you.
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FWIW It sounds like another good example of why I take all consumer report services with a very large grain of salt. Often they do not reflect what I want and seldom know more than a technical minimum.
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All: If you feel that this outfit (very small, using manufactures brochures for info etc, and expressing opinions as fact) may help, don't buy the plan. Go to your local library they may well subscribe and have it in their reference section.

I did use it prior to my first purchase 21 years ago. They did not, in my opinion, accurately portray MH's that I looked at. Several of their higher rated units were very poorly constructed and not suitable for full time use as the RV group had rated them.

Their info may be of some help, but take it with a grain of salt.

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Old 06-23-2016, 06:43 PM   #18
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The information that they provide for the fee you pay is pretty much anecdotal as well. I purchased this service when I was researching my last purchase and found that a great deal of it based on formulas and not on any inspection of their own. I found that looking at a lot and I do mean a lot of motorhomes and keeping notes of what I found was a whole lot better than their service. For example they cannot rate a floor plan which YOU may or may not like. Only YOU can view workmanship. Only YOU can feel how one motorhome drives and rides compared to another.

And it is fun looking and hunting!
This is just another tool for the tool box! The best information I got was right here, and research of old threads. Nothing like walking through hundreds of motor homes to get the best feel for the build quality.Regards
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No..the best MH is the one I have..! What I have found out in 16 yrs of Rv'in 6 mos a yr, is never recommend and a brand to your friends...! jus sayn
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This is just another tool for the tool box! The best information I got was right here, and research of old threads. Nothing like walking through hundreds of motor homes to get the best feel for the build quality.Regards
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I am beginning to do my due diligence on finding a MH that pleases me to no end. IRV2 and all the subcategory sections have been a great insight...almost to the point of dropping the idea of going with a MH and just flying to places and renting a car and hotel.....To see all the issues that are going on with these MH's scare me, as I am sure, others who are 1st time buyers are seeing. New, Used...it does not matter. Way too many issues to deal with. I understand it is a small percentage of the owners, but still!!!!!

Guess I will wait until I win the Lotto then sample different ones until I find the ultimate home on wheels that will transport me around this beautiful county without towing a repair shop behind me.....
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Hey - it is only 139. Not the first or last money you spend where you may or may not get value from it.

If you buy it and it guides you to a unit you like, enjoy and works for you what is the issue?

While their valuation could possibly work for new units I am skeptical about used. Each used unit goes through a trial period unique to it's owner(s), how it was used, where it was used and how carefully it was maintained. That in itself will make a blanket evaluation of any brand problematic.

IMO you could take two identical coaches from the same manufacturer and after driving them 10,000 miles down the same roadways could come up with significantly different conditions based on tire pressures, loading and travel speed.
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I am beginning to do my due diligence on finding a MH that pleases me to no end. IRV2 and all the subcategory sections have been a great insight...almost to the point of dropping the idea of going with a MH and just flying to places and renting a car and hotel.....To see all the issues that are going on with these MH's scare me, as I am sure, others who are 1st time buyers are seeing. New, Used...it does not matter. Way too many issues to deal with. I understand it is a small percentage of the owners, but still!!!!!

Guess I will wait until I win the Lotto then sample different ones until I find the ultimate home on wheels that will transport me around this beautiful county without towing a repair shop behind me.....
Mike - IMO if you expect to purchase a MH with no issues flying is an option.

However if you consider the issues that occur with airports (security, congestion) and planes (late, cancelled), then getting to the hotel (bad housekeeping, uncomfortable bed, noisy room) and renting a car (inspecting, items that do not work, filling up before returning) you are getting into the same inconveniences a MH may bring.

I have very seldom had a flight, rented a car and got to the hotel without some inconvenience and an issue to overcome. I hate going through security and my luggage always seems to be the last off of the plane. We simply learn that this is part of the cost of using that system.

A MH will be much the same if you approach it with the same attitude.
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