I own a 2011 Carriage and it is being traded in on a new ordered 2014 Lifestyle LS36FW just as soon as the ordered unit arrives at the dealer - hopefully next week!
Our Carriage is a solid built rig and fit and finish is good. It has been problem free.
As the previous poster indicated, Lifestyle was started by Evergreen and is pretty much a carry-over from the former Carriage line with improvements.
The box frame is still built in-house and was beefed-up in the pin box area. Slide-out mechanisms were improved and larger motors are being used as well as limit switches. The motors have been moved to the middle of the slide room to provide a smoother, even slide travel.
The vinyl roof is still being used which is a thicker membrane than rubber and does not require the maintenance like that of rubber.
I do not think you have any worries in purchasing a Lifestyle. All brands have issues here and there. The key is a good dealer and good factory support. BE sure to do a thorough PDI with your dealer.
I encourage you to join and look at the Carriage/Lifestyle owners forum. Its a wealth of info from those that own both brands and Lifestyle employees participate, too. Good luck, Phillip
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