Originally Posted by 87_Fixr
The Lifestyles fivers are impressive! Just to add to the conversation, Excel also builds their own frames in-house, as does New Horizons and Doubletree, of course. So these are more options to look at other than Lippert-frame rvs.
Boy Henry, every time I see that pic of your "workshop" I want to rundown to Fla. and see what else you've done! lol
That's a good info, I didn't know there were so many "still" doing their own frames.
There are two or three forums going on the Escapees side about the Lippert frame failures, pretty ugly. Another Lippert frame issue - HDT - Escapees Discussion Forum
I looked up the Lippert corporate website just out of curiosity, they are just like a big vacuum sucking up RV parts makers, 200 pages catalog so far of what you "can buy from them". With all the money shuffling and the acquisitions games, there is no time for the top management to see who is doing what.
I'm not in Florida yet, the move is scheduled for mid August. After that the first order of business will be putting 60 feet of RV parking next to the house.
Widen the culvert, loose that small palm tree in the front and run cement pad up to the three palm trees by the pool. Some of my friends are already "reserving" a stay The house is in Port St Lucie and there is also a very nice campground in town (5 miles away). We always welcome visitors, friends, fellow RVers and "curious" for pow-wow, chat, or a visit.
Second order of business will be dealing with the "mobile shop".
I already started the process before I came up north, I'm excited about finishing it (the truck is in Florida), since I came up with more ideas while up here. I'll post the "process" on the HDT thread, but if you want to see it personally, you are welcome.
There is a Lifestyle dealer in Vermont about 20 miles from us, I scheduled a visit to check these units first hand and I will comment on what I see. The dealer was a long time Carriage dealer and it seems the customer and dealer loyalty to the "original" Carriage is working in favor of Lifestyle. Doesn't bode well for Thor and if they put Lippert frames in the "new Carriages" they will never get the old customers, these folks are pretty savvy, but there will always be new "un-aware" ones.
If you schedule your visit "strategically" you might see my Wondersteps.
I designed those for a friend of mine,
and as you can see he installed his on his truck while mine are still sitting in a "kit form".
But "Florida inspiration" might work it's magic, "the kit" will be trucked down from New Hampshire to Florida.