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Old 10-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #29
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The high quality Vantage model that has the bunk beds is the 32QBS. It is 35' 7" long and has a kitchen plus couch in the slide out.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:09 AM   #30
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Hate to bust anyone's bubble... but airplanes are being made of fiberglass and carbon fiber, these days...
Yes, but those are very highly engineered structures built to stringent tolerances and specific carbon fiber quality and fiberglass quality. They are 3D computer modeled with stress simulations performed to ensure durability. They are also built as a monocoque design and are inspected with a fine tooth comb on a daily basis. If they are fiberglass, they are done as one peice, or joined and more fiberglass is applied to join them as one peice.

RV's are nowhere near the same. They build each wall and roof seperately. Then vaccum bond. Then slap each wall together and seal the seams where they join, these seals are a main point of failure. The floor and frame is built for light weight, most manufacturers use cheap plywood. I was at an RV show last year, and many of the floors felt spongy even brand new. The frames aren't necessarily engineered except for those automotive style stamped frames, many are just slapped together and welded. The current trend is to shave weight so smaller vehicles can tow, plus it saves money and increases profit. Plenty of frame issues on new RV's because of this, with wheels not tracking straight as a result and/or tires wearing out very prematurely. Also, if the roof seals aren't maintained yearly, leaks coming down the walls are very common, and after a few years the window seals will do the same resulting in rotten floors, insulations and walls delaminating. RV's generally are as good as their owners. Some sit for long periods of time with no maintenance, some are at least maintained yearly or regularly.
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The high quality Vantage model that has the bunk beds is the 32QBS. It is 35' 7" long and has a kitchen plus couch in the slide out.
Keystone vantage is having problems with the front cap, where it joins to the roof. The seal they use is inadequate and it leaks. I'd hold off on buying one until they get that fixed. It's being covered under warranty for now, but it would suck to be out of warranty and having to replace the seal every couple years.
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