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Old 09-14-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Consumers Reports on RV's???

Is there any unbiased evaluation data for first time buyers to read on Motorhomes???? Seems like they all have some great features, but history of maintenance would certainly be useful when looking to buy a big rig.
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I believe it is called rv consumer group
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I believe it is called rv consumer group
Welcome to the forum ETL. You are doing the right thing by asking questions and gaining knowledge before buying.

I have used the RV Consumer Group's Guide for two used MH purchases (10 years apart). I did not use the guide for the final purchase decision. However, I found it very useful in helping me build a "short list" of units to consider buying.
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Thanks for posting! Sounds helpful.
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Note that RVCG does not test or always physically look at RVs.

Most of their "findings or opinions" are based on what they read about RVs.

Some of their info is useful, but there are countless happy owners of RVs that RVCG does not believe are acceptable.
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Note that RVCG does not test or always physically look at RVs.

Most of their "findings or opinions" are based on what they read about RVs.

Some of their info is useful, but there are countless happy owners of RVs that RVCG does not believe are acceptable.
Definitely correct. The RV Consumer Group gets all their information from the manufacturers themselves. There are no test drives. It used to be that the owners didn't even RV.
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And they have a "no refund" policy. You buy it, you're stuck with it. Whether you like it or not and their "sample" pages don't show much.
Can anyone chime in that has bought the subscription and tell us how useful it was?
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IF there ever was a place that actually tested units I think all you would read is poor quality control. What other industry ships products that have to be inspected and repaired continually at their dealerships? Where things not right is the norm and pretty much as long as it rolls ship it? Not to say the dealers are any better, never heard of any new car dealer waiting to inspect units until sold, this has got to be the stupidest business model ever. I would never consider buying a new factory unit, let someone else go through all that hassle. Manufacturers who ship units without completely inspecting and repairing them should be ashamed!
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.....Can anyone chime in that has bought the subscription and tell us how useful it was?
I subscribed in 2012 when we were shopping for a fulltiming coach. I subscribed to the database, read his book, and did some checking. I found that- among other things- the RVCG detractors are often as inaccurate as they portray the RVCG to be. But that is off topic in this thread.

Like it or not, all RVs are NOT created equal. Plain and simple, some are designed, engineered, and built better than others. The areas where you might tolerate adequacy in lieu of top quality depends on several factors unique to your plans.

gruelens is correct. The data is highly useful in allowing you to pare down your candidates to a short list. What I can say is this: When I compared the RVCG ratings and commentary to the realities I found on the dealer's lot and during test drives, I found the RVCG to be relevant and accurate in virtually every category. If I shop for another RV, my first step will be to subscribe once more to the RVCG data.
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I think the value of the RVCG stuff depends on whether you buy into their rating criteria, which are mostly subjective. It's a set of opinions applied across the board to all brands, but perhaps not the same opinions/criteria that some other "expert" might apply.
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Thanks for the review
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There's a good reason a lot of people spend months picking out an RV. For starters, I think it's going to take you that long to educate yourself well enough to recognize a deal when you see one.

Point being - I'm with Gary above. I've learned enough on my own where I would not trust an "expert's" opinion to match my own.
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ahicks x2!!
It takes a lot of study and looking. And the realization of sales men's accuracies are based on their need to sell something. We went through quite a few bad pitches before learning to ignore 90% of what they tell you. Along with ruling out biased opinions as well.
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