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Old 06-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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I've had is asked of me several times and I've looked myself, but with the sole exception of one web site that sells for over $150 their RV evaluations of Class A's 5er's etc., there does not seem to be a place where one can go and get some sort of side by side comparison guide between products? I can find cars, trucks, even snowmobiles but not a comparison chart for different companies RVs. And this is a business that does not produce that many vehicles yearly in comparison to ... well any other vehicle. There are more red motorcycles sold in the US in a year than RVs I'd bet -- or come close anyway. Has anyone had any success?

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Old 06-28-2014, 04:08 AM   #2
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That is why it is so important for the buyer to do his/her homework. Glad I had and used the 5 years waiting for the girls to leave home. Still have the same coach for 13 years now.

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Old 06-28-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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It is a very personal and subjective thing to buy a MH. Everyone is different on floor plan, chassis, engine etc. There is no objective publication like Consumer's Reports for MH's. There are some that will just get the brochures and write up their opinions on them but there again it is subjective and personal about what you will like compared to what we like. Example would be Newmar's ... we don't like the floor plans while there are those that won't get anything but them. It's all up to what you like. Just make sure you actually imagine living in and where you will put things and how you will cook and use the bathroom and ... well you get the idea.
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:19 AM   #4
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That one site/company, RVCG, doesn't even test RVs.

Their opinion is based on brochures/literature and maybe a look at some of the RVs.
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We've made up our own minds on our choice of rv's, except for the first 5'r that we bought, a 2000 Avion, because it was a good deal. We didn't even have it inspected. I guess this question isn't for you since you already have an rv. It seems to me that people who are looking already know they want a TT, 5'r or MH. When I'm asked I point them in the direction of owner's forums. All major brands have them and it seems like the best place to get real info about issues is from an actual owner. In the 5'r category there are owner forums for Excel, Jayco, Montana, Drv units (www.suitesowners.com) and others, I'm sure. I think another good resource is repair shops, not rv dealers, but independent rv repair centers. They usually have a lot of opinions on what they would buy or recommend.
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We knew Country Coach because we've stopped at Buddy Gregg in Knoxville for 12 years or so. We knew Tiffin because they're made in Alabama and there are alot of them around here. What we didn't know was components.

RVs, like boats, source a lot of their systems from third party manufacturers, so if I find a Freighliner chassis, HWH slides, Equalizer hydraulics, Bose sound, Cummins, Allison, etc.....those components can be on a lot of different brands.

Cabinet work, flooring, plumbing fixtures/toilets/showers are differentiating items.

The MH we bought is a brand we'd never seen before, but it had good stuff inside it, was low miles and was priced to sell fast. If we decide to change horses, there won't be a huge loss, IMO.

As it happens, turns out that for two of us for occasional use, we lucked out.

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