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Old 08-21-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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My wife and I have been doing our research for the past six month trying to figure out the best RV travel trailer manufacture to by.
We have found from reading the reviews and doing research that most of the manufactures are owned by about 4 major parent companies.
Tor industries, Forest river, Winnebago, and the REV group
Since 2008 the RV industry has gone through major changes. It appears to me that the quality of the RVs have suffered from the consolidation of the industry.
Profits are driving the industry instead of quality. Seems to me that they now assemble RVs instead of build them.
From what I read, it appears they make them look on the surface, knowing most people don't do their due-diligence.
Enough ranting.
I just would like to find a manufacture that builds a good travel trailer. I know I'm not spending $100,000 or more but still I worked hard for my money.
Being newly retired. I would love to travel the country in a nice 24ft or so trailer. We plan on buying next June, if we find a decent manufacture.
I am hoping this forum will help educate me. I learn best by other's that have come before me and paved the road. No pun intended.
Can't wait to read what everyone has to say about the different experiences they have had RVing.

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Old 08-21-2019, 04:18 PM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Old 08-21-2019, 04:46 PM   #3
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Owned by the Nash family, Northwood Manufacturing makes Nash and Arctic Fox trailers has a great reputation for quality products. I've owned two and was very happy with them. They're extremely well built and insulated.

Their founder, Ron Nash, recently passed away and the comments posted on IRV2 about him will give you a feel for his and the company's reputation:

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Old 08-21-2019, 05:10 PM   #4
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24 sounds like a bumper pull so I can tell you we owned a Freedom Express 246RKS from beginning of 2013 until early 2017. It cost a little over $22k and listed for $30k +. It was made by Forest River / Coachmen. We put about 14,000 miles on it. There some small issues from the factory but it was a pretty nice trailer for the money. We learned that our 1/2 ton Suburban would pull it just fine, unless you found a mountain. We ended up buying a 3/4 ton Suburban and it did great. It had one slide which was nice. When the slide was in it was hard to get to the bathroom. Just pick you floor plan with that in mind. Then there is tires. 3 years and 10,000 miles replace then. Upgrade when purchasing. It is all you have between your investment and the asphalt. Get ready for some maintenance and hope you are handy with the tools because these roads do break things. But remember you will most likely spend a lot more time enjoying than fixing. ( I have had 3 Fleetwood motorhomes over the last 30+ years and enjoyed them (Rev group). Have fun.
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:51 PM   #5
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Pretty good reviews all the time. Owned one myself and it was great.
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:56 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. See if you can't rent a few for a weekend and see what may work or not.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!

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