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Old 10-15-2021, 05:04 PM   #57
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Old 10-15-2021, 05:31 PM   #58
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Or any RV for that matter! When you read the thousands of complaints on here it is painfully clear that RV makers do not have the technology or ability to produce a product with a defect rate similar to cars & trucks. I understand that part of the problem is using cheap components to save money. Also the lack of suppliers is an issue. And finally its a house subjected to earthquake conditions over and over again. Obviously we are far from having the ability to produce a rock solid RV. Having said that my Class A units have been the best in the "service calls per year" category. The worst was my Class B followed by Class C.
Let's see the 2020 total production for the RV industry was approximately 400,000 units. The 2020 production of Ford F150s was 787,422 or roughly twice the entire production of the RV industry. And auto/trucks only have 4 major systems driveline, body, supsension and brakes. Class A, B or C have all of these in addition to refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, along with furniture, and various rooms. That there are engineering issues with RVs needs to be put in context with the volume of RVs built in each model along with the number of models there are. I would hazard a guess that there are several times the number of RV models as there are automobile models. If you are expecting automobile quality from RV manufacturers I think you really, really need to rethink your expectations. It's not that there isn't room for improvement in the RV industry, there is plenty, but to expect them to rise to the quality level of the auto manufacturers is just unrealistic.
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:33 PM   #59
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The OP's thread title was a question " Why does anyone buy a class A? " My answer to this question is we bought ours to enjoy and that we have and so have our grandkids. Making memories.
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:49 PM   #60
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Why buy a class A? Why not? Maybe just lay down and die? I remember a time when there were no seat belts or bike helmets. Somehow we survived, so getting up and walking around in a class A is no different, you take your chances. A waste of money? Any different than spending a couple hundred on fishing gear, bait and a license only to go out and catch nothing, or the one fish you did manage to catch will end up costing about $150 a pound. Why buy a $80,000 new fancy fishing boat when you can buy fish at the market all day long for less than 10 bucks for a skillet full? Life is short, no one gets out alive so go and enjoy, or lock yourself in the house and let your kids have what's left of your money to spend on stupid stuff like dope and video games. I'll keep my class A, spend the kids inheritance and see things you can't see at 30,000 feet above the Earth. No regrets, plenty of complaints.

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Old 10-15-2021, 09:52 PM   #61
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You can walk around in a Class A, but I surely hope you never drank from a garden hose... And, of course a fully electric Class A is just around the corner. All we have to do is scale up this technology:
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Through the years I've had two travel trailers, two Class C and two Class A. Pros and cons to all choices, but we like the view out the front windows of a Class A and having access to the kitchen and bathroom while going down the road. There are times I wouldn't mind having a slightly smaller (narrower and lower) Class A, such as the Thor Vegas or Axis which are Class A's built on a Class C chassis, but that wont be happening unless Thor improves their quality.
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Personally I think the RV world as you know it is about to finally come to a close. Look how many new ev car companies have started up, well, the same thing will happen with RV's. Literally any day now one of the new RV companies is going to drop a concept RV that will obliterate everything currently on the market.


I envision something between a class A gas and diesel pusher (no need to weigh 35000lbs), electric motors, 650hp, 1800+lbft, 800+ mile range, all built in-house like a Newell, slides that don't break, 80% self driving and other trickery, whole roof solar etc. They will be luxury DP priced initially but will come down in short order.

I have envisioned that too. Then I woke up......


Electric motors and batteries are heavy!

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You can walk around in a Class A, but I surely hope you never drank from a garden hose... And, of course a fully electric Class A is just around the corner. All we have to do is scale up this technology:
LOL. What is that thing. It looks like he is putting fuel in a water heater. LOL
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That's a TZero EV, with the optional LongRanger trailered generator being fueled up behind it.
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That's a TZero EV, with the optional LongRanger trailered generator being fueled up behind it.
So like a prehistoric hybrid. Cool. Looks like a home built.
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I wish I could find the post where a woman was almost killed doing that after her husband had to suddenly hit the brakes. She had so many serious injuries, she probably wished she was dead.

Many years ago my first wife and I were driving through a city when a man ran a red light. I broadsided him, and my first wife was sitting on the bed in the rear of the MH.
The sudden stop/impact threw her to the front of the 30' gas MH where she was stopped by hitting the dash. two broken wrists, however she never fully recovered from that incident. She had back and leg pain ever since.


My present wife tries to get up and walk around while I'm driving. When she unbuckles her belt I pull over ASAP, which irritates her, but it's all about protecting my beloved wife.
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I have envisioned that too. Then I woke up......


Electric motors and batteries are heavy!

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Winnebago already did it in 2018 and used lead acid batteries and a motor that looked like they stole it from a lathe, same weight as their gasser F53's.
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I bought my class A for the prestige, the possibility of having something to work on when I had nothing else to do, the possibility of being stranded on the side of the road waiting for the wrecker then overnighting in the repair shop parking lot, the possibility of being broke down 1200 miles from home and having to return home for a week and then driving back to retrieve it.
Other than that we have loved the experience for 6 years now. What else could give you all these things for $50,000?
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