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Old 10-18-2021, 01:16 PM   #1
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Are there any American dealers for RVs manufactured in other countries? Kia and Hyundai manufacture some decent motorhomes and they are half the price of American manufactured MHs. Without a doubt they are much better quality also. Have never seen any dealers that carry foreign brands.
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If the "base" vehicle is not approved for the U.S. (EPA and DOT), the cost divided by the relatively few units would not make importing them a reasonable business decision.
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If the "base" vehicle is not approved for the U.S. (EPA and DOT), the cost divided by the relatively few units would not make importing them a reasonable business decision.

Exactly! That is why air-cooled VW bugs are not sold in the U.S.A. even though they might be a hot seller.
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Exactly! That is why air-cooled VW bugs are not sold in the U.S.A. even though they might be a hot seller.

Actually, the BUG was last built in 2003 in Mexico.


While working on the air cooled VW's payed my way through University, the were very close to being outdated technology 40+ years ago.


Still have dreams about installing "case savers" in 1968-1970 VW's-- even with very low miles. And, in Texas, even with PERFECT maintenance, 60,000 was about the limit on engine longevity before the #3 exhaust valve decided that visiting the piston was a good idea.
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I had a acquaintence who had the first Smart Fortwo in Indiana, and one of the first in the US, in the mid-2000's. Although he bought it from a dealer in the UK, because of legal rigmarole it was considered "used" by the time he got it, and he could only drive it 1000 miles per year AND self-insure it. Then, once Smarts began selling here, he could still only drive it 1k miles per year because it was "gray-market" and produced prior to approval. The VIN was out of the approved range. Far more trouble than it would ever be worth.
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If Triple E/LTV counts......


As for Hyundai/KIA, looks up engine recall



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Are there any American dealers for RVs manufactured in other countries? Kia and Hyundai manufacture some decent motorhomes and they are half the price of American manufactured MHs. Without a doubt they are much better quality also. Have never seen any dealers that carry foreign brands.
Hmm…. Just wondering why you say Kia and Hyundai RVs are much better quality. Do you have firsthand knowledge?
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There are lots of Canadian RV’s in the US. The Bigfoot factory is 12 kilometres from our house and I would think the majority of what they sell is exported to the US.
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Hmm…. Just wondering why you say Kia and Hyundai RVs are much better quality. Do you have firsthand knowledge?
I'm just assuming that since Kia and Hyundai cars are of excellent quality that their RVs would be too. They seem to have so much confidence in their manufacturing process that they give a 100,000 mile 10 year warranty. Don't see any American manufacturers even attempting that. I hear so many complaints about the quality of most American made RVs and the manufacturers that produce them.
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There are lots of Canadian RV’s in the US. The Bigfoot factory is 12 kilometres from our house and I would think the majority of what they sell is exported to the US.
I don't think they manufacture motorhomes, do they? Only travel trailers and truck campers.
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I don't think they manufacture motorhomes, do they? Only travel trailers and truck campers.
There are at least three class B manufacturers in Canada and I think some class C type units.
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I'm just assuming that since Kia and Hyundai cars are of excellent quality that their RVs would be too. They seem to have so much confidence in their manufacturing process that they give a 100,000 mile 10 year warranty. Don't see any American manufacturers even attempting that. I hear so many complaints about the quality of most American made RVs and the manufacturers that produce them.
Well that’s good for them and the consumer but that warranty covers the power train only (engine and transmission) and it is limited as indicated in the fine print. You must prove that you did proper maintenance throughout that warranty and it is also not transferable. I usually trade my cars in at the 60-80K mile range. Most newer vehicles today should easily last 100,000 thousand miles on the powertrain if proper maintenance was done. It would be nice if that same type of warranty would apply to motor homes but then the problems most new MHs have are with other items other than the power train. Kia would likely price themselves out of the market if they did a bumper to bumper 10 year or 100,000 mile warranty…. Especially for MHs.
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Well that’s good for them and the consumer but that warranty covers the power train only (engine and transmission) and it is limited as indicated in the fine print. You must prove that you did proper maintenance throughout that warranty and it is also not transferable. I usually trade my cars in at the 60-80K mile range. Most newer vehicles today should easily last 100,000 thousand miles on the powertrain if proper maintenance was done. It would be nice if that same type of warranty would apply to motor homes but then the problems most new MHs have are with other items other than the power train. Kia would likely price themselves out of the market if they did a bumper to bumper 10 year or 100,000 mile warranty…. Especially for MHs.
I have had a Kia Sorento and currently have a Hyundai Tucson. They both have a pretty comprehensive 100,000 power train warranty. They also have a 5 year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. I also get a very complete 5 year roadside assistance. Have had the Tucson for over 3 years and not one repair problem. Regular 3,000 mile maintenance and I just replaced the battery.
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What is the powertrain warranty on most American made vehicles nowadays.
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