Originally Posted by Pete & Linda
I owned 70s cars, trucks and RVs. Thank god we aren't there anymore! Absolutely no comparison!!!
This argument crops up frequently - but the issue is NOT the technology, or even the floor plans - but rather, the actual quality of the components used in construction - the fit and finish, not just what it is brand new on the dealer lot, but what it is LIKELY to be in 20-30 years of use and miles.
What's BEHIND that nifty looking wall covering - pressed cardboard, or something more durable? What is the flooring made of - and how long will it last?
My own '88 Winnie Super Chief is a good example in one of the smaller "glitz" issues of that time period - the vast majority of the MH is rock-solid, but what HAS failed and cannot be replaced? The neat digital LED array in the stove hood clock module!
As Scotty, on one of the Star Trek movies said regarding the latest version of the Enterprise, "The fancier they make the plumbing, the easier it is to muck it up" - or words to that effect...
The dazzling array of technological advancements, and bright fabrics are all quite hypnotizing to the buyer when these rigs are new - but how reliable and durable will they all be in 25 years? How are those new and glamorous rubber roofs holding up in the newer stuff? Anyone heard of owner issues with the nifty slide-out rooms that leave them stuck and helpless out on the road or in a CG?
New cars "better" than those in the 70's?
Sure, in some areas - but how will all that glitzy Taiwan electronics and plastic in both cars and RV's hold up as the years and miles pass under the floorboards - and will replacements - especially the electronics stuff, be readily available in 20 years or so?
MOST of the above is of no concern to those who trade off their stuff every few years - but it IS an issue to those of us who choose our stuff carefully - and then keep it for the (hoped for!) long haul! That's the way we viewed - and then bought our '88 KIT 5er - it was exceptionally well designed and built for it's time, is STILL in excellent condition after about 150,000 miles, all over the USA. We buy stuff that we want to LAST!
"Quality" isn't so much (to me!) about flash and glitz, as it is reliability, durability, fit and finish - of ALL the RV, inside and out, on top and underneath!