RV Show Pleasanton, CA 2019
My wife and I decided to go to the big indoor RV Show in Pleasanto, CA today. We were primarily curious as to what has, and has not changed in the RV industry. And,... to see if it was time to get a new RV or keep the old one.
We went in with an open mind, and looked at everything from pickup slide in units, teardrops, travel trailers, and class-A to C models. We actually liked many RVs and floor plans, including a smaller class-C that had no slideouts. Also took our time to see what fits us.
We did our best to check both exterior and interior fit and finish. Basement door construction and strength. Generator and LP tank size, for boondocking and what rigs were solar ready.
What we liked:
-Cabinet fit and finish on most higher end RVs, such as Pleasureway, and Tiffin.
-The lighter sold color fabrics, and pleather options.
-Well thought out floor plans in many models from class-A, B and C.
-How tiny the LP tanks are on some class-C units.
-We now understand the versatility of Toy Haulers. (Seeing them in person made us understand why people love them.)
-Why people are so fanatic about Air Stream trailers. One model had the biggest shower we saw in any RV at the show, including the big DPs.
Wait & See, long them durability:
We liked the Touch-Screan panels for lighting, HVAC and generator automatic On-Off capabilities. However, we will wait to see how these systems survive in the long term.
-Flimsy plastic basement storage compartments. (From many manufacturers.)
-Front Bumpers, or lack there of on Class-A gas coaches. None had a steel or aluminum bumper behind the front fiberglass cap. Just 12-18" of Air between the front cap and the Ford F53 frame. This will definitely make small minor taps, into costly repairs.
On a personal note we determined;
-That most DPs currently have too much bling, but we absolutely love the small window next to the passenger seat floor on the Tiffin Open Road.
-We also liked the Tiffin class-C Wayfarer for its one-piece slide out module.
All in all, a good show. Most of the sales people were polite, and not pushy. We definitely like the shorter length RVs, but would love to be able to find a short DP when we retire. Perhaps in six years, or so, the industry will again offer the shorter 28-30' class-A diesels they once did.
For now, we will be keeping and loving our old RV called Maggie.
Always bring your A game.
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