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Old 12-18-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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My Wife & I were talking about all the good times we had for the last 15 years , Places we went things we seen & done , Then I asked ? Did we have any bad times ? She said yes ! Going thru Hurricane Katrina when we lived in Louisiana and when we had that D--M FunFinder , Then I asked what was wrost ? She said , Having that D--M FunFinder by far taking a $7500 loss when the Company took it back and never once got to use it that big peice-of-S--T , Then I said , Cool down baby thats all over with now , then AZ beat the Browns in overtime Yeppeeee
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear you had such a negative experience. So far, my new FF is really pretty darn good. Some mis-aligned cabinet doors, and poor paint on the steps, etc, but I've been having some fun going over it with a fine tooth comb and fixing these issues.

I will say this however, as my subject line states, I'm starting to think that RV's in general are "kits....some assembly required" !! I have been looking at as many camping/rv forums as I can find, mostly to come up with tips about places to travel to, etc. The Airstream forum is the most active forum I see out there. Many owners of old to brand new trailers, and they are real enthusiasts. And I was a bit surprised to see that they suffer the very same problems that are mentioned on this brands forum. Sheesh....and those Airstreams cost double to triple what our trailers cost ! As you would expect, some of them are pretty teed off over the quality issues, and others are more like, "oh well, it's all part of the game".
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:00 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear you had such a negative experience. So far, my new FF is really pretty darn good. Some mis-aligned cabinet doors, and poor paint on the steps, etc, but I've been having some fun going over it with a fine tooth comb and fixing these issues.

I will say this however, as my subject line states, I'm starting to think that RV's in general are "kits....some assembly required" !! I have been looking at as many camping/rv forums as I can find, mostly to come up with tips about places to travel to, etc. The Airstream forum is the most active forum I see out there. Many owners of old to brand new trailers, and they are real enthusiasts. And I was a bit surprised to see that they suffer the very same problems that are mentioned on this brands forum. Sheesh....and those Airstreams cost double to triple what our trailers cost ! As you would expect, some of them are pretty teed off over the quality issues, and others are more like, "oh well, it's all part of the game".
We did have a Layton before the FF with no problems , But maybe your right ,If People that have Airstream's are having all the problems to then maybe it's not for us , We were looking into getting a Skyline Koala but after time went by we got a bad taste about RVs . Maybe from Time-To-Time Ill look in this Forum to see whats going on in the camping world
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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I wasn't very happy with my first FF although I had owned it for six years before I found out what was wrong with it and some can say it was lack of owner maintenance. Even though I checked the roof every six months, whoever would have thought that running lights not being sealed from the factory (poor quality control) could have done so much water damage to the front cap.

That being said, my experience which only runs 12 years in rving, rv shows, rv forums and blogs, no one brand is exempt from having problems. As much as I love rving and the rv world, it is a highly unregulated industry with little to no control. Anyone can begin building rvs with little or no experience, have little or no quality control and sell units to dealers.

In our case, the second time around, we purchased a unit directly from Funfinder that was taken back from the dealer. One would think coming directly from the factory, the level of service would have been better.
It was worse. What was promised versus what was delivered was a hugh disappointment, the unit had never been checked, numerous gas leaks were found, many parts missing that we had to buy, and a promise was made by the head of Cruiser sales to deliver it "ready to use" complete, inspected and in working order.

Needless to say, I really didn't expect any more than what I received. Fortunately, in the end, I did get the unit I wanted and it is in good structural shape. I don't place much credence in rv manufacturers or dealers.

Calling the factory recently for info on my unit, I was told there was no one there who knew anything about it

The Chinese are already in the rv industry and will soon be beating the sox off of the U.S. market with lower labor costs and much better quality. How do I know? I have a crystal ball. My prediction for 2012.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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I think the quality of most RV's is substandard. Sorry if I upset some but I think there are basically three types of rv owners. those who don't know they have a problem, those who live with the problem, and those who either fix the problems themselfs or take it to the dealer. I had my TT 4 weeks before it spent 6 weeks at the dealer getting worked on(goodby camping season). There were many small fit and finish problems that I fixed myself. I was so disgusted with the unit I asked about trading it in on a new one, no problem, 7k loss on a 2+ month old unit, I kept it. I know that if you own a TT you better have the skills and ability to fix the things that are wrong or have a pocket full of money to get the dealer to work on it. I know some will say that I just got a lemon, I say go look at other RV forums and see the complaints. Go to www.holmanrv.net/The_Problems.html and see this poor guys issue with his 5'er. I hate goverment involvement in my life, but there needs to be more oversight/regulations in the manufacture of RVs. Just my humble opinion, we all have one. Happy New Year to all.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Nothing man made is perfect. The very same problem situations arrise in automobiles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, site built homes, mobile homes that are evident in the RV industry. The person who purchases any item and expects it to be perfect is, well, living in LA LA land.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:35 AM   #7
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again: it seems these RV's, whether new or used are something of a "kit"....as in "some assembly required". It seems the folks that are happiest with the whole experience are those that love to tinker, fix and improve things. I guess I'm lucky that I fall into that category. I'm fortunate to have the time ( retired ), the tools and the space to work on this stuff, and it happens to be, I guess I'd say, therapeutic to me to get out there and mess with it. LOL....I thought it was great fun here a few weeks ago to get up on the roof and install a maxxair vent cover ! Right after I bought the trailer, I took the steps off, cleaned them up and repainted them with good paint. Should not have been necessary on a new trailer....but what the heck, I enjoyed it, and it only cost $6 for a can of rustoleum.
Bottom line is, it sure is fun to get out and go camping with it ! I'm having a blast, and am very happy that I am able to pursue this hobby.
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Well gmw - I'd say I'm with you. I have always repaired stuff myself and if I didn't know, I researched and studied until I did. I learned to electrical wire, plumb most anything, became a certified gas/diesel mechanic (worked in the field a few years), became a brake and alignment specialist, install doors and windows, install insulation and vents, lay carpet/linolium and wood flooring, shingle, certified water works and waste water plant operator, HVAC work and a host of other things.

I cannot fanthom how people get by in life without knowing how to do things ... like many who don't know which end of a screwdriver to use. Of course, growing up on a farm and not having much money, you learned 'cause you couldn't hire someone to do it for you.

Nothing like education and self taught educational experience iis something no one can ever take away.

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After reading this string, I thought, you know, I bought my TT knowing it would excessively diminish in value the moment I bought it. I also realized I would be doing a lot of the things necessary as an owner to keep it in tip-top shape. This mini apartment is being dragged at 55-65 MPH everywhere it goes. It is going to shake loose some stuff. I love my Shadow Cruiser and I love the anticipation of waking up on camping day and hitting the road. The excitement, the drive, the new things you do everytime you hit the road. Yes there will be problems, but I found these forums are great for saving money and just figuring out how to do it yourself. Now, go Camping and Have Fun.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:39 AM   #10
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I'm a technician by trade and love to tinker. Still when I special order a new trailer it is my expectation that I will be relaxing at camp, not making a fix it list for when I get home. I sent a detailed list of issues along with photos to my dealer. I did this more for their benefit than my own. I know if someone took the time to catalog my product mistakes I would see to it they never happened again. But then I care about my product image.
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