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Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV maker?

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Question: Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV maker?

We are going to an RV show in two weeks to look at travel trailers and we also have a child in a wheelchair, so we will look at trailers with slideouts for more room for her. We only want to look at the ones that are dependable, mostly trouble free, but we're hoping you have some idea on who is top notch and what ones to stay away from. We also may have to widen the doorway for a ramp for the w/c. Does the manufacturer do that? I'm assuming some do, just wondering. We're having a hard time finding anything used with a slideout. Any ideas or opinions, thanks!

Answer:

Reliability is a value that we each measure in our own way. To answer your question is really tough for several reasons:

For me to recommend a particular manufacturer I would have to have owned one of their campers in order to have formulated any opinion. I have only ever owned a Coleman popup, so I have a very limited amount of owner knowledge.

Just like automobiles, every year they come out with new makes and models. And then there are lemons and cherries that could come off of the same assembly line. Trying to find the "best" model from a particular manufacturer may not depend solely on the price. A cheaper model could be great, whereas their top models may not have the same quality.

Service and repairs will vary, not based on the manufacturer, but more likely on the RV dealer where you have to return the RV for maintenance. A well made RV needing minor repairs could turn into a nightmare if taken to a dealer who doesn't give good service.

Now, just because I can't recommend any particular models doesn't mean I can't help. Here's a few suggestions to help you prepare for an RV purchase.

When my wife and I went shopping for our popup we also went to an RV show. We checked out every make and model, and most of those on display were setup by the dealer. So at the RV show you can get a chance to meet those that might sell you your RV and ask questions, besides trying out their RVs. By trying out I mean get in them and open and close everything. Lay down on the beds, try to open doors and windows. Carry your daughter's wheelchair on and see if there's room to move around. Get in them and jump up and down, shake them to see how sturdy they are.

I'm an information junkie and I like to read all the material I can find. If you're that way too, then you'll find lots more information for first-time RV buyers on my Web site under RV Resources: Advice and Guides.

I wish I could say that model X or model Y was the best buy for the money and will fit your needs, but unfortunately I can't. Hopefully, the information available on the Web, and your trip to the RV show will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision as to what make and model best suites your needs.

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