They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To

Which is true, because as I understand it, they used to build motor homes like complete crap.  The quality is much better now, but I still think it’s rare to get one without any problems whatsoever.  And so it is with ours.  We’re back in New York trying to get some kinks ironed out at our dealer.  It’s mostly small stuff, and we hope to be back on the road shortly.  While our rig is in the shop, Shannon, our ferocious feline, and I are bunking down in my old room at my parent’s house.  It’s funny how things work.  I spent the better part of my adolescence trying to get a couple of girls in that room with me . . . now another childhood dream fulfilled.


2 Comments on “They Don’t Build Them Like They Used To”

  1. Big Canoe August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I am really enjoying your blog. Just started from the beginning. We are about to start a journey. My concern about the new rigs are they have problems that the first owners always have to correct. It seems like the manufacturers would offer a rig for you to use since you are wasting your time on their lack of quality control. What items have you had go wrong? By the way I like your layout. Is the cab fairly quiet on the road?

    Happy travels


    • Brian August 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      Hi Big Canoe, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. Feel free to subscribe to the e-mail distribution list if you want to be notified when we post new stuff.

      Most everything we’ve had go wrong is detailed in the next post (Stuck in Orbit). I think our leveling jack problem is an engineering one. The back end of the rig is fairly high off the ground so the rear leveling jacks can get overextended. We’ve fixed that problem with a couple of pieces of 6×6. Other repairs we didn’t blog about include a toilette valve that needed to be replaced, and we just found out that we have a bum motor on one of our slides. We’re figuring out how to get that fixed under warranty, which is more problematic when you move as often as we do.

      I agree that these coaches aren’t built as well as they should be. But I also have some sympathy for the engineering challenges inherent in merging two technologies that don’t really belong together – housing and automotive. If you’re going to drive your house, you should probably expect some problems. It’s amazing that things actually work as well as they do. I’d expect used coaches to have more problems, even if the owner was good with maintenance.

      Notwithstanding these issues, we love our RV. The layout is great. It’s the perfect size for us and has everything we want. I don’t have any issues with cab noise on the road. I know some folks complain that gassers are loud. I don’t find it excessively so (I think they’re more quite than they used to be) but I don’t have anything to compare it to. The R.V. is a bit sluggish though. You know when you’re going up a hill. I’ve been through the Smoky Mountains without too much of a problem, although it was slow going in some spots. I haven’t tackled the Rockies yet. That’s coming up soon and we’ll see how she does.

      I wouldn’t hesitate to buy my RV again. The only thing I’d really want that I don’t have is a way to visually see my wastewater tank levels (the tank sensors are notoriously bad on all RV’s). Other than that, it’s just about perfect.

      Good luck in your search,


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