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Old 02-09-2013, 08:34 AM   #11
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There are duplicates/twins/cousins for almost every FR brand.
I TRIED to look all the FR brands up once, just for the heck of it. I gave up after a while!
Viking is the twin of our Coachmen, Flagstaff and Rockwood, etc.
They all use components from either LCI, Dexter, Suburban, Dometic, and a few others.
My trailer is almost entirely LCI!
Weight is a good indicator of quality.
My Coachmen is very light for its size....
Have fun shopping!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #12
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There are duplicates/twins/cousins for almost every FR brand.
I TRIED to look all the FR brands up once, just for the heck of it. I gave up after a while!
Viking is the twin of our Coachmen, Flagstaff and Rockwood, etc.
They all use components from either LCI, Dexter, Suburban, Dometic, and a few others.
My trailer is almost entirely LCI!
Weight is a good indicator of quality.
My Coachmen is very light for its size....
Have fun shopping!!
Very true. Depending on what company you buy from people from a sister company may have had a hand in making the unit. Coachmen welders work on Forest River units. Columbus brings units into Coachmen for various reasons so on and so forth.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:24 AM   #13
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The incestuous nature of the many FR brands can become incredibly confusing at times. In general I have learned the following:

1) different lines do not necessarily have better workmanship, but may have better quality individual components.
2) different lines will be promoted from year to year with special option packages etc to promote sales within that specific line. You will get more bang for your buck if you hit that line in the year it being promoted.
3) price does not always reflect quality, but rather innovation, equipment and decor.
4) with so many brands it is impossible to find dealers that carry all, and most dealers will try not to carry brands that compete with each other. The perfect trailer may be out there in one FR brand you have not yet seen, but a local dealer may be willing to order one for you.
5) Every brand puts out a trailer made at 4:59 pm on a Friday. It happens.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:59 AM   #14
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You might also try and find out what service at the dealers is like for warranty and service work. We hate the service dept. at our dealer. The sales dept. was great on the other hand. For example, it has taken 4 trips in to get an ill-fitting bathroom door fixed. Major hassles getting the brakes fixed (took 16 months overall). TT sits on their lot for weeks before they do the work (twice have been around 6 weeks).

Just getting two warped windows replaced under warranty. First they said the factory wanted a water test. Then they phoned and said the windows are in. but I had to postpone due to Xmas holidays and poor weather. Then when I phoned back, they could not find the windows. Now I have an appt. but they want the TT for a week "or so". I can see this turning into another month+ job. Windows are in - why can't they get us in and out in a day, two tops???

For the life of me, I can't understand how an RV dealer can run a business like this. They aren't all like this. Can you imagine taking your RV in for repairs in the middle of the camping season when they are really busy? Better be prepared to write off the remainder of the season. I know some will say that this is just the way it is in this industry, but I don't think so from what we have been told by others who have different dealers and/or brands.

Apologies for the rant. Next time we buy an RV, the warranty & repair service a dealer provides will at the top of the question list.

Oh, and I don't want to appear negative, but it would be prudent to some due diligence checking and see what you can find around the 'net for problems and issues with the brand or model of unit you want to buy.
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