Originally Posted by Twisty
There really is no standard(s) so substandard?
I did a huge amount of research b4 buying and I honestly feel that we got a very good deal considering the size, weight and features we got with our TT.
The manuf.'s only give what they have to.
Many products that are overbuilt and come with extensive warranties are expensive - far too expensive for the average consumer.
Yep, RVIA is all there is. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association: Standards
It is a "generally accepted" way of building campers.
As you can see there is always a conflict between "building to last" and weight. Heavier materials require fuel hog tow vehicles. The consumer demand for 1/2 ton towable has resulted in an industry wide search for weight reduction materials and construction techniques.
What you rail against as "sub-standard" is being weighed against how your house has been built. If you used house grade kitchen cabinets in your camper you would need a Peterbuilt to tow it.
Lightweight also applies to the wall structure and frames that are not what they used to be either. To keep weight down, frames are "skinnier" and many types are constructed out of welded up flat steel instead of one piece extrusions as in the past for that length camper. These frames have a lower designed service life than the old ones, but weigh much less.
"Ultra-lite" comes with a price that is not so obvious on the surface. I love my Ultra-lite Flagstaff, but I am under no illusion that it will last as long as the term of my loan. While I hope it will, but at some point routine maintenance will dictate heavy repairs to frame or structure or a trade up to a new one.
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