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Old 02-07-2015, 01:44 PM   #11
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Car manufacturers don't put a limit on a service life, ie this car will be completely worn out and crushed in five years. They look at it from the inverse, this car needs to be mostly trouble free for five years. And it varies, a Chevy Cobalt won't be built to last as long as a Cadillac SLS.

I'd imagine that RV manufacturers are similar.

The biggest determining factor for the most part is type of use. Some people are harder on equipment than others, so take care of it, use as intended and follow the manufacturers instructions.
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Old 02-07-2015, 02:35 PM   #12
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I don't know. My Honda CRV has lasted twice as long as both my cadillacs put together..
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:29 PM   #13
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We're full time in a 2011 sierra barely used before we picked it up. Check back with me in 3-4 years I will let you know how it's going.
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:34 PM   #14
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when do you start measuring the service life, since they come broke from the factory
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Now that's funny..
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:03 PM   #16
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Everything has a planned obsolescence.

Campers are no different.


Also, think of GOOD camper tires.... they will ROT away before very much of the tread is used.
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I think it's like any other mass produced product - the more you use it the faster it wears out. Keep up with the necessary maintainance and you can prolong the life expectancy. A better produced product using quality materials should last longer than one made with cheaper materials. I am at my seasonal camper 4-5 days per week for 6 months, that's 96 - 120 nights per year.
In my brief flirtation with light aircraft, it was often said by those wiser than me that the more you flew a plane, the better the life expectancy. Never let it just sit on the ground. I wonder if some of the real pilots on here might comment as to how this idea differs from using a camper. What do you guys think?
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I think there are too many variables to establish an expected life. If you camp without children and in places with moderate temps where you never run AC or furnace and never put the awning out and eat in restaurants all the time it will last a very long time.

If you camp like the rest of us things will wear out. But I see older units still on great shape. My Georgetown is in its 10th year and doing ok. We are doing some maintenance like replacing slide toppers and resealing the slides. Most everything else seems ok.

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I don't know. My Honda CRV has lasted twice as long as both my cadillacs put together..
And that's why Detroit has been scrambling for the last 20 years catching up.
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On a FR factory tour in July 2014, Buildings 10B, 10L, and 10C, we were discussing our 2014 Flagstaff 8528IKWS. We were picking up the trailer after warranty replacement of the entire roof - water damage leading to mold in the roof AC vents and resulting smell, due to error in installing the AC. The tour guide said that the trailer was designed for weekend use and maybe 1 or 2 two-week vacations per year.

This was a SURPRISE to us, as we use the trailer to snowbird for 3 months in the winter, and continue with several 1-2 week trips in the summer. This involves towing from New England to Florida and back at season change. We currently have 198 sleep nights in the trailer and 9,000 miles on the chassis. The trailer is currently in Florida but in outside storage, and not being lived in.

The traveling on I-95 has damaged the TV - it has sound but no picture. The friction mounting became loose and allowed the TV to bounce up/down in the wall bracket. The TV did not fall from the mounting bracket. And I have not yet addressed replacing the TV.

In discussing tire issues with the guide, why not a tire with more capability, a load range upgrade? Response: the OEM tire meets the weight capacity of the suspension design. Increasing the tire load range would encourage the customer to overload the rest of the suspension. We had 3 tire issues in the first 5,000 miles that were FR replaced. The last FR replacement did come with a Load Range D, an upgrade to the Load Range C that came with the trailer. The trailer now has 4 GY Marathons, LR D.

We are pleased that FR did step up with the warranty work. But disappointed with the design criteria for limited use - not mentioned in the brochures.
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