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Old 04-02-2012, 09:20 AM   #1
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Poor Construction of Shasta Revere

Anyone else think these things are just thrown together? It seems everytime we go away another screw has come loose or fallen out of something. All the bolts on the outside of our camper are rusted. Looks like we have something from 1985 not 2011. Very disappointed
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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We purchased ours January of 2011 and have not noticed any rusted hardware. We store outside, uncovered, and in humid Florida. I did find one loose screw on a cabinet door hinge that I was able to tighten up with a phillips screwdriver. I do wash the unit quaterly. I wonder if your unit maybe had some excessive road salt exposure during a snowy transport?
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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Ours was purchased in Feb 2011, it's a 26qbtb. We live in Maryland. I'm not sure what the issue is, other than cheap hardware and labor. It just seems like they are "thrown" together. We have also had some issues with our snap up brackets bending on 4 occasions. I don't really think that is the trailer though.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #4
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Hard to say, we've only been out a few times but so far so good. I'll let you know once we get a whole summer of traveling in.
Ours is also stored outside and have found no leak or rust. Looks just like new
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:24 PM   #5
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This is just my opinion, but it seems that every year, manufacturers of most durable goods such as houses, appliances, boats, cars, RV's etc. work to develop new technology to build things lighter, quicker or less expensive. All in the pursuit of higher profits at a lower manufacturing cost for the company. Each year, it seems that middle to lower priced travel trailers ($100k or less) seem to loose a little bit of material and workmanship quality each year. This seems to be true in the automobile, boat, housing and appliance industries as well. When I work on my 1999 FR Salem 29BH, seems to me that they designed it so they could use one single style/length of screw throught the entire rig. I always think to myself that the cheap %$#@ers couldn't bother to use a different screw on the cabinet doors than they used on the roof, or on the shower trim. Only diffrence is the color of the screw head. We probably couldn't afford an RV or buy another one if they built them to last forever.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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we bought ours last year and used it twice so far and no issues as of yet. It stored outside uncovered up here in CT. We've been to De and Hershey so far and no isues. We're going to Mrytle Beach this summer, so I'll guess we'll see what happens
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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On my 2011 minilite all my screws were replaced with stainless steel screws. I have a tread on this matter. You can have a look on going to capucine.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #8
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Exactly what my husband says. You pay for something that costs nearly nothing to make and they couldn't spend an extra $50 to use stainless steel. He is going to try to replace them with stainless steel.
I find several screws in the camper and I'm like where did this come from. Who knows what it fell out of.
We haven't had an issues with the unit itself as far as ac/heat.
As far as the brackets...we've had 3 sets of standard bend and 1 heavy duty pair. Trying to get our dealer to fix it is like pulling teeth. They keep blaming it on reese and just replacing brackets. Everytime we go away they bend. They have bent with his Nissan Titan and my Nissan Armada.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:41 PM   #9
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When we were shopping around for a new fifth wheel, we were shocked at how cheaply some were made. Not that our Flagstaff is perfect, but we saw some that still had wood sliders under the drawers, plastic fake "woodgrain" wrinkling on the cabinets, really cheap-looking interiors, and simply generally poor workmanship.
We don't have a ton of miles on ours yet, but so far there have been few issues that could be blamed on poor workmanship.
I only wish everyone could be as pleased with their units.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:06 PM   #10
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Shasta's drawers are build like residential cabinets, strong. I'm sure to let you know if i see loose anything
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:10 AM   #11
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par for the course

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It seems everytime we go away
another screw has come loose
or fallen out of something.
common on most makes and models
in many cases
not much material to bite into
two drops of quick set Epoxy solves the problem
one drop into hole
one drop onto screw
put screw into hole (just snug)
done

it is not a problem
getting them out later if needed

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Old 04-03-2012, 06:35 AM   #12
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The bottom drawer in the kitchen actually came apart on the side, this last camping trip. The top drawer holder (that the cabinet slides into unscrewed) and the one cabinet that is underneath the dinette. Little stuff, but quite annoying.
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Hmm, what screws/bolts are you guys refering to that are rusting on the outside? I looked at my revere again just now and I don't see any bolts or screws on the outside of our campr other then the screws holding the blue platic wheel well covers
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #14
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Unfortunately I have had my fair share of issues with mine as well, we bought it last june and used it every weekend (except 1)until first week of Oct.... The table fell apart, one cabinet door was falling off, outside kitchen leaked ruining countertop, lock on kitchen does not hit the frame to lock, keyless entry no longer works, deadbolt on outside bathroom door did not line up, motor on awning has stopped working and lastly a soft spot in tub......I know sounds like a lot....Overall we love the space and the trailer so hopefully we got all the bugs worked out last year.
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these are a sample of some screws that I replaced on my 2011 minilite. On many screws the white colour started to fade and rust. On other screws the rust is setting inside the screw on the treads etc. If you live near the water where there is always a salty air like South Padre Island the screws will not last a year before heavy rust start to set in.For my part I live in Canada and salty air or not they rusted anyway. Every new screws were sealed in their treads before the installation.
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Yes, there are screws in the blue panels and they rusted. All the bolts on the levelers or stabilizing jacks have rusted. The pipes underneath the camper are rusted. I guess it looks a lot different on the showroom floor. Overall, I like the shasta because of the open floor space and high ceiling. Can't wait to see what happens next.
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After bending 4 sets of snap up brackets (reese) our dealer decided they are going to replace with equal-i-zer system. What are you guys towing with?
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Yes, there are screws in the blue panels and they rusted. All the bolts on the levelers or stabilizing jacks have rusted. The pipes underneath the camper are rusted. I guess it looks a lot different on the showroom floor. Overall, I like the shasta because of the open floor space and high ceiling. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Not sure what is normal or not, this is our first trailer. I have to go look/see if there is rust like on your's. What should be expected normal wear on trailer regardless of make or brand?
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After bending 4 sets of snap up brackets (reese) our dealer decided they are going to replace with equal-i-zer system. What are you guys towing with?
We have 800 lbs spring bars and dual cam Reese. Nothing bent yet but the screws holding the cams have striped in the frame. Getting that fixed this week somewhere else perhaps with a back bracket or tack weld the corners
Our trailer is 5800 lbs +/- loaded
How heavy is your's?
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We have 800 lbs spring bars and dual cam Reese. Nothing bent yet but the screws holding the cams have striped in the frame. Getting that fixed this week somewhere else perhaps with a back bracket or tack weld the corners
Our trailer is 5800 lbs +/- loaded
How heavy is your's?
Is that the screws in the the snap up brackets? Ours is also a Reese. Dry weight I think is around 6300lbs, it's the 26qbtb. I guess we will find out this weekend how this equilzer system is. We pull with a nissan titan prox4, but it has also bent with my nissan armada.
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