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Old 08-02-2018, 07:14 PM   #1
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Re: When do you call your RV a Lemon

I own a 2017 Heritage Glen 272RL. Both my wife and I love it. Two slides, rear living room and picture window plus center island kitchen along with an outdoor kitchen but an RV queen bed (76 inches). Purchased new in March 2017.

I have an electric tongue and replaced the switch at least 4 times in 1 1/2 years. The thermostat control has failed to operate heat or ac until reset at least twice then grill stopped working. These are minor issues, I know.

After warranty expired my tv roof antenna (over the air) stopped receiving signals (cable still worked), and recently the water heater burst.

I live in New England (Massachusetts) and covered plus winterize this past winter. So now I am in a dilemma. What will break next? Do I wait for something else to go wrong or do I cut my losses, turn this travel trailer in, and purchase new.

Is this part of the joy's of owing an RV? I am hoping these few issues are the extent of my problems and better times will present themselves.

Just curious if others have had such bad luck. Anyone have any ideas, suggestions, or experiences or am I alone?
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:01 PM   #3
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I hate to say but your list of issues is pretty mild compared to many.
All seem to be failures by things made by RV parts suppliers, not by FR.
Other than the WH bursting, the rest are minor. Wouldn't by any stretch, call your trailer a lemon.
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I wouldn’t call it a lemon either. We have a 2015 Hemisphere, the sister to the Heritage Glen. We have had the AC replaced twice, the tv replaced, the stabilizer switches both replaced, and I don’t remember what else. The carpet was torn on the slide from the beginning. Probably someone at the dealership caught the binding on a chair leg when opening the thing up. The only thing wrong from the factory was that the slide did not align correctly. The dealer fixed the slide and the carpet before we brought it home. Most of our problems have been due to parts supplied by other companies.

Then, this past fall my DH hit a tree and did some damage to the awning (had to be replaced), the corner of the trailer had to be redone, scratches on the side fixed, and wallboard inside fixed. So, the most expensive repairs were due to owner accident. We keep camping and enjoying her. That is life.
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:29 PM   #5
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i have a 2016 heritage glen 372rd. 1 year warranty was just up this spring. Had a punch list fixed before the warranty was up. Your troubles seem pretty mild.
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[QUOTE=Kimber45;1889929]i have a 2016 heritage glen 372rd. 1 year warranty was just up this spring. Had a punch list fixed before the warranty was up. Your troubles seem pretty mild

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I have had 2 Jaycos and never had a problem with either one that I couldn't I fix cheap, This is my first FR {21ultra light} We put 4000mi on it from Iowa to Nova Scotia with no issues. I took it up the Trans Labrador Highway with full fresh water tank. The roads are terribly rough with frost heaves. My kitchen drawers too a beating, I was able to patch it together and get it home through Newfoundland with-out any other problems. I beefed up the structure that holds the drawers and put inn 100# drawer slides. They will never break again. Cost me $100. My tanks never fell off, I was comfortable every night and it was a great trip. This thing is well built and I don't foresee any issues.
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I hate to say but your list of issues is pretty mild compared to many.
All seem to be failures by things made by RV parts suppliers, not by FR.
Other than the WH bursting, the rest are minor. Wouldn't by any stretch, call your trailer a lemon.
X2. Keep in mind that many of the items have warrantees that extend past the 1 year FR warranty. Suburban warrantees their WH's for two years. Now, if it burst from frost, that would not be covered. LCI jack switches, that's a common problem. Purchase a jack cover at Walmart for $10 and it will protect the switches from the elements. T.V. antennas are warranteed by Winegard. In most cases Dometic products have a two year warranty.

As previously stated, your problems are minor.
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When do you call it a lemon? When things start to go sour.
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"I have an electric tongue and replaced the switch at least 4 times in 1 1/2 years."

I had problems with my tongue jack and found it was blowing a fuse. This seemed to be caused by allowing the jack to retract and hit the stop. Since I now allow the base to only come about an inch from the top, I haven't had a problem.
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