I have read through this entire thread and it does damper my enthusiasim for purchasing a new rig. I own a 2005 Leprechaun and it's been a solid unit for the most part.
In the class c world you always have the Lazy Daze option. A quality rv that you will pay for. Their factory direct prices are every bit the msrp of the mass produced units with much fewer of the bells and whistles that you are seeing on the dealers lots.
Which is the key to their quality I believe. No slide outs or automatic leveling jacks are offered. No fire places and no tv's that pop up out of the counter top. Nothing elaborate going on here just a rock solid unit hand built with quality materials.
They got rid of all the problem areas or more specifically items that they can't really quality control.
A 31 footer will run you just over a $100K. So then it comes down to will you pay for the quality for basically a stripped down version of what the mass producers are offering?
I can't say I have seen one in any of the places we stayed this year or even on the road for that matter so maybe that answers the question.
I think people want their slide outs, automatic leveling jacks and the rest of the candy to choose from and will work through the sub par quality issues to have it.