Originally Posted by Tireman9
Wonder what would happen if an RV mfg started to use quality components and featured the benefits in advertising? I know black tank sensors are not as exciting as mirrors in the ceiling but I don't think ti would take too long for word of mouth to spread that RV mfg "A" was building a better product rather than the cheapest possible.
OK - soapbox time - I totally agree with you in principle. There are probably a dozen components on our new TT that are low end to nice, or junk to be more accurate, and I would pay a few extra bucks to have better components.
But the reality is - how much time does the average buyer spend evaluating the holding tank probes compared to to the time spent evaluating the price? Dealers and manufacturers know how buyers behave. We spent hours and hours comparing brands, floorplans, and dealers to get the right deal. Price, wieght/size, and floorplan are probably the 3 main criterea for most buyers. The local lots here are filled with lower priced, metal sided, basic units. That's what people buy - everybody is stretching their budget to get the most RV they can.
I manage an industrial products company, and at least 8 out 10 of our customers will clearly buy a cheaper product over one they know is built better and costs more. I think that holds true for most things, including RV's. And if you price yourself out of 80% of the market, even though you have the better product, its tough to survive. Now, if would be nice if there was a niche product or an upgrade package where you could pay the extra $$ if you wanted to, but the marketing guys would probably never let that happen. The worst thing you could do is an offer an upgrade because your standard model uses inferrior components (even though they are the same as every other brand).
So as irritating as some of these low grade components are, I can't really blame the manufacturers for using them. I think they try to find a balance between cost and quality - they want warranty issues even less than you and I do.
So I think I'll follow that link to upgrade the probes with some of the $$ I hopefully saved on the purchase. Even if we did learn the hard way that if the grey tank is full it will come up through the shower drain, even though the probe says 2/3... Still love our Roo...