Would you recommend your model RV to a friend looking to buy an RV?

Do you love your RV so much you’d gladly recommend the same make and model to a friend? Or do you think your RV is junk and would never recommend it to anyone except your worst enemy (of course you don’t have any of those, right?).

Most of us are likely between those two extremes. How about you? Please leave a comment.

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47 Thoughts to “Would you recommend your model RV to a friend looking to buy an RV?”

  1. Booneyrat

    NEVER buy any Grand Design product without thoroughly checking it over,and I do mean thoroughly as their quality control is non existent.

  2. Jim Spellman

    I’m the third owner of a 1999 Chinook Concourse 2100XL purchased in Oct. 2008 with 51,000 miles on the odometer. Nearly a decade later, I’m now just over 100,000 and have no real regrets. The quality of the build and workmanship with the single-piece fiberglass body and solid oak cabinetry is second to none and still turns heads wherever I go today.

    The closest competitors today would probably be Coach House, Phoenix Cruiser, or Leisure Travel Van — but it would be a hard-fought decision, even going up against a classic rig that’s nearly 20 years old.

  3. Kathy Derting

    We are living full time in our 5th wheel toy hauler 2018 Torque by Heartland since first of Jan. We love the floor plan. The only toy hauler that we toured that has a great, workable kitchen with sufficient reachable cabinets. There is a nice dining table in addition to table in garage. Other than a faulty valve on the black tank, we have not had any issues. We pulled it from Arizona to Washington state without any problems. At this point, we would recommend this Heartland product.

  4. Colin Grant

    I have a 2006 Pleasure-Way Plateau and I am very pleased with the quality. I bought it in 2014 with very low miles on it. The Sprinter chassis is the early model with the 5 cylinder diesel without the DEF exhaust system and is impressive. The fuel economy is great at 22+ mpg to the US gallon but the engine is noisier than the later model or a car. I do my own maintenance which is easy for the most part. I recommend this RV to my friends and acquaintances and keep getting offers to buy it. The white paint on the Sprinters seems have a problem with rust more than other colors and so I am told it is more like primer paint that was meant to be painted over with company colors.

  5. Debbie Wilson

    We have a 2015 Coachmen Chaparral 360IBL and love it. We have had some issues crop up but hubby was able to fix them all himself, even though we had the extended warranty. Our buying experience from the dealer was such an ordeal that we are terrified to have them work on anything. We did have to have the Dometic a/c unit replaced and that was done under the warranty by an authorized dealer on premises. I would let others wanting to buy the same unit know of our issues but also let them know how much we like the floor plan and livability of this unit for us.

  6. Jeff

    It goes without saying, “There is NO Perfect RV out there!”

    NO SUCH ANIMAL! And RVs are Animals. I have a 2016 Redwood 5th Wheel, 38RL. Since we have had the RV we have had nothing but problems with the Unit. Had it to the Dealer 3 times and they never fixed the issue with our Dining Roof Slide! And of course REDWOOD (NOW A THOR Company) has washed their hands of this unit. I finally had to take the RV to Lippert Components and WOW they fixed the Slide. The Slide was never installed or leveled properly. The Hydraulic Pistons were never lubricated good either.

    NOPE would NOT recommend a REDWOOD PRODUCT!

  7. Karen moore

    We bought a 2016 Montana 3000re, 5th wheel ,have had nothing but problems with it.the steps started falling apart the first day into the bedroom ,then the furnace quit workinking although it said it was a good fuse,it wasn’t.the toilet was leaking in 2 spots they said they would only cover one spot,so we had to pay for new one and they said to send the paperwork in an we’ll see if we can cover it.many other things too.

  8. Don Hay

    I have a 36’ , 1992 Foretravel U-280, with 175,000 miles on it, 95,000 of which I put on. We’ve had it 15 years this month and still love it as much as we did the first day. Foretravel’s are built to last and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to friends, though the new ones are out of our price range.

  9. Barry Samson

    Bought a 2015 Jayco Class C Melbourne. I wanted a class A, wife wanted a class C. This was a good compromise as it is a larger Class C with 3 slides and feels a bit like a Class A when parked and open. Has all the whistles & bells so has all the extras that can go wrong. However, very little has gone wrong and what did need attention Jayco immediately repaired. It has an excellent ride for a C and has been very reliable. Happy with the quality throughout. Paid more for better quality and got it.

  10. Joel Vinson

    I have a 28′ 2015 Keystone Cougar TT and once I’ve FINALLY gotten all of the MANY bugs worked out of it, it’s as good as most I guess. Tows good and it’s what we know. However, I wouldn’t recommend this TT, I should’ve been more patient and bought something else.


    We have a 13′ Scamp. We love it. Easy to buy, easy to tow, very few service needs, remarkable user forums.

  12. Art

    We purchased our 2013 Entegra Aspire new and have lived in it since traveling constantly. We love it.

  13. Steven Scheinin

    Yes. We have lived in our 2016 Forest River Cedar Creek, 36CKTS full time now for 3 years. The build quality is very good. In talking with other Cedar Creek owners, they feel the same about their’s.

  14. Charles Boston

    We bought a used 2011 Roadtrek Popular from Campers Inn in NH. This is our first RV. As I write this, we are at a winery in West Kingston RI. The vehicle has been great. We have had no service issues with the dealer of the Roadtrek. I recommend both.

  15. Sue

    We bought our 2010 Carriage Cameo 5er new and have lived in it 8-12 months a year since then. We love it and highly recommend purchasing a used Cameo that has been taken good care of. Carriage unfortunately went bankrupt in 2012 after 42 years in business. It had an excellent reputation for the quality of its rigs.

  16. Rory

    We have owned several brands and classes of RV’s (class C & A), and I would recommend the Brand that we have Now (Newmar). We bought our Mountain Aire in 2015 New, and other than PM costs and damage to an AC case (caused by me backing under a tree with a low hanging branch), our costs have basically been operational (fuel, def fluid, filters, oil). WE love our rig, and are thinking about an upgrade to a London Aire in 2019. I would freely recommend buying any of the Newmar MH. I would caution though to carefully choose your floorplan. If you pick the wrong floorplan and it doesn’t work for you, that is a typical cause for unhappiness with your rig. We like one of the new floorplans that has 2 recliners across from a Horseshoe dinette. Other than that the floorplan is basically the same as we have now. The decor is a bit different also and there is some technology such as accident avoidance & adaptive cruise control which was not available on our model when we purchased…….

  17. Lorane

    Absolutely, our Holiday Rambler Class C was wonderful–we had it for 20 years. Very well made. Don’t know how they are today. Our 1996 Newmar Dutch Star was great. We just sold it and it will soon be on its way across the US.

  18. Fred

    I voted PROBABLY.

    It depends on what a person wants and if they were looking for our size and layout.

    I would NOT recommend the dealer we used, but I WOULD recommend Coachmen as they solved initial problems the dealer had no clue, or cared, how to fix.

    Our rig is a 2016 Coachmen 20CB Micro we bought new. Both the chassis and coach have performed very well so far.

  19. Terri Foxx-Wishert

    Ours is no longer manufactured, (the no vote) and we have had great difficulties finding anything to replace it that has as good a floor plan.

  20. Pat

    I answered yes, but our TT is a 94 Mallard. I always tell people to check out older RVs. Our frame is very solid, thicker than many made today. Build solid with lightweight materials on the inside. No marble, no solid oak, no ceramic tiles. So the weight of our 32′ TT is well within the limit of our truck. After all the horror stories about new RVs I’ve read, we love our old gal more and more.

  21. Markr

    Wife and I love the REDWOOD 38GK looks and floorpan. We purchased it new. Quickly made many upgrades such as W/D, generator. However, the list of things which indicate very poor quality control is long! The top of the list would be the AC. because there is no way to properly fix it except take it back to the factory and remove the roof. This has to be the worst design I have ever seen. Next would be …… you get the picture.

  22. John T

    I bought a new 2018 Coachmen Viking 21RD in August 2107. The only problems at PDI were caulking in the bathroom and on the wheel wells. 7 months full-time on the road now and 6,000 miles towed, and the only problems have been failure of the door latch key-lock (the deadbolt stills locks) and the screen door handle hold-down screws stripping out. The 21RD’s floor plan is still the best I’ve ever seen. It’s the only trailer with a 7’6″ kitchen counter!

  23. Jon

    My YES must be qualified: We have a Beaver/Monterey which is no longer manufactured, so there aren’t any out there less than about 7 years old.. If you find any model Beaver, if it has been well maintained, it should be a good choice.

  24. Earl Balentine

    Since most RV manufactures use the same cheap parts to build an RV I would recommend getting a RV that has a good floor plan that fits your needs. Make sure you visualize where you would put your kitchen items, most don’t have enough cabinets. Is there a night stand on both sides of the bed for eyeglasses, bottle water, cell phone charger etc.
    Is the shower big enough, can you watch TV without looking thru a kitchen faucet? I don’t recommend carpet in a living area, they are cheap and too hard to keep clean.
    I looked at over several hundred trailers over a 6 month period before deciding on my trailer. I haven’t seen anything that would make me trade.

  25. rvgrandma

    We have a Sea View made by National RV – now defunct (had nothing to do with the quality of their product but management problems) . But I would recommend any National RV if you were thinking of buying one. I don’t know many who have had problems with them.

  26. Chuck Kopp

    I replied yes to my; make Fleetwood and model Pace Arrow 36B. BUT MY YES IS ONLY FOR MY MODEL YEAR 2000.
    In 2013 when we were shopping, the Fleetwood models we looked at were Junk. I do not recommend buying new unless The Buyer Conducts A Thorough Inspection Inside And Out.

    1. Rory

      Chuck: Fleetwood has change hands several times since you purchased. When one manufaturer is purchased by another the first order of business is “cut production costs”, which in plain english means make it cheaper, and increase profits…. Before purchaing any brand do a quick lookup (on the internet), to see what the companies ownership history is. If it was a private company bought up by a larger Corp entity, rest assured the quality of the build will suffer…..

  27. Larry Z.

    While I truly love my KZ Connect Spree, it was what I wanted and I wouldn’t feel it would be a fit for everybody so I might share my likes and dislikes, but I wouldn’t recommend or discourage it to others.

  28. Charles Allen

    We purchased a new Lazy Daze class C from the factory two years ago. We patiently waited for almost a full year for it to be built answers could not be happier. No problems to report, just happy camping memories…We would definitely recommend it.

  29. Beverly Laing

    I bought my Phoenix Cruiser new, from the factory in 2013 and it’s been trouble free. How many other brands can say that? Yes, I would buy this one again!

  30. Helen Kirkwood

    We have owned three Winnebago products and see no reason to change. All RVs are going to have some issues, but ours have been minimal.

  31. Bill

    After owning several different styles of RV’s. I would listen to what type of RVing they would make a recommendation then.

  32. Jane Morgan

    We own an Arctic Fox camper and bought it because if it’s high ratings for being so well built. It is all that it is advertised to be. In this case you do get what you pay for.

  33. Troy

    Our 2017 Thor Challenger 37LX has been a very good rig! Of course we’ve had a few issues, but nothing too bad. We have been full timing since September 2017.

  34. Captn John

    I have pulled our Montana HC 370 about 17,000 miles. Only a few minor things CW took care of before the warranty ran out. I was happy to see the wheels were rated at 110 psi as I changed the tires to Sailun after only 43 miles. We don’t full time but put a lot of time in it and everything works as it should.

  35. Elaine Schuster

    I would recommend the same make, but a newer model with newer electric technology.

  36. Buzzelectric

    I drive an old Bounder that has been great. New company makes them, so I know nothing about them. I want to keep my friends my friends, so I wouldn’t recommend any brand.

  37. Roy Ellithorpe

    WOW, I am truly amazed (and happy for you folks). I can’t even imagine owning an RV that isn’t a work in progress.

  38. John

    I pull a Carbon toy hauler by Keystone. Have run from Alabama to Calif and thru the Western US. Only problem I had was the crappy tires that came on it. Had a blow out in Texas. The Trailer itself has had no issues in three years.

  39. Butch Quigley

    We have a 2003 Cardinal by Forest River and has been great

  40. Nanci

    We bought a 2017 Tiffin Phaeton new and just spent the last 23 days in Red Bay Alabama at Tiffin’s service center for some major and some minor work. Yes, the major work was installation error as manufacturing forgot to bolt a wall down but all else was minor and or enhancements. I cannot praise the techs and management enough for their attention to detail, willingness to correct, the issues and ability to share information and tips. While 23 days in the Tiffin “campground” parking lot was rather mind numbing, the end results are well worth it. I would not buy another brand.

    1. Jim

      We have a 2018 Phaeton that we watched be built and have been full-timing in it for six months now. We have found only a few minor adjustments to be made in that time. Couldn’t be happier with our choice.

  41. Claude Comeau

    My 2009 holiday Rambler admiral is a quality unit! Unfortunately the new HR admiral is crappy.

  42. J Cherry

    Our 2011 Allegro Bus is well built and solid. Unfortunately, the later models quality has dropped significantly. What I do is tell people to get the RV Comparison Guide for whatever type they are thinking of purchasing. Read through it with a fine tooth comb and do your research. There is no such thing as the perfect RV. You just have to find one that meets your needs the best.

  43. Tom

    My Phoenix Cruiser is an excellent build. I would recommend it.

  44. Smokinlen

    I have a 2010 sunset creek by sunny brook.it was well made and I have had no issues with it. Unfortunately they. Were. Bought out by WINNEBAGO and went to crap.

  45. Jim Anderson

    We have a 36 foot Newmar Diesel Dutch Star, It’s an antique, well almost.
    We have owned it for 17 years.
    It just keeps going and going..
    Of course it gets lots of TLC and preventative maintenance and has only been to a dealer a couple of times over her 17+ years. We looked at buying a new Dutch Star two years ago but instead decided to add two new slide outs in our bedroom, refinished the cabinets throughout, installed new Corian countertops, tile flooring and it looks like new…

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