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A trip to RV land for factory repairs




Less than a year ago, we traded our Bighorn 5th wheel in for a Lifestyle 5th wheel built by Evergreen RVs. As with any new RV we had some problems, but one problem in particular was cause for us to come up to Middlebury, IN for the factory to repair. It appeared that there was a stress crack just forward of the bedroom slide out. However, that was only one of many problems that developed with this coach after we took it to Canada this past summer.

On our first day out, we found all of our clothes on the floor of the closet when we arrived at our first campground. The center bracket supporting the clothes rod came out causing the rod to bend in the middle and fall down. The first time we tried to use our built in dishwasher it leaked water all over the floor. We had water come out of the return air vent for the main air conditioner during the night. The water poured out on my wife’s iPad, ruining it. When we got to Canada and had to use the furnace for the first time, there was no heat coming out of one of the heat vents.

We had other minor things happen on that trip along with some items that we found when we were accepting the RV. Our dealer was able to fix a few items but deferred many of the items since we had to come to the factory. A few of the items they looked at and said were not broken turned out to be broken. They were just too lazy to do what they should have done.

The factory has done a great job of taking care of us. Everything has been taken care of satisfactorily.

The RV industry seems to be in great shape. I am amazed at how many RVs are being built here in this area that covers several different cities. There are hundreds of RVs sitting on factory lots waiting to be delivered across the country. The local news says that the unemployment rate here is less than 4% whereas it was about 36% during the economic downturn in 2008.

This is the first week of April and the weather here has been less than desirable. We have had rain, snow and sleet. I am ready to get back south to warmer weather. However, when July rolls around I will be ready to head for the mountains.

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