With all of the research I was doing...
By all means read this information below however I am currently of a different mind and it is interesting how a person of apparent authority can sway your thinking.
March 13th 2000
Soon in the next few months I was going to trip off to the States and would wander into one of the RV dealers with all of my re done and would probably purchase either a Trek 2430 or a fifth wheel!
It would probably be one of the ones I have listed here on these web pages and I would have driven out quite happy that I had done everything I could to prevent myself from buying a Lemon with all of the charts and check lists I found on the web.
YES I WAS CONFIDENT I WOULD GET A GOOD ONE!!!!
Then I read about the RV Rating book and saw it mentioned many times so finally I decided to buy one by subscribing to this org.
Well the book arrived today so the first thing I did was look ah how my good choice of the Trek 2430 was rated.
Because of its wheelbase it was considered dangerous! They issued a cautionary note on its payload. It had a highway safety factor of 43% and on a one to five star rating with five star being tops it had no stars. Good choice Ivan!
OK I still had the fifth Wheels and I know they were good!
Well it was not as bad as the Trek only the unloaded balance is questionable and should be checked. The payload was good and the Highway safety was 61% and it had two stars. OK so I bombed again!
Well there was still the Coachman.... Two Stars only again....!@#$#@
Well then the Prowler.... A Wonderful two star awarded again! @!#$%$#
So where does one go from here ?
Well the first thing I did was to go thro the book and look for Fifth Wheels that were round 25 feet long, had a slide out and had a four star rating.... so I will be now re ing these over the next few weeks.
The one good thing is that there were not many on the list so my re will not be long!
I have gone
thro my copy of the TV Rating book......it has shot my thinking to pieces.....
most of the units I have been thinking of are at the best two star ......
back to the drawing board and I will be coming up with some higher ratings.
However David Lippincott of San Diego picked up on this site just as he was about to purchase a Trek! needless to say he was concerned!
However he did have a big advantage over me that he was THERE and was able to check out on all of the things the Rating said was a problem & follow up with a number of Trek owners. He found that the problems mentioned were without much foundation. His letter to the RV org questioning their findings did not get a reply. My comment now is that the RV Rating book is value, but should be used with a great deal of caution. It will give you some things to check up on making you more informed and able to make a decision based on more questions and more answers.
Reading thro a lot of the other information it would almost appear that a bigger problem may be the salesman you meet on the lot who needs to make the sale to eat!