25 Aug

Your RV won’t last as long as your loan

Discovering the dreaded “delamination bubbles” of doom on a NEW RV should send you running and screaming for government regulations of the RV industry which have very few regulations controlling RV quality assurance.

In many states the RV industry is not required to notify customers of defects on a brand new unit that may be purchased by an unsuspecting customer that is told this is a new vehicle which should mean it has no known defects/damage.  But, in the RV industry just because the RV is new doesn’t mean the unit has no prior damages or defects that could drastically reduce the value.  RV manufacturers and the dealers that sell RV’s are not required to tell you of repairs (Missouri is one exception I found while researching this article). A complete lack of quality control on materials used, and services on these products assure the dealer and or manufacturer can string along repairs until your 1 year warranty has expired and you are stuck with a lemon.  Sellers and RV manufacturers are not required  to provide you with accurate information as to the construction of the RV, travel trailer, or 5th wheel that they sell nor any defects that would effect your decision on buying.   Many RV sales people, that I have dealt with, do not know what the RV’s are made of  and when asked to explain exactly what and how the sidewalls are constructed or how long they will last will be very vague and claim ignorance when confronted with the truth.

The sidewalls on newer, shiny, smooth fiberglass are actually a thin veneer bonded with a very thin fiberglass a few years ago this was called “Luan Board”, this year it is called “Filon”.  This thin layer of veneer is very prone to defects, especially when adhered in less than perfect conditions; moisture, dirt, dust, temperature, etc…

“FILON” or “LUAN BOARD” unless kept indoors and waxed every 6 months will, most likely, not hold up as long as the loan you obtained to purchase the RV.  I’ve had sales people guarantee that the walls on any particular RV, 5th wheel or travel trailer on their lot are made of solid fiberglass.  When they are confronted with the information that contradicts this they claim they are not aware of that.

There are a few, quality, travel trailers not made of this substance. Two brands I know of are Casita and Airstream.


The normal procedure followed by most RV dealers and manufacturers (in my experience of purchasing 3 new RV’s) for repair of defective units, is to drag out repairs until the customer;
1. gets fed up enough to go away
2. the warranty time limit of product has passed, at which point you are stuck with a rapidly, depreciating vehicle that should have been the source of much joy instead of the knot in your stomach every time you think of the monthly payments flying out of your bank account on a unit the dealer has had possession of more than you have.