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Old 06-05-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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heard bad things about voltage

We are looking at a new (used) private unit, 2014 XLR Thunderbolt 300x12 that has never been used. He got it as replacement for insurance. We have looked at Voltage, Cyclone and Road Warrior as well. We really liked the Voltage. Just wondering if there is some feed back from owners or people with experience if I am making a good choice. Any feedback on comparison of quality in units and brands is appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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We just downsized from a Class A RV, Country Coach (which is a good build quality). We looked at them all, and eventually settled on a Voltage. Why? Because of the layout, we liked it the best for our taste. Quality is about the same in all of them. They are manufactured by people who are in a rushed to push them off the assembly line. Hence, they will all have gremlins to work out. We had electrical issues from 2 a/c's being wired incorrectly. Expect to replace the tires and wheels to 17.5" to avoid blow outs, trim pieces will fall off here and there.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:12 PM   #3
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We are looking at a new (used) private unit, 2014 XLR Thunderbolt 300x12 that has never been used. He got it as replacement for insurance. We have looked at Voltage, Cyclone and Road Warrior as well. We really liked the Voltage. Just wondering if there is some feed back from owners or people with experience if I am making a good choice. Any feedback on comparison of quality in units and brands is appreciated.
Welcome Maddy, from your neighbor next door.

If you just go through the treads on this forum you'll find that there are many quality issues with Thor Industiers and Dutchmen products in general. There are horror stories of folks that have had thier rigs in the shop for weeks and months, waiting for Dutchmen to OK the work or supply the parts.

If you do choose to buy this unit, be sure that the factory warranty is still in effect for a goodly amount of time and that it is transferable (get it in writing).

As the unit has not been used, I doubt any of the problems will have been corrected.
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:25 PM   #4
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I can only offer this tid-bit as have only had mine for a short time. I have researched before I purchased as well. I have read till I was blue in the face on the heartland forum and here mainly as I had a specific model I was looking at with voltage,cyclone and road warrior. In my opinion, this forum is more apt to call a turd a turd. Where as on the heartland they seem to have more loyalty for heartland products and protect to a fault. After you get by all that it boils down to they all have problems and the choice is layout, GVWR, options with the understanding that there will be work to do!
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I can only offer this tid-bit as have only had mine for a short time. I have researched before I purchased as well. I have read till I was blue in the face on the heartland forum and here mainly as I had a specific model I was looking at with voltage,cyclone and road warrior. In my opinion, this forum is more apt to call a turd a turd. Where as on the heartland they seem to have more loyalty for heartland products and protect to a fault. After you get by all that it boils down to they all have problems and the choice is layout, GVWR, options with the understanding that there will be work to do!
Sad state of affairs that we have to have "the understanding that there will be work to do!".

Should we pay $50-60k or more for our tow vehicles and have the same understanding?

There are campers on the market that don't have the kind of workmanship and quality issues that Dutchmen has.

I wish I would have listened to the salesman that told me that Dutchmen has lots of glitz, but is short on quality. I thought ya, your just trying to up sell me.

Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice double shame on me.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:25 PM   #6
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If you look long & hard enough you will here bad things about any & all brands. So if you listen to those you just need to go & buy nothing. Just don't listen to all the fun the rest of us are having with our RVs.
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Maddy1954,
Good luck with your decision. We went from an Allegro Bay Class A (which I think was probably a well built coach) to a Dutchmen Denali 5th wheel. We had a couple of problems (minor water leak, a couple of water fittings not being tightened, some loose trim, etc). I chose to let the dealer deal with a couple of them, but most of the issues I have had I have been able to fix on my own. My feeling is unless you are willing to step way up in price most units will have some issues that you will have to deal with.
Would we buy our Denali again?--absolutely!! We love the floor plan.
I doubt that very many RV's are trouble free.
Have fun with whatever one you go with.
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We did a couple of years of looking before we chose our 2014 Voltage Epic III 3800.

We were looking for an RV that pretty much had all the comforts of home...while out in an RV.

The Epic III has that! We've only had ours out once. Problems are very few. One water seep, a torn screen, a loose piece of trim on the exterior and that's about it. Whereas our Jayco bumper pull was a work in progress from the time we bought it in 2009 until we sold it this past March.

So far, I'm impressed!!

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I offer a few of the criteria we used in looking for our new toyhauler.

Wanted a shower stall, not a tub and shower curtain. Got it.

Wanted a walk around bed in a well lit bedroom. Got it!

Wanted a large refrigerator so we didn't have to mess with coolers. Got it!

Wanted a nice living area with comfortable seating. Got it. Lighted and heated recliners? WOW

Wanted a garage big enough for future Polaris RZRs. Got it. 14 ft.

Want a large hot water heater so we can both shower. Got it.

Want enough fresh water storage not to have to worry about it. Got it 160 gallons.

Want enough black water storage not to have to worry about it. Got it. 96 gallons.

Want a Toyhauler really set up for the two of us. Got it. Kids are all grown and gone. But do have the happyjack bed/table in the garage as well as a nice TV in the garage.

So think about things you really want. And decide if this unit has enough of those to buy and not wind up with buyers remorse after the first outing.

Just thoughts,

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I offer a few of the criteria we used in looking for our new toyhauler.

Wanted a shower stall, not a tub and shower curtain. Got it.

Wanted a walk around bed in a well lit bedroom. Got it!

Wanted a large refrigerator so we didn't have to mess with coolers. Got it!

Wanted a nice living area with comfortable seating. Got it. Lighted and heated recliners? WOW

Wanted a garage big enough for future Polaris RZRs. Got it. 14 ft.

Want a large hot water heater so we can both shower. Got it.

Want enough fresh water storage not to have to worry about it. Got it 160 gallons.

Want enough black water storage not to have to worry about it. Got it. 96 gallons.

Want a Toyhauler really set up for the two of us. Got it. Kids are all grown and gone. But do have the happyjack bed/table in the garage as well as a nice TV in the garage.

So think about things you really want. And decide if this unit has enough of those to buy and not wind up with buyers remorse after the first outing.

Just thoughts,

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