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logsend

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I don't know if this is the right spot if not please do move my question. We are in the research phase of buying and have been trying to wade through the different manufactures. It seems to us like there are basically only a handful of floor plans being made by an awful lot of manufactures. So are they all owned or subsidiaries of just a couple of companies?

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There are only a limited number of viable floor plans that can fit in the basically rectangular footprint of the typical RV, so brand to brand similarities should not be surprising. That said, there are a few "conglomerate" RV companies such as Forest River and Thor that make a variety of brands, models, and RV types, while others such as Tiffin, make only a few models of a given type.


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There are a number of different companies. But really there are only so many configurations you can come up with on a rig that is 8' wide and 35'-40' long.

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Hi,

I've never understood why Murphy beds don't get more use in RV's. It would seem a great way to have more living space in the day time.


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pianotuna forest river uses them

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There are far more brands than companies, which might be part of this - especially if shopping at a single dealership. (Forest River and Thor both have quite a lot of brands ...) Many of these were independent companies before the recession but there's been a lot of consolidation.


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We want to stay away from big mass production after what we've seen so far, it just seems cheaply made. So what small companies are still making quality products, if any? Never in our wildest dreams did we think this would be like trying to buy a mattress lol!

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Look at cars. Most have four doors, a front & back seat, and a steering wheel.
There's only so much you can do with the space available.

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gbopp wrote:

Look at cars. Most have four doors, a front & back seat, and a steering wheel.
There's only so much you can do with the space available.


That is understood. What isn't is how to sort through the multitude of manufactures to find one that isn't making a floor plan that we like out of poor quality materials. We are new to this and don't know very much about the industry, it's not like buying a car where we are familiar with the makers. Oh, that we wish it were!

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logsend wrote:

I don't know if this is the right spot if not please do move my question. We are in the research phase of buying and have been trying to wade through the different manufactures. It seems to us like there are basically only a handful of floor plans being made by an awful lot of manufactures. So are they all owned or subsidiaries of just a couple of companies?

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