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Old 10-22-2014, 01:02 PM   #21
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In reality, is anything made today with the quality things were made years ago?
Yes. Lots of stuff is better than it was when I was a kid - particularly automobiles.

Lots more stuff is made very poorly, but then it is far less expensive than the same type of product was decades ago. I think most people are unwilling to pay for quality, especially in products which will be functionally obsolete or out of fashion before a high-quality item would be worn out. If you are willing to pay, you may not have much choice, since you are in a small market segment.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #22
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did you wash it like the OP mentioned?
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Like Jim, I've never washed mine. Although at the Oregon Gathering the longest rug did soak up an entire dark beer, so outside it went, got hosed off, dried and reinstalled. No problemo.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:55 PM   #23
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In reality, is anything made today with the quality things were made years ago?
Yep, my trailer is made just as good as the fiberglass ones of years past.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:43 PM   #24
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Yep, my trailer is made just as good as the fiberglass ones of years past.
I would debate that. Are all the components such as the Dometic refrigerator or the furnace or the water heater and windows all the same quality products they were 30 years ago? If so, why the threads with everyone complaining about the 6.7 cu ft refrigerator. No offense intended to anyone, but too many Chinese made parts nowadays. And part of it can be blamed on consumers with the Walmart mentality....buy cheap. I personally would prefer to buy quality products, but sometimes do not have that choice.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:53 PM   #25
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:00 PM   #26
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Thirty years ago there wasn't the internet...
yah there was, but not really much use to anybody outside of computer science departments. Its a lot more fun now..... and chocked full of "information"
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:26 PM   #27
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If it is any consolation, my Dad purchased a new motor home after he retired in 1976. He paid all of $10,000 for it, and I remember thinking "Boy that is a lot of money! -- hope he enjoys it". He had it for 20+ years, but about a year after he bought it he replaced the "piece of @#$%#@" Norcold refridgerator with a Dometic (or vice-versa, my memory fails me).

Like everyone here, I am hoping for a good fix on the refrigerators from Reace and Dometic. But fridge complaints aren't a new thing.

Also, when I was young, "cheap" stuff came from Japan. But by the time I bought my first new car, Japanese autos were leading the quality parade. There is some bad cheaply made stuff from China, but there is also high quality stuff being made in China as well. In full disclosure, I just ordered a new Mac Mini to use as a home server. It was shipped today from Shenzhen.
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I'm not criticizing all Chinese made stuff but if you buy something and it breaks within the first two weeks or doesn't work properly there is a high probability it was made in China. Case in point. Gotta replace the wheel bearings on your trailer? Are you going to specify Chinese bearings or would you prefer a Timken that has been manufactured in North America, even though even Timken is now manufacturing some stuff in China. I buy Chinese made merchandise, but would buy American if it were possible. And yes, refrigerators have always had a tendency to be problematic, but the failure rate for common items such as capacitors, etc. made in China is higher than the failure rate before all this manufacturing relocated to China, IMHO.
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I'm not criticizing all Chinese made stuff...
I understand your point, as a lot of crappy built stuff is made in China, BUT they do so because as consumers we demand having cheaper things to buy, and China is more than willing to do it for us. I also know of some machinery that is extremely well made, built in China, as this is what was asked for.

Remember when "Made in Japan" carried the same negative label?
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