Originally Posted by RVBSeeker
Thanks for your input. I'm concerned less with whether I would enjoy the RV experience than I am with the reliability of these RVs.
Reliability (or the lack thereof) is an acute problem and therefore those squeaky wheel issues tend to get the grease and get widely talked about.
However my best guess at present is that the REAL elephant in the Interstate's room will actually prove to be a chronic problem rather than acute - that being corrosion.
It's not clear how widespread it is at this point, but my suspicions are continuing to grow. We know we have an issue with our 2007 Interstate, and it doesn't stop with the LP tank. I suspect that much the same material grades are still being used in the newer Interstates that are coming off the production line today. Look at the recent Winterizing thread and at the photos that the one very helpful Forum poster provided - his all-thread (the hardware that hangs his tank from the chassis) is already bright orange, and his six-figure Interstate is only two years old!! In the photo, I believe I also may see incipient rust on his metal tank brackets.
Of course, none of that rust appears to be serious at this point - but again, the vehicle is just two years old - what is it going to look like in another few short years if it looks like that already?? My guess is that it's going to need intervention at a relatively young point in its life, and that intervention is either going to be time-consuming, or expensive, or both.
Such was the case when my husband and I had to replace our gray water system plumbing last year. The hardware was an absolute mess of corrosion. We rehabbed what we could, and replaced what could not be salvaged due to the extensiveness of the rust.
I'll have more to say about that issue later, but for the purposes of your (the OP's) original question, this is another factor to potentially consider as you weigh your choices.