inkyspace
Hi all!

Happy to join the forum!  We have been working closely with a dealer who we think we trust.  This will be our first RV - I’ve read so many reviews that mention leak horror stories and wood corrosion.  Is this the average experience?  Do you all recommend a Riverside Retro, (179 in our case) or do you think the craftsmanship is sub par?  We will purchase an extended warranty/maintenance plan with it.  Any advice or experience sharing is much appreciated!

Thanks!  Laura & Jenn  
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mkevenson
Laura and Jenn. Welcome to the forum. We bought out 179SE a year ago. Have had the water heater brain replaced under warranty, quite common, and our Dometic toilet replaced due to a crack in the base, March this year. No other repairs or leaks or water damage of any kind. I believe we bought a quality product at this price point, perhaps better than average. Hope you have a great experience with your Retro.
Happy Trails. Send pics after your 1st camp-out.
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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inkyspace
Thanks for the feedback, Mark!  Much appreciated!!

Laura & Jenn 
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Tiki2some
Welcome, @inkyspace. We're entering our third season with our 195. In terms of warranty issues, we had a faulty lock/lever on a rear window, and a grey tank sensor that needed replacing. Other than that, and wounds we've had were self-inflicted. No leaks or workmanship issues worthy of complaint. Some items could be higher quality, but we could have paid a lot more, also. All in all, we are, quite literally, happy campers. 
~ Linda & Bill
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inkyspace
Thanks, Linda and Bill!!  Great to hear!
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TravelerGuy
Welcome to the forum, inkyspace!  We've had our 177SE for 1 1/2 years and had hardly any problems.  A loose wire behind the tv antenna switchplate, easy to fix, and a slight water leak under the kitchen faucet due to the little crimp-on hose clamps not being tight enough to compress the hose well enough.  I think they are made very well, workmanship problems are pretty rare, and they are very good for the price.  The materials used and the installed equipment is pretty good.  Note that any travel trailer, if driven fast over washboard or bumpy roads, will wind up shaking things loose.  Pretty impossible to make a house that can withstand off-roading bumps and stress.  You will love your 179, good choice!.
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Richard Lowe
For the price the Riverside it is ok. Not great. I have buyer remorse. I should have got a different Brand but the layout/design it fit my mission, plus I thought I could buy two Riverside unit for the same price of a Lance it thee Riverside camper for the same price of one Airstream. I use my camper about five times a year and it will out live me.
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inkyspace
Thanks, Richard and TravelerGuy for your feedback!
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