RVing has become so popular that even Hollywood Celebrities are buying trailers and motorhomes.
Late-night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, is among the RVers with fame and fortune. Despite his notoriety, he can’t escape poor RV quality – a plight the everyman knows well.
Today we’re spilling the tea about what he travels in and how Kimmel perceives its roadworthiness.
Here’s What Kimmel Said About His RV
Last week Kimmel hosted Kristen Bell on his late-night show. Bell & husband, Dax Shepard, recently bought a million-dollar motorhome.
In fact, Bell and her family met up with Kimmel to caravan with their RVs in Idaho. During their exchange, Kimmel said parking next to Bell’s RV was “humiliating.”
And Bell quickly responded, “Only because you’ve got a Minnie Winnie.”
Kimmel follows up by saying, “I’m going to be honest, mine’s a piece of junk. It breaks. The latches come off. It’s garbage…They didn’t tell me that when I bought it. That’s for sure.”
The pain and suffering wasn’t lost on Kimmel.
Kristen Bell said she and Dax blew out six tires on their road trip. However, Dax was carrying a full weight bench set up in the storage bays.
It’s almost guaranteed they were over their weight capacity.
Let’s be fair, basically all RVs have poor quality. Winnebago, in our opinion, actually makes some nice units. Here are the best RV brands in 2021.
Looks Like Celebs Overnight at Walmart, Too
Interestingly enough, both Bell & Kimmel are fans of parking overnight at Walmart. Even multimillionaires enjoy the simple things in life…like waking up at Walmart.
Bell says, “You can just go camp in the parking lot.”
This can’t be good for the future of Walmart overnight parking!
Despite what Kristen Bell says, camping at Walmart is no good. We believe overnight RV parking is ok at Walmart…if you follow these rules.
Are Kimmel’s Complaints a Sign of the Future?
In the RV world, poor quality builds are one of the most common complaints among travelers. RVs definitely aren’t on par with the standard of vehicle builds. As well, they’re far from the quality of house builds.
If this a fact the RV owners should simply accept?
For the time being, it will have to be. Unless you purchase a boutique-made RV, there’s a fair chance you’ll experience quality control issues within the first 6 months of ownership.
In fact, one RV mechanic claims RVs are only meant for 44 uses before quality issues begin.
Here’s an option to consider…buy an RV that holds its value. the best
Airstream campers hold their value incredibly well, most likely due to the household name and build quality. Not only are Airstreams aesthetically pleasing, but they also employ quality craftsmanship, beautiful interior design, and durable materials.
As well, molded fiberglass campers hold their value extremely well. These campers are less susceptible to water damage and mold. Popular brands of molded fiberglass campers include Casita, Scamp, and Oliver.
Most of all, Class B RVs, especially Mercedes Sprinter Vans, retain value over the long haul.
The sheer reputation of the Mercedes name is another factor to consider. People pay more for a dependable name, and Mercedes has certainly built that reputation for itself. If you take good care of your van, you’re likely to get a pretty good return when it’s time to move on to the next thing.
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What every buyer of an RV should know is that the manufacturers, for the most part, put crappy Chinese tires on the RV. They blow out easily. Replace your tires with well respected and rated tires from the USA or foreign (but not Chinese). That is what we do. Also, never go above the recommended weight carrying load.