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Old 04-08-2016, 12:02 AM   #1
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Redwood 39mb vs drv 36rssb

Help....Redwood vs DRV, my husband has been dealt the numbers, now I have to decide. One family hate their DRV because of a sheet full of issues, but I want your opinion!:-)
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Can you be more explicit and explain the issues and comparisons
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Help....Redwood vs DRV, my husband has been dealt the numbers, now I have to decide. One family hate their DRV because of a sheet full of issues, but I want your opinion!:-)
Redwood and drv are close together.Maybe a guided tour of their plants will help in your decision.Im going to tour drv next wendsday.
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Ask around the DRV people about customer service. All RVs break or have issues but the customer service is the key and right now I would say Redwood isn't doing very good in this area.

If I had stayed with the 5th wheel, our next one would have been either a 44 ft drv, a Lux or a custom made unit behind a new F450
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:18 AM   #5
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Redwood and drv are close together.Maybe a guided tour of their plants will help in your decision.Im going to tour drv next wendsday.
We went through DRV last year just before the rally then 2 days later went through Redwood, if your decision is based on that DRV wins hands down, a lot cleaner and more organized then Redwood. Like Dave said "your going to need a 450 with a DRV".
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Constant water leaks, upper row of cabinets fell off the wall
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Are you considering a DRV???
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Service has always been great for us and we are on our second Redwood. Don't understand how some people on here can criticize the service when they no longer are owners of a Redwood. Either one you decide on will be a great RV.
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In comparing the 2 units, the DRV's c abinetry was so solid! Our friends have a REDWOOD and their closet doors came off during first pull.
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In comparing the 2 units, the DRV's c abinetry was so solid! Our friends have a REDWOOD and their closet doors came off during first pull.
We looked at both, DRV and Redwood side by side. The Redwood for us won hands down on interior looks. We liked the DRV but just couldn't justify the higher price. For the price point, Redwood takes it.
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The only cabinet problem that I'm aware of was the pantry doors. This was caused by having a lot of weight in the drawers which would slam into the door. I thought Redwood fixed this with closures on the drawers. Several of us fixed the drawers the same way.

My cabinets held together very well and we traveled more than most people with the Redwood.
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From the research I've done, unless you buy a bottom of the line stripped down DRV, you'll need an F450 or 550 to stay within the limits.
We pulled our 2012 36RL 35000 miles, from Florida to Alaska (including the Infamous "Top of the World Highway") and never had anything fall off or break a single plate or glass. We've got 12000 miles now on this 2016 36MB, from Florida to the northern tip of Newfoundland and all the doors are still in place.
DRV has a heavier frame and thicker walls with added insulation, but inside they are pretty much "Plain Jane" to us.
It's your 'Dime" so you have to make the final decision.
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I dont have many complaints about my Redwood as overall, it has been a good unit. I also contribute my good fortune to a great selling dealer and their service department. That being said, my next coach will probably be a Luxe or Elite Suites depending on what Redwood changes for the 2017 model year.
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Thanks to all for your unbiased comments. I am sold on the REDWOOD COMMUNITY OF OWNERS!!!!:-)
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Thanks to all for your unbiased comments. I am sold on the REDWOOD COMMUNITY OF OWNERS!!!!:-)
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Redwood is no DRV, not even close. Look past the skin, there is a reason DRVs are so heavy. Stacked tubular frame, hung 3.5 inch walls. Much higher end coach. Put Redwood in with Landmark. If prices are close and you like the DRV, it's a much better built coach.
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I would tend to agree with AA, the DRV (Mobile Suites, not the Tradition model line) is a step up from the Redwood, if you can find a DRV Mobile Suites for the same price as a Redwood, go for it.
During my shopping, I could not find a DRV Mobile Suites for any where close to the price I paid for my Redwood.
I was able to find Landmarks and DRV Traditions at about the same price point as my Redwood and they are constructed similar to the Redwood.
Still happy with my Redwood, been living and traveling in it fulltime for almost 2 years now.
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As Bob said - the DRV Tradition stands out as kind of the "economy DRV", built similar to the Redwood, using a 12" I beam frame and thinner walls (still hung vs laminate), but I don't see where Tradition is made anymore for 2016. I might be wrong.

You can see from the attached Brochure, even the Tradition has (or had) some nice features over Redwood - like real insulated floors, water manifold system and power steps.
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As Bob said - the DRV Tradition stands out as kind of the "economy DRV", built similar to the Redwood, using a 12" I beam frame and thinner walls (still hung vs laminate), but I don't see where Tradition is made anymore for 2016. I might be wrong.

You can see from the attached Brochure, even the Tradition has (or had) some nice features over Redwood - like real insulated floors, water manifold system and power steps.
Yeah, when we was there in August the tour guide said they had already stop the production of the Tradition.
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