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Old 06-20-2021, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Grand Design RV

Anyone with knowledge on this RV brand? We’re looking at travel trailer bunkhouse bumper pull models. We’ve looked at these, jayco, and Forrest river. Grand design seemed to have the best interior but seem to be less known I’m sure because of volume of the other two. Did a search didn’t see a whole lot of reviews on them.


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Old 06-20-2021, 08:28 PM   #2
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I have a grand design 28ft bumper pull and the inside is decent but nothing special. They’re all cheaply made and are built as light as possible.
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Old 06-20-2021, 08:32 PM   #3
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Have a imagine xls 23bhe and absolutely love it. We looked at others and came to the same conclusion as you.

They seem to have a great social media support system and customer service as well.

That said, I think they are all in the grand scheme of things, cheaply made and will have issues.
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Old 06-20-2021, 08:34 PM   #4
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GD and Jayco are about the highest quality level at their price points. Think Ford or GM. Then there is another brand, made by Tiffan, that is like the BMW of RV's.

GD are really nice. Most owners complaints are usually user error, or failure to understand how something works. Just like Jayco. Just do your pre purchase inspection, and take your time, and you will be just fine. We almost bought a GD, they just didn't have the bunkhouse we wanted. We went with a Jayco.
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Old 06-20-2021, 08:43 PM   #5
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I have a grand design 28ft bumper pull and the inside is decent but nothing special. They’re all cheaply made and are built as light as possible.

That describes every bumper pull.


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Old 06-20-2021, 08:50 PM   #6
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Have a Grand Design bumper pull and it’s been a great trailer but we’ve out grown
it. We’ve been shopping and want to stick with grand design but they don’t offer all the features we want. If we could get a grand design with everything we wanted we would stick with them no questions asked.
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Old 06-21-2021, 06:03 AM   #7
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Have a Grand Design bumper pull and it’s been a great trailer but we’ve out grown
it. We’ve been shopping and want to stick with grand design but they don’t offer all the features we want. If we could get a grand design with everything we wanted we would stick with them no questions asked.
Same here, We are really happy with our GD Imagine but thinking of upgrading to a 5th wheel staying wit GD or possibly Outdoorsman RV.
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Old 06-21-2021, 06:16 AM   #8
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GD and Jayco are about the highest quality level at their price points. Think Ford or GM. Then there is another brand, made by Tiffan, that is like the BMW of RV's.

GD are really nice. Most owners complaints are usually user error, or failure to understand how something works. Just like Jayco. Just do your pre purchase inspection, and take your time, and you will be just fine. We almost bought a GD, they just didn't have the bunkhouse we wanted. We went with a Jayco.

We are in the process of looking for a new 5th wheel, and I agree with this post 100%. Been doing lots of research, and it’s looking like Grand Design, Jayco or Open Range. I’m having trouble finding a “quality” camper with all the features we want, that’s under 40’.


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Old 06-21-2021, 06:43 AM   #9
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We have an Apex ultra lite by Coachmen. Love it. It has the Azdel walls, makes a big difference. Did research other brands but we preferred this one. Have had no issues.
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Old 06-21-2021, 06:49 AM   #10
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GD Imagine 23BHE here as well. Wanted a smaller one to allow switchbacks in the mountains. Me and 3 buddies used it last year in Colorado on a fishing trip and it did fine. Had to be really organized with that many folks in a 23! Would buy it again.
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Old 06-21-2021, 07:34 AM   #11
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GD makes a great trailer. They all have troubles. GD usually are equipped with 50amp service regardless of size. That is nice. Most others are 30amp as far as smaller bumper pulls go. They have residential toilets if I am not mistaken.

We looked at them but went a different route.
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Old 06-21-2021, 08:38 AM   #12
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We bought a 2021 Transcend 221RB last August and love it. It is considered a couples trailer and I didn't want to buy a new truck. We've had it out about 15 trips so far just returning from S. Llano River SP. Transcend is the lower end but we are very pleased with the quality. Grand Design requires dealers to do a PDI prior to delivery. If they don't, ask why not.



I did a lot of research prior to buying and found this article very helpful. YMMV https://outdoorfact.com/travel-trailer-brands-to-avoid



I can highly recommend our dealer in Rockport, Camper Clinic, though they are now a part of Explore USA. Not sure if that will change the service we have had. During PDI they found the board that controlled the option of electric or propane to operate the frig was faulty, no propane option. Apparently a bad batch as we were 8th in line to get one. I took the rig and they called a month later to tell me the board was in. Set an appointment to fix it. We arrived at 10:30 and went to lunch in Port Aransas. Came back at 3 PM and decided to go by since we hadn't heard from them. They said they were getting ready to call us to let know the rig was ready.



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Old 06-21-2021, 10:58 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone


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Old 06-21-2021, 11:38 AM   #14
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Jayco is not what they used to be. Lower end quality now days.


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Old 06-21-2021, 11:53 AM   #15
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We are in the process of looking for a new 5th wheel, and I agree with this post 100%. Been doing lots of research, and it’s looking like Grand Design, Jayco or Open Range. I’m having trouble finding a “quality” camper with all the features we want, that’s under 40’.


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We bought a Jayco 31MB 5th wheel (37') a few months back. Really like everything about it, especially with our two small kids having their own room. As mentioned, everything on travel trailers is built cheaply. So far I'm on the third motor for one of the slides (first was faulty, second wouldn't move, and third has worked fine thus far, fingers crossed). One of the support pistons on the awning has given out (we've never used it, but just tried it out on our last trip and sure enough). The check valve was malfunctioning on the water heater (cheap chi-com plastic that wouldn't open all the way. That was replaced with brass). Otherwise, all good...lol!!

They all have issues and hopefully we sail smoothly for a while. Thankful all these were DIY repairs vs. bringing it in for service, and Crestwood was very cooperative exchanging parts to make it right.

Good luck!
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Old 06-21-2021, 12:15 PM   #16
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I just bought a Grand Design 2800BH about a month ago. When I went to pick it up, it was not getting power from the pole at the dealership. They fixed it pretty quickly but I would have thought that would have been noticed before I picked it up. Last week we went on a short "shake down" trip. Water would not get hot on either gas or electric. That is fixed now and the dealership said it was improper factory installation. Does anyone believe in quality control before a product goes out the door anymore?

I like everything else about it thus far. All R.V.'s have issues. It is the nature of the beast in my opinion. I have run the whole gamut in my life. Started with a pop up, then to travel trailer, then to 5th wheel, a 40 ft Motor Home and now back to a travel trailer.

Greatest day of my life was getting rid of the Motorhome. Perpetual problems with that unit. The Jayco 5th wheeler was my most trouble free.

I have not had the Grand Design long enough to really pass judgement but after the initial kinks were worked out, I really think we will like it.
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Old 06-21-2021, 12:53 PM   #17
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on my 3rd Keystone TT love them all. Like other state RVs are built cheap.

No matter what you get buying from the best of a sorry lot of manufactures.

They all have issues. Its just what issues you will have. Roof Construction and sealing is the biggest thing to look at. These trailers all HATE water. So how they keep it out is the starting point. From there. its a crap shoot
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They all have issues. The MOST IMPORTANT THING in buying a RV is not the brand, but the service department. If you think I am kidding, you will find out. I have friends that bought a 5th wheel last year brand new and it has been in the shop waiting on repairs for 7 of the 10 months they have owned it.
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Old 06-21-2021, 01:09 PM   #19
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GD Transcend 265BH
Also purchased from Camper Clinic in Rockport.
We are on our second summer, and have been enjoying it.
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Old 06-21-2021, 01:14 PM   #20
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Also purchased from Camper Clinic in Rockport.
We are on our second summer, and have been enjoying it.
That's a really cool floorplan for that size trailer. I really like those rear bunks, and I'd LOVE to have that exterior storage under them. I aaaalmost talked myself into that trailer when I bought mine.
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Old 06-21-2021, 01:42 PM   #21
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They all have issues. The MOST IMPORTANT THING in buying a RV is not the brand, but the service department. If you think I am kidding, you will find out. I have friends that bought a 5th wheel last year brand new and it has been in the shop waiting on repairs for 7 of the 10 months they have owned it.
Ain't that the truth. Our RV is in for it's yearly warranty repairs. They have requested three months to do repairs. I had a list of 20 items, most of which were very minor items. Only one is kind of a PITA, but can be done in a day.
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I heard this as well. Jayco got bought out and hasn't been the same since.
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Old 06-21-2021, 02:23 PM   #23
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My parents have a Grand Design. Its nice. They had an issue with the fridge right off the bat. It seems to be a common issue with their double door RV fridges. I wouldn't hesitate to make my next trailer a GD but would have to have a residential fridge in it.
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Old 06-21-2021, 10:16 PM   #24
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Stay away from Forest River. A guy at my station is a RV repairman and he works on FR more than any other.
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Old 06-21-2021, 10:30 PM   #25
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Also purchased from Camper Clinic in Rockport.
We are on our second summer, and have been enjoying it.

We looked for that camper when we bought ours a few weeks ago. None are to be found but could be ordered and no idea how long it would take. That’s the best floor plan for a sub30 ft trailer. Looked at a lot of trailers and they are all made cheap.
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We just bought a 2021 Transcend, 29BH I really like this Camper because it only has 1 dump outlet. Our Keystone Sprinter had 3 outlets. It was a mess of hoses. We are also having some issues with the refrigerator in this new camper. I think it’s because my kids move the thermostat to 75 and the AC doesn’t shut off so the refrigerator loses power. I may be wrong. Insight on this issue would help.
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Old 06-21-2021, 10:59 PM   #27
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I have a Grand Design Reflection that has been great. We have put some miles on it without issue.
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Old 06-21-2021, 11:32 PM   #28
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2018 28BH Grand Design Reflection has been great!
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Old 06-22-2021, 05:57 AM   #29
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Grand Design is now owned by Winnebago. Seems the companies like this get bought by the big companies. Also they have had such a high demand (all mfrs) and lack of components in some cases that they are putting them together as fast as they can. There will be issues. Refrigerators seem to be a big one. Fortunately, we keep ours at home and turn the frig on a couple of days prior to leaving. We freeze bottles of water in the freezer and carry bagged ice from home. This really helps keep it cold but we don't have kiddos in and out of it either.
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We looked for that camper when we bought ours a few weeks ago. None are to be found but could be ordered and no idea how long it would take. That’s the best floor plan for a sub30 ft trailer. Looked at a lot of trailers and they are all made cheap.
We bought ours in May of last year. It was the only one we could find in the state, so we jumped on it.

We researched them to death. Even went to the Houston RV show, and that helped narrow the field to GD. We love this floorplan. It has the most countertop space, and biggest bathroom of any camper in its class. That was a huge selling point for us.

I wish it had 2 AC's, but so far it has not been an issue. I have done what I can to keep the daytime sun out (black Maxxair vent covers), and I just installed an RVairflow, so we will see how much that helps. I will say that it does what it advertises. There is a whole lot more flow out of the ducts. On one side some air was getting blown into the roof "attic" cavity due to poor factory installation/alignment of the piece that directs the flow of air from the ac to the ducts.
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:19 AM   #31
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Thanks for all the responses. Think we have decided on a Imagine 2910BH. Seems to be a good floor plan and not too big at the same time.


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