Camping World Got Us Too: Customer Review

Camping World Got Us Too: Customer Review

After months of dealing with a new lemon RV we ran into another hurdle. The Camping World that said they could and would fix it, may not be able to now. This mess isn’t over yet.

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  1. Pickled People on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Unfortunately, if you own a camper or a boat, and you don’t know how to, or want to fix things, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  2. packingten on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Called them for mot home they had wanted to test drive. "Oh that one needs work it won’t start "(near 30k)..

  3. True Texan on March 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Never purchased a rv from cw, but I used to buy a few products from their catalog until i found out i could get the same items a lot cheaper at Walmart or Amazon.

  4. Juiceboxx TM on March 11, 2020 at 11:56 am

    My family bought a brand new Sunset Trail by Crossroads. I bought new thinking i dont want to spend my time fixing anything and just enjoy camping with my kids. Wow what a piece of garbage. Problem after problem endless issues. The number one thing i loaded into the trailer on camping day was my tools as i know I’m going to have to fix something on our trip. Imho the camping industry has ballooned bigger then the industry can keep up so the QC has gone out the window letting the dealerships holding the bag. Disgusting and very shady to say the least, Between overcrowded campgrounds that are next to impossible to book on weekends to the quality of these campers i walked away. Good riddance.

  5. Marell Spear on March 11, 2020 at 11:56 am

    we bought a 2005 alfa from camping world, went with a list told them what we wanted and got it. Price was good, fifth wheel is built like a tank, everything works. no leaks, we will have to put new awnings over the slides and maybe new wiper seals, but thats all we could find and we crawled inside everything. we’ve never had any problem with our local camping world, but its local people, a smaller area, and we know where they live. its harder to f-up when people know you by sight on the streets.

  6. smoberdeen on March 11, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I’m only 3 minutes into this video and I hear Camping World being blamed for something the manufacturer did wrong. Camping World sold the RV; they didn’t manufacturer it. It sounds to me like it is a Forest River problem. So; how does the quality of a product get improved? Camping World and the rest of the dealerships should refuse to sell the junk. I have a Keystone that had delamination after only 3 months of ownership. Extended warranty? They may as well be printed on a biodegradable roll sold in a 4 pack and safe for RV septic tanks.

  7. Brandon Freese on March 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I’m a technician by trade. And you would not believe. What piles of shit. Are sold it’s not a house.. key word here is camp because it’s a glorified step up from a tent. Ny advice. Is keep it small. And a step up from a tent. Or buy a quality motorhome for 500,000 if you wanna be a big dog. But remember they all are made cheap. The manufacturer just wants tour money. I’ve ran into over 100 issues on a pdi it’s not uncommon. And hate to say it. But if your trying to get outdoors. Do it. But it’s more affordable. To sleep in a 5 star hotel. Then a camper. Your actually going to spend less in the long run. It’s a luxury item right you wanted it their you go. Prepare to shell out money. Just like you just bought a boat. Bring on another thousand. And hey if the stars align. Maybe the service department might let you camp a day or two!🤦🏻‍♂️😂🎯🤫

  8. tomj528 on March 11, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    After checking out RVs for the past few years the ONLY "RV" I’d ever get is to buy a new high roof van (promaster or ford transit) and convert it into a class B RV/ camper van myself. Everything else is just junk. A bed platform with 2 twin foam mattresses side-by-side to make a short king, 30"x48" wet bath with composting toilet, solar with simple electrical system, espar type heater, alternator charging the house batteries and the rest is just a few cabinets. No propane, no generator, no complex electronics, just the basics with nice homebuilt high quality cabinets. Other than clothes and food the only gear we’d take is a few fishing rods, camping chairs and a folding outdoor table. Making this our second vehicle, taking the place of my truck, would completely offset the cost as well and 15-17MPG sure doesn’t hurt either. We’d use it to primarily travel our home state, fishing enjoying state/county parks and never going near a RV park, boondocking only. We just went to the Northwoods last week and we must have passed 30 great spots to spend the day by lakes, rivers and even small town parks along with many points of interest including several scenic overlooks. No 2×2 constuction and particle board, just a full structural steel body and easily serviced as I’d build it all…modular construction so I could easily unbolt everything and move to a new van too. It’s the only way to fly.

  9. Snap Crackle on March 11, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    I watched a video by an attorney,
    Steve Lehto, here on YouTube. He says don’t buy an rv. The reason is that in most states, rv’s are not covered by the lemon law! Once they get your signature and your money you’re screwed!

  10. Corey Smith on March 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    U should have watched videos on YouTube about camping world before u bought anything from them.. there are hundreds of videos warning u about their practices.. a good dealership would have fixed all ur problems and dealt with the manufacturer, without involving you in the process… I also bet that u paid a lot more in hidden fees on ur contract with them,then u would have with an honest dealership.. SORRY u got taken, hard lesson to learn…

  11. TeddyCavachon on March 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t have a RV; this video just came up on my Home feed because I do follow a few RV channels out of curiosity. I had a discussion a few days ago with a neighbor who had his class B camper in the driveway. When he told me it had just been in the shop for 65 days to fix leaks and other warranty issues I asked, “Did you buy it at Camping World?”. He nodded in the affirmative. He related how the water leak had caused a wooden panel under the bed to have toxic black mold and when reviewing all the repairs noticed that the board, rather than being replaced, had simply been reversed. When he insisted they remove it he discovered the mold was still on it. So apparent not only will CW rip you off they will consciously put your health in danger.

  12. Kevin Clark on March 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I bought a Forest River Grey Wolf in December 2017..the 2018 model I haven’t had an issue with Forest Rivers warranty, but it took Camping World here in Tulsa, Oklahoma a month…actually 36 days to fix a leaking water faucet in the kitchen…this camper hadn’t even been used yet and when we did take it out for its maiden voyage the sink leaked underneath the counter behind the cabinets and all over the floor…I don’t know how Camping World is the go to place to fix this stuff but Wade’s RV in Glenpool, Oklahoma is the place to take it now…I will never buy from Camping World ever again…not even a shower curtain

  13. Vaughn Taylor on March 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    You have to remember camping world is not a RV manufacturer I am a supplier to the manufacturers and know how all this works you need to have the man that made it fix it there are things on your camper that were boltedbolted on the frame first and if any of the things that were bolted on first needs to come off you are fucked because the camper would have to be completely disassembled to do it right I know what the fuck I’m talking about and you know if you don’t disassemble it they will halfass it and if they do take it apart it will never be the same it would be like buying a rebuilt RV either pick up a different one or get your money back if you do anything else you are screwing yourself

  14. Tom Chambliss on March 11, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Wow! I hate seeing all the negative comments about Camping World because I just started working there. I totally agree with how cheap campers and rvs are made. If I made one it would be too heavy to drive down the road. Lol. I don’t think all CW locations are bad because our store has good reviews. I’ve only been here 2 weeks but I think corporate has a website for reviews. Maybe that could help some of the issues at other locations. One problem we have is trying to get the customer to understand that these repairs take time. It’s not unbolting and rebolting like the automotive industry but in the same breath when you get it back you should be TOTALLY satisfied and 100% repaired on your problem and advised of any other issues that were found. I guess I rambled on enough and hope I can say you all are wrong in the future. Lol
    Happy camping everyone and stay safe out there. 🚌🚝⛺

  15. Pebbles C. on March 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Omg what year is this an how long have u had it

  16. terry long on March 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I will never and I mean NEVER buy ANYTHING from this Thuggish mob mentality company.
    Thank you for this post. I’m looking to purchase an RV upon retirement next year. I’m avoiding
    CAMPING WORLD like the plague !!

  17. jay dee on March 11, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    We had a new Keystone (2011) 28 foot travel trailer. It gave us nothing but problems, plumbing issues, slide out leaking when it rained, axles, brakes and just plain shoddy quality. We finally (after 5,000 dollars out of pocket to have things fixed after the warranty ran out) traded the thing off. Keystone has issues with their customer service department, they rarely return phone calls and when they do the support person is rude.

  18. Walt A on March 11, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    This guy is keeping his cool really good , !!

  19. G Mercer on March 11, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    I looked at a forest river RV. Just visually inspection found tons of flaws. I walked.

  20. D.L. Fitzpatrck on March 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Well when trying to buy a RV the way the do the money (so called dicount)

  21. The Olive on March 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Sham-ping World and Good-sham are the same company.

  22. eva garden on March 11, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    What has anyone heard about dealing w Jayco and their class c’s?

  23. Charming Ferret on March 11, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Is there any quality control at all in the USA?

  24. everwharesismine on March 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    The CEO of Camping world was reported to have said…"anyone who votes for Trump doesn’t need to visit Camping World".. pretty telling isn’t it.

  25. Allen Williams on March 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    After 5 years I am finally rid of my Camping World nightmare. With full disclosure to the buyer I was finally able to give it away

  26. Don Godwin on March 11, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Campersworld is the worst. Cardinal (forest river) is also the worst. The RV industry is a joke period. We have a cardinal which is suppose to be one of their best, nothing but problems from day one. Contacting cardinal (forest river) was and still is a joke. Someone is going to wake up and build a good product and take over the rv industry.

  27. Stephen Sprenger on March 11, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Get a lawyer. Forest River has a terrible reputation. Most Rv’s are very shoddily built. I wanted a small motor home at one time until I got a job delivering new ones. They are just plain junk. Should have bought a little used Casita that has all the bugs fixed.

  28. VancouverCanucksRock on March 11, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Do you think this substadard quality is intentional? By that, I don’t mean to make them more money, by cutting corners, and using substandard Materials. What I mean is, doing these things, to then make it as hard as possible for People to live in these Vehicles? The Govt doesn’t like People doing this, I can guarantee it. Also, I bet ya don’t see many, if any, of those Immigrants/Refugees doing this…No, they’re given the nice, comfy Homes, that were once ours, but then stolen by the Banks.

  29. Dale Watkins on March 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Not sure if I’m just lucky or what, but our last truck slide in Arctic Fox 990 camper really didn’t have any issues in the many years we owned it! The 12V batteries where due for replacement about when we sold it, but otherwise it worked well for us! We now have a Tiffin motorhome, (1 year) and have had one major repair (slide) but other than that it’s been little things I can fix myself. I’m expecting the same in the future, where some things will need replacement/repair, and hoping ‘I’ can do much of it. Sorry to hear of so many issues related to Fifth wheels & trailers, as I’m seeing several negative Youtube video’s on Camping world, but I suppose one could find negative video’s on many of the brands sold today!

  30. Red Red on March 11, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    You guys are great.
    doing a lot of research wouldn’t step foot in camping world if I was in your situation I’d probably go in there and end up in jail. 😤.

  31. brussell639 on March 11, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Do yourself a favor and learn how to fix everything yourself. Just don’t let anyone else know you can, because they’ll never leave you alone.

  32. Hy speed on March 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Dude you have yet to have a bad experience, try Camping world in Pooler Ga called Camping World of Savannah. They had my motorhome 4 months just to put in a rear AC unit and service the motor and generator. I went to get it because i was moving in permanently . So the girl managing the repairs lied to me on camera that she personally knew my water system had been checked, so i asked her how did you put water in the system when there is no water filter under the sink? The brand new dometic AC with heat strip did not work, on the way home after they kept my MH four months. The entry door i asked them to replace the gaskets on were pouring water because it started raining, have that on video as well, Stopped to fuel up, checked the oil in the generator it was half stick and black as coal, so they did not change the oil i was charged 12 dollars a gallon for. The next day it was pouring, the brand new MaxxFan Deluxe Remote Control RV Ventilator System i bought and Camping World installed, was pouring water all over the floor. I called and they sent someone out to fix it, he went up with a caulk gun came down said it was fixed, stopped raining by then, the next week it poured again came home from walmart the floor was under water. Then i found out the inverter was not charging the batteries,everything worked except the rear AC when i carried it there, only 19000 miles on the motorhome. So i bought a new Magnum MS 2800 inverter, they wired it wrong and burnt up one whole side of my motorhome when i plugged it to shore power. microwave convection oven is toast. I had to send it back to Miami to get fixed, the ms2800, hired a mobile repair guy to take it out and put back in. While he was testing circuits he dragged his tool bag across my mattress that had no sheets on it, ruining it so i had to buy a new one. There is more i just cannot relive it all right now. So count yourself lucky I would trade your experience for mine any day. BTW I AM STILL FIXING SYSTEMS TODAY THAT THE INVERTER BURNT UP.

  33. Joe Hopp on March 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Have traveled the country and it is hard to find an rv company that is moral or reasonable. I find that camping world at least does it with a smile!!

  34. brandon osborne on March 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Sounds like the problem is forest river. Not camping world. Its not a house. If they built them like one then they would weigh twice as much

  35. After Hours on March 11, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Great job in keeping a time track, king size matress is easy to replace lol, no slide-out removal needed, just watch you tube for videos, sounds like yall are nik picking this unit (R.V.) to death, have fun!

  36. Buffalo Beano on March 11, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Camping world sucks stay away .

  37. roscoe jones on March 11, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    If you ever visit a trailer factory, you will not buy one.

  38. Joan McCreless on March 11, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    The problem is that camping world Jack’s their prices up unreal…no wonder nobody wants to pay their prices..its their way of making money for nothing..the rv makers are up on their game….wait for the other warranty co..who covers 100%…truth be known..camping world would do a crappy job anyway

  39. everwharesismine on March 11, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    I took a popup to CW and spent 60.00 on an inspection. At the end, I was given a sheet that read in part, lights don’t work, water leaks, propane stove not tested, tires need air…. now, when I read over this I was amazed… I paid to have someone tell me what any idiot could’ve told me by just switching on a switch or observing.. so I raised hell, what is the point of an inspection for defects if you aren’t going to tell me what the issues are and how to fix them? I did get my money back and I have not been back.

  40. Don Page on March 11, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    I would not buy a stick of gum from camping world

  41. ED ABRAMS on March 11, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    My wife and I were just at a camping world looking at the forest river line and I will tell you — I’m crossing that line off the list

  42. Frank Roper on March 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Hey guys…maybe it is time to do some real camping…in a tent!

  43. Jennifer Crawford on March 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Just towed my mom’s 5th wheel to GA, a Cedar Creek Champagne she has had it for just under a year and just had to pay $1,900 to have repairs done on it because the water line for the icemaker breaking is not covered in the warranty apparently. We left camping world and 40 miles up the road the underside of the RV "fell" it is hard to explain but the insulation was hanging and the plastic underneath dragging. I don’t know if it is from work that camping world did or just the RV itself.

  44. Huey Segura on March 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I was a RV Dealer for many years. You have a number of things going against you. First and foremost the whole RV Manufacturer part of the industry has gone to crap. Even though I am no longer a dealer, i am still in the service business. The quality of the product produced today is less than half the quality of say year 2000. Second, you bought from Camping World. It’s leadership is not trustworthy and only care about their stock market issues. They do not care about you, their employees or your happiness. So the problem starts at the top. Third, you bought a Forest River product. Forest River was the catalyst that started the cheap made RV phenomenon in the early 2000’s. Believe me when I tell you this because I was a Forest River dealer at the time. They used every cost cutting method they could find to make themselves the lowest price on the block. So pricing pressure finally changed the way the industry builds RV’s. The customer and the dealers pay the price for their cheap made product and lack of quality control.

    I wish I had advice that would make it better for you, but the industry as a whole is a disappointment for those of us who worked in the industry before this, and for the customers who are trying to enjoy the RV world today. I do not own one, nor would I today. I would buy an old Holiday Rambler Alumascape and restore it. That was a well made RV.

  45. Jim Shorts on March 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    We bought a brand new Forest River travel trailer last fall, they don’t stand behind anything same with Campers Inn, You are a know body once you pull away. I have seen camping world reviews and I think they even mark stuff way up on contracts. Run from all of them

  46. joe james on March 11, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    it sure seems like its forest river you should be mad at.

  47. GINO MASCIA on March 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Camping world sucks

  48. Mountaintarheel on March 11, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    I learned the hard way several years ago, Forest River does NOT back their warranty. So if the camper is made by Forest River, my advice is to run away very fast. I will never buy a FR camper again and I also advise people not to buy their campers either.

  49. Tammy Atkins on March 11, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Camping world is not innocent here they should stop selling anything that can’t fix dont sell it if you cant fix it

  50. Natalie Schwartz on March 11, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    goes to show you that camping world didn’t do a good job on their PDI

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