New Trailer Frame
Tanks being installed
Holding tanks being installed
Floor Construction
Furnace Ductwork being installed
Sub-Floor Wiring Detail.
12 Volt and 120 Volt wiring, being installed in Sub-Floor.
Plywood RV Floor Detail.
RV Floor Construction, showing wiring, Plumbing, and Furnace Ductwork.
Tubs and Shower Walls are installed before Trailer exterior Walls are Built.
RV Appliances are installed Before exterior walls are Built.
RV Plumbing and LP Lines are installed, before exterior Walls are built.
Carpet and Vinyl Floors are installed, before Interior Walls and Cabinetry is installed.
Plumbing being installed behind Shower.
Shower Base, Shows lightweight construction.
Kitchen Cabinets, being installed, before exterior Walls are built.
Teflon bars on floor below Slide Out.
Even the least-expensive construction materials can be assembled into a durable, cost-effective RV that can provide years of satisfactory service. At the same time, top-end materials assembled by incompetently trained or unenthusiastic employees can result in disaster. It’s all in how the manufacturer approaches training, equipment and quality control. So don’t let anyone tell you a wood-framed trailer with corrugated siding isn’t a good idea. If it’s built well, it could turn out to be a great buy.
Ever Wonder how your RV was built?
Lightweight Construction?
Full Time RV?



Construction Techniques – You'll find a broad range of construction methods with any type of RV. Construction materials include: steel, aluminum or wooden support members, soft sidewalls, laminated sidewalls and varying types of roofing materials. They all have their pros and cons, periodic maintenance schedules and enhancements.
The exterior structure of the RV is made of fiberglass or metal. Metal, rubber And plastic components are also attached to or part of the exterior structure of the trailer. The finish on those materials is durable but not indestructible. Any material or finish will deteriorate in time.

We cover important aspects of RV Construction such as; chassis, frames, exterior wall construction, structure insulation types, plumbing, electrical, cabinets, windows and roofing materials. 
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Ever wonder how your RV was built?

How to compare quality from one brand to another?

Quality can be many things. If you mean the absence of defects, then there is no clear distinction. RVs are basically hand built, one at a time, and each one differs from the last, so the manufacturing process never gets finely tuned for zero defects. Human mistakes are common and seem to occur equally in all brands & models.

Quality of materials, however, tends to follow price. If one RV costs less than another of seemingly the same amenities and size, you can be pretty sure that the less expensive one has skimped on materials. Light duty frames and running gear, cheap tires, cabinetry made of particle board and paper veneer, marginally sized wiring, cheaper components in things like charging systems, plumbing and lighting, poorer insulation, decals that fade quickly, and lower quality paint jobs are some common examples. RV pricing at the wholesale level is fiercely price competitive, so a difference in MSRP will clearly indicate a difference in the cost of construction and therefore build quality. At the retail level, dealer pricing (discounts) can vary quite a bit, though.

There is not a lot of variability in the size & type you are looking at. A 25 foot travel trailer is basically a commodity, an entry level product. It's a box on a steel frame, built using standard components from the same suppliers that many other manufacturers use. Stoves, water heaters, fridges, water pump, a/c, furnace, etc. will come from one of 2-3 major suppliers of those items and the component quality is similar.

In general, heavier means more rugged. The recent trend toward "lite" has produced trailer frames that bend/twist, undersized axles, and other hidden means of reducing weight. You may not care if you don't travel far or often, but for extended travel you want a rugged chassis and suspension.

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How to compare quality from one brand to another? 

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Before You Buy A RV, RV Inspections.
Welcome to New Horizons RV

Thank you for your interest in New Horizons RV. It is with great pride that we present information for your consideration. We build the world's most luxurious towable RVs. Our units aren't just beautiful, they are engineered and built with attention to detail in every facet that is unmatched in the RV industry.

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BEFORE YOU BUY A RV, RV INSPECTIONS. Owned by Motor Home Doctor

YOU WOULD NOT BUY A HOME WITHOUT AN INSPECTION, WHY WOULD YOU CONSIDER A $100 INSPECTION BY A RV TECHNICIAN THAT JUST CHECKS OFF ITEMS ON A NOTE PAD.

ARE YOU IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW RV? AVOID A POTENTIALLY COSTLY MISTAKE AND HAVE THE RV YOU INTEND TO PURCHASE INSPECTED BY A PROFESSIONAL. 

OUR PRE-PURCHASE RV INSPECTION PROVIDES YOU WITH COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND KNOWING YOU ARE MAKING A COMPREHENSIVE PURCHASING DECISION.

If you are considering purchasing a Used Recreational Vehicle, or a used Motor Home, It is the way to go. A brand new motorhome loses much of its value in the first year and that depreciation can almost never be regained.

There are, however, mistakes that can be made when buying a used Recreational Vehicle/Motorhome as well. Some things to look out for when inspecting potential pre-owned RVs are water damage, rust, worn out appliance’s, rotted rubber roofs and old tires just to name a few.

If a Recreational Vehicle is made with inferior materials, it will not last. When doing your inspection of a potential Recreational Vehicle make sure to notice the quality of the materials and workmanship.

A poorly made Recreational Vehicle can come at a low price but will ultimately not last. Sometimes spending a bit more is necessary for a quality home away from home.
RV CONSTRUCTION
New RV Missing Shower Surround
New RV Missing Shower Surround, Wallboard is not water tight.
Better Constructed Shower
New RV Built Properly, with Shower Surround.
Poorly Constructed Slide Out Floor
Rusted Hydraulic Actuator
Rusted Hydraulic Actuator on RV Slide Out.
Does Your Slide out Floor look like This?
The Value of RV Inspections Before Buying
RVers are frugal by nature so it’s understandable when they’re put off by the cost of a RV inspection. A good inspector will charge anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to over a thousand, depending on the rig. The majority of experienced RVers will pass on the inspection investment, but novice RVers and those who don’t like to get their hands dirty are well-advised to consider one. Spending a little up front on a complete RV inspection is the only assurance a buyer has against expensive problems that inevitably reveal themselves after the sale.
The inspections vary depending on the type of RV. Here’s just one example:
You don’t have to be a math whiz to see that even a $1,249 inspection is a small price to pay when the RV of your dreams is in the shop with a $3,000 repair bill waiting for you. Despite the value, it seems that RV inspections are still the exception and not the norm. If you’re in the market for a new-to-you RV.
Pre-purchase Inspection Reveals $30k in Hidden Defects

Orange Mold on Slide Out Floor.
Another Shoddy Built Slide Out
Does Your Slide out Floor look like This?
Does Your Slide out Floor look like This?