I had it all planned out as to how I was going to do the New Horizons entry. Sheesh. That was a little ambitious as it took me all morning. :)
But it was quite an education for me as I went through all the add-ons to the base prices. I really like many of the standard features, but it seems there are quite a few others that should be standard if 90% of the customers are full-timers.
Now as much as we liked our tour and liked the construction of the New Horizons, we have a reader that hates her New Horizon rig and hates dealing with the company.
She says she had over 50 repairs that needed to be made and stayed at the factory for a month. She said several other owners that she met at the factory had extensive repairs as well. She also said her unit was NOT built to her specifications. She would NEVER recommend New Horizons to anyone.
Okay. Every manufacturer can put out a bad product. But I think a custom rig for New Horizons money had better be pretty much flawless. So, whereas I don't put much stock in manufacturer complaints normally, I am taking note of this one from a long-time RV-Dreams Community member. :)
Just to follow up, I went out to the New Horizons Owners Group Forum to see if I could spot any other problems. It looks like the forum was just started in October 2005, and there are about 90 members. But it is getting very little use and there is not a lot of information.
In the interest of fairness I did go to a couple of other forums where I did find a few problems. Most of them were "I still think New Horizons is well built, but ...." as they relayed a specific issue.
The curious thing is that the forums are full of people that tout the quality of New Horizons, but there is relatively little feedback from actual owners as compared to other brands (which is partly due to the relatively small number of owners).
Anyway, just thought I would muddy the waters a little with the perspective of one very dissatisfied owner. But there is little else negative said out there about this manufacturer. :)
While I was building our rig to New Horizons specs :), Linda went to one of the local markets for some produce. About the time she returned, I finished up the entry.
Then I was off to Colbert Hills Golf Course. It turned out to be a gorgeous day and the course is beautiful - at least the parts where construction of houses hasn't started yet. :)
I was paired up with Gordon from Denver and his father-in-law Jerry from Missouri. It's a good thing I enjoyed the company, 'cause my golf game was lousy. It looked like I hadn't played since July. :)
But it was a great day to be out playing a really nice course. Unfortunately, I think the course is going to be surrounded by houses the next time we come through the area.
I got home to find Linda in MY recliner reading. She said she had been on the phone all day with relatives. She had been on the phone for an hour and was still talking when I left. Good thing it's the free minutes weekend. :)
She whipped up some tilapia and had made an apple crisp dessert with the apples she got this morning. It was a very nice end to a lovely day. :)
On to Wichita tomorrow.
Now, for those of you that would like us to tour other manufacturing plants, etc. it's gonna cost ya. :) We can either do something like that on a fee basis, OR we can start a subscription newsletter type of thing.
If we can get enough interest in a $10 - $20 per year subscription to an email newsletter, there are more things we can do for our readers and more details we could provide beyond the Journal. We have been thinking about a newsletter anyway, so if we can get 200 - 300 or so subscribers, we could justify a REALLY good newsletter and invite the Community to participate in articles, etc.
So let us know what you think about price, frequency, whether you would like to participate, and any other ideas you might have. :)