Four Winds International 701 County Road 15
Elkhart, Indiana U.S.A.
Four Winds International RV RV Disaster Elkhart Indiana
I question the structural integrity of these expensive motor homes built by Four Winds International (Elkhart, IN) and attached to a Ford Truck chassis. I question the safety of passengers riding inside the coach of this poorly constructed vehicle rapidly deteriorating within a 2 year period and with only 5000 miles on the odometer. As one example, the integrity of the lock latches on doors and cabinets are questionable with stored items flying through the cabin at high speeds while navigating highways. The integrity of this product is highly quesionable as evident by the following list of problems as a resulting from poor construction and materials selection on a vehicle marketed for ourdoor recreation and operating on our highways. Below are just some of the problems that we can see.There are likely deeper more invisible problems: Mechanical Failure:Pop out room mechanism is failing. The failure of this mechanism would linterefere with balance and compromise safety at high speeds. Materials Failure:Particle board construction of interior fixtures have little resistance to temperature and humidity and utilized in this vehicle marketed for outdoors recreation. Cabinets and other structures attached to the interior walls have shown extraordinary deterioration over this short period and may pose a safety issue when separation occurs. Structural Failure:Water impingement due to leaks from either failure of roof or outside structures attached to the body (awning, etc.). Water intrusion would certainly accelerate internal failure that may lead to separation of coach fixtures and injury to passangers and operators in this vehicle. Neither the manufacturer nor the dealership will acknowledge responsibility for these design and construction flaws that could possibly lead to injury due to structural failure. Some industry standards should exist for these vehicles regarding construction to maximize their safety. The 1 year warranty offered by the manufacturer is ridiculous for a product of this complexity and cost. The manufacturer can build this vehicle and cut manufacturing cost by utilizing inappropriate materials and poor construction and avoid responsibility for failures since the lay consumer will likely not become aware of the problems until after expiration of the warranty.
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