Originally Posted by villain2000
My camper progression begins with a 19bh. We skipped the pop-up step. We love ours, too. Why was your Starcraft hybrid such a PITA?
I wish I had started with a 19BH as my first camper. I am impressed with how they manage to fit all the amenities into a 19 foot camper and still make it feel spacious for it's size.
As far as why I hated the Starcraft there are quite a few reasons but the main ones were....
1) I was sick of dealing with the leaking front bunk. I had replaced the seals and done everything else by the book including taking i to the dealer and letting them try to fix it but nothing worked. Every time I pulled in the rain water would drive back in to the lower channel build up and run over the channel into the camper. I even tried taping the bunk doors shut when I was pulling in the rain and that helped some but water would still eventually find it's way in. The last straw was a 6 hour drive to a campsite and when we got there the whole camper was about flooded.
2) I was meticulous about the maintenance on the camper but this spring I inadvertently discovered the the whole underside of the camper was soaked. To make a long story short after probably 12 hours of trying to find a leak I got a moisture meter and started probing the floor of the camper from the bottom side and found the area that was the wettest was around the water heater. I eventually found that they had cut the water heater hole larger than needed and there were gaps on the corners of the water heater that couldn't be seen with removing the trim piece. Water had been leaking into that camper from the day I bought it unbeknownst to me and I just happened to find it when I was running some new speaker wires under the camper and drilled through the floor.
While I know that there are quite a few Starcraft's out there and most of them are fine I think I got a lemon on money and was just tired of working on it nonstop.