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3.4 (39 reviews)
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3.6
Overall quality
2.7
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3.9
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4.0
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2.7

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John McQueen

Oregon, USA

Reviewed on February 20, 2024

RV reviewed 2020 Riverside Rv Retro 169r view listing

1.8
We bought this trailer in 2020 didn’t get to use it much because of Covid took it out about 3 times next year we had several wildfires so only took it out 1 time now we are in 2023 2024 used it for about 3 weeks for a job I had out of town. We have had nothing but trouble with this trailer very poorly b... read more
We bought this trailer in 2020 didn’t get to use it much because of Covid took it out about 3 times next year we had several wildfires so only took it out 1 time now we are in 2023 2024 used it for about 3 weeks for a job I had out of town. We have had nothing but trouble with this trailer very poorly built inside trim falling off shower leaks was not sealed properly, the outside corner rubber molding that covers the screws blew off when going down the road all 4 corners and around the door, which is causing water on the inside and mold. Very disappointed in this trailer.
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1.0
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1.0
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3.0
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3.0
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Ray Cousino

Reviewed on September 19, 2023

RV reviewed 2022 Riverside RV Retro 171DRD view listing

2.0
We purchased a new Retro Rv camper from a dealer in Ohio. I have to say this is the cheapest, lowest quality camper I have ever seen. Here is just a brief list of problems with our brand new camper. ( Several areas of the roof and trim were missing sealant, so not sure what kind of water damage has occurred. ... read more
We purchased a new Retro Rv camper from a dealer in Ohio. I have to say this is the cheapest, lowest quality camper I have ever seen. Here is just a brief list of problems with our brand new camper. ( Several areas of the roof and trim were missing sealant, so not sure what kind of water damage has occurred. Missing and poor trim installation on inside. Table is not secure when in up position, cushions do not fit when table is down for secondary bed. Shower pan installed on the outside of the shower walls. Mounting brackets for vent cover on roof installed in wrong place. Wall paneling loose, and causing joint tape to bubble. Exterior door frame not sealed, can see outside / daylight from inside.). Poor design on location of dining and bedroom windows on awning side. Not allowing for a larger awning.
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1.0
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1.0
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2.0
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5.0
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Buddy Bahama

Reviewed on September 17, 2023

RV reviewed 2021 Riverside RV Retro 189R view listing

4.4
I bought a Riverside Retro 189R (24 ft) brand new in June of 2021. I have been living in it full time since then. I live in an RV park and hear horror stories about other peoples Travel Trailers /RV's and can only tell you my Riverside RV travel trailer has been great! I live in Florida where it rains hard an... read more
I bought a Riverside Retro 189R (24 ft) brand new in June of 2021. I have been living in it full time since then. I live in an RV park and hear horror stories about other peoples Travel Trailers /RV's and can only tell you my Riverside RV travel trailer has been great! I live in Florida where it rains hard and the sun bakes! No leaks or problems of any kind. I get many compliments on it's styling and interior layout. The only negative is that at 24 feet, the tub/shower is small. Otherwise I'm super comfortable and plan to continue living in my trailer for a few years to come. Buddy Bahama
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Joel Collins

Reviewed on August 21, 2023

RV reviewed 2018 Riverside RV Retro 189R view listing

2.6
The camper is fine. It's the customer service and repair/parts center that is the problem. Charged me $800 shipping on the wrong parts. They never bothered to say anything about not having the correct parts. Man, what a headache and loss of money. Beware of future poor assistance if you buy one.... read more
The camper is fine. It's the customer service and repair/parts center that is the problem. Charged me $800 shipping on the wrong parts. They never bothered to say anything about not having the correct parts. Man, what a headache and loss of money. Beware of future poor assistance if you buy one.
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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Steve

Reviewed on February 9, 2023

RV reviewed 2022 Riverside RV Retro 135 view listing

5.0
We've used our 135 a half dozen times now (Our is actually a 2023 we purchased new in Late November 2022). We have been happy with it and have had no problems. Everything works, nothing has fallen apart. Some of the other reviewers either bought used versions or needed to actually stay a night in their rv... read more
We've used our 135 a half dozen times now (Our is actually a 2023 we purchased new in Late November 2022). We have been happy with it and have had no problems. Everything works, nothing has fallen apart. Some of the other reviewers either bought used versions or needed to actually stay a night in their rv before driving it off the lot to test everything out. The toilet area is extra cramped....I am 5'9" and if I was any taller or had longer legs, i couldn't sit with the door closed. Storage inside the unit is also lacking a bit, but that's a problem with all little RV units I think. Otherwise...we love the rear entry floor plan, it allows for us to use the entire camp-side of the trailer to hang a screen and use our projector to watch NHL/NFL/MLB/EPL games when we have 5G service. The pass-through storage is plenty big for us, and the AC is more than sufficient for this size trailer...and we live in AZ.
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5.0
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Kristine V Wilkison

Nevada

Reviewed on October 3, 2022

RV reviewed 2021 Riverside RV Retro 171DRD view listing

1.8
1st trip in March 2021 - shower leaked with water all over floor - it was not caulked at all. Radio did not/does not work. TV did not/does not work - wiring appears to be defective. Trim pieces fell off dinette seat. Cupboard door opened up while on the road (of course, everything fell out. Screen door di... read more
1st trip in March 2021 - shower leaked with water all over floor - it was not caulked at all. Radio did not/does not work. TV did not/does not work - wiring appears to be defective. Trim pieces fell off dinette seat. Cupboard door opened up while on the road (of course, everything fell out. Screen door did not (& still does not) stay shut. Unfortunately- due to covid - 2nd trip, was in Sept 2022, so no warranty. Refrigerator did work (possible wiring problem)- had to use an ice chest; hand -held shower head broke; 2 ceiling lights did not work; heater did not work (had to buy a portable heater). We owned our previous trailer 18 years and never had an issue. Wish we had done more research before purchasing this "cute" trailer. We would not recommend it to anyone.
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3.0
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Daniel Zimmer

Michigan

Reviewed on May 29, 2022

RV reviewed 2022 Riverside RV Retro 135 view listing

2.6
Day 1 of our first camping trip with our new RV Trailer we had 2 electrical outlets that did not function. Wire Insulation was not removed. Wire terminations were hooked up in outlet with insulation coating unremoved. No continuity / conduct electricity as a result. Poetic Enchanted Quality claim from Riversi... read more
Day 1 of our first camping trip with our new RV Trailer we had 2 electrical outlets that did not function. Wire Insulation was not removed. Wire terminations were hooked up in outlet with insulation coating unremoved. No continuity / conduct electricity as a result. Poetic Enchanted Quality claim from Riverside RV : "Riverside RV manufactures the highest quality Recreational Vehicles in all of Northern Indiana. Known for building the most nostalgic brand of travel trailers, the Retro, in the RV industry, Riverside RV is proud to stand with all of our dealer partners, while providing them with the highest quality trailer in the industry. We take quality seriously. This means that each and every unit is closely inspected. Inside and out in production and after completion. We want you to have confidence in our products, and that's why we invest time and effort into this important inspection process" NEWS FLASH-Your electrician lacks basic skill set. The quality control inspection team must have called in sick while our trailer was in process. If only the electrician and QA team were as Gifted as the publicist that drafted your quality mission statement.
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5.0
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5.0
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George Kelbley

New Mexico

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

RV reviewed 2015 Riverside RV Retro 177 Base view listing

5.0
We have had very good luck with our 177 trailer. We purchased it new in early 2016, all appliances are original and all still work properly. The water pump quit less than year in and I replaced it myself rather than hassle with taking it to the dealer. We have had no problem with leaks or the floor, the wo... read more
We have had very good luck with our 177 trailer. We purchased it new in early 2016, all appliances are original and all still work properly. The water pump quit less than year in and I replaced it myself rather than hassle with taking it to the dealer. We have had no problem with leaks or the floor, the workmanship on ours is solid. We've towed this guy all over the West with no problems. Tires replaced one time, tongue jack replaced (I bent it in a parking lot). We did some upgrades like LED bulbs since ours didn't come with them standard. Our main roof vent did not come with a fan so I added that, also replaced both vent lids after one broke, I'm guess too much New Mexico sunshine. This is our first trailer and if we had it to do over again I'd something a little larger as its a tight fit for extended trip with two people. It has a wet bath which a little cozy, but workable. Trailer is light and we started towing with a Tacoma but upgraded to an Expedition, which barely feels the trailer. We do get a lot of looks on the road and we love the style. I realize a lot of reviews are generated by negative experiences, we feel very lucky that our experience has been so good.
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Nina Oller

Kansas

Reviewed on April 3, 2022

RV reviewed 2020 Riverside RV Retro 171DRD view listing

2.8
Great price i guess, and you get what you pay for. Spent a year and a half going back and forth to the dealer for repairs. Some of the things we experienced, waterline puncture under the sink from a stapler first trip out... flood. Radio quit working, heater quit working, ceiling began to droop, entire back ... read more
Great price i guess, and you get what you pay for. Spent a year and a half going back and forth to the dealer for repairs. Some of the things we experienced, waterline puncture under the sink from a stapler first trip out... flood. Radio quit working, heater quit working, ceiling began to droop, entire back wall filled with water, had to get that replaced. First trip of 2022, and toilet valve leaked, and had to keep cutting off the water to control it. Do not recommend! Yeah- most things covered under warranty, but to spend 20k on something that falls apart from the get go, I don't agree with! Unhappy and will trade in or sell and have to face negative equity, does not keep its value. Two years old and we are looking at 7 k in negative equity. Don't buy!
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2.0
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5.0
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Danny Bailey

Texas

Reviewed on March 31, 2022

RV reviewed 2020 Riverside RV Retro 135 view listing

3.4
Purchase unit brand new, Retro 135, 5 miles from the dealer driving in the hwy the solar panels flew off the roof 100% destroyed, same day driving back from Ohio to Texas the 12V battery power did not work at the camp site. Drove back to Texas no new issue, technically purchase the unit drove home still awa... read more
Purchase unit brand new, Retro 135, 5 miles from the dealer driving in the hwy the solar panels flew off the roof 100% destroyed, same day driving back from Ohio to Texas the 12V battery power did not work at the camp site. Drove back to Texas no new issue, technically purchase the unit drove home still awaiting for an appointment from the local dealer. Therefore I have not enjoy the unit yet. Still is a good looking unit just disappointed with workmanship.
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4.0
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