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3.7
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2.7
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4.0
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4.0
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2.9

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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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5.0
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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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1.0
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1.0
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3.0
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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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1.0
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1.0
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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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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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4.0
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Art Clawson

Tennessee

Reviewed on March 30, 2022

RV reviewed 2019 Riverside RV Retro 193 view listing

5.0
Everyone who sees this RV love the look of it. We thoroughly enjoy this Retro. It is easy to set up and pulls very easy behind our pickup especially with the dual axle. The bed sleeps very well with the added mattress cover and the refrigerator/freezer is almost as large as the one we have in our home. Th... read more
Everyone who sees this RV love the look of it. We thoroughly enjoy this Retro. It is easy to set up and pulls very easy behind our pickup especially with the dual axle. The bed sleeps very well with the added mattress cover and the refrigerator/freezer is almost as large as the one we have in our home. The microwave, oven and TV all work excellently. It is easy to heat and cool.
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5.0
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5.0
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Dean Barney

Utah

Reviewed on February 17, 2022

RV reviewed 2020 Riverside RV Retro 135 view listing

4.6
Wife and I purchased this RV new in 2019 prior to the most recent change in factory ownership. We purchased from dealer adjacent to factory in Indiana as a special order. That way we got exactly the colors and options wanted. Also was able to tour factory with the employee who originally promoted and pitch... read more
Wife and I purchased this RV new in 2019 prior to the most recent change in factory ownership. We purchased from dealer adjacent to factory in Indiana as a special order. That way we got exactly the colors and options wanted. Also was able to tour factory with the employee who originally promoted and pitched this floor plan to Riverside. This model has been popular from the start as a couples trailer. We love the interior wood paneling and exterior retro look. In fact traveling with this trailer draws adoring comments from people wherever we go. It's like taking a cute puppy for a walk. We like the dry bath and regular size queen bed. The 12 volt refrigerator works fantastic. Ice-cream is always rock hard. Battery draw is really not bad at all. This small trailer tows straight with no fishtailing even with no swaybar. Quality- This is a hand made unit and fit and finish is average and variable. Before taking delivery we had the crooked bath door rehung and drawers straightened. Other interior trim fixed and so forth. Caulking is going to be hit and miss. Roof sealant is going to need inspection and minor topping off. Due to covid backups at dealer service centers I've done additional maintenance myself because I'm handy and enjoy it. These units like all RV's take constant inspection and maintenance. It's just the way it is. I've had no roof leaks because I found a roof seam separation during inspection and fixed it after a long road trip and just prior to a heavy rain. After two years I did a complete exterior caulking refresh. I also replaced the leaf spring nylon bushings. Also a propane line routed over the axel was pinched closed over time and needed to be replaced. Overall we have really enjoyed this unit. Its easy to tow and great for touring. We did replace the factory mattress with a nice innerspring pillow top queen. If you go in with the right expectations these can be really fun trailers.
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Stephanie Underwood

New York

Reviewed on October 26, 2021

RV reviewed 2017 Riverside RV Retro 195 view listing

1.8
We fell in love with the retro 195 the red and white interior and beautiful dinette. So we bought it brand new. Got a lot of admiring looks and comments. However, the tongue jack collapsed on us on a camping trip not even having it two years. The radio has never worked , front awning was never sealed where t... read more
We fell in love with the retro 195 the red and white interior and beautiful dinette. So we bought it brand new. Got a lot of admiring looks and comments. However, the tongue jack collapsed on us on a camping trip not even having it two years. The radio has never worked , front awning was never sealed where the wires go into the trailer so leaked all over front storage compartment and caused mold to start to appear. We sealed it and double checked all seals. However on the drivers side of the trailer there was another leak somewhere apparently that to this day still have no idea where it leaked in. The floor is punky and mold spots all over black and white linoleum and the wood is starting to press through the linoleum. Gutter drains in a stupid place where they can leak right into storage compartments. Cant clip door open if awning is out. We just got done camping this season October 2021 and decided this thing is not worth the aggravation, oh yeah and the furnace just crapped out. Going to trade which we are going to take a horrible loss because of black mold. I will never recommend Riverside or buy from them again. Decided on a grand design because of quality and great reviews. They all have issues I know but this is way to many things to go wrong with a brand new camper.
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