I posted a comment on RV products that are advertised as made in U.S.A.. Now don't get me wrong,, Other countries do make quality products along with respected manufacturers. The issue I have is inferior products claiming to be made some place they are not. I had only chose the made in U.S.A trademark stamp because there are numerous RV manufactureres and suppliers here.(Mostly Indiana). The big issue was the slightly more expensive product only offered a 30 day warantee.
And Murphy's law kicked in and on day 31, the product failed. You call the manufacturer of the part trying to reach an agreeable solution, only to be told, if it was installed and used, there are NO REFUNDS, and they would be more then happy to SELL you another one. Quality customer satisfaction has gone down the preverbial toilet. I searched online for the replacement parts I needed,, and noticing the vast difference of pricing for the exact product. Some were so high you would need to apply for a second loan on your RV, and then get a 30 yr, payment plan. I even researched IMPORT replacement parts made in a sweat shop in a far away land and they give 1,2 and 3 yr warantee's with free shipping, and a no questions asked policy.
The made in U.S.A. stamped, exact factory replacement parts which advertise are made with high quality parts and workmanship, seem to be hap- hazardly thrown together, and sold as excellent quality,, only to increase the profits of the owners and stock holders..With limited income and average cost of living, being retired and disabled,, us full timers have to pinch our dollars just to make ends meet at times.
Its no wonder, we are only given few options,, and cant always rely on the Quality made in the U.S.A. sticker,,, hoping that its the RV manufacturers exact replacement part,, but hoping it would last longer,, and quite possibly have a BETTER warantee.
This only detours us to search for the same product to save our wallets and have to resort to sweat shop made and imported parts that DO carry a longer warantee.. I do try to buy locally here, but big buisness RV dealerships look at you like your an OLD Woodstock hippy still looking for their way home, when you ask for a part for a rig thats over 3 years old. Its a throw away world and the Dealers only concern is to get you to buy a brand new top of the line hap hazardly and poorly built,ready to fall apart RV , Only to be told that they no longer carry parts for your particular model. RV parts suppliers are being squeezed out of buisness, trying to compete with Corporations buying the same product they sell for pennies on the dollar, making the Mom and Pop shops slowly close their doors. Several RV repair shops closed because the manufacturers directions only required Company qualified technicians work on their brand name products.
So,,, I am assuming that the only thing about that product that states, made in U.S.A,,, is the sticker itself,, which technically isnt lying.
So long story short,,, Don't feel bad where you buy your part,,, Just research the quality and warantee along with shipping.