This is our baby: a 2017 Grand Design 337RLS. 35.5' in length.

For about a year, Lorraine and I went to numerous dealerships and investigated many different manufacturers and models. On weekends, we would drive out to different campgrounds and talk with RV owners (RV owners love to talk about their rigs). We received many glowing reviews about a relatively new company named Grand Design. We then joined a Facebook group dedicated to GD owners. After reading all the positive comments and seeing how committed the company was to customer satisfaction (even correcting out-of-warranty issues), the decision was easy. And one we've never regretted.

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A FEW OF THE UPGRADES WE'VE MADE TO OUR RV:

STEPS: After spilling my coffee one time to many going up and down our original spongy steps, we opted to upgrade to something more stable. The original steps did not touch the ground and felt more like walking on a diving board. These steps which reach the ground, are much more stable and secure.

DISC BRAKES: As a precautionary measure, and because our original brakes began to wear faster than expected, we upgraded to disc brakes on all four wheels. The cost was about $1000 per axle but well worth it. It has given the RV greater stopping power.

TIRES: After putting 10,000 travel miles on our original West Lakes (often called China bombs), we upgraded to American-made Goodyear Endurance. These tires have a much better speed rating and give a more stable ride.

LEAF SPRINGS AND EQUALIZERS: Being proactive, our leaf springs were beginning to flatten so we went with new heavier duty leaf-springs and new Equalizers. It hasn't made a difference in how our RV pulls or handles, but knowing these parts are new and stronger than the original brings us peace of mind as we travel.

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