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  1. We're not too far away from starting a journey that is over 2 years in the planning by purchasing a 1 ton truck and a 5er to begin our travels. Obviously quality is important to me,as it is with most. One of my favorites is the Grand Design Solitude line. About a month ago I inquired to Grand Design re: their suppliers of critical parts in the construction of their Solitude RVs. Specifically, I was interested in their frames, axles, suspension, leveling systems and slide mechanisms. They informed me that all were provided by Lippert. I reached out to Lippert asking about their sources and providers of the steel and other metals used in the manufacturing of these parts. But in the last month, I have received no response, so I thought I would try asking here. I asked Lippert who were their suppliers were and where are their manufacturing facilities located? I'm trying to avoid (or minimize) the risk of those RVs made with Chinese steel, which may still be inevitable to some extent. Still, knowing those components that are made with Chinese steel in advance will allow me to plan and budget for replacement of key components with materials made with higher grade steel. Has anyone done the research on Lippert to know who provides their steel for parts that go into their frames, axles, suspension, leveling systems and slide mechanisms? Also, on an unrelated note………after friends recently experienced significant problems with several slide outs in their DRV fifth wheel, I’ve heard comments that “Lippert had a problem with manufacturing slide out mechanism in 2015” that led to a number of RVs experiencing problems. Has anyone else heard that and/or can confirm? Any help would be appreciated. Thx, Chris
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