Originally Posted by NWJeeper
Having had direct experience with two Winnebago RVs (class C and A owned by my dad), two Fleetwood RVs one owned by my dad (class C) and one was mine (Class A, Flair) and now the Forest River Georgetown and having spent lots of time crawling all around them, running wiring, fixing appliances, crawling into cabinets and storage areas I can tell you the Forest River is built just like all the rest when you really get down to brass tacks. Basic construction of the structure of all these rigs are the same, so are the cabinets and the installation of accessories. So far I have been very impressed with what I have seen under and around the Georgetown while I have been installing the inverter, solar panels, air horns, adding extra batteries etc.
Winnebago had a time when they built nothing but crap, so did Fleetwood but in searching the net you will find much fewer complaints about FR than many of the others out there, perhaps this could be chocked up to number sold but speaking from experience here you can't judge the build quality of a manufacturer by merely walking through a rig, you have to get down and dirty under and through them. I have heard absolute horror stories from owners of some of those much pricier rigs too.
Bottom line, FR had the floorplan that we liked for about $40K less than Winnebago and that's a lot of gas money for a rig whos construction is the same.
Have to agree with NWJeeper. Winnebago is the Kleenex, Xerox of the RV Industry. Recognizable name but not giving anything more than the other guys other than their storage areas sliding out with the slideout. Basically they're adding costs for reputation which is just more recognized by the general public. We have the bath and a half 370 Georgetown, Fleetwood's Pace Arrow had a similar layout but a sliding door that went to the bath area. I closed this door and it just swung on the rollers, nothing that actually held it in place. That unit was more than $45K more than our unit.