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Old 07-09-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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I have usually considered myself a pretty patient man, but my patience is wearing thin. I am getting very dissapointed with my coach, to the point where I am not sure I want it anymore. I have spent more time either broke down or trying to fix or figure out why something is not working...not to mention all the sloppy workmanship that has gone into this product. Then I get my welcome letter from Forest River, boasting about their reliable product! I called them and all they did was explain away that this is the industry or its Freightliner and not the body. Well, I'm here to say that maybe everyone has low expectations of this industry, because it's dispicble.

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Old 07-09-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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Yes I believe the QC could be better in the entire RV industry. I believe we all had our share of problems when our coaches were new. Hang in there, it'll get better. Once you get the bugs worked out your whole attitude will change.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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If we knew what your problems are, forum members might be able to shed so light and possilbe solutions to your issues
Most of us love our FR Products and find the company great to work with.


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Old 07-09-2015, 09:40 PM   #4
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I know you have had some issues but I thought they had them all sorted out. What's going on now?
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There seem to be a handful of recurring problems with the Berks. I am amazed that after a couple of years of user complaints, FR would not have made an effort to correct.

Examples

The front door locks that do not line up

The steps with motor issues

The creeping slides

Molding that pulls off when slide locks are used

Cabinets that are too narrow to put a plate in

Bedroom door glides that pull out because they are screwed into 1/8 inch sheeting with no backing.

Don't get me wrong. I love my 2012 390BH60 and would buy one again without a second thought .... at the price. But it is certainly not the same quality of our old Triple E or our Fleetwood Discovery
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Old 07-09-2015, 09:53 PM   #6
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Now I don't know your issues and won't speak for them. I've had a couple but nothing to really to worry about.

Now what I will say is if you want some real issues go buy a Thor!!! I had a new Palazzo for 22 month. I'd need 5 paragraphs to list all those issues. Finally just gave up!! So be careful with changing brands.

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Old 07-10-2015, 09:00 AM   #7
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Finally someone not sugar coating the fact that the RV has low quality. The main reason is all manufactures in the RV have a high turn over of labor. In 2008 when the industry went into the black tank companies cut hourly rates to keep companies competitive as such workers change jobs/companies leaving unskilled people building our units. Plus supplier companies are gobbling up other suppliers resulting in inferior components we rely on.
Since I live in the Elkhart area I am close to this industry and these issues are discussed locally repeatedly.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:14 AM   #8
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I know you have had some issues but I thought they had them all sorted out. What's going on now?
My kitchen slide will not go out and I cannot find a breaker or fuse connected to it. I am calling FR right now to see if they can help.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:20 AM   #9
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In all fairness to Forest River these motorhomes are a conglomeration of out-sourced parts ( eg Freightliner, Domectic, Thetford, Lippert, Equalizer, Carefree of Colorado etc) are all used by most nanufacturers of motorhome. I can tell you that every issue I had with my Berkshire has been a result of a component failure. I have a friend that has a 2014 Dutch Star and it has been back the factory twice for major repairs. Maybe the finish quality is not as good in a Berkshire but you cannot beat the price point and the extent the company goes to help you out. What other company offers the benefits received at the International Rally???


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Old 07-10-2015, 09:46 AM   #10
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Although I do not own a motor home the same issues apply to about all there product line. I agree most failures are the suppliers but there also are the issues of QC of the components that FR does. No getting around that. Nothing will change until QC improves. Later RJD
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