Originally Posted by Kevin & Judy
None of the items you have had replaced are a Forest River product. They are all suppliers to Forest River, The same parts used by most all of the trailer company,s. They are all warranted by there respective company,s.
I'm aware Forest River for the most part only owns the design of the shell and parts are supplied by Konika, Genesis, Dexter Axles, Dometic, Suburban, etc. FR's reputation however is affected by the seemingly high failure rate of these outsourced components. Are the manufacturers of these components that limited? Does FR and other RV manufacturers put any heat on these component manufacturers due to failure rates?
The big 3 auto manufacturers don't make 100% of their components either but I doubt they have a failure rate even remotely as high as the RV industry. I don't think they would tolerate it for very long.
Computer manufacturers don't make all of their components either; mother boards from one manufacturer, CPU from another, etc. They would go out of business very quickly if they had a failure rate of components this high.
To put it in perspective, in the 9 vehicles I've driven during the last 40 years I've had only 1 failure, a fuel gauge monitor on a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I've had 3 in 9 months with this TT. That doesn't give me much confidence in the product.
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