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Old 09-04-2016, 09:56 AM   #1
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2017 Forester - Any quality control? Bathroom fixture on kitchen faucet!

Ok, this is so ridiculous that you have to say - is anyone at FR looking over these units before the go out?

We ordered a 2017 Forester MBS 2401S. We expected to get a pull-out kitchen faucet fixture which has been standard for some time. Here's what we expected to get. Picture taken directly from the Forester River MBS brochure available from their website.



OK, here is how the unit actually was delivered to the dealer. How is this even possible? How did FR not think that a customer would notice something as big as this?

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Old 09-04-2016, 10:17 AM   #2
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FR will likely tell you that it was a rolling change on the production line to a new supplier / vendor / whatever... On the back page of their brochure it states:

"All information contained in this brochure is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. However, during the model year, it may be necessary to make revisions and Forest River, Inc., reserves the right to make all such changes without notice, including prices, colors, materials, equipment and specifications as well as the addition of new models and the discontinuance of models shown in this brochure. Therefore, please consult with your Forest River dealer and confirm the existence of any materials, design or specifications that are material to your purchase decision."

Those "weasel words" allow for just about any substitution they may want to make. In our case after we placed our order for our GTS they quit installing the nice Dometic Model 310 porcelain toilet and went with a cheaper plastic toilet. When I pointed this out our dealer installed a new 310 at no cost.
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Old 09-04-2016, 10:26 AM   #3
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To that I call BS. Here is a picture from another 2017 Forester MBS just delivered. Note the sprayer on the kitchen faucet.

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Old 09-04-2016, 11:03 AM   #4
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To that I call BS. Here is a picture from another 2017 Forester MBS just delivered. Note the sprayer on the kitchen faucet.

FWIW the faucet you have installed now appears to be the same one we have in our 2017 GTS.

I suggest you get a hold of Joshua Cavitt, the Forester / Sunseeker FR rep here, he can get to the bottom of the issue for you.
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:44 PM   #5
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I know it's the principal of the thing but the truth is I replaced both of the cheap plastic fixtures in the kitchen and the bath the first week I got the unit home. There are certain things you just know will need changing as that is just the nature of the beast. How about the cheap plastic hose in the shower? Another immediate replacement. I'm not making excuses for them but in the competitive environment in which they operate the choice is to compete on price or quality and guess which one usually wins. Instead of increasing my expectations upon purchase I found it was easier to lower them and to be grateful for pleasant surprises.
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That photo isn't if that rig. It looks like a counter section sticking out, not flush against the wall. . Manufacturers get images wrong all the time. That's why the consumer has to be paying close attention. I get better information watching videos of the units done by RV dealers than any manufacturer website or brochure.
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I know it's the principal of the thing but the truth is I replaced both of the cheap plastic fixtures in the kitchen and the bath the first week I got the unit home. There are certain things you just know will need changing as that is just the nature of the beast. How about the cheap plastic hose in the shower? Another immediate replacement. I'm not making excuses for them but in the competitive environment in which they operate the choice is to compete on price or quality and guess which one usually wins. Instead of increasing my expectations upon purchase I found it was easier to lower them and to be grateful for pleasant surprises.
Replaced ours also, in our Lexi. Yeah, the installed hardware is cheaply made, plastic, but NOT cheap in price. If you price the rv faucets you'll find that in many cases their more expensive than some decent quality faucets at Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon.
Replaced ours with some I found on Amazon, for a bit more than the Pheonix brand plastic poopoo that was OE.
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I have yet to see a rig that was exactly like the pictures, so your expectations may be just a tad bit high!!!!

Our current unit came with a set of cabinets over the sink that raise and lower on a rail electrically that is in none of the brochures or options that we ever saw. Even the salesman didn't know what the odd switch was for. We were all pleasantly surprised.

We also replace all our faucets immediately as we just can't stand the El Cheapo fixtures.

So I guess the advice is to not buy sight unseen, you might be surprised (good or bad).
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Did you notice this when you did your PDI? If do, why didn't you say something to the dealer right then? I would have insisted they change it before delivery and have them take it up with FR.
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2017 Forester - Any quality control? Bathroom fixture on kitchen faucet!

I feel your pains...I ordered a 5er a few weeks ago. They didn't have(still don't) have interior color brochure available at the dealers or the Puma website. They are still on 2016 brochures. I guess I rolled the dice and hope I didn't roll snake eyes.


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