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Old 05-07-2015, 08:54 PM   #11
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Well you can find something negative about anything if you just google it. As to the slide, I have seen few negative comments and problems. The very nature of this forum is to discuss issues and ask questions. You won't find many people taking the time to say "I love the 3051s full body slide and have had no problems with it.
When I was investigating the 3051 (3050), I did not google anything. I just perused the threads / posts on this forum and concluded that I did not want to take the chance that my RV would potentially be in the repair shop to have the full wall slide fixed for months at a time. Seems as though the
slide is under-engineered ( as stated to me by a dealer ) and concurred by some of the posters on this forum. I'm sure as time goes by, the kinks will be worked out and they will be much more trouble-free. I'll get one then.
If you are happy with your 3050/3051, I'm happy for you. I wish I would have been comfortable getting one.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:52 PM   #12
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When I was investigating the 3051 (3050), I did not google anything. I just perused the threads / posts on this forum and concluded that I did not want to take the chance that my RV would potentially be in the repair shop to have the full wall slide fixed for months at a time. Seems as though the
slide is under-engineered ( as stated to me by a dealer ) and concurred by some of the posters on this forum. I'm sure as time goes by, the kinks will be worked out and they will be much more trouble-free. I'll get one then.
If you are happy with your 3050/3051, I'm happy for you. I wish I would have been comfortable getting one.
Brian, We are planning a purchase later this year of a new 3050S. We really love the floorplan and the spacious feeling of the kitchen & bathroom area, so we are pretty stuck on this model. After reading of what seems to be quite a few problems with the full wall slide, we are somewhat concerned about the quality, durability and design of the slide.
Having worked most of my career in the heavy-duty truck industry in parts, service and warranty, I know that manufacturers keep statistics on warranty problems. My question concerns the failure rate of the slides....How many 3050/3051 models have been produced each year and how many slide failure problems have been experienced each year? If the percentage is very low, then maybe I'm concerned for no reason. Have any product improvements been made to the slide since it was introduced, etc.
The truck mfr I worked for had a motto which is part of the everyday American language..."Built like a Mack Truck" I realize that the RV industry does not operate exactly like the truck industry, but If we purchase a 3050 like we want, we will be able to say it is "Built like a Forest River" and mean it.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:20 PM   #13
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We're always improving the product. If we find that something has an issue, we figure out why and put checks and balances in place.

So to answer your question specifically about the 3050/51 slide, it has been modified several times...sometimes because we noticed a potential problem and sometimes because we felt like it was just a better way to build it.

Most recently we ran a prototype on another floor plan and due to some slide installation issues, we changed the way we build that slide room & opening. That revised method will trickle down to the 3050/51 as well. Not because it was breaking, but because we felt like it would give us a much tighter tolerance in the opening.

Last year we built about 500 of that particular floor plan. We do track slide repair, but we're not specific. It could be anything from a loose wire to a dead battery. As for units that needed slide adjustments that a dealer couldn't handle...if I had to guess it was around 10-15 units.
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We're always improving the product. If we find that something has an issue, we figure out why and put checks and balances in place.

So to answer your question specifically about the 3050/51 slide, it has been modified several times...sometimes because we noticed a potential problem and sometimes because we felt like it was just a better way to build it.

Most recently we ran a prototype on another floor plan and due to some slide installation issues, we changed the way we build that slide room & opening. That revised method will trickle down to the 3050/51 as well. Not because it was breaking, but because we felt like it would give us a much tighter tolerance in the opening.

Last year we built about 500 of that particular floor plan. We do track slide repair, but we're not specific. It could be anything from a loose wire to a dead battery. As for units that needed slide adjustments that a dealer couldn't handle...if I had to guess it was around 10-15 units.
Thanks Brian...that's just the kind of reassurance that I was looking for. 10-15 out of 500 is not a bad percentage. I feel much more confident now in our choice of a 3050/3051, especially knowing that ongoing modifications have been made for product improvement.
Thanks again.
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Great to know that the Forester/ Sunseeker lines are always being improved. I suspect that one day in the near future (5-10) years from now, full wall slides will be commonplace in C classes. So nice to have a factory rep. that is in touch with his product .
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