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Old 05-20-2016, 03:55 PM   #1
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Got our new Forester 3051S

Picked up our new 3051S Monday at RV Wholesalers in Ohio, after 2 years of planning and multiple changes of mind.
Arrived early, so detailing and prep was not done yet. We found several problems...scratches in solid surface kitchen countertop, damage to ultraleather material on sofa back and when turning on the water supply to icemaker a flood across the kitchen floor. We have to give credit to Bob and Brian of RVW in doing their best to correct the problems..they did a good job. Countertop and sofa back will have to be dealt with thru Forest River warranty as they were that way when RVW received it from the factory.
Moved to KOA in Wapakoneta and spent all day Tues stocking up at Walmart and Kroeger. Also unloaded a full carload of stuff that we hauled from home.
Headed back to Oregon on Weds wandering all over the road....boy does this thing need a steering stabilizer. Had planned to install a Roadmaster RSSC when we get home, but didn't think it would be this bad....The Bad Interstates in the midwest don't help either. "Farly" the Forester as we have dubbed him has done a great job on this literal "Shakedown" cruise. Nothing has fallen off in all the shaking and bouncing...we just keep finding construction scrap that comes out from wherever...pieces of wire, screws, etc.
First day towing our CRV, we got to our campground and found the battery dead on the car. After calling AAA to get a jump we discovered that I left the Ignition switch "on' and not in the correct "accessory" position. I guess you can't cure stupid!
Stayed last night in LaCrosse, up this morning and tried to shower...guess what hot water. Campground breaker flipped for some reason last night.
Back on the road today thru MInnesota heading for Sioux Fall, SD for tohight.

We have determined the following:

(1) Forester....We love it!!
(2) Worst highways so far....Indiana and Wisconsin
(3) Best highways so far...part of Minnesota
(4) Biggest mystery...Why the RV industry has the cold water knob in the shower turn the opposite direction (??)

Spending Sat and Sun nights in Rapid City to take in Mt.Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands, etc.
More adventures to come.....

Retired and loving it...Can't wait to get back on the road!
2017 Forester 3051S ("Farley")
Born April 18, 2016
Toad: 2014 Honda CR-V AWD
GO DUCKS !! (Well, maybe next year)
Jim & Diana (and 3 cats)
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:23 PM   #2
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It's good you're really giving it a shakedown. You'll find little bits and pieces that come out from under the slide. We bought a dryer vent brush to use under ours which still comes in handy for pet hair, etc. Incidentally, if you have pets that may throw a treat or toys under the dinette area, we picked up a section of foam pipe insulation at Lowes that fits perfectly and prevents things from collecting under the slide. Enjoy your trip!

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Old 05-20-2016, 06:07 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your new rig. I couldn't be happier with the Forester. I'm sure you will love it. I have a smaller unit, the 2801, which is 30 feet. I had zero wandering and it drives like a dream. I haven't driven the roads you have though. Good luck and welcome to the family.
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:33 PM   #4
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Get an alignment it has steering stablizer already. Ours had toe out and made it wander all over.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:48 PM   #5
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I agree with the statement about getting an alignment. Our 2015 3011 had a lot of slop in the steering all the time and wandered all over the place when towing our Dodge Durango until we had an alignment.

Start with that and then drive it, you may find that's enough. So far it has been for me.

I noticed that you're from Eugene. I'm a fellow Forester owner in the area over here in Springfield and we bought from RVW. So far so good for us with purchase and help getting service after the sale. We had our warranty work done at Carrier RV Service and they were great. They also arranged for the alignment to be done by a local alignment shop while they had it in for warranty work. I don't know the name of the place but I'm sure they could tell you if you called them.

Good luck and have fun!!
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:01 PM   #6
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Congrats on your purchase. We're also from Oregon and recently purchased a Forester MBS 2401S from RVW. We found RVW great to deal with and would purchase from them again.

We were going to follow the same route back to Oregon as you took but due to bad weather, we had to take a more southern route. We still had fun on our trip back. Since being back, we've gone to the coast twice and heading to central Oregon over memorial weekend. Life is good.

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Old 05-20-2016, 08:14 PM   #7
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Congratulations on your new Forester. We've had ours for a year and love it. Only a couple of dealer warranty issues that were taken care of right away.
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:34 AM   #8
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Have a safe / fun adventure back home! Possible you could improve the handling by adjusting the air pressure in tires, and rear air bags?
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:39 AM   #9
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.............and nobody at the factory saw the scratched up counter top before it left the factory ??? Does anybody even look at these units before they are sent out??
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:20 AM   #10
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Just a little note on the wandering - one very easy and fairly inexpensive upgrade that you can do to make it drive like an SUV - is get the Hellwig sway bars - it is an amazing upgrade - you can do it in stages - do the rear first and then look at the front. Of course the alignement is a must, but usually done after the suspension has settled, a few thousand miles will do that.

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