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Old 12-02-2018, 12:49 PM   #1
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Noise, Noise, Noise! Where is it all coming from?

Hi Everyone,

We just picked up our 2019 Forester MBS 2401R yesterday and we are so excited to start our RV adventures...but, we are surprised and dismayed by how noisy it is. We drove 150 miles and the entire time I was trying to identify and fix all the different squeaks and noises.

We bought that rubber shelf lining and placed it on the top of the stove between the glass and burners. That helped that rattle.

We lowered the table and that improved that thumping and rattling.

We removed some loose screens and that helped a bit.

But I noticed there is a gap between the slide window and the RV and there is a lot of wind noise there. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the window seal tighter? I've closed it as tight as it goes.

Also, the side slide creaks a lot. Any ideas on how to reduce this noise would be greatly appreciated.

Our poor border collie was terrified. She spent the entire 3 hour drive shaking like a leaf. She's still afraid of the RV. Has anyone had similar issues with their pets? How did you resolve them?

We are new to RVing and are hoping we didn't make a mistake. We used to have a little scamp trailer that we pulled behind our Hylander. Noise was never an issue and it didn't occur to us that by purchasing an RV we would be driving around in chitty chitty bang bang. I'm prepared to embrace the noise if needed, but would like to do my best to reduce it (for my sanity and for my dogs as well).

Are all RVs noisy or just the ones with slides? Please help! Let me know what you have done, and how you have adjusted to the noise.

Thanks so much from a brand newby.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:13 PM   #2
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Noise, Noise, Noise! Where is it all coming from?

We have a 2016 Sunseeker 2400R which is the same rig as yours. Ours is now pretty quiet but it took some work. The biggest problem was the creaking I thought was coming from the dinette slide. Probably why the first owner traded it in. I tried all the usual things like lubricating the slide seals. No change. I finally found that the noise was really coming from the Sprinter plastic headliner above the drivers side. I took the area apart and inserted some packing material and put it back together. Bingo. No more noise and creaking! The slide was tight and quiet the whole time! Easy fix but took a year to figure it out. Also we used to take apart the microwave rotating disk part. Now we just stuff an extra pillow into it that stops that rattle. You can stop most of the rattles pretty easily but it takes some sleuthing. Good luck and be sure to report back so others can benefit.

This blog has been very helpful for us. Welcome to ďour worldĒ. We now love our Sunseeker.
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Dbrote,

Good to know you are now happy with your RV. I'm encouraged to know that there are ways to make this RV experience more comfortable and quiet. Sorry, I'm not sure what the sprinter plastic headliner is. Can you describe that to me, and tell me what you "took apart"? Thanks so much!
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Iíll try to get a few pictures posted in the next few days. Above the passenger and drivers seats the area above is plastic as is most of the interior of the Mercedes. Forest River attaches the upper bunk or entertainment cabinets by 3 plastic trim pieces screwed into the headliner. Itís held together by about 12 or 15 wood screws. I unscrewed those and pulled off the trim pieces. Then I just stuffed some material into the space between the Forest River part and the plastic headliner. An easy way to tell if this might be your problem is just push up on your headliner with your hand while seated in the drivers seat. When I finally did this I got the same creaking that I thought was coming from the slide. There was never anything wrong with the slide but the creaking sound was hard to tell where it was coming from. Everyone thinks the slide must be the problem. I even found a non factory piece of foam pipe insulation material stuffed into the slide to try to stop the noise, probably by the dealer. They just didnít know I guess. It took me a long time to realize where the noise was coming from. Now it is dead quiet! Iím sure the dealer tried his best before I bought the one year old rig but nobody will know everything. You are the best mechanic because you are in it and it matters more to you and you donít have 16 other rigs waiting for repair!
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Here are a couple of photos so you can see where I inserted some packing. Really just a small towel did the job. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-03-2018, 02:27 PM   #6
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Having owned several RV's over the years, I can attest to the fact that all appear to be delivered as rattle-traps. If the noises bug you enough, as they have me, you'll run every one of them to ground and find a fix. So don't give up; "it's part of the (RV) journey".

You'll probably find other things wrong that require fixing as well. But I hope you don't...

The upside is that once you have a nice quiet rig you may not want to part with it and repeat the experience. The RV industry is probably losing customers who think twice about buying a new unit because of the significant investment in time and effort making things right.
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:56 PM   #7
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Rattles

I guess this is one of the benefits of pulling a T/T. All those rattles and squeaks are well behind our TV. But you have many other benefits like getting to the fridge and using the head while under way.

There are trade offs in all of life's decisions.

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Here are a couple of photos so you can see where I inserted some packing. Really just a small towel did the job. Attachment 192546Attachment 192547

Thanks for the tip. That is like the last creak I have not covered.
I will get to it soon.
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Most of our rattles & squeaks come from around the door & screen door !!!
And maybe stove burners !!!
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:59 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone, both for your tips and reassurance. Iíve made it a challenging game to hunt down the rattles, thumps and creaks and then to remedy them. I removed four screens and that really helped. Also stuffed a pillow in microwave - thanks for that idea! Layering pots and pans and dishes in that rubber shelf liner has helped too. We also drive with the table down. The rest of the creaks are tolerable and on super smooth straight roads itís really pretty quiet.

Now, how to convince my dog that she is not trapped in a never ending thunder storm?... We think itís pretty quiet now, but she doesnít agree. Anyone have any suggestions? Iíve given her treats, made a nice bed between the seats. Not sure what else to do...
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