In 2013, we purchased a 2011 Georgetown 337 DS XL, 34', Class A, gas motorhome that had just under 12,000 miles on the odometer. We were the second owners of the coach, so naturally Forest River would not talk to us regarding any problems. Most help we have gotten is from members on the Georgetown Forum. Thank you! Outstanding resource.
During July/August, 2015 we took a six-week trip. We drove about 5,200 miles. Overall, the coach drove OK. However, during the past part of the trip from St. Louis back to Southern California, we noted that the coach was becoming harder to handle. For example, when approaching a bridge on the Interstate, we would slow down. We would get a "bump" when going from the road surface onto the bridge and again when leaving the bridge surface to return to the road surface. The "bump" would cause the coach to lien back and forth, as well as, sway slightly.
When we returned home, we talked with several RV friends about a good place to go for repairs. We went to the repair service that specializes in big trucks and RVs. We described problems encountered during the trip. The original repair estimate was for about $5,000. The final bill was about $8,100. Talk about sticker shock!
Several things were done to resolve the sway/rocking/driving control issues. To the repair company's credit, the coach does drive beautifully now. Yes, it is possible that a Georgetown motorhome can drive smoothly and give an enjoyable ride. Below are repairs that were made.
- Suspension: Install front and rear KONI FSD shock absorbers ($1,001.30)
- Front sway bar: Repair and install bushing kit with bracketing. Loctite all bolts. Bushing kit. ($284.95)
- Upgrade: Rear sway bar with anti-sway bar ($1,400)
- Upgrade: Rear trac bar with super steer rear V10 trac bar ($802.45)
- Front-end Alignment, weigh coach, air pressure determination ($472.50)
We like our Georgetown coach. But, we've developed a real understanding of the joke line that "owning an RV is a grand experience....a grand here and a grand there."
We understand why the older couple that first owned the coach decided to get rid of it. The coach came from Forest River with so many problems and needed fixes that they simply gave up.
Our first RV was a 27 foot Winnebago. This was our practice experience with owning an RV. We liked it but the 27 foot coach was too small for what we wanted to do. We bought the 2011 Georgetown 24 foot, V10, gasoline coach.
Slowly but surely, we have fixed the "bugs" and made other improvements to the coach. We've thought about selling the coach and buying something with a better construction reputation, not necessarily larger. We're retired. We own the coach. We're just not sure that we want to go through the "birthing process" with a newer coach again.
I hope the above information helps you.
As I said, the coach now drives beautifully. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
Rick in Palm Springs