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Old 06-21-2014, 09:47 PM   #1
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Ceiling cover sagging and coming loose in front section of rig

We recently purchased a 2011 Georgetown 337XL DS, 33' RV coach. Honestly, so far, we enjoy the coach; however, we're fixing one issue after another. Hopefully soon, we'll have the "bugs" worked out. It had about 13,400 miles when we purchased the coach.

LATEST PROBLEM--HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THIS

The ceiling in the coach seems to be a vinyl material that was glued to the plywood roof (or some similar word structure). The vinyl ceiling is soft to the feel and appears to be an off-white color.

Throughout the front section of the coach, the ceiling material appears to be glued to the wood ceiling. Additional ceiling attachments help to hold it into place (i.e., light fixtures, A/C ceiling vents, and speakers for the sound system.

The front section over the driver/shotgun seats have only speaker ceiling attachments. There is a strip that seems intended to cover the gap between the front ceiling section to the next ceiling section.

We're currently on the road. We noticed that the front section seems to be sagging and pulled away from the strip running from one side of the cab area to the other.

We assume the glue is giving way thereby causing the ceiling material to come loose and the ceiling to sag like a bubble.

Have you experienced anything like this? If yes, how did you fix it?

ADDITIONAL PROBLEM -- A/C VENTS IN THE CEILING

When the A/C system is turned on, the ceiling vents do NOT open to allow air to come out throughout the RV. At this point, we've solved the problem by sticking small wads of toilet paper into the opening vents to keep the vents open.

Any suggestions for how to solve the A/C vent staying opening problem.

IN CLOSING

We've gotten great feedback from the forum so far. We look forward to further helpful comments.

I'm a bit surprised that a coach that is supposed to be the quality of Georgetown has this many problems. Is this normal? Should be we be thinking "lemon.'

Best wishes,

Rick Lillie
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:53 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about your ceiling, my 2011 300s is not soft vinyl. The A/C vents were a manufacturing issue. My vents were like yours. I called Forest River, and they sent me replacement vent covers. They look very similar, but work as they should'
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback regarding ceiling A/C vents

Hi Leo,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the A/C vents. Early this coming week, we'll contact Forest River about the vent issue. We'll also ask them about the ceiling problem.

I appreciate your helpful comments.

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Old 06-22-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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We recently purchased a 2011 Georgetown 337XL DS, 33' RV coach. Honestly, so far, we enjoy the coach; however, we're fixing one issue after another. Hopefully soon, we'll have the "bugs" worked out. It had about 13,400 miles when we purchased the coach.

LATEST PROBLEM--HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THIS

The ceiling in the coach seems to be a vinyl material that was glued to the plywood roof (or some similar word structure). The vinyl ceiling is soft to the feel and appears to be an off-white color.

Throughout the front section of the coach, the ceiling material appears to be glued to the wood ceiling. Additional ceiling attachments help to hold it into place (i.e., light fixtures, A/C ceiling vents, and speakers for the sound system.

The front section over the driver/shotgun seats have only speaker ceiling attachments. There is a strip that seems intended to cover the gap between the front ceiling section to the next ceiling section.

We're currently on the road. We noticed that the front section seems to be sagging and pulled away from the strip running from one side of the cab area to the other.

We assume the glue is giving way thereby causing the ceiling material to come loose and the ceiling to sag like a bubble.

Have you experienced anything like this? If yes, how did you fix it?

ADDITIONAL PROBLEM -- A/C VENTS IN THE CEILING

When the A/C system is turned on, the ceiling vents do NOT open to allow air to come out throughout the RV. At this point, we've solved the problem by sticking small wads of toilet paper into the opening vents to keep the vents open.

Any suggestions for how to solve the A/C vent staying opening problem.

IN CLOSING

We've gotten great feedback from the forum so far. We look forward to further helpful comments.

I'm a bit surprised that a coach that is supposed to be the quality of Georgetown has this many problems. Is this normal? Should be we be thinking "lemon.'

Best wishes,

Rick Lillie
About 1-2 years ago lots of GT's had this problem. FR made good on it for who ever asked for help. Many posts on this Forum about it. Seems they used defective glue for a period and the problem wasn't getting better but worse. The Fix was to let it down and reglue. Not sure how they'll handle you as the 2nd owner. Worth a try. There is a layer of light matting between the ceiling wood and the vinyl.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:58 PM   #5
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Thank you for feedback regarding ceiling coming loose in front area of RV ceiling

Thank you for your reply. We figured that the glue must have a problem. We'll contact Forest River to see if they will stand by the rig, since it is 3 years old and slightly over 13,400 miles.

If not, we'll re glue the ceiling that is coming loose. We'll also install a couple of things like a smoke detector and a CO detector. Gluing plus strategically locating the two detector units should provide support to resolve the problem.

As I said in my original posting, we really like the GT RV. It is much more comfortable than the 2006 Winnebago Sightseer (27') that we bought. With this said, the Winnebago was better built than the GT unit.

We originally fell in love with the GT 337 XL DS (337 Lounge Option) model. It had two Scandinavian design lounge chairs in the living room area of the model. We looked and looked and came up dry. We finally talked with the Forest River (Georgetown) manager for California. He told us there were only two models left in California.

We discovered that Mike Thompson RV sold the one they had. A dealership in the northern part of San Diego had a 2013 but even with the unit sitting on his lot for almost 1.5 years, he still would not deal on the price.

We finally gave up on finding the model we wanted. We found a 2011 Georgetown XL DS 337 unit with about 13,000 miles on it at a dealer in Mesa, AZ. It had a two-seat coach rather the chairs we wanted. Otherwise, it was exactly the unit we were searching for. We removed the sofa and purchased two chairs that fit just fine.

There's more than one way to happiness!

Now, if we can just survive fixing problems with the coach, we'll truly be happy campers.

Thanks again....for you help. We'll call Forest River this coming week and see if they will help us.

Best wishes,

Rick Lillie
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:28 PM   #6
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Thank you for your feedback regarding the A/C vents. Early this coming week, we'll contact Forest River about the vent issue. We'll also ask them about the ceiling problem.



I appreciate your helpful comments.



Rick Lillie

You can take the vents out and remove the louvers. Buy some very small rubber washers or grommets and put the on the ends of a couple of the louvers and reassemble. The additional friction will keep them in their intended position.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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Have both problems as well in our recently purchased 2011 GT360A--3rd owner 16,400 miles.

Contacted FR and their Western Warranty managed replied saying it was out of warranty but they would see what they could do. Asked me to get quote from FR dealer and send to them which I did and sent a week ago--$3100 from McClains RV Rockwall TX. No response yet.

Simple fix for the vent is to use a paper clip to slide in place over a blade to keep the vent open. Worked great. Might still see if FR will replace.

Will advise outcome from FR on ceiling.

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Old 06-23-2014, 08:35 PM   #8
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Our 2011 337DS came unglued. The only bad section was the front one--all the others had vents,speakers etc. After looking at various forum solutions, and figuring we were 2nd owners, I got some Loctite Spray Adhesive from Home Depot and used it liberally as per the directions. I got some heavy foam and a length of plywood and jammed that up on the ceiling panel with a 2 x 4 as a prop and left it for a week. So far, in two years, the ceiling is still up and looks like original. Total cost -- about $10.00
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Great suggestion. Will consider it if FR doesn't step up.

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Old 06-24-2014, 12:47 PM   #10
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Thanks for feedback regarding fixing loose ceiling in front of living area cabin

Hi Mogman,

Thank you for your feedback regarding how you fixed the sagging front section of the cabin ceiling. Like you, we are the "second" owner of the RV. With the RV being a 2011, we were not sure whether the original warranty would extend to us.

We'll try the solution that worked for you.

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Rick Lillie
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