I grew up with my parents' campers - lots of them. I got a Dutchmen trailer almost 3 years ago. Traded it in for a FR Georgetown XL this year. I grew up with boats. Have owned three myself. All recreational vehicles have what could be considered workmanship issues. Some are better than others. My wife works for a company who has, among other facilities, an assembly line in IN. Their product is plagued with inconsistencies and workmanship issues. The workforce in these factories in IN is fairly seasonal with high turnover rates. One example was of a guy who worked just long enough to get money for his 22" rims, then quit. There are countless RV factories within a stone's throw of each other, meaning people can easily "hop" from place to place. They are building products with materials designed to be easy to assemble b/c the workforce doesn't have typical construction experience (think house building). Combine that with materials designed for weight savings (think cheap and thin), and the fact the end product has to go traverse our crumbling infrastructure, the industry just cannot reliably mass produce a quality product at a price we are willing to accept. Sure, you can get super high quality, but it's generally from low-volume, hand-crafted manufacturers.
Don't get me wrong and don't misinterpret - I wholeheartedly feel the industry can do better and that we as consumers shouldn't have to endure poor quality. I had some serious doubts about our GT (check some of my posts!), but in the end, I feel (a) the quality for price is still one of the best I've seen on the market and (b) the company stepped up and took responsibility for the issues we encountered without fuss. Point b is the best possible statement you can make of any company, no matter what the frustration you felt at the time.
I hope you get the issues fixed and I hope you fall in love with your FR just we did [once the issues were resolved]. Will you have things come up here and there in the future? Absolutely. But that's [mostly] part of RV ownership - the issues that step over the line of "normal" and how FR chooses to deal with it/you will be the real test. In our case, they did great and I could not be happier.
I'll step off my little soapbox now!
2016 Georgetown XL 369DS
Lake Norman, North Carolina