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Old 01-23-2011, 10:04 PM   #1
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Leaking water tank and General Forest River dissatisfaction.

While doing some other work in my Georgetown I noticed that three of the water connections to my fresh water tank leaked. These connections are the fill, the drain, and the water pump connection. All three would leak when the connection was under water. About a drop every minute or so. Water just weeping out.

So today I tore everything apart to fix it. All three connections where not even finger tight. They were just partway screwed in, each could go several more turns before they were tight. I removed each one, wrapped it with Teflon tape and replaced it making it firmly finger tight. No more leaks.

Also this weekend my furnace wouldnít light reliably again. So I removed it. I wasnít very surprised to discover that there were no bolts holding it down. No holes in the wood where they would go even. You could grab the furnace and move it all over its compartment. Of course there wasn't a quick disconnect, all the wires where crimped to the coach wires. So I had to cut the wires, then make up a wire harness with spade connectorrs so the furnace can be removed in the future.



Figured Iíd better pull the fuse before I removed the furnace, SURPRISE none of the fuses where labeled. Even though thereís a nice sticker right on the door of the power panel where you can write what each fuse does.

*SIGH*

I donít know if itís because I have an SE model, because it was built on a Friday or if this is typical of Forest River. But I certainly donít think Iíll ever buy another forest river again. All through the coach there have been one thing after another just obviously werenít done right. For instance, most of the drawer slide screws have been stripped out. Iíve had to replace at least a dozen.



Some of this could have been the previous owner, but there have been enough items that could only have been factory work that I tend to blame Forest River for everything.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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Oh the furnace (Suburban Model SF-35) seems to work well now. It had good air flow, you could smell the propane coming out the exhaust outside, and you could hear the DCI sparking away like crazy. So I figured it just needed to be cleaned.

Sure enough, took it out, removed the outer case, removed the burner and blew it all out with the compressor. Cleaned the propane orifice with alcohol. There was lots and lots of crud in there when I blew it out. Tested the DCI with it open and it threw a nice spark. Made sure the spark electrode was 1/8" away from the burner as specified.

I put it back in and fired it up three times this evening, each time it's lit just fine so hopefully it's all fixed now.

Oh and I added some screws to the holes provided to hold the furnace down when I reinstalled it.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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Well, you are free to blame who you wish for whatever problems you have. Sorry to hear of your troubles, and since you mentioned , "Some of this could have been the previous owner," well, when you buy used, you never know what you are getting. As for the furnace not being mounted, maybe it was swapped with a different model and that is why there were no hols that lined up or where apparent. Again, sorry for your troubles, but at least you seem to have some "know how" as to how to fix most of it.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
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glad to see you got it fixed -
My parents bought a used 2 year old 2008 - Holiday Rambler Motor Home (2nd model from the top of there models) and had a few small issues where the owner said the ice maker wouldnt make ice and the water filter was hooked up and there was something else which doesnt cross my mind at the moment - well the ice maker had the water valve shut off - am thinking probably from day 1 LOL and the filter had the bypass hose still attached - I helped my father and found the two issues and fixed them - turned the valve on and unattached the bypass hose and attached to the filter -

Where I was trying to go with that is some things are not always a manufactures issue especially when you buy used - if you bought it brand new and had the same issues then I wouldnt recommend there products or buy from them for that matter but when you buy used you have no idea what the previous owner did - when I was looking at campers I saw alot of what I considered junk because the previous owner didnt take care of it and so decided to order a brand new trailer.
sorry for the long winded answer lol
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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I agree with the above responses.

I worked for Greyhound many years ago. Buses came in new built by GMC and MCI. But, due to mileage on the road, rocking and rolling motions, starting/stopping, passengers on and off, there were ALWAYS squeaks and rattles, srews and bolts loose, loose electrical and fluid connections that continually needed to be maintained.

Motorhomes manufactured by ANY manufacturer will have the same issues. If you left it parked you wouldn't have any issues, but.............? Automobiles are smaller, with fewer working components. I'm glad they don't have any repair issues! (lol)

Go ahead and enjoy it, fix it when needed and don't say "I'll never buy another Forest River". I've had three GT motorhomes. The first was lemon lawed (2002) in negotiations with FR; the second was great (2006), and my current (2010) 378TS is even better. I truly believe FR is getting better in their QC, probably more so than other manufacturers.

I believe the RV industry "shakeout" has occurred. There's not a more solid RV manufacturer than FR........ie: Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway!

Just my 2 cents worth and it cost nothing!
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I don't know how you can buy a used unit and blame those problems on FR. You don't know what was done to it by the previous owner. We have a 2011 378TS that we have been living in since we purchased it in Aug. The only problem was miss alignment on the outside compartment that the water heater is in. I found that the screws that held the outside panel to the mounting brackets had pulled out and replaced them with the next size larger screw nad adjusted the alignment. Everything else has been perfect. No leaks, nothing else. Very happy with the unit.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:54 AM   #7
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Sorry if I offended anyone. I was just trying to vent some of my frustrations.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:04 AM   #8
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your good - you didnt offend me - i understand about venting frustrations

when some one that doesnt see it as a vented frustration or face value they automaticly assume Forest River products are junk by your post and might sway them from buying one - in which isnt the case here

Dont get me wrong - all manufactures have issues somewhere - just some are better then others
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