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Old 09-17-2019, 09:55 PM   #1
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Not another rant thread 378XL

Thought I would check in with an update on our 2014 378 XL. Some of you may remember some of the issues we went through on our initial "shake down" this time last year. Couldn't get the invertor to work, generator would run for 10-15 minutes and shut off, didn't know doodle about doodle on our new to us coach. What a difference a year makes!
When we bought it, it turned 7,500 miles on the test drive. We have taken it to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, at least a dozen IMAC and F3A contests (boondocking) and as I write this, we are in Rapid City SD for the next week to take in the sights. This trip was 1,548 mile from our doorstep to our camp ground in SD. We have officially put more miles on her than the original owners did. We're now sitting at 15,682 miles. And we did it working full time, in a year! We try to be off the road by 2-3 pm, and usually get 350-400 miles in a day. I drive about 63 mph, one for mileage, the other, the HHR is limited to 65 mph. Anyway, back to the intent of the post...
After our initial "break in", the Yellowstone trip, we have had virtually no issues. None. I did manage to ruin a set of front tires, but that wasn't any fault of the coach, but was the fault of faulty pressure gauge. I've never added a drop of oil except at scheduled changes, it doesn't leak a drop of water, inside or out, (except the drippy bath faucet I posted earlier today) the only suspension work is the repositioning of the sway bar links. No it doesn't mirror the Z4, or my wife's Challenger for that matter, but it damn sure isn't the least bit scary. It runs all day long at 60-65 mph hauling the toad. Set the tow haul and the cruise control, sit back and watch the miles go by. It is crazy quiet, no rattles, seriously, NO RATTLES, and just a pleasure to drive.
I'm sure there are others out there who love theirs just as much, and they should post as well.
Sometimes, it nice to read a positive experience...
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:06 PM   #2
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And my bad, we actually use the convection microwave. I have no idea why we hadn't, but we sure do now! Bread, pie, onion rings, anything we can think to put in it...
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:47 AM   #3
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Nice to see a positive review. We have a 2011 378 purchased new and by and large have the same experience you folks report. It’s always a pleasure cruising down the road in it. People ask “how does it drive?” My stock answer is “like a sports car, only bigger”. Love our 378. We have upgraded many features in it for our pleasure not that it really needed it. FR did a good job on it.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:49 AM   #4
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I'll come in on out 2013 378 XL.
A few minor issues. I did the CHF, alignment and proper air pressure according to Michelin. Driver like a dream.
I did add a few items. We love our coach.
I believe Forest River builds a great product and they have great service, as for the dealer they were just okay.
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:05 PM   #5
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Not another rant thread 378XL

Hello: We love our 378XL, we have clocked over 30K miles since we purchased new in 2015, have taken Grand children to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Grand Teton National Park, Disney. The memories we are making with them, (GC) are only rivaled by their parents enthusiasm, we also made great camping trips a long time ago with them, ( no 378XL car and tents). It is much nicer 378XL.
G.D likes the pull down bed over the driver and passenger seats, I installed a drop down curtain and multi position TV mount so she can turn (or tune out) younger cousins. we have had 7 touring with us no problem; thank god for the washer/dryer!!!!!
Hope you continue to enjoy your 378XL as much we do.
Leaving for Tampa this Nov. till spring then (hopefully) on again to another adventure.
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I have a V10 34ft and was wondering how yours handles the mountain passes.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:33 PM   #7
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I have a V10 34ft and was wondering how yours handles the mountain passes.
We don't seem to struggle to much. There will be times when we will be at 50 mph on the steeper grades. I believe we only had one instance this trip when the cruise control kicked off. Pretty much, I leave it in Tow/Haul and set the cruise. The bigger issue is getting stuck behind an 18 wheeler and having to slow down. Then the issue is accelerating to pass without pissing off the auto drivers.
We always tow the HHR, so there is the issue of how much weight your lugging around behind you as well.
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It is good to read when people enjoy their rig. We have been up and down the Alcan hwy 3 times. We don't have any service from a dealer, but the individual companies are great to work with. Lots of power, even when we are pulling the Jeep toad. The only thing that got my attention, was the table rattling when going down the road, nothing that a few screws in the correct position couldn't fix. We named her Murtle, slow and study with a home on her back.
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Thought I would check in with an update on our 2014 378 XL. Some of you may remember some of the issues we went through on our initial "shake down" this time last year. Couldn't get the invertor to work, generator would run for 10-15 minutes and shut off, didn't know doodle about doodle on our new to us coach. What a difference a year makes!
When we bought it, it turned 7,500 miles on the test drive. We have taken it to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, at least a dozen IMAC and F3A contests (boondocking) and as I write this, we are in Rapid City SD for the next week to take in the sights. This trip was 1,548 mile from our doorstep to our camp ground in SD. We have officially put more miles on her than the original owners did. We're now sitting at 15,682 miles. And we did it working full time, in a year! We try to be off the road by 2-3 pm, and usually get 350-400 miles in a day. I drive about 63 mph, one for mileage, the other, the HHR is limited to 65 mph. Anyway, back to the intent of the post...
After our initial "break in", the Yellowstone trip, we have had virtually no issues. None. I did manage to ruin a set of front tires, but that wasn't any fault of the coach, but was the fault of faulty pressure gauge. I've never added a drop of oil except at scheduled changes, it doesn't leak a drop of water, inside or out, (except the drippy bath faucet I posted earlier today) the only suspension work is the repositioning of the sway bar links. No it doesn't mirror the Z4, or my wife's Challenger for that matter, but it damn sure isn't the least bit scary. It runs all day long at 60-65 mph hauling the toad. Set the tow haul and the cruise control, sit back and watch the miles go by. It is crazy quiet, no rattles, seriously, NO RATTLES, and just a pleasure to drive.
I'm sure there are others out there who love theirs just as much, and they should post as well.
Sometimes, it nice to read a positive experience...
Thought I should update my "rant". I fixed the drippy faucet with a new cartridge today, here is the post 2014 378XL Bath sink faucet
$15 bucks, MAYBE 20 minutes. Now I have no issues! Scary!
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Nice to hear....luv my 2016 378....only thing was the peeling pleather on my sectional....got new material (different) from Williamsburg furniture and recovered myself, easy job......Click image for larger version

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Old 09-23-2019, 09:05 AM   #11
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Very nice! We got a credit from the dealer when we bought our coach, and had everything reupholstered. New foam the works, very happy.
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