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Old 08-17-2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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Pros and cons

Looking for other Georgetown owners. What model? Year? Any problems? Good and bad things.
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:30 AM   #2
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Hello fellow Georgetown owner,

We took delivery of our 2006 Georgetown 370 from our dealer in November 2005. Our first trip was over the Memorial Day weekend. We didn't go far because we know you have to work the bugs out the first year. There were numerous small things like: Screen Door didn't latch; the awning wouldn't latch; the awning strap was frayed have way through the strap; the toilets leaked and squirted water from the valves, the 1/2 bath door kept popping open while driving in spite of being securely latched. The biggest thing was Rust. It seemed there was rust everywhere in the basement compartments. We took it in to have the problems corrected and Forest River approved all the work. The worst part is our rig was in the shop for 6 weeks - practically our whole summer here in western NY.

Last weekend we took it out overnight to see how everything looked. All of our complaints appeared to have been addressed.

As for our satisfaction, overall we are satisfied. We bought the unit because of its floor plan. (1 and 1/2 baths), very roomy and comfortable. We are disappointed in the 'cheap-down' features of some of the amenities like the screen door, the shallow cupboards, the shallow refrigerator, the sofa-sleeper mattress and other things that I am sure have yet to appear. We did speak with a couple of other RV owners of different manufacturers and they too complained about the same type of things when it comes to quality. So it must be an industry-wide problem.

As for the screen door, my husband did manage to fix the problem of the wimpy slide falling out every time we used it. He put a metal strip along the inner front edge. It not only keeps the slide in place, it now feels 'richer'. He spray painted the metal and screws white so it doesn't look like a modification. If every thing we find can be corrected this easily I'll really be a happy camper.

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Old 08-20-2006, 01:27 PM   #3
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Hi , we purchased a Forest River Windsong, slightly upgraded Georgrtown, last year of production, 2003. The dealer did not tell us it was dicontinued.
Never the less was bought in upstate western NY. Similar probs. . screen door is a joke , slide opening is less than that. We had a leak of undetermined origin, found it later after hall floor is ruined by delamination. Prob was in installation of shower valve behind shower wall, installer must of had super strengh or a big wrench, nut on line to mixer was so tight it cracked the housing and leaked between the walls and out to the hall floor. Took so long to find it the coach was out of warranty.
Many leaks at slides whether open or closed, serviced twce but still leaks.
.. My friend has a georgetown bot at the same time , has had excellent luck, they went to Mexico on train trip and now are cruising from N. E. to far northwest and down to S CA and into Vegas and will be heading back to N.E. soon. So far trouble free.
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Old 08-23-2006, 06:44 PM   #4
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Issues

We bought ours in 2004 had some minor issues, with the drawers in the bedroom. We also had some problems with the front slide. The dealer fixed the slide and drawers, but scrathed the decal on one side. They then replaced the all of the decals on that side. We had a right front window problem, the wind shield did not seat properly. The dealer was not able to fix it and the factory took it back and repaired it. All in all, we are very happy with our 370XL and so far have put 22,000 miles on it and have been rving over 50 days for the past two years.
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:57 PM   #5
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Major problems, do not buy one

I have had major problems with my Forest River Georgetown xl. The biggest one concerns the hydraulics, for the rooms and the jacks. I have been stranded twice now, with the jacks down and no way to get them up. The manual method did not work. Forest River not only drags their feet at getting things fixed, but tried to blame us for the faults. They use cheap gear in their homes. They do not care for quality, or the showers would not leak, the screen doors would close, they would have used the industry standard hydraulics instead of that cheap system they use (Lippert, I beleive). I have had my coach since February. It has been in the shop for three months. Forest River would not authorize payment for repair on work that was performed. They are still trying to delay payment. They have said twice that they sent parts out to fix the coach, said it would take five days, both of those statements were made more than five days apart. Forest Rivers own techs were of no help with the hydraulics. The service department had to go directly to Lippert for some help. Lippert says their pump has known problems that they are improving on the next model of pump. Luckily, I have a great job, and my sister is a lawyer. Enough said.

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Old 09-17-2006, 08:52 PM   #6
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Sad to here about your problems but this is a place that you are welcome to vent and share with the fellow owners.

Thanks for checking in with us and keep us updated on the status of your unit.

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I have had major problems with my Forest River Georgetown xl. The biggest one concerns the hydraulics, for the rooms and the jacks. I have been stranded twice now, with the jacks down and no way to get them up. The manual method did not work. Forest River not only drags their feet at getting things fixed, but tried to blame us for the faults. They use cheap gear in their homes. They do not care for quality, or the showers would not leak, the screen doors would close, they would have used the industry standard hydraulics instead of that cheap system they use (Lippert, I beleive). I have had my coach since February. It has been in the shop for three months. Forest River would not authorize payment for repair on work that was performed. They are still trying to delay payment. They have said twice that they sent parts out to fix the coach, said it would take five days, both of those statements were made more than five days apart. Forest Rivers own techs were of no help with the hydraulics. The service department had to go directly to Lippert for some help. Lippert says their pump has known problems that they are improving on the next model of pump. Luckily, I have a great job, and my sister is a lawyer. Enough said.

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Old 10-14-2006, 09:35 PM   #7
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How about any m-265 owners out there? I am looking for options lists, spec sheets, plan sheet etc.

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Old 10-15-2006, 12:59 PM   #8
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Question New Georgetown Owner

We have just purchased a 2007 Georgetown 370. Will pick up next week. Haven't done any RVing in 20 years & would love to hear from folks about: What are the first additional purchases we should make? and What is best way to upgrade beds (queen & sofa bed)? Glad to have found this site.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:20 PM   #9
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We replaced the regular mattress with a memory foam mattress. It's awesome. The sofa bed depends on whether or not you still want it to be a pull out bed. We replaced our sofa bed with a Lazyboy reclining love seat. It fits perfectly in the space and Bear, the two Shih tzus and me, fit on it very well. We didn't need another bed as we have the big bunk over the garage.
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I have a 2004 34ds and have no major problems the main one has been badly installed drawer guides which had to be adjusted or replaced. We live in it for 4 months per year and travel around 5000 miles per year. The hydraulics so far have worked perfectly.
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