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Old 09-09-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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We are new to the motorhome world, have camped 25 years in tents, popup, trailer and now have a 40 ft 5th wheel. Yesterday we looked at the 378-loved it-until we drove it. It was very loud with road noise, rattles, shakes etc(Interstate 20 South Carolina). We know they had just gotten the motorhome in the day before and dealer said they had not checked tire pressures etc and assured me the service guys would drive and try to correct all rattles. My question is - is this typical of a gas motor home? Not sure I can travel 100's of miles listening to this. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:51 AM   #2
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We also have a 378 and the road noises never crossed my mind. We had our's undercoated from the factory and keep the air pressure at 90 as prescribed. We have over 20,000 on ours now and wouldn't trade it. An empty rig will make noises if your used to a car. We also went from tent camping, to trailers, and 5th wheels and to the Georgetown. the 378 is a perfect motorhome for us. We seem to carry everything we own in it. Just kidding, it does have a lot of storage. we winter in Florida and the large living room is great.
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When I first picked up my 350 I was surprised by the noise and rattles also. The first few trips I hunted down many rattles and was able to fix many of them. Also, proper air pressure will help alot. Tire pressure should be set at the recommendations of the tire manufacturer which is based on actual loaded weight. After weighing I was able to reduce my front tire pressure down to 75-80 psi which quieted the ride considerably. After you get it loaded up, bring it to a truck scale and get good weight numbers and you can adjust the pressure.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
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As others have stated, correct tire pressure can make a big difference. On our 378 I run 80lbs front and 85lbs rear based on our load. That said if you hit rough road there will be rattles and noises in all motorhomes. It's just the way it is. I guarantee the inside of a trailer sounds just the same, you just aren't there to hear it. Compared to other RVs we have owned however it is much much better handling and a lot less engine noise than any we have ever driven. When pulling a pass with the boat or Jeep in tow and the engine has to downshift and run higher RPMs then it does get a bit loud but then so will a truck pulling a trailer. I can see where if you are used to trailers it might be a bit irritating but that is just the nature of the beast. One thing that rattles a lot in the 378 you wont hear in others is the fireplace. This is because the fireplace is a residential fixture that wasn't designed to be bounced down a road at 60mph. We have just learned to live with it. We love our 378 for it's roominess and features.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:14 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies, we just don't want to trade in the 5th wheel and regret it later. We are not fulltimers but take at least two major trips (500+miles) per year and lots of shorter trips (avg. 2 per month), and think a motorhome would be great-going to restroom, fixing lunch etc. The 378 has the openess similar to our 5th wheel. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:16 AM   #6
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Also I have tried reading all the issues with the Georgetown on this forum to watch out for. Any advice in this area would be appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:12 PM   #7
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You will normally only read of the problems people have with rigs on a forum so you really don't hear of all the people who haven't had many problems.

We have had relatively few issues with the rig and those we have had save for one hasn't been FRs fault. We had a bad pixel in our Sanyo TV and FR sent us a new one and a problem with the magnetron in our microwave but the local Amana repair center sent a guy to our house to fix that, all I had to do was remove the MW from the cabinet.

We found out that in a lot of new motorhomes the front end alignment is not set correctly at the factory. We burned up a set of front tires in the first year, very expensive. From talking to other owners of other rigs this isn't isolated to just Forest River. My advice for new motorhome owners is to call FR (not your dealer) and tell them that it steers funny and you want them to pay for a front end alignment. You have to do this in the first 90 days as FR only warrants front end alignment in that time frame.

As you might see in the tech section we had an issue with the way our refrigerator was installed, it wasn't vented correctly and thus wasn't cooling right. As we were out of warranty by the time it became an issue I pulled the fridge out and fixed it myself. It seems to be more of an issue in the 378 than other rigs but I haven't heard of anyone having the same issues so I think it was isolated to ours.

All in all very few issues and nothing I wouldn't expect from a new RV. Overall we have been really pleased with our 378.
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Another question. We plan to tow a Lincoln MKX(Ford Edge)the dealer is including the Blue Ox tow bar(installing also) we ask about brakes and he said they weren't necessary with the weight of our toad. Is this true?
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Another question. We plan to tow a Lincoln MKX(Ford Edge)the dealer is including the Blue Ox tow bar(installing also) we ask about brakes and he said they weren't necessary with the weight of our toad. Is this true?
State laws require additional brakes on towed vehicles. This law varies from state to stae with the majority requiring it. If you plan to travel long distances you'll need to have the additional brakes.
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The dealer did mention some states require it but ours doesn't but of course we will be traveling to many other states. What brake do you recommend, I'm sure we can get them to install it also.
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