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Old 09-15-2014, 10:12 PM   #11
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Lots of replies from newer units so far. I'll add that our 2011 3170DS has been GREAT! We have over 28,000 miles on it so far. NO issues at all with power slides, leaks, generator (380+ hrs), nothing really.

We have 3 pre-teen kids that can find weak links in designs and workmanship as fast as they can make a pizza disappear! I have nothing to complain about.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:03 PM   #12
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Best advice is stay away from the internet. Buy want you like and enjoy it. The week I spent waiting to pick up my 2014 2250, made me sick. Reading all the horror stories.... About 15 nights in it over the last two months, no problems worth speaking of.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:52 PM   #13
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I know when I was at the RV show this past weekend in Dallas some of the other manufactures didn't have good things to say about Forest River but they were never specific when I pressed them as to why.

I assumed that was just a common practice in the business.

What I don't understand is how can Forest River's quality be any less than any of the other similar brands when you consider they all use the same components inside.

Like other folks on here I've had a few minor issues on our 3170 and believe me, we live hard in it. There's not been a single deal breaker yet though.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:41 AM   #14
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We have a 2012 2650. I feel the quality is much better than I expected for the price point. I have added the normal upgrades that are discussed in the Forum; more to tinker with the unit and tailor it to our likes, than because they were absolutely necessary. However, any unit requires constant upkeep. We looked at everything and don't regret our Sunseeker decision at all. Good luck.
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:36 PM   #15
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We just upgraded from a TT, jumping into to the wonderful world of driveable.

This February, we purchased a Sunseeker 2690s.

After much research, the Forest River options won us over:

Fiberglass Roof
Adzel type walls
Fit & Finish
Descent Price point
Company standing behind their product.

We actually bought out of state (availability of the specific floor-plan) & price. Forest river has worked with us with some warranty work (back-up camera, awning adjustment), locally & it all went smoothly. No issues with having to go to selling dealer, just communicated directl with Forest River.

Also, spend a little time here, I have not seen many Forums, where actual REPS for the product, come on here and support customers. It happens here and I think says a lot.

Good luck on your search! So far 7,800 miles and over 50 nites spent in the Sunseeker, NO major issues, and super pleased with the rig.

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Old 09-16-2014, 10:41 PM   #16
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Thanks Funfinder5, Poorbuthappy, Howzball, & TomG for taking the time to respond to my post. We have decided to go ahead with 2651 Forester which we needed to order but we are looking forward to many happy miles moving forward.
Thanks again.
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:06 PM   #17
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I'm suprized at all the glowing reports of Forest River quality. We found it to be awful; but that being said, no worse than the other mfgs. We've had 4 RVs over the years, and one common characteristic was, if one were to make a careful inspection, the parts installed by the base chassis maker (Ford etc) is readily apparent and by and large good; that by the RV mfg - a lot less so. Our latest is a class C Sunseeker and we found dozens of little problems; even after a very careful (I thought) inspection at the dealer.

After all of the above, I'd still think that its a worthwhile purchase that you'll have loads of fun with, but would be sure to make a very careful inspection of all parts ov the machine before taking from the dealer.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:40 PM   #18
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I'm suprized at all the glowing reports of Forest River quality. We found it to be awful; but that being said, no worse than the other mfgs. We've had 4 RVs over the years, and one common characteristic was, if one were to make a careful inspection, the parts installed by the base chassis maker (Ford etc) is readily apparent and by and large good; that by the RV mfg - a lot less so. Our latest is a class C Sunseeker and we found dozens of little problems; even after a very careful (I thought) inspection at the dealer.

After all of the above, I'd still think that its a worthwhile purchase that you'll have loads of fun with, but would be sure to make a very careful inspection of all parts ov the machine before taking from the dealer.

Don’t be surprised, it is a Forest River forum; high percent of users here are most likely happy Forest River owners.

Interesting quotes in your post:

“We found it to be awful; but that being said, no worse than the other mfgs.”
The debate & definition of Quality in RV industry goes on & on & on.
Search long enough, you will find some “Quality” issues out there, with most to all brands, some more than others.

"Our latest is a class C Sunseeker and we found dozens of little problems; even after a very careful (I thought) inspection at the dealer.
After all of the above, I'd still think that its a worthwhile purchase."
Would it be a quality purchase, in the RV world?
Little problems in the RV world = high quality, maybe….??


“would be sure to make a very careful inspection of all parts of the machine before taking from the dealer.”
Would add to that, to use and work out the bugs (little problems), within the 1 year warranty period, I have found that Forest River will stand behind their product.
Get to know everything you can on maintenance, up-keep & storage of your unit, it will be the biggest factor of “Quality” & longevity of a RV.

Enjoy and get out there making lasting adventures!

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Old 09-19-2014, 11:01 AM   #19
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I have owned the following Class C SUnseekers:

2180
3120
3170

The 2180 had a great TV nook in the bedroom (which is why I bought it, but that was back in the analog days....).

The 3120 had a HUGE bathroom and a little hallway, which I loved! The shower had a seat in it, which was great when I broke my foot and had to "back into" the shower. But I feel that the floor plan of this model is meant for a solo person. The closet space in the bedroom wasn't conducive for a couple I'm a solo anyway, so not an issue.

The reason I traded to a 3170 is because I wanted the computer desk. The 3170 has way more storage than the 3120. The 3170 has a bathtub (small, but it works)/shower combo. I love the bathtub, but miss the huge bathroom space of the 3120.
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:19 PM   #20
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We just bought a sun seeker 3170 ds 2014 and one of the major reasons is the superior tow capacity. I tow a three horse trailer horse camping. I also love the 3170 floor plan, and have room for grandkids if I want! So far no problems, but had a good service person do the walk through. I think dealer service is the key, so check out your dealer's service. Have fun!
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