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Old 06-07-2017, 01:12 AM   #1
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You guys are making me wonder if im buying junk ?

Hi all , first day here , thursday im picking up a used 2012 sandstorm 233slc , and reading all the issues everyone is having scares me . I thought Forest River was a good brand ? I guess only time will tell , hopefully the first owner has all the bugs worked out .
In closing , is there anything i should check out in mine ? thanks in advance .. Dennis
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Old 06-07-2017, 02:28 AM   #2
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Check out everything. It matters not new or used. Have them fill all tanks and test everything then test it all again hooked to city water. Test all 12vdc items both on and off shore power and all 120vac items when on shore power. Go over every square inch of everything else and pull every access panel you can find which is attached with screws. Look for signs of water intrusion and soft spots in floors and walls. Pay extra attention to the floor in front of doors, toilets, sinks, fridge and other high traffic areas. Plan on spending hours.....not minutes. Take a flashlight.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:59 AM   #3
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For the most part all RV brands are made similarly. You always hear the bad rarely the good. We have a 2013 Puma since new from Forest River and have had almost no issues with it.

Do your homework Check the systems, if it has a musty smell inside walk away. Check wall and floor for soft areas. There are many check lists and YouTube videos for help.

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Happy owners outweigh the unhappy ones.
I've been a member of 7 different RV forums and you see lots of unhappy owners of ALL brands.
It's the nature of the Internet. Lots of complainers.

Those that are happy, rarely post that they're happy.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:43 AM   #5
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We just bought a 2013 Rookwood 8310SS last fall and could not be happier. No issues what so ever. I think a lot of it is a matter of expectations vs reality.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:21 AM   #6
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Happy owners outweigh the unhappy ones.
I've been a member of 7 different RV forums and you see lots of unhappy owners of ALL brands.
It's the nature of the Internet. Lots of complainers.

Those that are happy, rarely post that they're happy.
This!
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I've had 5 trailers. If things were that bad I would have stopped at 1. For the most part it usually small things. Our trailers twist and vibrate and bounce going down the road. Things are bound to come loose and occasionally get damaged or fail. Just the nature of the beast. Good preventive matainance will usually keep thing running and in good order.
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Ask each person "If you could, would you have given up camping because your unit had problems"?

Some would. Not many. Stuff happens, you fix it, you go camping. You won't ever stop fixing something or other.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:31 AM   #9
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That is what forums are for a place people can vent about problems, fortunately there are more good post here than bad
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Use a list like this one. I used it on my new 3171DS. The inspection took approximately four hours. Don't rush through, and check everything! The best time to find a problem is before you buy!

http://changingears.com/rv-checklist-inspection.shtml
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