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Old 06-19-2015, 02:32 PM   #21
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I am assuming most of the replies you receive are going to be positive via this Forum but realize that Forest River isn't perfect.

I currently have a dealer tech onsite to address a black/grey water issue we're having in our brand new Georgetown 378XL.

It turns out that when our motorhome was shipped to our dealer the black water vent was mounted about 5 inches too low into the tank - it didn't even go above the roof line on the other end.

While the tech is able to fix it, he cannot ensure it is high enough or that it is sealed properly below the floor so we'll need to see if his fix is effective.

We have had a lot of poor quality issues with our Georgetown and the dealer was less then stellar in the repairs/work which isn't Forest River's problem but it does speak to their lack of quality control.

Not very impressed when so much work needs to be done on something new and something that is so expensive.

Just my 2 cents worth...Sauce
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Old 06-19-2015, 02:49 PM   #22
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I have been happy with both of my FR products so far. I find this forum is far more active than other manufacturer-specific forums. While that might seem silly, I actually consider it very important. The wealth of experience and intelligence in this community is pretty hard to beat. I think some of that is simply the fact they are the largest, but some of it is the FROG community itself.
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Old 06-19-2015, 03:04 PM   #23
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I been very happy with our Sunseeker, this is my 3rd RV. Have had only minor problems all fixed under warranty some of them happened I full year after warranty expired and FR took care of them at no cost. I read a lot RV magazines all of them have a section that deals with customer complaints with unresolved issues with warranties. Forest River had very few complaints. Some other companies had lots of problems even though they make a lot fewer products than FR. Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2015, 03:31 PM   #24
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Check the bottom of the slides. If they have the Darco wrap. Pass on the Forest River. The Darco is trouble with a capital T.

Soon to be 3 years on my Crusader. Except for the Darco bunching and tearing and the electric rear stabilizing jacks, we are pleased. The jacks quick because of the stripped key. 1/8" key that broke and new assembly is over $400. dollars. I use the manual crank now.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:13 PM   #25
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100% agree with Flybob. A good dealership is very important. While the quality of FR products is generally excellent , there may be an occasion when service is needed. IMO buy local if you can, from a reputable dealer if you can, and hope for the best. Good luck with your purchase.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:24 PM   #26
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Do the research or regret it.

I hate to pee on the picnic, but I have a $45,000 lemon that proves that everything is not great with FR products. I have a good dealer who has tried to help, but the manufacturing problems are still there and always will be. My advice is to be extremely careful in making this decision. Go to some other forums as well as reviewing the several issues that have been documented here in recent months. I have a year's worth of e-mails, letters and pictures that speak for themselves as to what a mess you may have to endure if you do not check and double check every possible issue before you accept your unit. If you want details, contact me directly as I do not think it is appropriate to do that here.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:44 AM   #27
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Had a Keystone Cougar for 7 years before switching to the FR Flagstaff. While the Keysone was starting age, mainly roof starting to bubble. Did find a dealing willing yo fix it for a reasonable price, he carried both Keystone and FR products. He offered us better than Bluebook as well as a couple of upgrades on the Flagstaff. Bottom line the dealer makes all the difference, have two minor issues with the tt which dealer fixed very fast. Good service on his part. Loving the FR product, and reading this thread, I am convinced no rv product comes as a trouble free product, which reflects back on QC. Having a dealer take care of these is worth a lot. Like anything you buy use age will bring out issues as well, again it comes back to a good dealer! Remember rvs are a collection of other manufacturers parts, not rv manufacturers fault entirely. I will go with another FR product and the same dealer.
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:22 AM   #28
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I would not even consider a different manufacturer.

No bull; just fact. I have NEVER seen a company that will go the extra hundred miles like this one.

X2 - if it's not Forest River, it's not hooked to our truck-EVER!

Like Lou, I have never seen a company go the extra mile for owners or treat them as nicely as Forest River does!


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Just an observation, I came out of the boating industry and had moderate sized boats up to 36 foot for 35 years and I sold boats for 6 years. My experience with my FR product has been far better than my experience with top manufacturers in the boat industry. A product that entails a lot of man hours to build is going to have issues. It's the nature of the beast. I don't have to fix something every time I want to take my RV out. Purchasing and fixing my RV costs far far less than any of my boats
It's all part of the experience. Enjoy it!
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:22 AM   #30
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One point I'd like to make - a lot of your experience will also be in how you treat/maintain the camper. On each prep, inspect your camper thoroughly, looking for little issues and addressing them before they become big problems. On each clean-up, repeat the process before putting the camper away. My DH is very meticulous (i.e., anal!) and, time and time again, saved us some big repair bills.
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