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Old 02-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Ok, we have spent the last month looking at multiple brands at various dealers. Leaning toward the Forest River MFG group. Question to all the FROG members,

Is there, for lack of better wording, a pecking order for quality amongst the Forest River Brands, i.e., is Salem better than Rockwood, etc. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:10 PM   #2
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IMO, there is no pecking order for quality.
Owners of the more expensive units have complaints or problems that are often seen on models of other names.
Our TT had just a couple minor problems until the black tank began to leak. It could be a defective tank or fitting. I don't know yet.
The more expensive models might have more aluminum, solid wood cabinets, double pane windows, carpet, china toilets and sinks or basins, painted exteriors and some have deeper slideouts. There are many, many differences and they add up in cost and in some cases, weight.
I think that the Surveyor Select offers many nice features for the price point.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #3
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From my limited experience, it seems the heavier units (1 ton class towable and up) have better features like heavier frames, better cabinets and Corian or granite countertops. Lighter units (1/2 ton - 3/4 ton range) have lighter weight counterparts.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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The MSRP for the various brands of Forest River as a good of method as any to sort the order. You'll find as the MSRP gets lower, so to the discounts from the selling dealers.

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We have had the fortune or misfortune of buying 2 FR Flagstaff 26-FKWS within a three month time frame. The first on we got last June. We had owned a SOB for a year but decided to upgrade because of a better floor plan and more inside room with the 2 slides. The overall quality fit and finish was heads above the SOB that we traded. Our first trip was to my 50th HS class reunion in mid July. We had a great time and on the way back to AR we stopped for fuel in IN and a dump truck broad-sided the camper and totaled it. After all the insurance stuff was done we ordered a duplicate unit and it came built as well as the first.
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Ok, we have spent the last month looking at multiple brands at various dealers. Leaning toward the Forest River MFG group. Question to all the FROG members,

Is there, for lack of better wording, a pecking order for quality amongst the Forest River Brands, i.e., is Salem better than Rockwood, etc. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated


WE have a Silverback 29rk FW. I have gotten to know a FR rep and I asked him after touring the Topeka, In plant where they are built along with the Cedar Creek FW's what the difference between the SB and CC are. He said in general terms that the CC's come with more standard features that are optional on the SB and therefore cost more.

He assured us that the "bones" of the two are identical.

I don't know about the FR Travel trailers and motorhomes.
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A good starting place may be determining your budget and what you can safely tow. Once you've got that figured out it can help you fine tune your selection. Enjoy the process and good luck.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:14 AM   #8
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From what I understand my Salem Cruise Lite is an entry-level model. Due to being designed as a "lighter weight" TT some extra weight was cut by using lighter weight material.

Some of FR brands have "twins". Same floorplan but different model names.
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For the money, I don't think you can beat a Columbus Fifth wheel right now.
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As I understand it, The flagstaff is to the Rockwood, as the old Chevy Impala was to the Belair.
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