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Old 11-05-2014, 06:01 PM   #11
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Purchased our 8289 in Dec 2013. Have had a couple of minor things that I took care of. Overall it is a well built unit, tows well and plenty of room for DW, myself and the pets. Do it again with what I know now, yes I would. The only real complaint I have against FR is the very cheap tires that "were" on the unit. 4,000 miles in 11 months, loving it.

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Old 11-05-2014, 06:20 PM   #12
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I don't know if this qualifies as an answer to the op, but I just purchased a used 2008 HW296. As the third owner, I must say it looks and operates like a new popup save for a few cosmetic problems. Furnace and water heater are great, have not used the air as yet. First owner was careless, second owner was ocd and fixed some torn canvas and installed usb ports, 12 volt ports and led lights with remote in the awning. I plan to carry on the tradition of the second owner.


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Old 11-05-2014, 06:41 PM   #13
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We love our Rocky and have noticed upgrades and quality throughout it. (It's like the people who designed it are actual campers who know what people want.)
Case in point...our master electrical cut-off switch is right underneath the fridge. I thought this was odd until I realized what's the last thing I do before I leave the camper when it's parked in the lot? I go inside, turn off all of the circuit breakers, and then prop open the two doors on the fridge. So it makes sense to have the master switch right below that...pretty smart!!
Another neat feature is the small light they have that lights up the outside steps at night. For people with dogs who have to bring them out when it's dark before turning in it's genius!! (Many many small things like this we've noticed.)
Rick & Karen
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Monument, Colorado
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2013 Forest River Rockwood Ultra-Lite 2904SS
2014 Toyota Tundra Maxcrew SR-5 TRD 4x4 (with Firestone airbags in the rear)
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:05 AM   #14
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I have owned a number of new trailers and have found they all have quality control and or design issues. Go over your trailer inside and out thoroughly before buying and use the heck out of it during the one year warranty period to get all the deficiencies identified and fixed. The dealership is your best choice before brand because that makes the process so much smoother. Shop at home if you can otherwise your going find getting warranty work done really inconvenient.
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:14 PM   #15
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To expand the topic, I would not own any sort of RV without an extended warranty!
We purchased a second owner 2005 Cedar Creek, 34RLTS several years ago. shortly after purchasing it we bought a 5 year extended warranty from Extra Ride for $1375.00. We have saved at least 4 times that amount in warranty issues. When that warranty runs out I WILL buy another one for sure.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:21 PM   #16
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Coming from the Class A side of the ownership spectrum with a Georgetown, now for sale because we can't afford the lifestyle any longer, I am reasonably pleased with our 325DS. It's an '02 and we bought it from the original owners 4 years ago.

Some of the design/engineering leaves me a bit puzzled, but the build quality is fairly good. We've had four good years with it and the original owners said they'd had very few problems. Our one biggie was a dead fridge at the 10-year age point (a Dometic) which we replaced ($1800!)

A Rolls-Royce it isn't, but it's a pretty decent Ford.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:35 PM   #17
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Considering the cost of our Flagstaff, I can't complain about the quality knowing the limitations on weight, etc to produce a light weight camper. Things I don't like, I change and go on. Things that break are usually self inflicted and get replaced or rebuilt. Do I agree with everything FR does in the design, a great big NO, but I either live with it or re-design/re-build/modify it with the help of others here on the forum. For the most part, there are some very smart folks here and I greatly appreciate their input.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:21 PM   #18
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We bought a 8329 SS brand new and had it delivered last January and love it. We spend almost 6 months a year in it and while there have been a few minor problems, FR is great to work with. The best part was the FROG RALLY IN AUGUST where FR offered to fix any problem anyone had...for free. It is as terrific.

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Old 11-17-2014, 04:00 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by billb800si View Post
Was wondering everyone's opinion of the quality of Rockwood's.(Michigan)
We're happy with ours but it's had its fair share of issues. Rockwood is no different (same manufacturing processes) than a number of other FR lines although I've not encountered many Rockwood complaints on the forum as compared to the other FR labels.
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Old 11-22-2014, 01:28 PM   #20
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I have had my share of ups and downs with my Forest River 360RB Motor Home, but we love it. Forest River has stood up to the plate for most of our problems. We have the sagging ceiling problem like many others, and have had some success in repairing it. We just got back from camping trip, while we were there I was in one of my cranky old f--rt moods so I called. Forest River, the guy was so nice, told me to take it to an authorized FR. repair shop, and have them call FR. No promises but they were very concerned, and I was glad I called.

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