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Old 09-06-2015, 10:43 PM   #11
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First off, hi everyone. We are searching for our first RV and plan on full timing. Stationary for the first couple of years in Florida then who knows. We are buying a fifth wheel and have been looking at all brands. We do like the Sierra 371REBH a lot. We are going to the Hershey show to take a look. Anyway, two questions for now. First, we will be living around the Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona area of Florida. Any thoughts on GOOD dealers down that way? And second, I have been hearing horror story after horror story about dealer service after the sale. I have already contacted an independent service center in the area and they will come out to do repairs as long as the manufacturer will okay it. Do you know Forest Rivers policy on that? And okay, a third question. Do you guys ever "reinforce" things before they break? For example, I have heard of drawers falling apart. I was thinking to go over everything after buying it and making it better on my own. I know it's up to the dealer and manufacturer to do this in the first place but that doesn't seem to be the case most of the time. Thanks guys and gals.

As far as the dealer in this area I think we visited every dealer in central Florida, tampa, and even Jacksonville and the 2 dealers we like the most were camping world and giant rec world in winter garden. We ended up buying from giant rec world but that was based on they had what we were looking for and they hit my price requirement. Happy shopping, I really enjoyed going and seeing all that was there before buying. Also I believe if it is close enough and you need service that some places will come pick the unit up if you can't get it to them.


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Old 09-06-2015, 11:24 PM   #12
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I actually did reinforce much in my camper. When I got it home I started in the front and re-did everything I felt was substandard. It took many hours but very little money. Well worth the time. I have been over some very rough roads and have had nothing fall apart.
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:53 AM   #13
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KenHwy61, can you give us a short list of the areas you found most in need of reinforcing?
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A great dealer in Central Florida is Tri-Am RV in Ocala which is about 1.5 hours from Port Orange. They have been family owned since 1967 and are part of the Route66 network of dealers. All they carry is Forest River at the moment. They don't have Sierra but do carry Silverback, Sandpiper and Cedar Creek. They have a Sandpiper 373MBOK which is similar to what you are looking at in the Sierra. 2016 FOREST RIVER SANDPIPER 373MBOK

These people are great to deal with. After the PDI you spend the night in there hookup area to make sure everything works. After the sale service has been good. We had a slight water leak and the took us in the next day while I waited on it even though the service dept was very busy. They found a bad ice maker line and replaced it and fixed or adjusted a couple of minor things we had found.

If you don't purchase from them, they still will work on your unit.
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Thanks everyone. A lot of great information. Tfort, PM coming your way. If I did it right. I don't want to hijack my own post.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:21 AM   #16
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Don't let the negativity get to you. Its a great lifestyle and well worth the crazy things that happen along the way. It's a house on wheels, stuff will go wrong its part of it. If you can do work then do it and it will be like you want it to be. For the stuff you can't do, it sounds like you have a plan. Find the one and enjoy the lifestyle. You won't regret it.
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Thanks GL1800Rider. The Sandpiper is the other one we were looking at. Gonna compare them both at the Hershey RV show is a couple of weeks.
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KenHwy61, can you give us a short list of the areas you found most in need of reinforcing?
Each camper would be different but some examples were thing like cabinets mount screws screwed into insulation instead of the wall studs, trim pieces loose, table top wobbly, stove top loose, etc, etc. etc. I just went through most every thing and improved it. Sometimes all it takes it some new screws and a dab of glue. Sometimes it take fabricating new supports. They are often in a hurry when they build these things so attention to "behind the scenes" detail is often lacking. Open everything and look behind. Is the wiring and plumbing secure or hanging loose? Check the black ABS drain fittings. Are the fittings tight and glued? Do the water lines drip when pressurized? Tug on trim pieces around the coach. Same with television mounts, cabinet doors and even the cabinets themselves. Check everything you can. If you can pull it off by hand, it will come off bouncing down the highway!
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Thanks everyone. A lot of great information. Tfort, PM coming your way. If I did it right. I don't want to hijack my own post.

I have not received a PM as of yet. I will be glad to help in anyway I can.


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