Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-21-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1
I'm so disgusted, I made a big mistake!

When does Forest River model years change over? We bought a Rockwood 8311WS from dealer stock. It was listed as a 2016. Now I realize the floorplan is a 2015 and is not the same as what is shown on the website for a 2016. Forest River built a 2015 and played with the numbers and vin and called it a 2016. I did not realize until we got the trailer home last weekend. Then I saw pictures of the trailer on the dealer website with green leaves on the trees in the background. So, it can be no later than September, the trailer must have been built last August at the latest. It sat on the dealer yard for 5 months through a hard winter, and it shows. Rust showing on any metal parts/frame. I can't find a build date on any of the paperwork. Oh, and the quality . . . it must have been built on a Friday afternoon. Already warranty issues that dealer is trying to get resolved with Forest River. I feel like I just took a gut punch on this trailer. Have not made the first payment yet and I'm wishing some would take it off my hands. I don't feel like I got a new trailer.
__________________

__________________
vic743 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:09 PM   #2
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
I'm so disgusted, I made a big mistake!

Late 15's are built as new 16's until they change to 16 floor plans, nothing new


Any car or truck sold after the 6th month is considered the next model year.


2008 2500hd Duramax
2015 Columbus 320RS
2016 nights camped "0"
2015 nights camped "34"
__________________

__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 238
The build date on my Heritage Glen is on a plate on the left side towards the front by the weights of the trailer.

I also noticed there are 2 different models for every year. I looked at. 2016 Heritage Glen in September on dealer lot and ended up ordering a 2016 from the factory and there are several differences between the 2.


Eastlake, Ohio
2013 F-350 Turbo Diesel
2016 Heritage Glen 368rlbh
__________________
Dinostop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:12 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,702
I'm so disgusted, I made a big mistake!

I have a build date on one of the outside weight stickers. The change over is in March most every year, meaning anything built after 4/1/15 or so would be a 2016. Floor plans can change at any time, not just at model year change overs.


2010 F250 5.4L 3.73
2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
Equal-i-zer 4pt 12K
__________________

2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
2010 F250 4X4 5.4L 3.73 LS
EQUALIZER E4 1200/12000
lbrjet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:14 PM   #5
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
I'm so disgusted, I made a big mistake!

Oh, never go by a brochure!
Build date is on yellow sticker on left side of unit.

2008 2500hd Duramax
2015 Columbus 320RS
2016 nights camped "0"
2015 nights camped "34"
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:23 PM   #6
Site Team
 
Flybob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 5,552
If you look at any of the literature, it says subject to change without notice. You said you purchased from a dealer lot so I assume you looked at the unit and liked the floor plan before you said yes to the deal, if the vin says 2016, then at trade time it is a 2016, Because of sentence one, even if ordering new from the factory based on a brochure, you can not always be guaranteed it will look like that when you get it. Don't ruin what could be good camping experience over this. Just as in TVs and autos, model years don't change on Jan1.
__________________

2015 Freedom Express 248RBS
TV 2015 Silverado HD2500 Duramax
TST Tire Monitors
Honda 2000I + Companion
2 100W solar panels
Flybob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:38 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
BamaBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Whereever our Berkshire is Parked!
Posts: 6,987
Quote:
Originally Posted by vic743 View Post
When does Forest River model years change over? We bought a Rockwood 8311WS from dealer stock. It was listed as a 2016. Now I realize the floorplan is a 2015 and is not the same as what is shown on the website for a 2016. Forest River built a 2015 and played with the numbers and vin and called it a 2016. I did not realize until we got the trailer home last weekend. Then I saw pictures of the trailer on the dealer website with green leaves on the trees in the background. So, it can be no later than September, the trailer must have been built last August at the latest. It sat on the dealer yard for 5 months through a hard winter, and it shows. Rust showing on any metal parts/frame. I can't find a build date on any of the paperwork. Oh, and the quality . . . it must have been built on a Friday afternoon. Already warranty issues that dealer is trying to get resolved with Forest River. I feel like I just took a gut punch on this trailer. Have not made the first payment yet and I'm wishing some would take it off my hands. I don't feel like I got a new trailer.
Vic,

Which Forest River RV did you buy?
__________________
Bob & Anne-Marie [BamaBob & 6 Actual]
| 2017 Berkshire XLT 43A with Ultrasteer Tag | Blue Ox Avail + KarGard II |
| SMI AF-1 Air Brake | 2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD | Pedego Bikes |
Nights Camped: 2013 - 24 • 2014 - 42 • 2015 - 56 • Jul 2016 - Fulltime •
BamaBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:42 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
rmac04401's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Adams County, PA
Posts: 1,989
I'm so disgusted, I made a big mistake!

I purchased my GreyWolf 26rr in August of 2015 off the dealers lot. He offered us that we could order one from factory but would be much later in delivery date. We were anxious and liked the one we bought.

In September I looked at the units the dealer ordered back in July when he would have ordered ours if we went that route, and there were many little things different between the two units.

I think the manufacture has basic plans but they will use what they have available. So if they ran out of any old supplies they will start using New Years parts. If they have leftovers parts from previous years they will use those up first.

Our dealer told me he could put an order in for two or three units at the same time and when they come in they most likely will not be 100% alike due to above explanations. They could be the same or they may have slight variations. That's why he said if we really liked everything about the one on the lot to get that one because he could not guarantee the ones he ordered would be the same. We know now that was not just a sales pitch.

I'm glad we got the one we did. I would have been happy with the one that was slightly different but we are happy with the one we got.
__________________
2016 Grey Wolf 26rr
2005 Honda VTX 1300
2012 Ram 2500 Crew cab 6.5 bed
5.7L Hemi, 3:73 Rear
Ron & Shirley (Empty Nesters)
rmac04401 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:42 PM   #9
Georgia Frog Rally 2018
 
aceinspp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: GA
Posts: 10,656
You bought it with a floor plan you liked so just cause it's is a 2016 with 2015 floor plan should not be an issue. Most new vehicles bought hardly change in out side appearance or interior but every few years. Just change build date. I would just go with what you got and enjoy your camping. Later RJD
__________________
2015 35 FT V-Lite 30WRLIKS Diamond Package
2015 Chevy 2500 6.0 4:10 gearing.
Days camped in 2016 58
Days camped so far 2017 62
aceinspp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2016, 01:48 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
The_Rhino's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 625
I always double-check the model year & VIN before signing... For one car they entered the VIN incorrectly so hard-telling what mess that would have created...

Quote:
Rust showing on any metal parts/frame.
FR uses frames that have rust from day one because the frames sit out in the elements for months/years before assembly, the paint is inadequate, and people keep buying new TTs with rusty frames anyway... One of the reasons we bought our used TT vs. new was because new TTs had about the same rust as our 3 year-old TT...

Also, I prefer buying off the lot & having my pick of the litter vs. ordering one to be built... Even though you may not get the latest/greatest update you know what you are getting from your thorough inspection. I spent 2 hours looking-over our TT before making an offer & we spent another 2.5 hours having the PDI done. During the PDI they dealer addressed all of my concerns & we left the lot happy campers - pun intended!

We have now had 2 years of trouble-free camping although I need to fix my fridge before year 3 begins...
__________________

__________________
2011 RAM 2500 ST Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi ($14K in '13)
2011 Primetime 3150BHD Touring Edition ($20K in '14)
Days camped in 2017-31
2016-36; 2015-37; 2014-31

The_Rhino is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:35 AM.