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Old 06-15-2016, 03:36 AM   #11
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Welcome to the world of new RVs! We are on our fifth new RV and one thing is common to all of our purchases regardless of brand or type. The first year you will spend a lot of time fixing little things yourself and your rig will spend months at a dealership for warranty work. We averaged about 4 months per rig the first year.

The good news is after you get all the bugs worked out the first year, then you can actually enjoy your RV without having to work on it every time you go out After the first year we have had relatively few problems.

It's a sad statement of the quality control of manufacturers but seems to hold true with all our camping friends as well.

Next RV I am seriously considering trying to find a used one in good shape. That way hopefully all the 'bugs' are already worked out. LOL!!

Good luck and enjoy learning all kinds of things you never wanted to know

I agree with that comment. Last spring we bought a nice used Puma 295bhk. To date we have used it 8 times for a total of 29 days. I have not had to touch a thing and everything works perfectly. Except for one of the rear jacks that I bent.
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Old 06-15-2016, 05:15 AM   #12
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Well I called the dealer yesterday and explained the awning situation he said he would order a motor and then we could set up a time to get it put on.
I told him that I wouldn't have time to make a 6 hour round trip to drop off the unit. I explained everything else to him that had been happening and how we weren't very happy with the product.
In turn he offered two outcomes. If he has a service guy coming this way he will send him to my place free of charge due to the fact it's still less than a year old or he can pick it up after Canada day long weekend (which is our last camping planned before 10 day trek) and we can pick it up on the way to PEI. (They are close to the ferry service to the island)
This feels like a win to me.


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Old 06-15-2016, 05:59 AM   #13
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Glad to hear the dealer is working with you, good luck and hope all goes well so you can enjoy your camper, keep us posted.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:37 AM   #14
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Welcome to the Forest River family. All of these posts are so true. The question is, "Why is the RV industry this way?" Amazing!
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:29 AM   #15
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How true about bits and pieces going wrong or not working. I had the front end aligned on our 2014 Sun Seeker. with only 11,000 KMS on it and now it steers like it should. (Bought used) Then there was the battery control center made by Worth electronics and it went bad and no parts were available and they do not use them any more. (go figure|) Thanks to Russ Stall of Forest River he scored me a new Precision Circuits unit and it works fine. (These are on all the new units) Got back from camping the other day and went to put the bedroom slide out and the trim around one side of the slide came off during the extension. So took it off completely. Evidently this part was to long and got caught up on the bottom. So sawed off 1/2 inch at the bottom and now no binding. Put it back on with screws rather then staples. Radio and navigation system decided not to work. So went to the Ford Dealer who services my F-150 and all fuses were ok . Even the ones in the unit its self. So rather than spend hours and dollars at the RV dealer trying to locate the issue I had them run a line from a spare fuse space under the dash that was not used and now problem solved. Some trim pieces came off with the use of staples.on the inside of the roof. Some "no more nails" from the Home Depot fixed that.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:54 AM   #16
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These storeis makes me glad I bought a 6 year old 5th wheel. It was in near perfect operating condition which allowed me to focus on upgrades instead of repairs.

How to Rv companies get away with it? Sometimes I wish Toyota would get into the RV business to wake up American companies that quality needs to improve.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:07 AM   #17
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In 2014 we bought a used 2011 PT Tracer & had no issues the first 2 years. However, our TT is now 5 years old & since we camp over 30 days per year some stuff is starting to wear-out.

1) This spring our Dometic RV fridge wouldn't cool to 40, so I replaced it with a larger Whirlpool residential fridge ($300 at Sears Outlet), a 2000W inverter ($100), and extra 12V battery ($80). It cools to 40 in 1 hour & I don't have to worry about having propane on in tunnels, etc... It did great boondocking recently with occasional daytime generator runs.

2) The cheap pressboard/laminate dinette table & vanity countertops are warping & bases that hold the dinette poles have become wobbly. This summer I will replace both with a DIY mod using higher quality materials...

3) The rooftop TV antenna is not directional & performs poorly so I rewired the cable lines so that I can connect a much better HD antenna through the outdoor TV connection.

Previously I replaced the stock tires ($600) & mattress ($350) and added MaxxAir fans front & back ($550 for both). I also added a 2nd 30 amp circuit & outlets so that we can power a 2nd electric skillet, etc. and power a future 2nd A/C when we head out West... I also installed OldCoot's awning tie-down brackets & poles purchased from Turbs. And, I replaced the dinette benches with heavier ply because we turn them upside down to hold our bikes w/fork mounts.

Originally I saved 25% buying used vs. best wholesaler prices on new units. So far I've spent about 10% on mods & upgrades (about $2000). So I'm still 15% less than new & feel our TT is better than ever. We plan to keep it about 5 more years & then upgrade to a MH...
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:18 AM   #18
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Welcome to the world of new RVs! We are on our fifth new RV and one thing is common to all of our purchases regardless of brand or type. The first year you will spend a lot of time fixing little things yourself and your rig will spend months at a dealership for warranty work. We averaged about 4 months per rig the first year.

The good news is after you get all the bugs worked out the first year, then you can actually enjoy your RV without having to work on it every time you go out After the first year we have had relatively few problems.

It's a sad statement of the quality control of manufacturers but seems to hold true with all our camping friends as well.

Next RV I am seriously considering trying to find a used one in good shape. That way hopefully all the 'bugs' are already worked out. LOL!!

Good luck and enjoy learning all kinds of things you never wanted to know

Just purchased a 2013 Wildcat Sterling 32RL. We looked at some new models and decided not to purchase new because of all the stories our friends have about constant problems with new campers. We also saved a TON of money buying used and got MUCH more for what we did pay for a pre-owned over new.

We are out on our "shake down cruise" so to speak and nothing has been out of the ordinary so far this weekend.

That said, campers do break so we don't expect everything to be perfect, either.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:02 AM   #19
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We went the used route for the reasons mentioned here. I did not want to deal with a warranty that usually is not worth the paper it is written on, nor the long waits at dealers for warranty work. We figured a clean, well cared for used travel trailer was the best way to go. Last week we bought a gently used 2015 Puma. I will fix any problems that come up myself, or take it to a reliable repair shop of my choosing.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:47 AM   #20
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I know it's annoying to you, but other than a potential and expensive awning motor problem, you got off fairly easy. I've seen lists of 30+ issues, some of which were serious.
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