View Poll Results: How satisfied are you with your Forest River RV?
Hate it 3 1.76%
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:09 PM   #71
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I have one question ....

How many of us would give a TV set which came with a defective remote controller, Or a brand new house which leaked water into the garage ? Or a brand new house where the kitchen sink leaked and flooded the kitchen ? or a house where basement leaked a 9 or 9.5 or a ten ?

Would we also be fixing things on those items and say that they are minor and accept them ? I am not being sarcastic or putting anyone down. I am just wondering why we think that all those things which go wrong in a brand new unit we purchase are acceptable and we fix them and be happy. If you read all the posts on this thread, there are a lot of fixed, small complaints and very high satisfaction levels.

If my brand new ruck which cost me 42,000 dollars plus taxes let water in through the doors I would NOT touch it and demand that the dealer fix it right away. Or if the axels were bent, or tires were rubbing the fender.

Are the RV dealers getting away with murder, because we love our "toys" and enjoy fixing them and that gives us a satisfaction ?
Make no mistake; it's not the RV Dealers getting away with murder.

It the manufacturers....
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:14 PM   #72
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Short answer is why not? If the manufacturer gave me a remote that does work and the TV meets expectations from there on out,or if the builder made it right with the problems and the house ended up being exactly what I expected or the RV manufacturer corrected the mistakes and everything else is just as you want.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:50 PM   #73
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We took delivery of our new 2010 Salem 28FKDS on 9/11/10. We made a 1 week pre retirement trip then a 3 week post retirement trip...total 3000 miles of total enjoyment. We had a couple little hick ups but over all.....9 out of 10.
Except...and I have not seen this issue in any other strings here. As part of the second trip we went to Escapees Boot Camp in Livingston, Texas and as part of their rig weigh program we had a piece of paper to fill out with tow rig and trailer info.
Understand our trailer has a build date of July 2009.....we found that the tires on one side of the trailer were made in 2008....and the other side tires were made in 2010. With the idea that TT tires are good for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced it seems that there is a REAL issue here.
The trailer is at the dealer waiting for a few minor issues to be fixed before we park it for the winter. We hope to find out next week of any resolution of the tire issue.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:28 AM   #74
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... (sorry Bob, you shouldn't poke the bear...)
You are a bear! I missed that - I think your fine and we are just working thru it! :-) We'll figure it out!
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:50 AM   #75
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We bought our MH (see sig) last July. So far, our only problem has been rotted out slide toppers, but this was because the original owner from whom we bought it had left it parked for over a year with the slides deployed.

Other than that, we're very pleased with it. Sure it rides like a truck, but that's because it is a truck, and an 11-tonner at that!

Bob - we don't have any Concertone gear. Everything in the entertainment system (both TVs and the in-dash stereo ) is Daewoo, who have completely abandoned the electronic entertainment business, so there's no factory support at all! If anything goes belly up, I guess we'll be replacing it with something else.
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We bought our MH (see sig) last July. So far, our only problem has been rotted out slide toppers, but this was because the original owner from whom we bought it had left it parked for over a year with the slides deployed.

Other than that, we're very pleased with it. Sure it rides like a truck, but that's because it is a truck, and an 11-tonner at that!

Bob - we don't have any Concertone gear. Everything in the entertainment system (both TVs and the in-dash stereo ) is Daewoo, who have completely abandoned the electronic entertainment business, so there's no factory support at all! If anything goes belly up, I guess we'll be replacing it with something else.
Well, even with all you read here, I HOPE you consider us when the time comes! Others will joke, but as you have seen here I am so committed to this that I picked up and moved to Elkhart, IN (and NO I did not need to, but it was the right thing to do).
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:44 AM   #77
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Yes, Bob, I will consider Concertone. Our entertainment needs are pretty basic - an AM/FM/CD in-dash radio with two front and two rear speakers and one TV set with an over-the-air antenna and a cable hook-up, DVD and VCR is about it. We aren't into home theatre systems, satellite radio, HD TV or iPods.

I'll be taking the bedroom TV out - we don't have one in the bedroom at home so why would we need one in the RV?
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:31 PM   #78
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Fascinating - and now i'm a bit worried

We just bought a 2011 Grey Wolf and it's our first new trailer. While I may not be expecting total perfection I'm expecting basic functionality (everything should work when new) and water tightness and road worthiness

What I'm reading here is scary as hell -why did I buy new if all these issues are considered 'normal'? Seems most don't go for warrant repairs as well, the dealer will have your trailer longer than you will.

Is this lack of quality seems to be 99% on FR - I can judge materials for myself and expect a lower grade of vinyl or cloth or thinner mattresses on the trailer I bought over one of the same general size that cost $4000 more. I can take fewer 'features' like opening or tinted windows, etc.

If the quality is really this bad how can FR still remain in business? If anything else I bought was this poorly made I'd be screamin bloody murder and telling everyone on every forum what a POS it was. Unless of course this is the state of the industry and everything is about as bad which would be really disheartening.

Things like hooking up pipes backwards or leaving them loose and bad electrical connections to me are signs that the FR management sucks big time - bad engineering, pushing their workforce too hard or not training - or just treating their workers so bad the employees are sabotaging the units to try and financially damage FR!

Is there any 'real' reviews out there that show how these units (all brands) fare over time? A magazine roadtest isn't a true test and may not be impartial. Perhaps my wife's idea of wandering campgrounds surveying owners and posting the results on the web would be more than just a good idea but a sensational one.

I'm really hoping mine is a 'good one' and there aren't any issues - but this thread has discouraged me tremendously. The PDI I do with the dealer is going to be very intensive.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:24 PM   #79
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I have been using campers of all fashions for many years. You may read many who had warranty issues with new rigs but that is a small fraction of the total users. Many who are satisfied feel they do not need to tell the world. Don't get me wrong I have had a few issues with my new 2011 rig and let me tell you that Forest River took care of them quickly. The slow part is the dealer who does the service. I for one have no problems with my Forest River 5th wheel and plan to enjoy it with my family.

Also many who buy used rigs have no ideas about hidden problems that the previous owner didn't take care of and sold it. So anyone who buys a used trailer/5th wheel needs to know or have someone to inspect before buying. That also goes for Class A's. The big thing is the roof and if it was maintained properly so you don't have leaks.

Just count the days until your snow is gone and you hit the road.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:40 PM   #80
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that makes me feel a bit better.

sometimes it's interesting what one feels is ok or not - i am not a big gm fan based on my experiences of owning them, dealing with dealerships, warranty, etc. I am a ford fan for about the same reason even though they're not (usually) perfect either.

Part of the reason we bought a new TT is what you mentioned - who know what a PO may or may not have done or how they took care of it. Now we're faced with buying a TV and those issues arise again. I used to have time (and the interest) to fix my vehicles but now I just want them to work. Minor issues aren't too bad but major repairs are a big hassle (warranty or not) and w/o a warranty, expensive. And every time I've bought a used car/truck I've found out in about 2 weeks why the PO was selling it (the hard way too).
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