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Old 09-11-2013, 01:34 PM   #121
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We just traded our 2012 8312SS last Friday for a 2014 keystone Outback. We had a lot of issues with ours. Failing to find a leak and where it was coming from drove me over the edge. We has a 2010 keystone passport for 1 year and it was problem free. Hopefully this keystone will serve us well.

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:18 PM   #122
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We love ours so far... Both of the ones we have and had. Were there some little issues ... Yes on our 2012 sp295 but nothing to keep us from trading on our s305 which thus far has had no problems. Again... We LOVE ours.


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Old 09-14-2013, 12:00 PM   #123
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Need to have a good service supplier

Columbus 365RL is a great unit. We have had more issues than I expected but our dealer and Forest River have come through with every problem. Some take a little harder pushing at FR but that is where the good dealer comes in.
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:10 AM   #124
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Inadvertently, yes, we have. The first experience was a friends Cherokee which did have a few problems to be fixed over time, wear and tear, I suspect; but overall, when we went to purchase Ms Roo we did not hesitate. Ms Roo was very well built and reasonably well equipped for a small camper but didn't meet our needs in the long run. We are now Tracer owners and have yet to detect any issues which I feel are specifically related to manufacturing. I do feel the exterior has held up particularly well compared to other brands we've seen in the same year category. We almost always buy used and we always buy the warranty to cover any unforeseen issues.

Having said all that, our main competition this time around was a Keystone product and while the specific product did not hold up well outside, the inside was great. Amazing floorplan which I would have bought in a NY second but the dealership wouldn't give us a decent deal so it was a no go. They had said they would restore the exterior at which time it would have been a nice unit.
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:23 AM   #125
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Yes. Some niggly issues to be sure but overall we've been pleased with our unit.
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:12 AM   #126
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After the hell I went through. No way. Will never deal with RV Max in Sherman Texas again also.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #127
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Hard to say.

2011 831RLBSS.

On one hand: we like the floor plan, the colors, the features, the design style, the atrium slide, the towing weight, etc.

On the other hand: I've replaced the water system (off brand splitting Pex copy lines are now real pex), the Concertone has been a constant irritant (not much to be done about that except keep fixing it and crossing fingers), the faucets have all been replaced (cheap plastic faucets are now Moen), the counter tops and trim is all shrinking and curling (soon to be replaced with Corriander like countertops) and numerous other PITA issues that sour the experience.

There's also things that I find as we go along that I don't like. IE: there's a junction box on the front frame that is a regular house junction box. The connections inside are regular household marrettes and corrosion abounds. Should have been a sealed exterior box if nothing else (it is now). Don't even get me started on whats going on behind the walls with wiring the entertainment center...

The original plan was to buy it and keep/use it for 10-15 years. That's probably still the plan as long as the exterior walls, roof and mechanicals stay solid and water tight.

So, would I buy FR again?

Well, I still don't know.

Seems most other brands also have the same issues regardless of it really doesn't matter I guess.

My saving grace is that I can fix just about anything so when a problem pops up it's more of an irritant and expense than a show stopper. Buy the parts and fix it better than when it was built.

Goshen is not an option for us for repairs. I could probably rebuild the camper for the cost of towing it there in fuel and time away from work. Kudos to FR if that's what they did. I've only ever had so-so warranty service, so no great shakes there. I usually end up dealing with it myself if it's not super expensive. It's just quicker and less hassle.

It is comfortable and it tows well with my 98 K2500 Turbo Diesel and that's a plus, didn't have to spend another 65,000 on a new tow vehicle. We've always been satisfied to even just sit in it and play board games when the rain is pounding outside. So it's a pleasant box to spend some time in.

I can't say it's a quality built camper either, it always feels cheap and somewhat flimsy. I'm always wondering what will be next to break.

Although it's hard to comment on quality when using words like "light and flimsy" because I'm never quite sure what lightweight/cheap items were used for maximizing profit margin or saving weight because it's a "Superlight".

You can only get so "light" while maintaining quality components....tradeoff's I guess.....that pex line experience though.......that was cost saving for sure.

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Old 09-16-2013, 01:57 AM   #128
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Great white - I feel your pain. I'm astounded how far they'll go to cut costs.
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I don't know when we'll be able to go camping again...
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:29 AM   #129
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This is my second F/R 5th wheel. They warranted things for me that were not their fault--but did anyway. They also warranted things for me that were out of warranty.
I would never buy anything else.

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Old 08-20-2014, 06:57 AM   #130
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OK folks, had it for 10 months. I would buy it again. We are very blessed to have a wonderfull dealer/service dept. Had some isuues and either got repaired or will be getting repaired when I take it in in the off season. They will order parts ahead of time and give them to me to keep till repair is done!! nothing major yet. we have gone out in it with a full crew about 8 times since bought it and they are very hard on the rv!!!

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