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Old 10-17-2016, 09:34 PM   #1
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2016 29HFS manufacture issues

Greetings everyone. About 2 weeks ago my wife and I bought a brand new 2016 29HFS. A huge improvement from our 2010 Dutchman Aristocrat 27B. However, It seems to me that this TH was cheaply made. The middle pull out drawer on the pantry next to the slide already broke, the right side access door to the master bedroom keeps falling off the track, we've found nails sticking out of the wall next to the molding around the bathroom/garage door (like they tried to hit the molding with the nail gun but missed but left them there), when extending the awning the forward mechanism arm does not move fluidly like the rear and when the awning is about 3-4 away from the trailer the arm finally gives and makes a huge bang. My wife and I did notice the awning during our walk through and prior to pick up we were told it was fixed. Has anybody else experienced anything like this? Unfortunately, the dealer could not get us in for warranty repairs prior to our annual Halloween camping trip. Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:53 PM   #2
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Sorry you are having issues. The sliding doors are a known issue and I had to fix both of mine with hardware from Home Depot. I haven't had any drawer issues and other than the sliding doors I have very happy with mine. I have made several mods like shelves in the cupboards and bedroom closets, a silverware drawer below the stove top, a pull out laptop shelf in the slot beside the stereo unit, and changed the way the under the bed storage lid is hinged. Hope you get all of your issues fixed in a timely manner and get to use it soon.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:49 AM   #3
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I bought a 2017 XLR Boost 29QB and had many issues.

1. Air Conditioner electrical short.
2. Blown tire and damage
3. Roof Leaking

These are the major items many other small issues.These were all on the 1st trip out in September 2016.

It is currently at the factory for repairs.
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:46 PM   #4
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The competition is huge for these units and the factory pushs them out quickly with very little QC. Owning one is alot like mothers and child birth. labor pain is like when you find out poorly made they are and you fear you made a bad buying decision but with time this feeling is forgotten or overlooked when family fun time brings good times with great memories. You might learn like I did to fix the small things that you can. When I took delivery of mine with a thorough PDI, the first bump caused the microwave to nearly fall from the cabinet. It was only held with the trim / surround screws and was not sitting on the cabinet floor... with some scrap.1/2"plywood it was fixed. Sure I griped and complained but I soon realized no one was listening or cared. So, yes we have seen what you are seeing in Spades.
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:09 PM   #5
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Thank you so much. The 29HFS is my first brand new TT and just like you said WW I was thinking I made a bad decision. I'm sure we will have many many years of enjoyment using our XLR!
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Old 10-20-2016, 05:39 AM   #6
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Owning an RV almost requires a degree handyness. And, you might be very handy. If you run across a situation and need to bounce it off someone, don't hesitate to post on here. There isn't a dumb question although the replies can wander off the point. We learn from each other and many are happy to help.

My unit has only had minor issues: wrong axles - replaced by FR; I'm on my third AC. Screws stripped - a few; door slide - reattached by me; dozens of mods mostly for fun.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:14 AM   #7
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B, I meant to add, you know warranty issues are arranged through your dealer , but FR has warranty reps assigned to specific lines and a contact list can be found on forum. I wouldn't touch things like the awning issue and while at the dealer have a list of all that needs done. Diane Daly - excellent! - is our rep. There is also an unofficial factory guy on the forum named bulletbob, if all else fails PM him. Keeping up with seams and seals falls on the owner so keep an eye on that. Its hard to see if a seam needs redone ... I found holes on the roof where the Dicor shrunk... use the right stuff ... silicon is a no-no. I plan to completely reseal everything every 2 to 3 years.
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:49 PM   #8
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WW, thank you again Sir. I'm pretty handy and I've retired from the Navy as a Communications Electrician so electrical is no problem if something arises. However, since it is under factory warranty I don't want to touch anything even the broken drawer and sliding door which I'm sure is an easy fix.
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WW, thank you again Sir. I'm pretty handy and I've retired from the Navy as a Communications Electrician so electrical is no problem if something arises. However, since it is under factory warranty I don't want to touch anything even the broken drawer and sliding door which I'm sure is an easy fix.
After reading a lot of reviews on different manufactures, I determined they all seem to suffer from some sort of issue. So I went with the floor plan I liked the best (29HFS). I'm very handy as well and also have an extended warranty, which has me at conflict, do I fix it myself or let service take care of it? I know I'm probably dreaming but hoping when that day comes FR could just ship me the parts.

Good luck with your XLR.
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:54 AM   #10
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We also have a 29hfs. We have been fortunate because we have had no warranty issues. This is our first camper and realize this is an average quality brand. Heck, all campers share the same few product lines of camper brand items. I have added led lights in the deep kitchen cabinets and currently adding remote cables for waste handles. FOREST River really dropped the ball on this design. Who wants to climb around under the camper to drop tank water.
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