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Old 07-25-2015, 11:16 PM   #1
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We just bought our second Forest River TH, 2016 XLR. Our first was a 2012 19RR Gray Wolf. When I picked up the 19RR they filled the water tank to run through things with me. Once done they drained the tank and I left. about 200 miles from the dealer as I pulled into a gas station I hear something dragging, the straps holding the water tank broke and the tank was almost touching the road. Now to our XLR. We just had it delivered to Tn from RVWhilesalers. After the driver left I started familiarizing myself with the trailer. The starter switch for the generator was broken, the door latches for the cargo doors were all loose, shower stall insert was pealing away along the edges and the switch for the LED light by the propane bottles did not work. I ended up fixing everything myself because we are getting ready to leave for Sturgis. Brand New trailer I shouldnt have to be fixing anything.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:25 PM   #2
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You are so right,Call (RVW) and they will line up a Repair location! Maybe you already called (RVW) what did they say? Youroo!!
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:51 AM   #3
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My light by the propane bottles dosnt work either. What did you do to fix yours?
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:39 AM   #4
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I took it apart and found the switch was bad. I found a switch at Auto Zone that was the same size. Only difference was it was a 3 prong because it was a lighted switch. Use the 2 copper colored terminals. You want to use your old rubber switch cover with your new switch.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:45 AM   #5
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You are so right,Call (RVW) and they will line up a Repair location! Maybe you already called (RVW) what did they say? Youroo!!
I called them and about the Generator switch and they supposedly found a place in Nashville that I could take it to. When I called them they had nothing to do with RV's let alone Onan. I found an Onan dealer in Nashville and I fixed that problem for 35.00. In total I have spent around 50.00 dollars fixing everything along with my time.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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At least the FW tank didn't fall out (I don't think it could if like mine) wonder why RVW didn't make the call to find a dealer / repair shop?

We shouldn't have to, but I'm like you, I would rather fix it than have it sit for weeks at a dealer. They would have to order; then wait for the switch to come in.

Is there any testing and quality control from the factory? They install most of items and assume they work. All except very high end units are all the same.
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:07 PM   #7
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I also had a problem with the light near the propane tanks. That has a problem for most and what it is is the switch gets alittle moisture in it and quits. Mine went out twice and I figured out the rubber boot on top of switch doesn't keep it dry. I ended up putting a bead of silicone around it and haven't had a problem since.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:37 PM   #8
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Angry Quality control issues

Just purchased an XLR 300X12HP. I thought by buying new I would avoid most issues. Boy was I wrong with this one.
Started off having all five tires replaced due to dry rot. Tires were hitting frame and frame appears to be cut with a sawsall.
Hydro pistons slip down while you drive.
Large slide has electrolysis eating through the aluminium and paint on the side of the slide. Slide does not close all the way. It did for two weeks.
Small bedroom slide has waterlogged plywood under it and the rollers are sinking in. Also inside trim is splitting due to moisture swelling.
Mouldings fell of the walls, they had 1/4" of nail penetration.
Side ladder screws are pulling out after being used twice. I'm 170 lbs.
Tie downs in the hauler part are put in with self tapping screws, not through bolted.
The screws pulled out of the tables when you took the table apart. Screw was 1/4" into the plywood. The dealer says that happens all the time, just turn it a little and put the screws back in.
Does anyone look at these things before they leave the factory?
I'm bringing it back to the dealer this week. I can't wait to see how they handle it.
I think they made this one during a company party.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:53 PM   #9
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Joefun, What year is your TH?
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:57 PM   #10
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2014. model year leftover.
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