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Old 02-12-2015, 10:40 AM   #31
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They may have been small but how many times back to the dealer , and how much time spent dealing with things that just weren't right . seems there's no excuse for a lot of this stuff , not like i have a forest river dealer around the corner . i hope mine is not as bad . lots of what you listed may be small but no reason for this in the first place . they are put together by professional or not . i could not and would not let work out like that . should have done more research .
I Live in Colorado bought this through a dealer in Ohio have it shipped to mo where i pick it up and then back to Co . I'ts not so easy to just take it to the dealer
Please don't think that you will keep it in the shop, there is a lot of options for you. The one BIG one is the super hero Diane @ Forest River warranty division for XLR. She has great news for you "if" you have problems.
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:47 AM   #32
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Please don't think that you will keep it in the shop, there is a lot of options for you. The one BIG one is the super hero Diane @ Forest River warranty division for XLR. She has great news for you "if" you have problems.

Well just what might that news be . Don't mean to be sounding negative , haven't picked to unit up yet and now really wondering if i made the right choice with forest river . I know someone who owned to and he loved them so maybe i'm letting the reports of things falling off ,roof leaks and poor build get to me before i see my unit . all ready have issues with the axle ratings and waiting for a dealer response . i under stand the axles are 4400 lbs which puts you over there max load , with just the dry weight and then the cargo weight by 800 lbs
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You'll be fine. FR is a great brand. We've had three.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:12 PM   #34
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You'll be fine. FR is a great brand. We've had three.

I'm sure it will ,It's not everyday i spend 25,000 on a unit site unseen . talked with a forest river dealer rep about load and axles , how i would use the unit and that I'm not your avg weekender , I carry water and fuel with me . that's why i want water tanks and a fuel tank , spoke with the dealer about really going through the unit before they ship it to me ETC . it's not an easy thing to read some comments about a unit you are paying for but have not even seen . Heck my first payment will be a month before i get the unit . I just want it all right and since the dealer is not local it kind of make ya nervous
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Not that I'm anywhere as nervous as you but just to be sure, I did opt to pick up my rig myself. I'm going to camp at the dealer a night or two and put all systems through their paces and if anything is wrong, they can fix before I depart. I too am buying from OH which is about a 12 hour trek for me, but I'm making a trip out of it and will enjoy the experience. My dealer, Jeff Couch's RV Nation, told me lots of people do this and they would happily fill my water tank and let me plug in to their electric while I'm there.

Don't get crazy about the forum gripes. People often only join forums to complain when something goes wrong. It's the same everywhere. I'm on a forum(s) for every interest I have. ATV's, RV's, snowmobiles, trucks, cars, motorcycles, PWC's, tractors, A/V, Wine, and firearms. Every one has people airing complaints about this brand or that. Heck, it's even been me in the past. If I listened to every one I'd never be able to buy anything ever again because every brand I own has been bashed here and there.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:05 PM   #36
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I too am buying from couches , i live in Colorado and am driving to mo to pick it up when i go visit my parents , was going to have them ship it to mo . save me 700 mile round trip from mo to couches . at 637 i thought it would be worth it but am now considering going all the ay myself and doing just what you are . Couches as been awesome they are very accommodating, i could could save a few hundred by going myself
I just wish i had a 350 with a 6.7 instead of my 2500hd 4x4 6.0 gas .the duramax 3500 will come in a yr or 2 and the 2500hd will do the job without complaining

What WD are you going to use ? I'm leaning toward the andersen hitch
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Jeff Couch help us with everything when we pick up our 5th wheel.
You guys are in good hands, his staff will go out of there way to help you.

We stayed at a campground a few miles away and tested everything.


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Old 02-12-2015, 07:32 PM   #38
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I too am buying from couches , i live in Colorado and am driving to mo to pick it up when i go visit my parents , was going to have them ship it to mo . save me 700 mile round trip from mo to couches . at 637 i thought it would be worth it but am now considering going all the ay myself and doing just what you are . Couches as been awesome they are very accommodating, i could could save a few hundred by going myself
I just wish i had a 350 with a 6.7 instead of my 2500hd 4x4 6.0 gas .the duramax 3500 will come in a yr or 2 and the 2500hd will do the job without complaining

What WD are you going to use ? I'm leaning toward the andersen hitch

Mine is a 5ver so no WD, but I would highly recommend the Equalizer setup. We had it on a past TT and it was outstanding. Easy to setup and even easier to use. I'm betting your truck will do better than you are thinking it will. My last one was a 250 with a gasser V10 and towed like a champ. I would consider going the trip yourself. Make it an adventure. For me, I like to drive and tow. RVing for me is as much about the trip as the stay so I am actually looking forward to the trip to get the new rig...
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They may have been small but how many times back to the dealer , and how much time spent dealing with things that just weren't right . seems there's no excuse for a lot of this stuff , not like i have a forest river dealer around the corner . i hope mine is not as bad . lots of what you listed may be small but no reason for this in the first place . they are put together by professional or not . i could not and would not let work out like that . should have done more research .
I Live in Colorado bought this through a dealer in Ohio have it shipped to mo where i pick it up and then back to Co . I'ts not so easy to just take it to the dealer
My dealer is 45 miles from my home. The XLR has been back there twice to fix the warranty items I listed. And you're just not thinking clearly on the subject if you think that every RV rolls off the line with zero problems. They all have kinks that need to be worked out when new--that's just how the industry is, Forest River or elsewhere. Part of being an RV owner is having a good dealer--at least sort of closeby--that you can trust to do the work when you can't do it yourself. I get that you probably saved a bunch of money by buying it at Couch several hundred miles away. But part of that "savings" is what you are discovering now--that sometimes that initial price savings isn't worth the headache of not having a local dealer you trust. Did I pay a little more for my unit buying it from my local dealer? Probably. But I have a good working relationship with a dealer that has a good reputation for service, and I've now bought two campers from them. They know me and my RV, and I'm at the top of the list when it comes to having work done.

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That theory doesn't always play. My closest XLR dealer still wasn't local and was almost 2 hours away. They also wouldn't come within almost 10k of Couch's price. For almost 10k I can take the stress of a few things needing to be ironed out on my own. I also wouldn't bring my rig in for anything but the largest of complaints. It's just not worth it to hook up and drag it two hours because a drawer isn't closing correctly or a molding is loose. I'd fix these issues myself. Also, all the major appliances have a manufacturer warranty that can be honored and any local RV dealer of any brand. So, unless a slide was broken or something huge, I'd never need a "local XLR" dealer. A small leak around a vent or the AC is me and a $5 tube of Dicor lap sealant. Not me hauling 14,000 lbs of RV a hundred miles to my closest XLR dealer on principal because it's their responsibility. Hell, even if I had to pay the local RV fixit guy who comes to your house to fix something I couldn't, I'm still so far ahead on savings it's not even funny.
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