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Old 04-22-2015, 08:24 PM   #21
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Oh my god, I dont know what I would do. That is alot of stuff. The dealer must love you guys.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:45 AM   #22
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The dealer has been really good up to this point. Im sure if this continues they will get as fed up as us.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:31 AM   #23
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Good grief! I thought we had problems! Of course, we might have had the same problems if we'd have taken ours on the road. Instead, and only because the last thing that we were told was wrong was "faulty wiring at the main control panel (landing gear and slides wouldn't work, no charge to the battery from our truck but the truck wasn't the problem and neither was the battery), we finally gave up after deciding that we didn't want to be cremated some night in our rv. We went to another dealer and bought a Redwood Sequoia. When the Sanibel dealer we bought from said "It's fixed", we towed it across I-4 and traded it in. Never even spent a night in it. Lost our $15,000 down payment because it was worth less as a "used" (titled to us) rv.

We think we made the right decision because we learned more about the Sanibel when Lazydays weighed it for a customer that was interested in it. General RV had given us a dry weight of 12,729 and a pin weight of 2396. Not so! It weighed 13,222 dry with a pin weight of 2720! Lazydays wouldn't sell it to the buyer because their truck was the same as ours...2013 F250 Super Duty, diesel, 4x4, and the pin weight was too heavy. Now Lazydays is questioning how a standard equipped Sanibel 3601 with a manufacturer's dry weight of 12,624 could weigh so heavy. We don't care anymore, but Forest River/Prime Time has some explaining to do, only this time to a huge dealership!
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:37 PM   #24
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Great another issue to be concerned about. I was questioning in my mind whether the truck was charging my battery because when I stopped and tried to move the fridge a few inches away from the cabinet to get something out the slide out just wouldn't go out and the battery acted as if it was dead but everything seemed ok when we returned to the dealer. I guess I will have to keep that in the back of my mind.

May consider the trade in option as well.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:46 PM   #25
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I am more and more glad we decided to keep our Sandpiper at least for now. I really like the front living room 5th wheels and really loved the Sanibel 3901 but with all of these major issues when we do decide to upgrade, I don't think it will be a Sanibel. The salesperson from General RV at the RV show told me the Palamino Columbus that I liked was "lipstick on a pig" and the Sanibel was the best thing since sliced bread but it looks like that may be the other way around. That pig is looking awfully sexy with that lipstick!
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:49 PM   #26
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I have 2011 f250 and it says it can handle 14400 lbs not sure what the pin weight is. Did they put the trailer on a scale?
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:46 PM   #27
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We love our 3500 have pulled it about 50,000 miles. There have been some problems, but they stepped up and took care of them. Once we got rid of the ST tires everything has been smooth as silk. Make sure you tie the cabinet doors near slides closed and latch ALL doors before moving. We would buy another.

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What was wrong with your ST tires that came with it ? I have ST 235 80R17. These bad tires ? ....Ron
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:01 PM   #28
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You have every right to be concerned. Please check out our post above.

We received our coach back around the 1st of April just in time to take it to Arizona for our first real trip. Took our Rig home showed it off to family since it had been in the shop since day 2 of original purchase. Packed it up for our trip out west from Maryland.

As we traveled we noticed the fancy plastic trim over the wheels sort of flapped in the wind and in some places the lower skirt vibrated. During our first gas stop. I noticed screws around the outside of the coach backing out. So I grabbed a screw driver and tightened prior to getting underway. Well this continued and the screws got to the point where they wouldn't tighten good. The plastic was cracking around the screw holes.

Somewhere around New Mexico someone pointed out that our spare tire was starting to lower and swing. We raised it back in place and ventured on.

We made it to Arizona with only a few missing screws and cracked plastic over the tire or so we thought. We quickly started to uncover the many issues.

First one living room bump out wouldn't work. Acted as if it was jammed on one side. It was not. Called dealer to find out how to resolve. Suggested that we call mobile repair since it came out a little before issue started. Long story short, the repair guy called Prime Time and could not get any information or help. Needless to say we spent the entire week with the bump out stuck in.

2) We found one Pendant light over the dinette dangling with the wiring all damaged. Being an electrician took care of this. Just what I wanted to do after 3 days of travel.

3) Moved back to the bedroom and found the stuff my wife stored on the top shelf in the closet had broke through and fell. Just spare sheets for the bed. Found the Manufacturer didn't put a top shelf board on the shelf so the sheets were just sitting on the decorative bottom board that was just tacked in place to the frame of the shelf.

4) Also found various pieces of trim pulled apart.

5) While leveled up with our fancy new hydraulic system we noticed a popping sound and the trailer vibrate like the hydraulics was slipping from time to time.

6) Well about 3 days at the camp ground I decided to hook up the sewage line to drain off some of the gray tank. To my surprise I was greeted with a lap full of sewage when I took off the cap. I always check the valve before open so I wasn't prepared for the amount that had accumulated in the drain piping. Found the slide gate wouldn't seal.

So time to come home.

7) Hooked up the fancy black water flush system that was repaired from the first go around only to find water running from everywhere under the coach. Needless to say still haven't got to use this feature.

8) Which moves me back to doing it the old fashion way. We are experienced from our previous camper with filling the tank a few times to flush. Problem was there seem to be a great deal of sewer gas coming up while flushing. Too much to keep open for even a few minutes without it being unbearable. To me it seamed as if the vent was clogged.

9) After the unbearable smell we noticed the black water tank would not completely drain. looked to be a few inches of water and paper still in tank. Verified trailer level and valve open but still would not drain all the way.

10) Wife always wipes down all the sinks and shower surrounds before pulling out only to find a clear rtv in a few small spots. After further review of those areas the RTV was used to cover spider cracks in the fiberglass surround.

11) Forgot to mention the door near the TV that would not stay closed during the trip and was damaged from smacking the bump out on the trip down. We tried adjusting the latch but turned out not to help. We did protect it for the trip home.

Finally on the road home. A little nervous about the vibration and loosing of screws issue.

12) We quickly learned that that issue seems to be getting worse. Every 200 miles we stop for gas and tighten screws except for around Texas we discovered one of the plastic wheel trims broke around all the screw holes and blew off. So we took the other one off since it was missing 2 screws already.

13) The next gas station we noticed the plastic under the coach used to seal off the tanks and keep heat in had detached itself but didn't completely come off. Luckily we made it back with this still just flapping in the wind.

Already called the dealer to warn them they were getting the coach back. Service manager agreed to meet us there to walk down the problems no matter what time we arrived.

14) Made it back to Virginia, only to find our spare tire was hanging a few inches from the ground again.

15) On our final walk down at our last fuel stop we notice even more screws missing and some ripped sheet metal skirting from flexing.

So with that said our camper is back in the shop for round 2 of major repairs. Did I mention we live 4.5 hours from the dealer?
OMG.......this sounds not like I expected from a so called high end unit and we just purchased 3901. I'll keep you posted but so far we got a few problems like the cheap plastic cover falling off underneath, screws missing, dealer said fridge would go 2-3 days and barely does 8 hours, electrical popping noise, liquid running out of sewer pipe and all levers closed etc etc
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Old 05-16-2015, 05:32 PM   #29
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we got our 3901 in November and its been at the dealer more then we had it the fresh water tank almost fell out of the camper they forgot to put the straps in.I think we are up to 50 line items. Every one needs to call Shane Imus @ 574-862-3033 and Doug Deter 574-238-4533
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:16 PM   #30
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Good luck with your Sanibel. My 2015 had major issues from shower leaking in basement, shower water running out on floor thru caulking in the door track, major frame flex ( read that forum on this site), front cap trim seperating on the outside of the rv, inside molding detaching, br door would not shut and latch closed with the slide out normally, bathroom door rubbing light as opens and closes, pantry door grabbing carpet when opened... As if that wasn't enough, the first trip out (7 days after purchase all of the above happened) also we had our first rain storm, our bedroom was saturated with water. You could push up the ceiling Above the bed and hear water sloshing around. Horrible experience for our first 5er.
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