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Old 04-25-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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Exclamation 2015 Forest River Cardinal - beware

I had a 2005 Cardinal 29RK - had it since new and it was great, just let it go to get a 2015 Cardinal 3800FL. What a mistake!!!!

We received the trailer without the generator even hooked up, this was found with the walk through. The trailer was still full of water from the factory when it was 10 degrees, all frozen with multiple issues... The underbelly is now leaking and the water heater too! We took the trailer out 1 time, the water to the fridge, not hooked up and when we went to bring the slides in- they wouldn't come in. The remote for the slides operates the level jacks, the slides won't work, and neither will the 6 point level system. The bedroom slide makes a clunking sound, the air mattress was delivered with the wrong size, and trim is falling off. Now I'm told it's going back to the factory... It's only 6 weeks old, has spent 4 weeks in the shop and was used for 2 day.... My opinion - LEMON. When I was at the dealer he told me another 2015 Cardinal had a broken frame and was in legal proceedings... Oh gosh! After my first trailer it's my opinion the quality has fallen off a cliff, what a disappointment, now I'm having to look at lawyers! $100,000 retail and this is what it gets you...

Has anyone else heard of quality drops with Cardinal products?
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Old 04-25-2014, 09:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Hope you feel better now. In fact I have not heard of a quality drop. Blue Ridge used to be by Cardinal and is now a FR line. Our quality is good. With something this complex, there will always be problems. Our trailer had a major hydraulic leak when I did my first walkthrough, but it was a simple matter of replacing an elbow fitting.

The fact they did not winterize a unit in freezing conditions is the greatest concern about attention to detail. Of your issues, I see none which could not have been fixed locally, so I am curious about why it has to go to the factory.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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FR does some seriously shoddy work. I can't count the number of things I've found in my trailer that the factory screwed up. But then, I only spent $22k, and not $100k. I sort of expect some of the work to be shoddy.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:59 PM   #4
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A lot of maney for 2015 Cardinal 3800FL with all
the problems, as Narbora stated Blue Ridge used
to be by Cardinal and but is now a FR line no
longer a Cardinal line and as he state quality is
good, do mfg make mistakes yes but I think
FR stands behind their products more
than most.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:12 PM   #5
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FR does some seriously shoddy work. I can't count the number of things I've found in my trailer that the factory screwed up. But then, I only spent $22k, and not $100k. I sort of expect some of the work to be shoddy.
Can I disagree, even if I only paid twenty dollars for any product I want it to be exactly what it is being sold as, I have purchased products that needed some assembly but there was an announcement on the box. $22K is still a lot of money and may be a lot more to some than others.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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Your first clue is a trailer that did not get winterized. Bad from factory and double bad that dealer did not do it either. If dealer did not take the time to winterize it, you have to wonder, did they take the time to fully prep the RV for the customer?

The other question is, you have a 2015 brand new camper. Did the items you mention as broken work during your PDI. You did do a thorough PDI using one of the extended testing checklists available here didn't you?
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We originally looked at the Cardinal 3800FL, but by the time we made up our mind, the dealer stopped carrying the Cardinal due to the qualitative issues. We ended up with a CC 38FL instead, which had had some issues but nothing like the OP....
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3 weeks into my 3727re 2015 bad dealer prep I looked at the unit when it came in saw a loose pull valve . when I picked it up it was still loose . broken max air control box (on order) unit was dirty inside and out big scratch in tile floor . Ok took it home no big deal got home notice the circuit breaker box door will not stay closed ok no big deal . went to load the under storage area from my garage came back out and door latch had ripped off the door as I looked there was another set of hole s where it had happened before now I'm a little concerned (the fix was machine screws with a backer plate ) O I'm not done the floor is coming unglued at the joint near entrance area . the 4' tube for waste hose storage is useless a coupling is 5" I put a 6" tube on in its place . I have not put water to it yet but soon . traveling in 2 weeks 80,000 dollars later and climbing yup I can feel your pain
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I had a 2005 Cardinal 29RK - had it since new and it was great, just let it go to get a 2015 Cardinal 3800FL. What a mistake!!!!

We received the trailer without the generator even hooked up, this was found with the walk through. The trailer was still full of water from the factory when it was 10 degrees, all frozen with multiple issues... The underbelly is now leaking and the water heater too! We took the trailer out 1 time, the water to the fridge, not hooked up and when we went to bring the slides in- they wouldn't come in. The remote for the slides operates the level jacks, the slides won't work, and neither will the 6 point level system. The bedroom slide makes a clunking sound, the air mattress was delivered with the wrong size, and trim is falling off. Now I'm told it's going back to the factory... It's only 6 weeks old, has spent 4 weeks in the shop and was used for 2 day.... My opinion - LEMON. When I was at the dealer he told me another 2015 Cardinal had a broken frame and was in legal proceedings... Oh gosh! After my first trailer it's my opinion the quality has fallen off a cliff, what a disappointment, now I'm having to look at lawyers! $100,000 retail and this is what it gets you...

Has anyone else heard of quality drops with Cardinal products?
I'm pretty sure I would have walked away from a $100k deal if it wasnt winterized in 10deg weather. bought a popup a few years back that had a frozen solid water heater upon PDI (I bought it in Jan) and I made them let it thaw out and run with no leaking before i'd sign and take it. It was only $7k but that's not the point...throwing money out the window sucks.

I hope it gets better for you...
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Thanks for the input all.

Some of the items were found during the walk-through. They corrected most, although the bedroom slide which makes the noise still does so they didn't do a stellar job of getting that fixed. I had a detailed check list so it's disappointing so many issues are present. What we didn't find was the malfunction in the hydraulic system. This one has everyone scratching their heads, the full cycle worked during the walk through, but now the slide remote controls the auto level (although it doesn't control it correctly, and shouldn't). The dealer says the two hydraulic system electrical components are separate so something is way off. Maybe electrical or maybe the 12V hydraulic distribution.

We haven't figured out if the water heater is shot or where the underbelly leak is coming from. The dealer said they haven't tackled those issues because if they have to send the trailer to the factory they can fix it all there, makes sense.

Hopefully they can get this figured out and soon.
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