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Old 09-22-2016, 04:52 PM   #11
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Also. if the sound system is a dashboard-style unit with a removable faceplate, I found that it can turn itself on when I connect/disconnect the battery. It drains the battery in about a week. I remove the faceplate and store it in a small Tupperware dish. That way it doesn't turn itself on.
Not "can" turn itself on, but "WILL" turn itself on. Took some reading of the Kenwood manuals, but the stereo has 2 power lines (positive wires) for use in a car. One goes through the ignition switch, and the other bypasses the ignition so it retains memory settings while the car is turned off. Forest River wires both power wires to a 12V positive wire (no switch). The result is the stereo "sees" any change in the 12V as the ignition switch being turned on. My stereo will also turn itself on when you hook up shore power (voltage jumps from 12.6 on full battery to 13.7 from converter).

My fix is to install a switch for both stereo power lines (yellow and red wires) and accept the stereo losing its presets. If I wire the yellow past the switch, it will behave like it does in a car, retaining the presets at the cost of some parasitic drain on the battery.

Regardless of how you wire the stereo, disconnecting the battery (and no shore power) wipes the stereo memory and also eliminates any parasitic drains.

FWIW, the purple and purple/black wires (right rear speaker) were totally disconnected from the factory. Outside speaker is only getting left channel signal.

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Old 09-22-2016, 05:29 PM   #12
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Thanks for the explanation. I have used my stereo exactly once in over 90 days of camping (when I misplaced my portable weather radio.)

As that Great American Folk Poet Paul Simon says......

"I can get all the news I need from the weather report"
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:01 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the helpful info! Looks like the radio has been a problem that should be looked over well. I am glad to see that most problems have been minor.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:57 PM   #14
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Picked it up today-i will be returning it monday. I feel bad for any one who buys one of these. Poor craftsmanship and total lack of pride is what I see. If i could have one wish it would be to not have ever looked at this pile of crap. I hope everybody else has a better experience but as for me-i am out and never to return
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Old 09-24-2016, 11:45 PM   #15
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FWIW, you cannot compare RV quality to other things, such as cars, boats, trucks, etc. It is a sad commentary on the industry, but overall design, quality, fit, assembly, and finish are lacking in even 200 thousand dollar motor homes. Possibly Airstream is an exception to this rule, but I am not familiar with them. This has been discussed at length in many forums for many years.

It is just a fact that if you want an RV, you have to settle for Sub-Prime products and warranty hassles. If the RV industry ever tried to get into the car business, they would rank below the Yugo.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:54 AM   #16
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Did you not look at a representative sample before you purchased? Why did you even take it home? Not attacking you at all but it seems like you wasted alot of your time researching and all only to return it? This is going to be a real hassle for you, not to mention more time and money.

I'm happy to say that our unit from FR is pretty nice. Except for a few loose screws and sawdust coming from I don't know where it has handled high winds, driving rain, and 2 energetic Siberian Huskies with apparent ease. I truly am sorry for your experience.
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:24 PM   #17
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Sorry to hear you did not like your unit. We have really enjoyed our FR aframe . We have had a couple of issues but our dealer took care of them without hassle. The first thing that happened was a bolt on the life-assist mechanism snapped. It was repaired. Next, on the last day of a 15-day camping trip, while traveling home, one of the roof latches just fell off. We were able to secure the roof with a bungee cord. No permanent damage to the unit. Once again our dealer replaced the missing latch and inspected the other latches.

We added "inspect the latches" to our pre-trip check list. Our aframe is not perfect but it fills the bill. We enjoy going camping with the ease of minimal set up, air conditioning and a comfortable dry bed. It's camping not a luxury resort.

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Minisquatch, would you please elaborate with the issues that are causing you to return the trailer? Did you do a walk thru before you removed it from the dealer premises? Calling it a pile of crap, saying there is a lack of pride and poor workmanship does nothing to help a future potential A-Frame buyer, whether they are looking at same model or type of trailer.

Please share what has you so disappointed in the product. I can't figure why you would go to the trouble to bring it home if there's so much about it that stinks?

I bought my 2012 brand new. 5 seasons later, have had zero issue with it. It's an awesome trailer, excellent build (compared to other brands) for the type of trailer it is.

What should've been a happy time, looks like its now a remorseful one. So sorry to read your post. Look forward to hearing more detail to understand your situation.
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I would think it would be very hard to return a trailer after you signed the dotted line and took it home, if not impossibe.
Bottom line....i dont believe the origional story.
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I would think it would be very hard to return a trailer after you signed the dotted line and took it home, if not impossibe.
Bottom line....i dont believe the origional story.
The dealer would probably buy it back as used. That must be one disgruntled owner to take such a loss in such a short time. There is undoubtedly much more to the story than we have been told.
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