We have just moved in to our 40CFK Cottage. The installation is semi-permanent while we work on restoring the cabin next door. We placed the unit on piers and are building a roof over it and deck. (Building will serve as future garage/work shed/etc.) While new to this "Park Model"/"Destination Trailer" world, we have a few observations to share and a few questions for Forum participants - especially other Cottage owners:
1. Design is everything. Several have mentioned design features that can be improved upon (door swing, sliding door handle spacing, etc.) I hope Forest River designers read these forums. There are a lot of great ideas in here.
2. The metal bathroom supply registers rust. Yep. Tough location. We've elected to remove them, sandblast, prime and repaint them to better match the floor. Pretty sever limits on bathroom carpet size if you want heat in there...
3. Is there such a thing as a QUIET water pump? Please let us know.
4. That couch design. (sigh) First, the air mattress provided has been discontinued. For $60 bucks got a new one, but much thicker than old one that leaked. A challenge if you are short legged... Second, the spring clips that "hold" the pivot arm of the bed fold out do not hold, so each time we use it we have to "put it back together" as we unfold the couch. Did I mention that design is everything?
5. Yes, that sliding door hardware HAS to be replaced. Any ideas on the the screen door handle? That is totally unusable and the screen is destined for constant replacement due to wear at the handle. Is there a standard hardware store solution? ANY ideas here are welcome.
6. Other things we are discovering that others have mentioned:
a. Water pressure (does everyone have this issue?) We are considering an exterior supply line and pump to get 45-50 psi and a shower that works.
b. Proprietary water filters rather than one you can pick up at Lowe's? Seriously?
c. Black water tank gate that is a BEAR to operate and I am convinced (after several hose changes) that is does NOT seal all the way. Does everyone add a second valve because the main one needs a backup?
d. Keeping the water line from freezing in the winter (we're in the mountains). Is heat tape the only option? Any ideas?
Yes, we are newbies. But, so far, we LOVE our Cottage with its big windows facing our special view (see other posts for picture.)
Chris and Julie