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Old 06-12-2015, 02:12 AM   #1
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First Impression After 1500 Miles

Well since February I feel I have put in enough time to give my first impression of my 2015 FR3 30DS. This is my first motorhome and have owned a toy hauler prior.

Pros: Affordable, decent amount of living space with variety of sleeping arraignments, stylish get lots of compliments, easy to maneuver, easy to set up at camp, drive is getting better or I'm getting used to it (CHF Mod only), engine power seems decent for gas (wish I could have afforded a diesel), captain chair comfortable to drive in for hours

Cons: feels built on the cheaper side, screws coming loose (watch out for the slide roller bracket screws many of mine have come out on the sofa slide and no way to screw back in), super noisy while driving loud and rattles like crazy, driving was rough to get used to or like I mentioned above it may be just getting broke in and driving better, camera connections coming loose causing flickering, no power mirrors, haven't got to experience the poor a/c yet but sounds troubling, limited storage that requires a lot of mods, wish you could stop the steps from coming out other than disconnecting them, toilet valve continues to get clogged with debris which I have to keep pulling the toilet out to clear, did I mention really loud while driving and poor storage.

I understand this is an entry coach but spending 80k I expect a little more. This being my first I really know what to look for next time many years from now.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:26 PM   #2
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Well since February I feel I have put in enough time to give my first impression of my 2015 FR3 30DS. This is my first motorhome and have owned a toy hauler prior.

Pros: Affordable, decent amount of living space with variety of sleeping arraignments, stylish get lots of compliments, easy to maneuver, easy to set up at camp, drive is getting better or I'm getting used to it (CHF Mod only), engine power seems decent for gas (wish I could have afforded a diesel), captain chair comfortable to drive in for hours

Cons: feels built on the cheaper side, screws coming loose (watch out for the slide roller bracket screws many of mine have come out on the sofa slide and no way to screw back in), super noisy while driving loud and rattles like crazy, driving was rough to get used to or like I mentioned above it may be just getting broke in and driving better, camera connections coming loose causing flickering, no power mirrors, haven't got to experience the poor a/c yet but sounds troubling, limited storage that requires a lot of mods, wish you could stop the steps from coming out other than disconnecting them, toilet valve continues to get clogged with debris which I have to keep pulling the toilet out to clear, did I mention really loud while driving and poor storage.

I understand this is an entry coach but spending 80k I expect a little more. This being my first I really know what to look for next time many years from now.
I just purchased my first motorhome too. I got the FR3 DS as well and I did have a toy hauler. I'm a little worried now I'm reading all these little problems... (that will be very large problems for me after paying 80K)
I've never had an issue with my Dessert Fox.... and it's been to some bad places.
Rattling dash... water leaks... AC problems.... screws coming out.... toilet issues?
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:09 AM   #3
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We have a 2015 30DS, and no real problems. Just returned from two trips, one dry camping and another with hook ups. Just rolled 3000 miles, and some on rough roads. Sure there are a few loose screws and upgrades that are needed, just like our previous C class RV. But the FR3 is really a nice RV for the price. This forum is great, and saved us a few issues before they happened. My 1960 Ford Thunderbird has more issues than any FR3 😳


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Old 06-22-2015, 01:10 PM   #4
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We also had a toy hauler previously that we traded in on this new 2015 30DS but haven't had a chance yet to take it out on a shake down yet. Looking forward to that. Ours does seem to sway a lot and when the wind blows it's white knuckle driving time. The only other issue so far was a poorly installed door that had to be readjusted so it would close properly. It actually locked me in and took me 10 minutes to fight it to open. Then the lock wouldn't let me back in and I had to call a lock smith to finally figure it out. Fortunately the lock smith has a motor home himself and knew exactly what the problem was. Also, you did mention toilet issues requiring you to remove the toilet twice? That sounds pretty bad. Were you able to correct that finally?


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Old 06-23-2015, 03:14 PM   #5
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Yes there are plastic shavings that get clogged in the flush valve. The shavings I assume come from installing the water tank and are left inside and not cleaned out. I was able to clear it every time it is just a pain in the ass to take the toilet out. And I broke the valve clips once while doing it so had to get it replaced.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:18 AM   #6
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We'll shake ours fown when we get back from our Jeep ttip in Moab.... I'm particularly concerned about the slide-out roller screws Nd the slide out motores....
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Our first trip to Florida from New York. ac , rattles , back up cam etc. the big problem did not happen till 2 months being home when I notice the windshield had a large spot in the lower left coiner turn out it had to be replaced bad glass. Love the ford power and great gas millage. over 10mpg towing a pickup truck to boot . Going to Goshen !
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Old 07-04-2015, 05:14 PM   #8
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Twojump36 what are you concerned about the slide out rollers and motors?


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Old 07-06-2015, 11:29 AM   #9
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Twojump36 what are you concerned about the slide out rollers and motors?


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Yeah... this is my first motorhome and first ever anything with a slide out...
I read on here where there are some problems with the slide out rollers on the under side of the slide out that come loose?... that and a couple other people said they had to rip off the trim from the inside of the slide out to reach the motor just to manually retract the S/O so they could travel...
Now I'm starting to think I may have made a mistake buying this thing if there are so many issues...

Slide outs getting stuck
Automatic jacks getting stuck
Camera's not working
Slide out rollers coming off
Sway bars coming loose
TV's quitting
Toilets plugging
Water syphoning off
AC problems....

I haven't had a chance to get my motorhome out yet, and only have driven it 25 miles max... but dang.... why do so many people have so many different problem so soon?
$78K you'd think there'd be no issues or at the very least, minor ones...
We'll see
First trip out is July 17th 3 day dry camp.
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I guess you have to ask, how many are on the road? And how often do these things happen? As others have said on this site, it can happen to a high end units too. So far I have only had a few very small problems.
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