Originally Posted by Ebirep
2015 FR3 30DS
My family was so excited with our move from a toy hauler to a class A. Figured we should take it out for a night before loading it up just in case. What a disappointing first outing. Apparently my dealers idea of a pre delivery inspection is aiming a garden hose at the thing to knock off the dirt! We're not new to the RV world and realize how these things are built but this lack of inspection is over the top. My excitement in my choice of builder has faded rather quickly.
-Front door binding causing undo force to open and close
-kitchen sink leaking into cabinet
-Bathroom sink plumbing leaking so bad it quickly runs out on to floor. Tried tightening and didn't do a thing.
-only one family member was able to shower because it leaked so bad out the bottom of the shower track and beneath the shower unit where is meets the floor that water ran all the way to the back wall of the bedroom.
- heater worked well but when it reached temperature the fan would not shut off. Just ran constantly.
-freezer door outside panel dislodges every time you close it.
-A couple of the window coverings are too short to cover the window opening.
-large chip in the dinette top that we didn't notice when we picked it up.
-Outdoor TVs connection to the antenna is no good.
-horrible rattle under RV while driving. Sounds like the stairs but they are rock solid when you grab them.
And other minor issues. On the bright side it is a really comfortable inside and roomy for a 30 foot model. I hope my dealer doesn't make me wait forever to resolve these issues. Forest River get a clue. You obviously have people slapping these together with zero pride in workmanship!
Thank You to the Forum. It was a great source for research before I made my purchase. Sounds like the majority has had better luck then I.
Basically it does appear the dealer did half job on the PDI, leaving you to do a post deal inspection. Sorry you got burned, but at least you learned early what kind of operation they run.
There are a few videos out there showing the process of building an RV. It is a daunting task; a lot needs to be done and they are not like cars where every one is the same.
It would be nice if they could have one guy do one job so there was assurance that was all he had to focus on but until they start to build in Mexico or further south, they will have one guy do twenty jobs as fast as possible.
Frankly, if it wasn't for the issues that you can expect with such a complex unit, this forum would consist of two guys with a checker board on a barrel in a campground store some where. The issues and challenges of RVing are built in and include these issues. It does sound like your unit had an apprentice plumber on his first day being trained by and apprentice plumber on his second day. Afraid that is why there is a PDI process instead of turnkey delivery.
Try to stay positive, work with the dealer (but keep an eye on them) and focus on the family fun you got the rig for.
Just curious. Did you buy your previous rig new or used?