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Old 10-13-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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FR3 25DS Questions

We have our eye on the new Model 25DS and have a couple of questions:

1) We see no drawer for utensils, where do you store the knives, forks and spoons?
2) We see no shelves for dishes or pots and pans, where to put them?

3) Is the king bed really an island bed, can both people slide off the sides of the beds at night?

4) Is there storage space under the dinette seats? Do they tip up or pull out or can they be modified for storage space?

5) How well does the vehicle drive?

6) and of course, what kind of mileage are people getting?

This looks to be an amazing RV, thanks for any feedback!

Bill
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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I don't think anyone has a 25. Are they out yet?
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #3
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Only 25DS model that rings a bell is this one Micro Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River

I have one and like it. But it is a regular bumper pull trailer not a MH.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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The DW and I looked at one in New Jersey in August so they are available. It had a king sized bed but no sofa. The price was not that much lower than the 30DS.

We decided to wait for the 30DS.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Oookay I found the FR3 25DS. Sorry - looks ok but like ya say I don't see much storage unless it's all under the sink. The 30DS pics do show drawers and a better looking layout for the bed.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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The FR3's have storage hidden behind the TV that folds up to access. I have a 30DS, but Lamsa RV in Palm beach FL has an FR3 25DS on their lot. Looks cool but I like the 30.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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Saw it at the RV Show

I checked out the 25 footer at the big RV Show in Pomona and spoke to the factory rep there. He said they left the linen closet and wardrobe unfinished so owners can customize them the way they want. With this in mind, it would be pretty easy to customize the linen closet to hold utensils, dishes and pots/pans.
I'm not a fan of the actual bed, it seems pretty flimsy but that too can be changed if found unsatisfactory.
Other than that, this looks like a great RV. I am slowly talking myself into buying one!
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:28 AM   #8
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The FR3's have storage hidden behind the TV that folds up to access. I have a 30DS, but Lamsa RV in Palm beach FL has an FR3 25DS on their lot. Looks cool but I like the 30.

can the 25ds tv me turned toward the front chairs. if not poor viewing angles.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:38 PM   #9
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I am on the verge of buying a 25, we test drove it yesterday. They are evolving every week and so even the factory site is often wrong. The king size bed is now a great mattress and easy to walk around. There is a small shelf on both sides for water glass, book or for us our Cpaps. There is storage under dinette, you have to remove cushions on most although rumor has it there will be doors in new ones. I will add full size drawers to both sides and put pots and pans there.
Two out of three at our dealer now also have a bedroom tv but none have the under canopy led lights that are now standard.

Several,people say buy the 31 it is almost the same price but for the two of us the 25 seems great and. I easily drove it through small side streets that the salesman did not want to go down. Now he is so impressed he will take the rest of the staff on the same trip to show how easy it is. Our kids have moved to big cities and suburbia and the 25 will fit in a driveway, the 31 will not.

Hope to report soon that we are proud owners, I just wish I knew where the real bottom line is.
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:29 AM   #10
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We bought our 25DS in mid December 2013 and Love it. Like anything new we needed to have a couple of minor repairs done and the local RV place took care of them. Our model has some carpet around the driver and passenger seats. The latest model at the dealers have no carpet, we like ours better. The newest model has doors under the dinette seats for easier access to the space under the seats. We don't mind lifting the cushions to store extra blankets or sleeping bags. The mattress on the newest model is better than ours but we sleep very well on our king size bed. We just attended a Boot Camp for RV's and found our rig to be the center of attention for some looking for a smaller rig. My wife could not drive our 30' Winnie but she will gladly take the wheel of this 25DS. Did I say we Love our little "Fury"
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:47 AM   #11
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Hey, I was at that Boot Camp... I think we toured each others' rigs, unless there was another 25' FR3. I'm afraid I don't remember your names (old-timer's-disease). I wrote a blog on my boot camp adventures:

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Old 02-07-2014, 10:00 AM   #12
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Our 25 FR3

Hi Barbara, Yes that was us at the Boot Camp in Congress. We enjoyed touring your rig and then you toured ours. I enjoyed your blog very much just now and will be following you on it, if I can remember how to find it again later - old brain cells!! I see you have been at Santee Lakes campground - we were there a few times with our old rig and just love it there. We parked right on the water and the ducks would come flocking to our door as soon as they heard plastic bags sounds (for the bread)!!
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:18 PM   #13
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Bob and Linda, of course. Yes, Santee Lakes is great. I, too am right on the lake and the birds are so much fun. They sell bird seed and it got to where the birds (coots and ducks mostly) would come running, and waddling, over when I pulled up to the rig in my car. They make me laugh so much. My cats Cleo and Tony are not as amused. They like the little birds; makes them chop their lips. But the large number of the bigger birds... they're not sure what to make of that.

Let me know if you're coming down San Diego way.

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Old 02-23-2014, 06:36 PM   #14
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25 DS FR 3 came home yesterday. The dealer had the newest and third different brochure I have seen since I started shopping three weeks ago.
Ours was built 10/22/13 and has the under awning light, does not have drawers under dinette, or all LED lights, or the new curved folding shower door. Ours does not have any carpeting at all, the drivers seat floor is heavy rubber diamond plate. Also our water heater is gas only, not gas and electric like the newest ones.
So we missed out on most of the great new changes but I also understand that the price has gone up. The dealer is checking on the after price of the shower door, I will install that if not too much.

The problems so far are few. The upper bunk did not work when we first looked at it, it was a blown fuse. I raised and lowered it many times and then it quit working. Blown fuse again. Not a big deal, but a concern to bring to the dealer. Not normal to have it blow twice, or at all. The only other issue is the right speakers on both of the stereos do not work. I tried to fix but it is bad wiring so I will let them snake new wire. We failed to check it during the PDI, although I think I would still have brought it home if I knew.

Running all the systems, sleeping in each bed while it is parked in driveway and then my first road trip in three weeks.

Loving it for sure. I drove home in very high winds and it was a handful, but many minivans were also swerving in the wind.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:14 AM   #15
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Let us know how much that shower door costs.

Congrats!
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:16 PM   #16
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Still working on the shower door. They are so new the parts dept can not find it yet. They are just being built with these, the dealer is still calling, will have info soon.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:16 AM   #17
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The curved folding shower door that is used in the 2015 models is available from FR for $240 plus tax, plus about $40 shipping. Instead I got curved shower rod that is on sale at GS and I will stay with the curtain.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:45 PM   #18
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Has anyone had an issue with the upper bunk popping fuses? I just put the fourth on in with very little use. It is easy to get two inside the battery door but frustrating to have it go so often.
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