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Old 07-04-2013, 09:30 AM   #11
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Little late to the game but a few thoughts... I had a Forester 32' Class C with the Dometic 15k AC unit, it cooled the unit fine on the way to and back from the Grand Canyon during July heat. If the unit your looking at has an optional 15k AC upgrade I highly suggest you do it... No one ever says "I have too much AC" when it's 110 outside.

Secondly the plant that built our Forester is the bus/Class C facility and they supported us wonderfully. I'm not sure where the coach you want is built but if its the Georgetown facility I'd visit the forum there. It is true, some FR have a deafening silence in the support and warranty department but that isn't what I found with the Forester division.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:11 PM   #12
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Thanks for the feedback. We are going to go with the unit. After all of our research I feel like this introductory pricing for the FR3 is tough to beat. The unit will have a higher price tag next year and they are selling out all over the place. If the 13500 btu unit is not enough then it is only about $800ish to upgrade to a aftermarket 15000 btu unit. FYI for everyone out there I encountered a lot of misinformation about the options. After talking to the forest river rep who helped design this unit he informed me that they only come with 3 options: outdoor entertainment system, leveling jacks, and something else minor that slips my mind. There is no option for two ac units or 15000 unit from factory. I will be sure to share my reviews as we are supposed to pickup next week. Thanks
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #13
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Thanks for the feedback. We are going to go with the unit. After all of our research I feel like this introductory pricing for the FR3 is tough to beat. The unit will have a higher price tag next year and they are selling out all over the place. If the 13500 btu unit is not enough then it is only about $800ish to upgrade to a aftermarket 15000 btu unit. FYI for everyone out there I encountered a lot of misinformation about the options. After talking to the forest river rep who helped design this unit he informed me that they only come with 3 options: outdoor entertainment system, leveling jacks, and something else minor that slips my mind. There is no option for two ac units or 15000 unit from factory. I will be sure to share my reviews as we are supposed to pickup next week. Thanks
Good choice. I think the FR3 is a very nice coach. Good luck and I look forward to your reviews.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:40 PM   #14
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So let me post a quick update, we just got back from the Thor dealership to check out the ace. I have to say I still much prefer the FR3 in almost every aspect with one exception and maybe you guys can help me out here. I am concerned about Forest Rivers inability to get a human being on the phone. It seems that all of the threads with complaints say the same thing when something goes wrong there's no support there to back up the product they Simply pawn you off on the dealer and hopefully you have a good relationship or a good dealer that is willing and adequately able to service your needs. Thor as a manufacturer seems much more customer service oriented and set up with a concierge service. What is your guys experience with Forest River and their service ability?
I own a Berkshire 380 RB and have had several major issues. FR has stood behind the product 100% and has always been there when I need them. You will have issue with a new unit but FR will back you. I had Randy call me last week just to see how things were going.
If their service is making you nervous I can say from my experience I wouldn't worry. I love my MH and I'm camping right now sitting at the campfire.
Good luck with your purchase.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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Been reading...live in NorCal foothills picked p my fr3 last month. Pretty hot this past few weeks, 105 AC worked fine. Kept things cool. Love the RV...been looking for a while and am happy. Great phone service with April in Il via phone with jack problem(check the breaker left frame rail near extra batts if problems). Been out a few times, looking forward to many others.... DR
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:29 PM   #16
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Good choice. I think the FR3 is a very nice coach. Good luck and I look forward to your reviews.
So as promised last weekend we took our new 2014 FR3 up the hill to Flagstaff where we got a chance to check her out. I am delighted to report we had a great time with no major issues. We love the look and feel and functionality of the FR3 and are very happy with the unit. With that said here is where the coach Could use some improvement in case anybody from Forest River is paying attention:

The shower is an epic fail in that it leaks when you take a shower all over the floor and needs splash guards installed. We have purchased them aftermarket and I will let you know if the $16 fix does the trick.

The AC barely gets the job done and could use some improvement I'm seriously considering upgrading to the 15,000 BTU Aftermarket unit.

For some reason they left out a ladder for the upper bunk that folds down? Seems silly to me that they would not include a ladder with the purchase of the coach but nonetheless we can get one for $59.

These are all acceptable based off of the price point and the amount of unit that you get for the price. We are extremely happy with the product so far and will keep the reviews coming for those future FR3 owners
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:34 PM   #17
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I have had my FR3 for a few months now in Iowa. The only design problem I have found is the size of the bedroom slide. If it went out an other foot or so, a person could stand in front of the closet and dress. As is the only area I can see to dress is in the area between the shower, bed, and the Toilet door.
As others have pointed out, several small problems found since I got it. All, so far, fixed by the dealer.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:42 PM   #18
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An update on my FA3 in Iowa. Living full time in mine.
The furnace keep the inside to 50 F inside while the outside temps dropped to -12F. Would not mind a slightly bigger furnace. The fridge needs some more insulation to the outside world. Fluid gelled up and stopped working during the chill weather. It started back up when temps came back to above freezing.
Wish the water lines were either insulated or more than just hanging loose under the carriage. Would think that could help for both very hot temps and the cold.
The under area of the slides need some way to seal the cold / hot air out when the slide is out. Had to pull the slides in to seal the cold out.
Could also use an other 110 outlet. This one on the back driver's side, by the storage opening in back would be nice.
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