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Old 04-25-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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FR3 review anyone?

I'd be interested if anyone who has purchased an FR3 would like to post a review on this forum.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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Hi...I am in the research phase also and like the FR3. Also, I am looking at similar models: ACE, Storm, Small Vista/Sunseeker, Pursuit, and the Newmar Baystar Sport. Are you considering anything other than the FR3? If so, would you rule anything out?
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:59 PM   #3
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Hi...I am in the research phase also and like the FR3. Also, I am looking at similar models: ACE, Storm, Small Vista/Sunseeker, Pursuit, and the Newmar Baystar Sport. Are you considering anything other than the FR3? If so, would you rule anything out?
We are picking up our new 2014 FR this weekend I will let you know what we think. Really excited!
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:43 AM   #4
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That is so exciting...I am very happy for you guys. Yes, please let me know you thoughts about your new RV. Good luck!
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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OK well I backed out today because we realized that we may be making a mistake by buying a unit here in Phoenix that only has one 13,500 btu unit. Cooling here is really big deal and not sure that the one unit can do the job. Also unit had to have drop down bunk fixed and rattle in pass window before we can pick it up. I was really hoping I could talk to someone who has one to help me determine if I am being too cautious? Please hhelp because we really love everything else about the FR3 much better than the Storm or ACE but the class C part of the generator and AC makes me nervous. I am open to any comments from owners.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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I think you made the right decision to not take delivery of your FR3 until the dealer fixes your concerns. I too am concerned about the a/c issue. Most manufacturers offer an upgrade to the 15,000 btu unit; however, if the single unit fails then you are SOL for a/c. Although a second unit is more costly, I will opt for that as opposed to the upgrade...but it does require another hole in the roof, just be watchful for possible leaks. This must have been a disappointment not being able to take delivery when you wanted, but I suggest you remain firm in that ALL of your concerns are addressed, and addressed according to YOUR expectations; not the dealer's. Although I've never bought an RV before, I've had boats and dealers do not care after the $$ is exchanged. Good Luck!
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:23 AM   #7
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OK well I backed out today because we realized that we may be making a mistake by buying a unit here in Phoenix that only has one 13,500 btu unit. Cooling here is really big deal and not sure that the one unit can do the job. Also unit had to have drop down bunk fixed and rattle in pass window before we can pick it up. I was really hoping I could talk to someone who has one to help me determine if I am being too cautious? Please hhelp because we really love everything else about the FR3 much better than the Storm or ACE but the class C part of the generator and AC makes me nervous. I am open to any comments from owners.
What is your main concern - the AC issue or the things that need to be fixed?

Not sure what you mean by "class c part of the generator and AC", but the 4kw generator and 13.5 AC is pretty standard for this size of coach, whether class A or class C. If you plan to do a significant amount of traveling in exceptionally hot climates (and you very well may, being located in PHX) then perhaps looking at a coach with 2 AC's and a 5.5kw gen would be wise. Having said that, our class C has a 4kw gen and single 13.5 btu AC and we've camped in the Texas heat...well over 100...and it sufficiently cooled the coach.

As for the rattle in the window and drop-down bunk needing repair - not sure exactly what repairs need to be done, but I doubt I would back out on a deal because a few things need to be addressed. You will virtually always find some issues in a new coach that will need to be addressed. Unless the dealer was refusing to address them, it shouldn't be too much cause for concern.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-22-2013, 03:58 PM   #8
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I am new to R/V's but have a new FR3 30DS I just went on a 5000 mi trip with it. I do live in south FL. This is a nice R/V with a great Price point. Over all I am pleased with the FR3. I did have the steps fail, but Forest River was great and replaced the steps with better ones at their factory as I passed by. Again Great Customer service. I also broke down in Niagara Falls. It was pinched fuel pump wire fixed next morning by Ford dealer in Buffalo also great customer service. All other problems I had were due to not having a manual specific to the FR3 It is a combo manual that is lacking and confusing. FYI I used to be an airline mechanic so reading manuals is easy. The FR3 desperately needs vent fans and the A/C is on the weak side. It needs a ladder for the great front bunk. The selling feature of this R/V. Also don't like the shower curtain.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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I "met" one a couple of weeks ago in West Yellowstone. It's new owner approached my husband because we have a Georgetown 280 and asked if we had trouble with our shower leaking. We don't and after touring theirs, I know why. Our shower is one piece and has sliding glass doors. Their's is a 3 sided surround sitting on top of the shower tub with a plastic curtain. The guy had made a caulk dyke across each end attempting to redirect the water back into the shower rather than onto the floor. He said it worked for a while but the water is leaking behind the surround and onto the floor.

My DH & I couldn't believe how much of the FR3 was copied from the THOR Ace. I liked the general layout. The slide seemed deeper than ours and it may be because the kitchen is laid out in a straight line rather than L shaped. I never have and still don't like the divided shower/toilet area and really dislike the plastic shower curtain. I did like the flooring. Much less carpet and more wood look vinyl which really looked nice. It had a huge U shaped dinette which we really liked. Ours is barely big enough for 2 but this one would comfortably sit 4. We have 2 steps into the interior steps but this one had 3 which was a check in the + column.

I liked the "coat closet" at the door too. The bedroom seemed about the same size as ours but didn't have the window between the closets. It did have end windows in the large front slide though.

The couple had just gotten it and was on their 1st trip! They didn't have a destination but was just going to wander around till they were ready to go home to California. They did say they were going to pay FR a visit though and point out the shower issue.

Neither said anything about the A/C. It might not have been an issue yet for them though since it wasn't that hot and the humidity was non existent.

There is a lot to like about it!
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Update I decided to check my A/C ducts and they were clear. But found the inner seal at the A/C, (not to out side) but from the intake to discharge air was displaced. Allowing the cool air just to be sucked back into the A/C without going trough the duct system Also the foil tape was partially blocking the driver side duct pass trough. I opened up the driver side duct, and sealed off the internal air leak by pushing the seal back in and further sealing with foil tape. The bed room ducts greatly improved performance. I still think the A/C is too small, but it did improve.
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