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Old 04-16-2018, 10:08 AM   #1
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Looking at a new FR3 32DS - Problems

Hey folks. I had a FR Sunseeker years ago, and I'm looking at a FR product again.

A dealer near me has 2017 FR3 32DS for sale. I've also looked at 2018 version of the same vehicle.

Anyway, other than some internal fabrics and such, any changes between 2017/18 of worth? I didn't see any.

I did verify it is built on a 2017 F53, so it has the 6 speed transmission.

I've read some bad reviews, but I know RV's are not built like cars and some issues are possible. I know the F53 is a pretty bad chassis from the factory and I may need to do the CHF, maybe sumo springs and a few other things to get it to drive well.

But I am really interested in any specific Forest River issues you had. Stuff I can look for during a possible PDI, things to keep an eye on.

Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:57 PM   #2
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Hey folks. I had a FR Sunseeker years ago, and I'm looking at a FR product again.

A dealer near me has 2017 FR3 32DS for sale. I've also looked at 2018 version of the same vehicle.

Anyway, other than some internal fabrics and such, any changes between 2017/18 of worth? I didn't see any.

I did verify it is built on a 2017 F53, so it has the 6 speed transmission.

I've read some bad reviews, but I know RV's are not built like cars and some issues are possible. I know the F53 is a pretty bad chassis from the factory and I may need to do the CHF, maybe sumo springs and a few other things to get it to drive well.

But I am really interested in any specific Forest River issues you had. Stuff I can look for during a possible PDI, things to keep an eye on.

Thanks.
There was a change in November 2017. If it is a late 2017 should be the same.
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There was a change in November 2017. If it is a late 2017 should be the same.
What was the change?
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What was the change?
Read thread from last year:
2017 FR3 30DS Changes (Long!)
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Anyone know of a similar thread for 2017 - 2018?

Thanks!
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Anyone know of a similar thread for 2017 - 2018?

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2018 stayed the same until Dec 2017.
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Old 04-17-2018, 02:48 PM   #7
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I have a 2017 FR3 28 DS. Six speed trans. I did a few upgrades to chassis, front and rear sway bar and reflex steering stabilizer. Did it myself, not a difficult job at all. Worth it? A big yes!. Really helped with handling and cost about $2000. My next upgrade will be Sumo Springs and maybe better shocks.
Didn't do CHF as I am a bit skeptical about that but to each his own. Not really a pleasant experience driving in high wind or rough roads but then are any motor homes? Hardly feel trucks passing either way now.

I get about 9 MPG towing a 2014 CRV, that is in Imperial gallons, US gallons would be a little less.

There was a Technical service bulletin out regarding improper downshifting. I got the software upgrade done at Ford and now it shifts down on hills, stops and shifts way better all around.

Wife and I are happy with rig but be prepared to do a bunch of small fixes, nothing major but you must be qualified to at least run a screwdriver and assorted small tools to fix the factory screw-ups. I took our huge ugly microwave out and put in a smaller one and added some lights to kitchen area. Removed TV over sink and put it inside cabinet, now we don't bump head on TV when doing dishes.
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sink in cabinet?

Can you post a pic of sink below tv? Thank you
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Can you post a pic of sink below tv? Thank you
Not sure why you would want picture. Please explain. RV is not near me right now so picture is a not an option but would be interested why you want picture of sink?

Did you want to see what I did with the TV ?
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Kitchen sink of 32DS & TV. (Same kitchen sink as 28DS)
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