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Old 10-09-2013, 12:26 PM   #11
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Thanks for the encouragement, we do have fun every time we go out...

call here, try this. call there, try that. Last resort was to spin the jacks up with a drill, although they forgot to tell me I had to open up those valves. Sat there spinning for hours. If they would of just told me to check that fuse. Just got my new light string for the awning, I think I will try it out. Wherr..., pop, click, click, click. Made it out a foot. Luckily we are going to the beach and that is nothing a couple of easy ups can't fix. Disaster adverted. My daughter can't seem to heat anything up in the microwave, works for me. Operator error? We will see in a later post. Time for the parents. One last load of supplies, crash, bang, ouch. There I am laying on the ground looking at the steps swaying in the wind. There is a sheared pin and a gear nearby. Well, lash it up and away we go.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:22 PM   #12
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This thread is great though I am sorry to hear of the woes you are having... Keep the POS saga coming. We have around 20,000 miles on this 5er and love it but at times it is frustrating. Like yesterday I looked at the rig after unhooking it and wondered why it looked lopsided. Since my driveway is level I investigated and discovered an arm on the axel was broken and the others were looking stressed. Easy fix if I only had the jacks that could lift the rig and the stands to support and the interest to get under the rig getting my hands dirty. But, alas I don't... I just want the problem to go away and writing a check makes that happen. So off to the shop I go.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:16 PM   #13
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Hmmmm...maybe the fr3 is not the best choice for me, sounds like it's poorly (?) built...I woukd hate to pay 70,000 plus and have all the issues you have had
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:55 PM   #14
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I wouldn't call the FR3 "poorly built". There have been issues for sure, but candidly we've have some issues with our Georgetown. It's hard to blame Forest River for a step that malfunctions. Or a leveler issue. Those are likely Lippert components. Various cosmetic issues can be bothersome, but in the grand scheme of things, they aren't deal breakers for me. I knew when looking at the coach (this would apply to both the Georgetowns and FR3's) before buying that in place of hardwoods they use laminates, wood-look tape for seams, etc. Now that a few of those seams don't look perfect, its not a shock to me.

At the end of the day, if you stand the FR3 next to a Thor ACE, the FR3 wins hands down. I references the significant differences between the coaches in previous threads.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:50 PM   #15
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I wouldn't call the FR3 "poorly built". There have been issues for sure, but candidly we've have some issues with our Georgetown. It's hard to blame Forest River for a step that malfunctions. Or a leveler issue. Those are likely Lippert components. Various cosmetic issues can be bothersome, but in the grand scheme of things, they aren't deal breakers for me. I knew when looking at the coach (this would apply to both the Georgetowns and FR3's) before buying that in place of hardwoods they use laminates, wood-look tape for seams, etc. Now that a few of those seams don't look perfect, its not a shock to me.

At the end of the day, if you stand the FR3 next to a Thor ACE, the FR3 wins hands down. I references the significant differences between the coaches in previous threads.
Thanks...I am just new to the RV world and am looking at the FR3, I was beginning to think I had chosen badly. I understand all RV's will have minor issues just like anything else that is mechanical and moves. Guess not the best thread for a newbie lol
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:34 PM   #16
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I wouldn't call the FR3 "poorly built". There have been issues for sure, but candidly we've have some issues with our Georgetown. It's hard to blame Forest River for a step that malfunctions. Or a leveler issue. Those are likely Lippert components. Various cosmetic issues can be bothersome, but in the grand scheme of things, they aren't deal breakers for me. I knew when looking at the coach (this would apply to both the Georgetowns and FR3's) before buying that in place of hardwoods they use laminates, wood-look tape for seams, etc. Now that a few of those seams don't look perfect, its not a shock to me.

At the end of the day, if you stand the FR3 next to a Thor ACE, the FR3 wins hands down. I references the significant differences between the coaches in previous threads.
I have to disagree with your "it's hard to blame Forest River for a step that malfunctions" statement.

As has been discussed here under this and similar threads regarding the quality of some FR products.

When you buy a FR product, you don't to Lippert or their stair vendor or their leveler vendor separately, you go to FR directly.

As a customer of FR,you should expert them to monitor the quality and performance of their vendor supplied components.

IMO FR is not living up to their responsibly to provide their customer with the best possible RV,including all their vendor products and to take corrective action when their vendors don't supply a quality product.

These steps and other products have been problems for some time and FR should take responsibly to make sure their vendors correct known problems.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:50 PM   #17
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Before I bought my 5er I checked other forums for feedback. Pretty much the same type of feedbacks.
We all know bad news travels faster and gets more attention. Many people don't even join a forum such as this unless they have problems and want to vent.
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:14 PM   #18
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my guess is if FR were to build their RV's with the best of everything and used a highly skilled work force, many people would complain that they cost too much. Sure there are better components to build with but are you willing to pay 100,000 for a 5th wheel that looks much like the 50,000 unit, I think not. What you are buying when you purchase an RV is a bunch of compromises both in quality parts and design.
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:33 PM   #19
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Indeed Bob34787.
You can poke around online and find someone, somewhere who proclaims "I'll never buy another "X" brand RV" because of some issues they had. We found several such proclamations for every single unit we've shopped for since we've been RV'ing. At the end of the day, we've found FR to be responsive to the issues we've had. For the money we paid, it's a sound coach.
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