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Old 09-30-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Ownership: The good, bad, and ugly

We are three trips in and each trip presented itself with a unique test of our resolve. In the next few posts I will tell my story. Some good, some bad and a lot of ugly. My kind wife has nicknamed our new FR3 30DS
'POS' so I will loving refer to it as that.

Why is the shower coming off the wall?
Why are the drawers not all closing flush?
Why is that piece over the slide door not even with the wall?
Why is that contact paper separating from the wall?
Why are there chips in the metal around the tv?

Calm down honey, the POS is under warranty and we will have everything fixed before our first big trip. It is a home on wheels, we know there will be problems.

Until next time
Jim
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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We are three trips in and each trip presented itself with a unique test of our resolve. In the next few posts I will tell my story. Some good, some bad and a lot of ugly. My kind wife has nicknamed our new FR3 30DS 'POS' so I will loving refer to it as that. Why is the shower coming off the wall? Why are the drawers not all closing flush? Why is that piece over the slide door not even with the wall? Why is that contact paper separating from the wall? Why are there chips in the metal around the tv? Calm down honey, the POS is under warranty and we will have everything fixed before our first big trip. It is a home on wheels, we know there will be problems. Until next time Jim
Lol... For the first 4 months, after every trip out we had to take it back to the dealership, the storage unit that we payed for, it never saw the motorhome! I would come back from each trip so upset! One trip over a holiday period, that we were suppose to stay at for 6 days had to come back on the 2nd day with no refund due to it being a holiday. BUT..... Last trip was awesome, no problems, I love it. It gets better, things get fixed!

Happy Froggers in Texas!
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the encouragement, I figured I was not alone in this.
Anyways...
I have some time, and the POS is our second home so lets do some remodeling. First lets get those locks on the outside all pointing the same direction. While I am being anal lets adjust all the drawers so they all have a slight upward tilt when level. The bedroom TV is a must. Put some clear plastic corners on the sharp edges. Don't want to mar that expensive finish on the cabinetry. That table is heavy so I am going to use aluminum instead of plastic there. Why does that decorative panel on the fridge keep falling down? Oh yea, they forgot to glue it to the wood panel backing. Projects complete, time for camping. Vents closed, storage locked, slides in, jacks up. I said jacks up! Oh no, whats wrong with the jacks? Honey, I don't think we are going anywhere tonight.

more to come
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:11 AM   #4
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This would make for a good show if played out on TV. I know its not funny at the moment but a year from now you will be able to play all this out at the campsite to get a few laughs. Having owned 3 trailers there is a story to tell on each one with the issues we faced. Hang in there..
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Thanks for the encouragement, I figured I was not alone in this.
Anyways...
I have some time, and the POS is our second home so lets do some remodeling. First lets get those locks on the outside all pointing the same direction. While I am being anal lets adjust all the drawers so they all have a slight upward tilt when level. The bedroom TV is a must. Put some clear plastic corners on the sharp edges. Don't want to mar that expensive finish on the cabinetry. That table is heavy so I am going to use aluminum instead of plastic there. Why does that decorative panel on the fridge keep falling down? Oh yea, they forgot to glue it to the wood panel backing. Projects complete, time for camping. Vents closed, storage locked, slides in, jacks up. I said jacks up! Oh no, whats wrong with the jacks? Honey, I don't think we are going anywhere tonight.

more to come
Jim

I hope more to come! These posts are downright entertaining! If I find out where you're parked I'm coming over to mess with the RV just to see what you write.

Since I am already editing my mistaken classification I want to add that is a great looking RV!

In truth, these thing always have something, that is sure. I believe some dealers make more on warranty claims than the initial sale. In the end, when you are sitting at your destination relaxing, it is all worth it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:33 PM   #6
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Well, I guess I was lucky. Maybe my travel trailer was built on a Tuesday or a Wednesday. I actually owned it for over a year, that's right, for the warranty period... and nothing failed. Now that the warranty is over... I just replaced the pump and the sink. At the beginning of our last trip. Dee Dee accused the pup of peeing in the floor. I told her that I didn't think the dog could pee soap suds so the investigation began. Yep, the large side of the sink had cracked in 3 places, radiating out from the drain. The next morning, I noticed water trickling down the outside of the trailer, from the fresh-water fill cap. Yep, the pump apparently had been damaged by a some construction debris that got in there somehow. Now it didn't function as a check valve anymore. Now, mind you, there have been quite a few little things I have fixed that were just too hurriedly installed, or where a better fastener could have been used in those ultra-quality luan walls. Oh, and I replaced my own skylight on the recall thing. Other than that, I've really enjoyed our trailer. I have used it quite a bit, including living in it for 8 weeks while selling/buying our homes and moving from Amarillo to Weatherford. It is, though, as you say... a POS. No doubt about it.

That all being said, When I go fly fishing, I am generally on the river and not in a cabin, or resort. When I go to model glider competitions, I stay at the field, usually. Every night is a party around someone's fire ring and usually there are a few fellow musicians with guitars, fiddles, mandolins, etc... and it IS all worth it!

Above all...
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:15 PM   #7
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We are three trips in and each trip presented itself with a unique test of our resolve. In the next few posts I will tell my story. Some good, some bad and a lot of ugly. My kind wife has nicknamed our new FR3 30DS 'POS' so I will loving refer to it as that. Why is the shower coming off the wall? Why are the drawers not all closing flush? Why is that piece over the slide door not even with the wall? Why is that contact paper separating from the wall? Why are there chips in the metal around the tv? Calm down honey, the POS is under warranty and we will have everything fixed before our first big trip. It is a home on wheels, we know there will be problems. Until next time Jim
So sorry to learn that your new toy has the name, POS now. How disappointing!!

We had an issue with our shower doing the same thing. Thankfully my DB is pretty handy with things. With a full tube of caulk, and five days of drying, we have a perfect shower stall. He also added the splash guards based on others recommendations and it's worked perfectly.

We have found a few other little things on our FR3, that we are taking in for fix ups.... Missing part of counter laminate next to the fridge, the laminate on the wall at the bottom of the wall where the slider/hall door coming up... The only other thing I notice that is kind of funky is that the "control panel" in hall to check levels is completely cock-eyed. Ummm, you'd think that could be framed level!! But thankfully nothing to make me call her a POS.

Good luck! I hope you get all the bugs worked out!!

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So sorry to learn that your new toy has the name, POS now. How disappointing!! We had an issue with our shower doing the same thing. Thankfully my DB is pretty handy with things. With a full tube of caulk, and five days of drying, we have a perfect shower stall. He also added the splash guards based on others recommendations and it's worked perfectly. We have found a few other little things on our FR3, that we are taking in for fix ups.... Missing part of counter laminate next to the fridge, the laminate on the wall at the bottom of the wall where the slider/hall door coming up... The only other thing I notice that is kind of funky is that the "control panel" in hall to check levels is completely cock-eyed. Ummm, you'd think that could be framed level!! But thankfully nothing to make me call her a POS. Good luck! I hope you get all the bugs worked out!! Cheers! Pam
Oh..... I finally figured out what POS stood for. I know how she feels!i called mine that at first, and I never cuss! But I promise, it gets so much better! I'm totally in love with it now.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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LOL!

All I can hear right now is Robin Williams and the bunch singing "big old rolling t@rd".....
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:55 PM   #10
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The only thing bad/ugly is laying out that much cash for the trailer and depleting the savings account. Other than that, it is only good.
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