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Old 03-19-2019, 09:27 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying an FR3

We've owned a Sunseeker for the past 2 years. We are considering a trade for an FR3 DS30. Just looking for comments on the differences in handling a small class A. The DS30 is the same basic size as our Sunseeker, but boy does it seem big!
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:35 PM   #2
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I went from a Coachman Freelander 2600 to a FR3 30DS. Visibility is much better in the FR3. The FR3 suspension is softer, it feels like an old Oldsmobile, while I thought the Class 3 felt like a U-Haul box truck. It's fine on the highway but it's got a big rear end swing and you really have to think ahead in tight spots like gassing up or backing into a camp site. That said, it took me about 2000 miles to fully adjust to it, after that, its a big old boat, but a predictable big old boat and I feel very safe in it. My FR3 is totally stock, I haven't even done the Cheap Handling Fix.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:36 PM   #3
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Four winds chateau to fr3 ds30

Jim, last Feb. we went from a 30 ft. Four Winds Chateau class C to a 2015 FR3 DS30. Have no regrets a year later and have been very happy with it. It felt like a big jump but settled into it pretty quick. Of coarse you need to make it your own and I made several changes to it over the year but everything was worth it. Can't beat the wide open living space and the one level floor is great. King size bed is great for that size and the outside storage is much better from the class C. The sofa bed with the foot rest are terrible and I replaced it with 2 recliners with center console. Getting a good alignment is imperative, keeping your weight spread out and proper tire inflation will have you cruising down the road smoothly. Remembering it is not a high dollar Class A you will be very pleased with it. I think it is a very good unit for the price.
Hope this helps. On my way to Alpine, Texas tomorrow.

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Old 03-20-2019, 09:56 PM   #4
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Thank you both for your input! We're going tomorrow morning to a local dealer for a closer look at an FR3.
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Bought our 2017 FR3 28DS new and have not had a lot of issues with it. Just the usual small easily fixable things that come up from time to time.
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:34 PM   #6
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We've owned a Sunseeker for the past 2 years. We are considering a trade for an FR3 DS30. Just looking for comments on the differences in handling a small class A. The DS30 is the same basic size as our Sunseeker, but boy does it seem big!
What are you asking for your class c or if you trade, what dealership will you use.
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We just returned about 30 mins ago from a camping trip in our 2015 FR3 30DS. We purchased it new and go camping as often as possible. We love it and so far have not had any major issues with it. We did a lot of research before buying ours and really enjoy it. It drives great and has plenty of power to climb any mountain rd.
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Old 03-21-2019, 03:08 PM   #8
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What are you asking for your class c or if you trade, what dealership will you use.
As of now we're planning to trade, but that could change. We're dealing with John's RV in Lexington SC.
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Jim, last Feb. we went from a 30 ft. Four Winds Chateau class C to a 2015 FR3 DS30. Have no regrets a year later and have been very happy with it. It felt like a big jump but settled into it pretty quick. Of coarse you need to make it your own and I made several changes to it over the year but everything was worth it. Can't beat the wide open living space and the one level floor is great. King size bed is great for that size and the outside storage is much better from the class C. The sofa bed with the foot rest are terrible and I replaced it with 2 recliners with center console. Getting a good alignment is imperative, keeping your weight spread out and proper tire inflation will have you cruising down the road smoothly. Remembering it is not a high dollar Class A you will be very pleased with it. I think it is a very good unit for the price.

Hope this helps. On my way to Alpine, Texas tomorrow.



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The one we looked at today has theater seats. They are nice! We're working on a deal now. Didn't get a chance to drive it today but I will before any decision is finalized. Thanks and safe travels!
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We just returned about 30 mins ago from a camping trip in our 2015 FR3 30DS. We purchased it new and go camping as often as possible. We love it and so far have not had any major issues with it. We did a lot of research before buying ours and really enjoy it. It drives great and has plenty of power to climb any mountain rd.
We've done a lot of research and this one checks most of our boxes, especially the major ones. Thanks for the input!
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