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Old 02-07-2016, 12:58 PM   #11
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I would hazard to say that Ford probably did NOT install the wiper.

I say this because I have seen the F53 chassis units as they leave the Ford assembly line. They go to a holding area next, and wait for orders from any of the manufacturers that make gas versions of A Class motor homes.

They are driveable off the assembly line with little more than a wooden crate to sit on and work the gas and brake pedal along with the steering wheel.
All of the instrumentation, exterior lighting, air vents, rocker switches for lighting, wipers, radios, and extensive wiring harnesses are in plastic bags for the various motor home manufacturers to assemble. Just look at the dash vents on any unit. Some are round, some rectangular, light switches and wiper switches locations are chosen by the "house" manufacturer part of the unit.....Forest River, Winnebago, Thor, etc.

Maybe Forest River did some work with the wiper assembly mounting them for final positioning on the front cap, but there was NO front to mount them to when the F53 chassis came off the Ford assembly line.


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Old 02-07-2016, 12:59 PM   #12
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Motorhomes under $100k seem to be hit and miss. I have friends that have had no issues, a few issues, a lot of issues, minor issues, and major issues. I've had mine at the dealer 3 times and will be going back for a 4th next week, as well as at the Ford RV repair center, luckily 1/2 mile from my house, twice in the first 10 months. A lot of minor issues, but the way I see it, it's a first world problem that will get fixed. Annoying, frustrating, yes, but hell, I have a motorhome when some folks don't even have a home. Life could be worse. The timeout with the family and friends also outweighs all the small things. Just MHO.


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Old 02-07-2016, 01:06 PM   #13
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We had some minor issues too.... The last thing was a problem with the hot water hester ( flamed out and melted some wires ) TV quit... P-traps came loose...heater wire came off so the heater quit...stove fan motor quit.... Stove hood light burned out...
All that stuff was pretty minor... We enjoy the coach and realize all thst stuff happens to all M/H's...
It's a pia but fix it and roll on!
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:13 PM   #14
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You don't have very much wrong of consequence with the coach. It is unbelievable that little stuff like this would prevent you from using the coach for so long.
You need to find another place or a mobile guy to fix this stuff quickly and coordinate that with FR after making your problems with the dealer known.
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:46 PM   #15
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I to have had many small problems with my wife's 2014 FR3. Being a boater most of my life i have gotten used to having to fix things that break or need adjustment. Having owned this unit for just one year my opinion is to warranty the chassis and take your chances with the coach. I have no use for the dealer promises. Maybe my next one will be a used one and one built with a little more quality.
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:18 PM   #16
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I have owned 5 RV's. I am pretty sure that I have had to repair something on EVERY one after EVERY trip. It was explained to me 20 years ago, that if you put your house on chains and pull it down the road for a few hundred miles and return, you will HAVE to repair something. That is RVing. It shouldn't be that way, but RV manufactures have never reached the quality or technical level of other manufacturers.
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:32 PM   #17
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Ford did in all likely hood, they are the ones who made the chassis, no!
And I guess FR and the selling dealer have no responsibility for QA checks?
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Old 02-07-2016, 04:28 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by wnelsonfl View Post
Keep in mind the wiper was not installed by FR.

Au contraire. The wiper motor was definitely installed by FR.

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Old 02-07-2016, 09:36 PM   #19
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IMHO contact the Forest River division that manufactured your unit and ask if it can be taken back to the factory to have your issues resolved. Not sure where you are located but a visit to the Rally in Goshen is another place to have your issues taken care of. I have found Forest River extremely helpful when I have dealt with them directly. Hang in there!
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:15 AM   #20
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But still, Forest River is the name behind the product, regardless of who assembled it, in my mind, they are still the responsible party if something fails. its their problem to deal with Ford

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