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Old 02-06-2016, 04:47 PM   #1
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Tired of broken stuff on our Brand New FR3

We took ownership of a brand new 2016 FR3 30DS sold at the Hershey RV show October 2015. Let me just say, I wish we HAD NEVER BOUGHT THIS.

We have not used it once and has been at the dealer for warranty work most of the time from now back to October.

This weekend we finally got it back, getting ready to head to FL next weekend. Discovered that the drivers side windshield wiper has a broken mount. Snapped clean off.

This thing is a piece of cra*p, I will never recommend a Forest River product, EVER!

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Old 02-07-2016, 07:01 AM   #2
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Let me expand on my rant from yesterday. I was tired and frustrated.

Here is my list of broken things to see if anyone else is experiencing these issues or did i just get a lemon.

1. Wet bay, the seal around the pipe pulled right off and had to be replaced with a different sealant.

2. Several of the outdoor compartment latches had gone rusty on the inside and were replaced. Now i have two different keys.

3. There was a leak around the AC unit on the roof and water was coming in the coach. We've never run the AC, it was rainwater.

4. The door latch sticks badly, sometimes i have to put my whole body weight into it to get the door open from the inside. I'm sure this will take its toll on the screen door and i'll break something. I've sprayed WD-40 into every crack and crevice I can find with little improvement.

5. The broken windshield wiper mount from yesterday. The driver side wiper is not functional and we leave in 5 days for FL.

I realize that none of these items by themselves are show stoppers, but after a while its like give me a break. The whole reason we traded in our older class C was to get away from having to fix stuff after every trip. this coach hasn't even gone on a trip yet and all we've done is fix stuff.

Did I get a lemon?

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Old 02-07-2016, 07:38 AM   #3
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Make the dealer lend you a another for your trip.

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Old 02-07-2016, 08:03 AM   #4
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Sounds like a forest river product, I am getting the things fixed right now that were there the first time I picked it up, FR extended the warranty time 120 days for some items because the dealer lolly gagged around so that the warranty expired, as soon as the warranty expired the slide started acting up, and I tried and tried to get it re-timed, but never could, as soon as possible I am going to trade it off and get something with out a lippert slide, don't the schwintek product at all
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:16 AM   #5
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The items you listed for the most part are relatively minor, except for the broken wiper, and once repaired or adjusted you should be fine. Don't get too discouraged too quick. In the grand scheme of things you may not have another issue for the next 10 yrs.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:24 AM   #6
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What your dealing with is not out of the ordinary . all manufactures are putting out units so fast and money coming in so quick that don't care about what they put out . I've seen many brand new pos out there . just hope you can get it fixed in a reasonable amount of time . the dealer service dept should only take a couple months to fix the wiper .the manufactures are using the dealers to finish building the units ,
bottom line they don't give a hoot
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:15 PM   #7
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Keep in mind the wiper was not installed by FR.
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by wnelsonfl View Post
Keep in mind the wiper was not installed by FR.
Then who did?
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Old 02-07-2016, 12:24 PM   #9
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I think some people have a bit of "buyer's remorse" shortly after the purchase of a new RV - even if everything works. The post buying reality sometimes does not live up to the months of excitement and high expectations that precede taking home the product.

As stated above, most of these issues seem minor, should be easy to fix, and you hopefully can get in a mind set where you will enjoy your new TT after a bit of tweaking.

I remind myself that I spend very little awake time in my RV. I am happy with the quality of my FR product. It could be different if full timing or always camping in bad weather - but to me, my RV just needs to be functional, not perfect. Most of your best camping memories will occur outside the RV.
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Then who did?
Ford did in all likely hood, they are the ones who made the chassis, no!

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