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Old 06-08-2016, 12:27 PM   #31
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We, too, are a yes, even despite the chassis issues posted in a different thread. For the money (entry level Class A gas motorhome), we are happy with the design, features, comfort and performance of the FR3. We wouldn't give up the king bed and I love all the storage underneath and even inside once shelves are made. I've had only the best experiences with Forest River so far - they haven't pushed back on any of the (small) warranty issues we've had with the coach. We would buy the FR3 again.

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Old 06-13-2016, 08:36 AM   #32
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We recently purchased our 2016 FR3 30DS and love it. Like other Forum members, we've had some minor problems, but overall the build quality and value are outstanding. Unlike others, Camping World has thus far taken pretty good care of us.

The new six-speed transmission is a vast improvement over it's predecessor, and evolutionary improvements in the coach have been spot on. When you buy a class A unit in this price range, there will be a few compromises, but so far very happy with our purchase.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-19-2016, 06:56 AM   #33
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Yesterday my wife and I visited Johns RV in Lexington SC. We drove two different RVs, the FR3 DS and Sunseeker 3010 DS (Class C). For me I felt more comfortable driving the Class C.

The Class C seemed to use the available engine power better and felt more maneuverable.

Now time to find the best price.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:57 AM   #34
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I wouldn't buy another forest river product. I owned a used southwind for over fifteen years and never had as many problems as I've had with this brand new fr3ds. Very disappointed. Silly me for thinking I was taking a step up when I really missed the step completely.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:46 PM   #35
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For us, this was our first RV. We figured out that we wanted a class A, but weren't totally sure how much we'd use it or like it. So, we didn't want to make an even larger investment in something we might not like.

As to whether we'd do it again, I think we would, if only because having this RV made us realize that we *love* having one, and want to make it a larger part of our lives. We love it, and haven't had a lot of problems either, which appears to be somewhat due to luck.

But, now that we've established that we like the Class A, and camping in general, our next RV will not be a FR3, or even a Forest River. We need more space, and would like some different features, and a higher build quality.

To me, the FR3 is perfect for what it is. It doesn't claim to be a Prevost, its just a good entry level-ish (Probably the best on the market in that niche) RV.
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:15 AM   #36
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The FR3 is a pile of junk. Total and complete. Every aspect of the FR3 is junk, it don't matter what your talking about from headlights to tail lights forest River went out of its way to build the biggest hunk of crap on the market.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:21 AM   #37
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Wayne and Sherry what year do you own? After picking ours up may 7 we got to take it out this weekend for us there are just a few minor things that our dealer will fix in the fall some ice in the freezer and a lock outside that has some rust for the price we paid we are happy with it.
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:01 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by SharpPI View Post

Now time to find the best price.
The cheapest price may not always be the best deal.
Take the time to research the dealership, their service, and their dealer prep.

If you are buying from an online dealership or not locally, check into their mobile warranty service centers to see if there is one in your area .Call some local RV Service Center to see if they will even do warranty work on a vehicle you purchased elsewhere. This is a major problem nationwide, while some dealerships and service facilities will provide service, others will flat out refuse.

The motor home industry does not have a national service network like the auto industry so the motor home manufacturers do not have the power over the dealerships like the auto industry does.

Don't end up like we did and buy from a dealer who talks the talk than doesn't know how to walk. Never give the dealer a dime nor sign on the line until you are satisfied that everything on the motor home works perfectly.

Never fall for the we will order the parts and call you when they come in. Once you drive the motor home off the lot, you are at their mercy as to when or if they will service it.


Once you make sure everything is working to your satisfaction, sign on the dotted line, and enjoy your new motor home.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:51 AM   #39
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Well, I tried to trade mine is this week so after hearing the amount offered,,, NOPE, never again!

Camping World, Syracuse only offered $37 k for a 2014 30DS with 14,000 miles and in great shape with plenty of add ons.

Colton RV was better but still, only $50k.

Both on a new Thor Outlaw.

Looks like I am stuck with it...
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:53 AM   #40
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Well, I tried to trade mine is this week so after hearing the amount offered,,, NOPE, never again!

Camping World, Syracuse only offered $37 k for a 2014 30DS with 14,000 miles and in great shape with plenty of add ons.

Colton RV was better but still, only $50k.

Both on a new Thor Outlaw.

Looks like I am stuck with it...
Unfortunately, you'll never get what you want from ANY dealer, no matter what you own. You're always better off selling it yourself. There are many online outlets to choose from to try to sell your RV.

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