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Old 03-08-2017, 03:26 PM   #1
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Grey Wolf 23dbh problems

So far out 2015 grey wold has spent more time at the dealer than camping and now it has to go back for paint peeling off the front. To date we have had cupboards needing replacement. The bumpers around the dinette replace 2 times the slide out for seal gaps 3 times the shower 4 times. Between the dealer and poor craftsmanship of this trailer I wish I had never bought this unit. Now I have to worry about if the front is going to leak after the repairs as we all know as soon as you disturb something water loves to find the week point. Here is a picture of what I am dealing with now. Think it's time to get out of this trailer so I can enjoy some camping time . the joy has been sucked out of purchasing a new trailer.
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:28 PM   #2
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I share your pain...I shared many of the same issues as you with our 2016 26DBH.
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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It's time they stood up and improved quality of there work. The staples used to put the interior together can be seen from across the trailer everywhere you look.
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:38 PM   #4
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Improving it now doesn't help us though....and unfortunately, it looks like they're selling them even cheaper now than they were when I bought ours in 2015, further killing my trade-in/resale value.
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:53 PM   #5
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The longer it sits in my driveway the better more people see the mess it is in and comment on it. I just shrug my shoulders and say it's not my craftsmanship. It definitely not good advertising for forest river. Hey forest river you reading this. I hope so
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:06 PM   #6
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We bought ours new (26DBH) last spring and have also had it in the shop many times. Many slide leaks, one never really fixed because it never leaks while it's there. And many poor craftsmanship issues. And a couple electrical issues. It's hard to feel good about our camper! Our dealer said it's normal to have 10 trips back to dealer in the first year, which I find is extremely hard to believe.
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That's just wrong. Would you except taking a car back 10 the first year. We are going into season 3 this year and don't have a month worth of camping in our trailer. Heck it still smells like new wood inside and we are still having problems
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:17 PM   #8
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That's exactly what we said! We even spoke to a forest river person and he didn't care or seem concerned in the slightest. Your camper and mine must have both been manufactured on friday afternoon by the "B" team.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:32 PM   #9
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Our dealer said it's normal to have 10 trips back to dealer in the first year, which I find is extremely hard to believe.
That is not normal or to be expected.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:36 PM   #10
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No not at all. Had three FR products now and not one problem with any of them.
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Hey forest river you reading this. I hope so
not sure if you know but FRF is not affiliated with Forest River RV Inc.

There is no corporate relationship except for a handful of FR employees that are members here. they joined to help owners of the brand they represent.
as far as I know, there isn't one here for your brand.

So don't count on anyone from FR, reading this.
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I know this I also know they do monitor this site. Had a friend with problems from his rpod do the same they were in contact with him by the end of the day.
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:48 PM   #13
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I guess we got lucky. We have not been out in it very much, but that is due to truck issues not TT. We have 2015 Gray Wolf 23bd and love it. The biggest complaint is that they stuck warning on the fridge on the side panel by the stove. When my husband peeled it off a good portion of the varnish came off with it.
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You guys/gals without the problems have some good luck....

We were fairly lucky with our 2016 in the first summer we had it (Abbreviated June-Labor Day). I had a couple minor craftsmanship issues I needed taken care of, and the dealer had agreed to wait until spring 2016 to fix them so we didn't lose much camping time. That summer, we dropped it off one week on our way home from a trip to have some minor issues from the PDI fixed, and we were set. Then all heck broke loose....

Our dealer is a 45 min drive from our house.

While walking through during a spring thaw last year, I found all our rugs that were stacked inside had turned to ice blocks due to water getting in...

It was a bad bulb seal on the slide which led to the wood on the entertainment center and along the bunk ladder needing to be replaced due to water damage. I hauled it out there as soon as the snow melted and the wood needed to be ordered. By the time they got the bulb seal fixed, wanted the unit so I could ready it for the season and the wood would have to wait til fall.

The day I brought it home from the bulb seal being fixed, I noticed that the underbody membrane was severely sagging under the bathroom. It was full of water! The flange that goes around the tub and screws to the wall hadn't been sealed from the factory, so all the water that ran down the walls the previous camping season had ended up in the underbelly of the camper.

Then all this stuff happened along the way....
The the LED strip under the awning failed and needed replacement.
The the Awning motor failed while we were trying to batten down the hatches as a powerful storm was about to roll through on our first trip.
The "Grey Wolf" lettering on the front started to peel off
Over the egress window, all the siding staples pulled away from the studs so the siding bowed out.
The screws holding the wall down in the right front BROKE causing the wall to actually lift off of the floor 1/2" when the trailer was on the truck.
Finally, late last summer, the paint on the nose started to peel off the camper.

My dealer at one point made a mention that I was being too picky about some of this stuff, but I don't think any of this is acceptable with a less than 2 year old camper.

We've used it for 41 nights and towed it a total of about 6,000 miles. Most of the above mentioned issues happened before 3,000 miles were put on it.
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I guess we got lucky. We have not been out in it very much, but that is due to truck issues not TT. We have 2015 Gray Wolf 23bd and love it. The biggest complaint is that they stuck warning on the fridge on the side panel by the stove. When my husband peeled it off a good portion of the varnish came off with it.
We don't have 30 days worth of camping in it. This is nothing to do with use
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You guys/gals without the problems have some good luck....

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I agree and am thankful every day My FR had only minor stuff ~ one trip to the dealer. After that a Heartland camper and zero problems. The current Keystone 5er had Atwell send a mobile tech to a CG for the furnace and the builder replaced a fender skirt.


We are considering a 40'+ front living room floor plan, but reading of the problems I'm not so sure...
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:02 PM   #17
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So far so good with our 2017 Grey Wolf. We took 5 trips in it last year before winter hit. It's been stored in a covered building since November and will be pulled out of storage this Friday.

The absolute only issue we've had is the furnace doesn't seem to want to kick on, but I believe the sail switch is sticking. We'll have that looked at this spring.
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