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Old 12-10-2015, 12:28 PM   #11
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:31 PM   #12
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We own a Rockwood TT. I have owned 12 different RV's over a lifetime. I believe FR is competetive with other manufacturers more or less. I was under the impression when Mr. Buffett became a share holder under Bershire Hathaway that he insisted in a separate building exclusive to quality control for all FR products. On inspecting new models I still see the same old flaws e.g cabinet work, moldings, general gaps in what should be caught if this here building is a fact. The only make of RV I ever owned that was above and beyond for quality of construction was Triple E based in Manitoba Canada. They were so good that they are no longer making RV's. Don't know whether it became too expensive to continue due to their quest for perfection. Someone mentioned that the industry needs to set the same standards as american motor vehicles. Perhaps.
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:32 PM   #13
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We got a Cedar Creek in 2012. Yes we had issues with the unit, but repairs were made as soon as we got back to the dealer. We had a oil leak on a jack and the dealer replaced it the same day we went there for the repair. We were on a trip to Indiana and stopped at the RV factory, had issue with the water heater and they dropped what they were doing and made the repairs at no charge. We have had 3 other brands of RV's but will purchase Cedar Creek again.
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:40 PM   #14
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We have a 2011 Brookstone 5th wheel by Forest River. Of the three 5th wheels that we have owned this one is the worst one.

We love the floor plan but we have major water leaks and the Lippert hydraulic slide and jacks have been nothing but problems and of course these problems all started just after a year of ownership so no warranty.

It would be great if they spent more time in making the units, than trying to push the trailers of of the factory as fast as they can.
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:51 PM   #15
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My response is more about the sub systems like heating, air conditioning, tv's, etc. When the manufactures buy sub system components, they buy is lots of 100's or even 1000's of items. Many of the issues I have found are not of the manufactures making, but of the sub system components. Tires, microwaves, refrigerators, and a/c units, leveling componants and electrical charging components are probably the biggest of the bunch. RV's are packed with the subsystems from the lowest bidder. The manufacture does run an assembly line and like Boeing they move the product along if something in the subsystem is missing, and go back and install it when it arrives. Sometimes this disturbes associated wires or plumbing. Ive had a few units and found Numar to be the best manufacture, but affordability was my issue, so I own the next best (IMO) a Georgetown. That is unless you can afford a Prevo size/priced unit.
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:54 PM   #16
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We own a Rockwood TT. I have owned 12 different RV's over a lifetime. I believe FR is competetive with other manufacturers more or less. I was under the impression when Mr. Buffett became a share holder under Bershire Hathaway that he insisted in a separate building exclusive to quality control for all FR products. On inspecting new models I still see the same old flaws e.g cabinet work, moldings, general gaps in what should be caught if this here building is a fact. The only make of RV I ever owned that was above and beyond for quality of construction was Triple E based in Manitoba Canada. They were so good that they are no longer making RV's. Don't know whether it became too expensive to continue due to their quest for perfection. Someone mentioned that the industry needs to set the same standards as american motor vehicles. Perhaps.

Manitoba proud!

Actually, triple e is still around.
In fact, a few weeks ago, I saw a flat deck of sprinter chassis being transported by one of their trucks!


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Old 12-10-2015, 12:57 PM   #17
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I've only had my FR3 30DS for about 6 months...had a few things go wrong..
P-traps not hooked up in the bathroom
Heater wiring come loose on the heater
TV went out in the main living area
Hot water heater caught on fire burned up some wires
Stove hood fan quit...there may be some other things I've forgotten about... but almost everything has a break in period...
I bought a new car and it had issues... I have a Harley... it had a few things... I bought a brand new 70 TV and Soundbar for the house... the soundbar remote didn't work... I have a ski boat that had some issues when I first got it, but all that stuff got worked out and all of it has been worry free since.
Most of the stuff FR builds their product with is bought from vendors... toilets, TV's Ranges, hot water heaters... all that stuff is purchased from someone who has just as many quality control issues as anyone else.


Overall I'm happy with my purchase and I plan on many years of fun with it... are things going to come up?.... maybe, but that's what I bought the extended warrantee for and that's why I talked with my sales and service dealer prior to buying to understand the warrantee procedure.
I don't think one brand is really all that much better than the other.... but only you can answer it for yourself.
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We have demanded cheaper prices, and received cheaper products in return ( quality).
That pretty much sums it up perfectly
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:04 PM   #19
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I would hate to judge an entire product on one example. But I just bought a 2015 model Cardinal and had all kinds of problems. Nothing that would stop you dead on the road (at least not yet), but aggravating things. Like awning not working, window shades falling off windows while traveling, Closet doors falling off track while traveling, sewage and waste water valves rusting solid, storm door made out of square which causes it to stick, and etc. I spent 2 weeks after purchase and before first trip to repair some of these little things. After this season I took it in to get other things fixed through warranty and it's been 2 months and I still don't have it back. I was talking to a representative from Forest River the other day and told him if I had known about this forum before I bought this one, I wouldn't have had all these problems, because I would have bought from a different manufacture. (By the way this units MSRP was $90,000). You would think in this price range a little more attention to quality would have been made. This is the 4th 5th wheel and second brand new unit I have had. All the others were made by Keystone. If I ever buy another one it will be Keystone (new or used)
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:05 PM   #20
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Forest River doesn't "make" anything. They own a bunch of companies that build RVs. Those companies are independent and operate on their. Forest River's role is that they are a holding company, much like Thor, a competitor of theirs. Some of the brands they own are exceptional products, some not so...
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