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Old 12-12-2015, 08:05 AM   #81
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Well we are 3 weeks into our VTE, and I am still quite impressed with the quality of the build. Towed it 1250 miles back to Florida for the first trip, no issues. One local trip, over 100 mile, boondocked for 2 nights, no issues. We have lived in it for the 3 weeks, a few minor tweaks, the biggest one the lack of sealant on the outside edge of the shower drawer track, simple fix. Only warranty issue was a defective Samsung TV, once the Texas selling dealer registered the sale with FR, local dealer accepted my.pics of the issue by email, got the replacement reported, approved and ordered same day, and when it arrives in will remove the bad tv, take it to the dealer, swap them and reinstall the new TV. Local dealer is happy to service our unit, they don't sell Vengeance, but Forest River will pay any dealer that carries any FR product for warranty work. They will also pay a non-FR repair facility if there are no dealers within a reasonable distance. We had a Coleman and a Crossroads Rushmore previously, and this is a far better unit!
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Old 12-12-2015, 08:39 AM   #82
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If there is any systematic problem at the plant it is the guy who installs the shower stalls who just frankly seems to forget to put sealant on the shower door track!

I can live with that.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:00 AM   #83
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Shower door sealant guy / girl has been there at least five years now....lol!
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:07 AM   #84
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Shower door sealant guy / girl has been there at least five years now....lol!
He's Amish, one of the Yoder brothers. They are not allowed to caulk shower door tracks. If he caulks one he'll be shunned.
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:21 AM   #85
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He's Amish, one of the Yoder brothers. They are not allowed to caulk shower door tracks. If he caulks one he'll be shunned.
I only wish I could caulk as good as the FR techs did to my trailer in Goshen.....
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:48 AM   #86
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Service is the key part of everything. After our last winter trip we brought ours in for a leak in the rear slide. After adjusting the slide the best that they could it was discovered the side walls were cracking. Our dealer sent a report to Wildcat about needed repairs. Within a few weeks Wildcat called us to schedule a repair at the factory in the fall. We used it the rest of the summer and it was picked up at our Michigan house in October.
They replaced both side walls, repainted the front cap, replaced a defected wheel, and a new awning. December 1 they returned it to us in Arizona and it looked like brand new. The dealer (Hilltop RV in Michigan) and Wildcat did an outstanding job correcting the problems with no hassles to get it done. Our dealer told us the other brands they handle are just difficult to cover warranties and Forest River takes care of their issues most of the time. We'll buy again.
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Old 12-12-2015, 06:12 PM   #87
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Hire a Pro inspector before you buy any RV, new or used.

Since you are buying a used park model, I'll assume you will be dealing directly with the current owner. I would highly recommend you hire a reputable RV service guy to do a detailed inspection, determine what all the existing defects are and obtain a detailed bid from him to correct all the existing problems. It might cost you a few hundred dollars up front, but you can factor that cost into your offer to the owner and probably get a much better deal than blindly entering into a deal that could cost you dearly in the future as you eventually discover all the defects. Risking a couple of hundred dollars up front could save you thousands in the future if you inadvertently buy a lemon.

In my experience, Forest River products are of average quality and are fairly priced. We have a 40' SALEM destination model and enjoy it immensely. Sure, it had its share of problems as experienced in all new units and I'm glad I got everything in writing that needed to be fixed before agreeing on a price and signing the contract. If you are buying a used unit through a dealer and he is guaranteeing the sale, be sure he has a good reputation, is located close by your RV site and agrees to provide servicing at your site to fix all problems, as identified by your professional mechanic, at no extra cost, as part of the purchase deal - this is very important for park models and destination type trailers that are inherently very inconvenient to return to the dealers shop for every little repair.

Bottom line, hire a professional RV mechanic to do a thorough inspection before you make an offer on any RV or park model- it could cost you a few hundred dollars if the deal falls through, but could save you thousands if you have major problens after you buy it. And it can save a whole lot of dickering with the seller later if everything is in writing before you make your best and final offer!
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Old 12-12-2015, 09:08 PM   #88
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Forest River Quality

Not that my Georgetown does not have its quality problems, but generally speaking, I think it's about as good as any considering its reasonable price. My only disappointments so fare have been with the quality of its cameras, hydraulic lines to the leveling jacks and especially with the quality of the vinyl on its seats. I have replaced all those and so far so good. It's body and chassis seem sound and its components are manufactured by the same companies as virtually all other RVs including the Winnis.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:25 PM   #89
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Since you are buying a used park model, I'll assume you will be dealing directly with the current owner. I would highly recommend you hire a reputable RV service guy to do a detailed inspection, determine what all the existing defects are and obtain a detailed bid from him to correct all the existing problems. It might cost you a few hundred dollars up front, but you can factor that cost into your offer to the owner and probably get a much better deal than blindly entering into a deal that could cost you dearly in the future as you eventually discover all the defects. Risking a couple of hundred dollars up front could save you thousands in the future if you inadvertently buy a lemon.

In my experience, Forest River products are of average quality and are fairly priced. We have a 40' SALEM destination model and enjoy it immensely. Sure, it had its share of problems as experienced in all new units and I'm glad I got everything in writing that needed to be fixed before agreeing on a price and signing the contract. If you are buying a used unit through a dealer and he is guaranteeing the sale, be sure he has a good reputation, is located close by your RV site and agrees to provide servicing at your site to fix all problems, as identified by your professional mechanic, at no extra cost, as part of the purchase deal - this is very important for park models and destination type trailers that are inherently very inconvenient to return to the dealers shop for every little repair.

Bottom line, hire a professional RV mechanic to do a thorough inspection before you make an offer on any RV or park model- it could cost you a few hundred dollars if the deal falls through, but could save you thousands if you have major problens after you buy it. And it can save a whole lot of dickering with the seller later if everything is in writing before you make your best and final offer!
Great idea if you have such a service in your area....... But knowledge is everything I can not rely on someone else so I have to know what issues to look for............. Knowledge is everything

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Old 12-13-2015, 02:54 PM   #90
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Quality Issues are the responsibility of the MFG

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Do a quick search and you will have enough to read for weeks about people in the same situation.

The gist is the happy people are out there enjoying their units and the unhappy ones are on here complaining (that is why you see a bunch of negative posts on forums in general).

Basically the industry as a whole suffers from QC issues. Sometimes it is the manufacturers fault and sometimes not. These units are assembled using other manufactured parts so sometimes those parts are the problem which have no bearing on the FR.

Just do a solid PDI and get everything addressed before taking delivery and then use the warranty to fix any problems in the first/second year.
I have significant issues with an item mentioned in the above comment. He states that "quality issues are sometimes the Mfg. fault and sometimes not". Whether the parts are assembled by the Mfg. or not, they (the Mfg.) decided not to build the component, and to buy it instead. They do their own "due diligence" and we have (Or are forced to trust their judgement) have relied on their judgement when we buy their product. To absolve them from any responsibility when a purchased part or component has a major failure or continues to have continuous problems, is a real travesty in responsibility to the final and ultimate consumer/customer.
Quality is a HUGE issue in the RV industry and these handy man types and DIY. types that take this in stride and have the ability to make the repairs and totally enjoy these tasks do a real dis-service to those of us who pay $50K+ and expect our units to be reliable and perform after the first few warranty issues and PDI. issues are resolved. Quality is the manufacturers and they need to focus big time and making major improvements!
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