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Old 07-16-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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Later model REV upgrades

Last year I purchased a new 2015 REV. This is my 4th coach and my second Forrest River product. For the most part, I really like this coach. I did notice a few design flaws that seem to be changed in the later models. That's what you get with a first year model. It would be nice if there were some way to retrofit some of the later model improvements to my '15 model.
Specifically though, I do have a couple of questions.

1) I have an issue with my battery draining very quickly if not using the battery disconnect switch. I believe that this is attributable to the irv8305 DVD player constantly drawing power even when "powered off". I am trying various thing to see if this is the real culprit. Even though I bot this unit a year ago, it has been in the shop for about 9 months of that time, so I haven't had a lot of time to test things out.

2) With respect to #1 above, is there any way to turn off the display on the DVD player. Even when in power off mode, it has a very bright light which makes it difficult to sleep. Right now, I have to cover it up with something at night.

3) I noticed the 2016 model has a different configuration for the sewer outlet. Mine drags over the slightest bump which is constantly causing me to replace the cover. Is there anything that can be done to raise or reconfigure this on my rig? Or should I just be consigned to replacing the sewer cap after each trip?

That's all for now. I'd appreciate any input anyone has.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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One other thing

One other thing:

If the battery happens to run out with the steps extended (2015 REV) there is no way to retract them. Starting the engine does not work and there is no battery to start the generator. The only way I have found is to plug in, which may not be an option. Is there a manual retraction mechanism for the steps?
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:51 PM   #3
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Last year I purchased a new 2015 REV. This is my 4th coach and my second Forrest River product. For the most part, I really like this coach. I did notice a few design flaws that seem to be changed in the later models. That's what you get with a first year model. It would be nice if there were some way to retrofit some of the later model improvements to my '15 model.
Specifically though, I do have a couple of questions.

1) I have an issue with my battery draining very quickly if not using the battery disconnect switch. I believe that this is attributable to the irv8305 DVD player constantly drawing power even when "powered off". I am trying various thing to see if this is the real culprit. Even though I bot this unit a year ago, it has been in the shop for about 9 months of that time, so I haven't had a lot of time to test things out.

2) With respect to #1 above, is there any way to turn off the display on the DVD player. Even when in power off mode, it has a very bright light which makes it difficult to sleep. Right now, I have to cover it up with something at night.

3) I noticed the 2016 model has a different configuration for the sewer outlet. Mine drags over the slightest bump which is constantly causing me to replace the cover. Is there anything that can be done to raise or reconfigure this on my rig? Or should I just be consigned to replacing the sewer cap after each trip?

That's all for now. I'd appreciate any input anyone has.
There may also be battery drainage from other things. TV, inverter, water pump (maybe) plus the usual like the CO detector.

I recall seeing a discussion about turning off a display light but I am not sure if it was a DVD player or a radio. There was a simple fix pushing a button or two in a particular sequence to dim it or turn it off. I will try to find it.

I knocked my sewer cap off when pulling into my bank's inclined driveway so that is still an issue but I suspect it may be worse on older models.

I posted a thread this evening about a tool that came with my new REV. I don't know what it is but my only guess is that it may be for the steps.

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Old 07-28-2016, 09:09 PM   #4
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2015 Rev

I too purchased a 2015 Rev a year ago this month. Mine has also been in the shop the majority of the year. I also had problems with both the chassis and coach batteries not staying charged. Sadly, my desperation solution was to install solar panels to keep both batteries charged. A small one sits on the dash and is connected directly to battery. It can be removed if I choose but I am afraid to take that chance. The solar on the roof seems to be doing the job. A bit of an expensive fix.

I had air bags installed underneath by the tires to give some lift. there is a connection that runs to the bumper where you fill with air like you would a tire. What a difference! No more dragging and the RV rides a lot smoother. Also an expensive fix. $500 for kit and $500 to install. But, this too necessary to prevent serious damage to the RV. Would give you the info on where to get them but paperwork is in RV which is once again in the shop. This time because the awning won't open. Have used this RV 4 times and every time something goes wrong. Would have given up a long time ago if I didn't love it so much. Loved it the minute I saw it. Had never heard of the Rev and wasn't looking to buy. But....here I am. I think I have the only one in Southern California.

Good luck! Will post the air bag info when I get the RV back.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for your post. Sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble with your REV. They are fun little coaches when they work. I'll be looking forward to seeing your info on the air bags.
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Some of that issue is if you just bought this 2015 (could have shipped in 2014) in 2016, how well did the dealer take care of the unit on the lot? Most dealers are pretty good, but some, let the unit sit. They demo the unit and forget to hit the disconnect and never charge the batteries until they are completely drained. While an AGM battery can be drained lower than flooded without damage, every time it is drained below a certain point, it starts to lose capacity.

I would recommend having a load test done on the batteries. Also, I think some of the 2015's only had one battery. I always suggest (2)...although solar can help that.
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:35 AM   #7
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, how well did the dealer take care of the unit on the lot?
They demo the unit and forget to hit the disconnect and never charge the batteries until they are completely drained.
One of the reasons I am not buying from the "lot" - I rather wait 3 months till I get a new unit, not a unit which was demoed to 100 people, test driven, abused like visitors used the bathroom (believe me, seen it) and.....

My second coach is on the way from the factory to the dealer as we speak....
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...on the way from the factory, being driven like a 4 year old playing Mario Kart.

Just kidding
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:32 PM   #9
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My Rev was purchased in 2015. I must have the scaled down model because I did not get any tools for the step or a ladder to get into the bed. I read about all the things others have on theirs and it makes me wonder what happened to mine. This is what happens when you purchase on emotion.

B. Clemens, at your request I PM'd you the VIN number of my Rev back in February. i have never heard back from you on your findings. I have had so much trouble with this coach. My family and friends think I am crazy for not returning it under the Lemon Law. But, I want nothing more than to be able to use it and enjoy it without worry.

One can only hope.
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What tools for the step are you referring to?

Sorry, I thought we were waiting to hear back from Mike Thompson's, weren't they the ones that installed the security system? I recall looking over the notes from the file...you had them install some security system that tied into the batteries. I think you said they disconnected it, but there is no way for us to trouble shoot that. It has to be whoever installed it.

You say that the chassis battery is dying after 3 days. Radio is off correct? We don't tie into the Dodge battery at all....so something is getting left on that is chassis related. That should still be covered under warranty, are you still having the issue or did disconnecting alarm take care to it.
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