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Old 08-21-2014, 07:40 PM   #41
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This forum is a numbers game. if 1 percent complain that is way below normal. I don't see the few threads even coming close to pandemenic of trailers falling apart and rolling down the road dropping parts all over the place. I have small issues with 8289, had issues with my TT, I took action and was firm but respectful with both the dealer and Forest River.
The OP and owner that has problems needs to also be part of the solution just don't trash it and throw bricks.


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Old 08-21-2014, 09:11 PM   #42
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I think the discussion of flame wars started to clarify why some of these vent threads get closed. I don't think anyone is saying this thread is a flame war.
You are correct, nobody is saying the thread is a flame war, they are talking about the possibility of this thread and threads like it being closed because of the "potential" for a flame war. Again, nary a flame here, no reason to even think that >62K people can not understand somebody having a bad day due to their new baby being ugly and then turning it into a flame war. Except for a few cranky, intolerant types, this forum is absolute greatness and the amount of support people receive is awesome.

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Old 08-22-2014, 12:05 AM   #43
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We purchased our SP-240 surveyor 2 years ago. I can't think of any problems we had that were factory related. We have traveled about 6,000 miles with out any trouble. Just returned this summer from 3,000 miles Grand Canyon trip with the grand kids everything still working. We custom ordered ours through a dealer in Moss Bluff, La, after we had agreed on the price and wanted a specific interior, they keep it for two weeks checking everything out after it came in. Third week end of camping had a problem with the AC, called customer service at the factory and they told me what I was doing wrong. Sorry other have had problems and we know we are lucky to have had such a good dealer. We found a factory certified service company locally and we have had them add some additional features with out any problems. I guess we are very specific about what we want, have clear communications and don't mind paying a fair price. Best of luck, I know those kinds of issues are very frustrating.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:44 AM   #44
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Forest River is straight up junk!!! I will NEVER buy another FR product! I have had one problem after another!

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Old 08-23-2014, 08:32 AM   #45
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Bought our 8289 in dec `13 and one what I called major at the time, slide would not work. The dealer in our town said it would be fall before he could even look at it, not purchased from them. Well I got under it, found the problem (gear pack) and FR sent me one. Replaced it myself and it's been great ever since. About a 45 min repair. I also went through the unit filling in all the enlarged holes that were made for pipes and wires and filled them with spray foam insulation. Coming up on 4K miles and 8 months of travel the only complaint I have is the "C" rated tires on the unit. No flats or anything yet but I will be putting GY Marathons "D" rated tires on it before our next trip. I did have the factory tires balanced before our very first trip, that could be one reason for no tire trouble yet. Pressure & torque checked before each tow, 60 mph max. I would buy another FR product in the future.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #46
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We bought our Flagstaff 27 RLWS from Cheyenne Camping Center in July of 2013, had it delivered, and did a trip to the Black Hills for a shakedown cruise. This spring, we did the ALCAN highway, and now have approximately 10,000 miles on the T.T., with no problems. I do know it is a Wednesday's trailer, so maybe that helps. I am sorry for people that have problems with their dealers, and RV's.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:21 PM   #47
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I love Cheyenne camping center in Iowa. We have had great service from them will buy from then again. We love our FR Columbus 320rs. Had a few problems but were taken care of right away
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:31 AM   #48
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Forest River is straight up junk!!! I will NEVER buy another FR product! I have had one problem after another!

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Very helpful post! I would assume that you have done everything you can to get you POS repaired. Have you talked to FR or had it returned to the factory? I don't know where you live but it is worth the time to make that trip if you are having issues. They will pick your unit up also if it needs to be returned. Also some pre planing on your and FR part will keep the turn around time to a minimum. If they know what parts you need they can turn the rig around and have it back to you much faster.
I also see that you are trying to sell your POS to other forum members and stating that you just "want to down size" hmm not nice!I wish you the best and hope that you can get your rig straight and back to camping without the hassles.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:56 AM   #49
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I love Cheyenne camping center in Iowa. We have had great service from them will buy from then again. We love our FR Columbus 320rs. Had a few problems but were taken care of right away
X2 on Cheyenne!


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Old 08-29-2014, 02:10 PM   #50
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Just came back from a 2K mile round trip, up to TN, then up into NC, back down to TN, then home. Our 5er (see sig below) performed flawlessly during the entire trip, including towing. We were camping in some extreme heat temps, and I actually spent some of my indoor time wrapped in a blanket sitting in my recliner. YEP, those two A/Cs "walked the dog" on those extreme heat temps!

Said it before, I'll say it *again*; we've owned two 2014 FR Flagstaff RVs in the last 18 months:

V-Lite traded in after 8 months due ONLY to physical challenges (we both have neck injuries) of the WDH, etc.

And now the 5er.

Only thing we'd do differently if we had to do it all over again; we'd go with the Forest River Flagstaff 5th wheel FIRST.



Don't know what the build date on the V-Lite was, but our 5er has a Wednesday build date. Some say that has no bearing, some say it does. (shrug) Matters not to us, we couldn't be happier with our "2nd home on wheels".

Oh, and BTW, YES we took those "maypop" tires off before we even towed it 500 miles. Went from 6 ply LRC to 10 ply LRE. Better safe than sorry. Those LRC's are stacked in the back yard. Some person around here with a lawn care trailer will want 'em.


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