Hi, I'm pretty new to this forum. My husband & I purchased a 2015 Sierra 360PDEK recently. When we went to pick it up, we inspected it from top to bottom. In fact, I was irritating the guys at pick up because I kept pointing out things, so I feel I definitely did my due diligence. At that time, we found 12 warranty items - mostly aesthetic (except for the microwave that shorted and had to be replaced and the broken flat screen TV mount). We knew that we would likely find other issues, as we used the trailer. We were not naive enough to think that it was perfect - but Holy Cow!! After taking it out, we are now up to about 30 warranty items.
Things like: the cable/satellite connection doesn't work at all (we are not recreational campers, so this is a big deal for us); the table mounted so close to the wall that the pleated shades can't be lowered or raised without significant effort that will eventually tear them up; the DVD player volume has to be maxed (literally) in order to hear a movie; shredded rubber seals on at least 2 slides - the one in the living room is so bad that we can lift the slide carpet and see the ground outside; the door has to be slammed HARD & the rubber is now damaged because of it; the lock on the door is so loose that it accidentally falls into the locked position frequently - we don't ever leave the trailer without keys in hand, for fear of being locked out; when it rains, the window at the top of the stairs looks like a fountain, with water sheeting over the glass on the outside and seeping into the tray at the bottom of the window frame inside; this trailer has the rear deck - there were no covers installed on the outdoor deck lights, and the walk out gate can't be closed if you are standing in front of it because the floor bows so badly that it overlaps on the rail; and most concerning is that the outside doors frequently pop open as we travel... the slightest dip in the road twists the trailer so much that doors pop open. Thank goodness the entrance door has the handrail in front of it or it would be swinging wide open as we travel down the road (both the latch & deadbolt were locked on it).
We always make sure that all doors are locked and well secured, so we have no idea how to prevent this from happening. These are just a few of the items that we have had.
My question is, have others had this many problems with their Forest River trailer too? I'm really disappointed with the overall workmanship of this trailer. For what we paid, I guess I expected better. Now we have to send it back to the dealership for what we know will be a significant amount of time (they estimate 2 months) to get it fixed. That is just ridiculous!! We travel very frequently with only a week to maybe a month in between trips, so it has been very hard to schedule these repairs. We traded in our 2009 Jayco travel trailer for this 5th wheel. I really do love the Sierra with lots more room & features that we had on our wish list, but we never had issues with the Jayco at all, so it's really frustrating. I had heard that Forest River was a good brand, but right now I'm feeling a little duped.