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Old 10-18-2014, 02:32 PM   #21
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I think a lot of this stuff depends on the dealers. Some are better than others.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:26 PM   #22
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We bought at the RV show in Feb and we bought from Camping World because I figured they would have a good reputation.
Much of the work was not that time consuming. The black tank flush valve was installed backwards. Had them install 2 vent covers.
First time I took it in, I told them the water heater wouldn't work on shore power. Weeks later I pick it up and they say "theres a switch". I know there's a switch! They couldn't duplicate. Took it back and they actually checked it this time. Bad heating element. 😡
I don't blame the service writer. She did all she could. But when you have an appointment to bring it in and they tell you it will be a "few days" before they get to it and it's 6 weeks before they even look at it is rediculous. I could have been enjoying it for weeks had they just been honest about the time line.


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Old 10-21-2014, 07:50 AM   #23
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I am rather tired of hearing "waiting on parts from forest river". The latest is "wrong parts where sent". They should have sent it in Braille so the quality control guys at wildcat could read it.

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Old 10-21-2014, 10:30 AM   #24
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The last two toyhaulers I have bought this is the way I do it. I buy the two year factory warranty. I fix everything I can and start a list of those I can't. In December or January I take it to my dealer. It is May before I make my first camping trip. This gives them four or five months to correct things. The longest I have had to wait is three weeks. Last year it was more like three days. I call ahead and describe the problems to them and they schedule a time for me to come in. So far it has worked for me. On this years list is a siding issue, an axle alignment problem, refrigerator panel and sticking screen doors.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #25
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I'm in a similar boat. Took mine in July 23 for a punch list of knick knack items and three major ones. Rear window was leaking badly enough it left a trail on the window frame, the front cap leaks and fills up with water, and the kitchen slide was out of alignment.

They fixed about half of the little items, I had to fix the rest myself, they ordered the window. But get this, I had to adjust the slide myself at home. They lubed the weatherstrip and said it was normal.

To this day still no parts. They claim that the window frame they got, many weeks later, was bent. No word on the rest.

Three full months into this now and still not fixed. Other brands might be the same way but I'll guarantee FR has lost a future customer.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:23 PM   #26
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Unfortunately, we will probably see more and more of these stories, as production is at an all time high, and we all know, the more you build, and the faster you build, the more mistakes will be made. This is one of the biggest reasons, we are standing back and considering taking a different approach now. Camping in the temporary rig in the signature, has been quite peaceful. My wife even made mention last trip, that it was one of the funnest trips we've had this year. Nothing broke. When things happen, I handle the work, since I did the conversion. But, that said, nothing has went wrong. Things work better when you do them yourself, because you know that YOU will take pride in your work.

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We've decided to take a break ourselves, though wanting togo a more expensive MH route, just don't feel chippy about what we may get and have to deal with...crazy industry...with that said, we're enjoying the Camperless Camping!


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Old 12-09-2014, 07:40 AM   #27
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Just wanted to update. 6 months still at the dealership waiting on parts.

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Old 12-09-2014, 08:17 AM   #28
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Just wanted to update. 6 months still at the dealership waiting on parts.

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I would like to say that is record for slow service, but sadly, it is probably not!
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:05 AM   #29
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Just wanted to update. 6 months still at the dealership waiting on parts.

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Have you been in direct contact with the Wildcat warranty manager (bypassing your dealer entirely)? What do they say about all of this?
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:32 AM   #30
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I've had it trying to get my Fifth Wheel fixed. So much for warranties. As far as I'm concerned they aren't worth the paper they are written on.
Purchased our 282RKX in November 2013. During the walk through we noticed several places where there were dings and scratches. The tech touched some of them up with wood finish. One in a cabinet door was pretty deep. He took notes and said he would order a replacement door. Many calls later, we gave up. It obviously isn't going to be taken care of.
First trip out in March I noticed that I couldn't get my X-Chock between the tires on the roadside. Works fine on the curb side though. Obviously, one or both axles are out of alignment. Took the RV in to the dealer we bought it from and dropped it off. Got a call back a few days later saying that one axle was 1/2" off and they submitted it to the manufacturer to get the okay to fix it. I called at least once a week and when I finally got through to someone, they would tell me that they hadn't heard back yet. I the first part of June and told them I was coming to pick up the fifth wheel because the camping season was passing by and I was tired of waiting. They said they would call when they received word from the manufacturer.
All through the summer I called two to three times per week to see if they had heard anything. Couldn't get a call back. When I finally got through to them they said they still hadn't heard anything. I finally left a comment on Wildcat's Facebook page asking for help. About 2 weeks later I received a call from the manager of the service dept saying that they were tired of waiting to hear from Lippert and were just going to fix it and worry later about the warranty. He said it would take about 2 hours to fix. I tried for several weeks to make an appointment to bring it in but as usual, could not get a hold of anyone and couldn't get a call back. I finally just took it in and dropped it off on Monday, Sept 22nd. I told the receptionist that this had been going on since last spring and please make sure Josh, the manager knew that I had brought it in. I also mentioned that the rear stabalizers stopped working. I didn't hear from them so I called on Wednesday to find out what was going on. The manager didn't even know that the fifth wheel was there. The next day a tech called and said that even though the axle was out of alignment, it was within Lipperts specs so they would not warranty it. He said the stabalizers had a blown fuse that he replaced. He transfered me to the receptionist in the service dept and she repeated that Lippert would not pay for the repairs and that the fuse was not covered and I would have to pay for that.
I went in the following day to pick it up. The service dept manager was there and I unloaded on him. I said "You told me that you were tired of waiting for Lippert and that you were just going to fix it." Josh denied saying that. We had a few more choice words. The receptionist asked if I still wanted her to call me when they heard from Lippert. Josh said "No, don't bother!" and threw my key at me.
Obviously I will never set foot on the dealer's lot again. And, when it comes time to upgrade my Fifth Wheel, Forest River will probably not be on my list of manufacturers to choose from.
What's really sad is that you likely paid several thousand dollars more than you would have from a wholesaler like RVWholesalers just so you'd have a local dealer "take care of you." I don't think there is anything a local dealer can do that I can't do better. Anything I'm incapable of doing would require a trip to the factory. I LOVE dealing with RVW. Granted, the warranty issues I've had were mostly small things, but I just tell them I'll do the work, they contact Palomino, I get the parts, and it's quick, easy and done right. No way I'd send my camper to a dealer to sit for months while waiting on some warranty work to be done- incorrectly, most likely.
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