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Old 08-05-2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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Forest River problems!

I own a 2006 Flagstaff 831BHSS TT and noticed significant leak in the back within 4 months. I was told by the dealer - RON HOOVER RV in Houston - that the roof was covered under warranty, but NOT THE SEALS! I went on a several weeks spree contacting the top people in Forest River in July-August 2006 and was never even offered any help - just that's the way it is they all said. ON A BRAND NEW TRAILER!!! I have gone 4 years now with constant leaks, no matter how many times I have repaired and how much money I have paid. The back outer shell has now developed a crack and the trailer is probably worthless now. I have gotten absolutely no offer of asistance by HOOVER or Forest River for my lemon. Also, I have had to buy a replacement water heater ($850) since it went out a few months after the warranty on it expired, faucet busted, new axle (insurance paid for most), water line leaks, etc. I vowed 4 years ago that I would make sure the world knows and NOT TO BUY A FOREST RIVER!!! Besides the crack on the outside, the wood cabinets and roof, ceiling, and walls are completely water damaged and the trailer always smells musty, despite doing everything I knew how to stop it.

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:57 PM   #2
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So you joined a group of Forest River owners just to rant and tell us all not to buy a Forest River product?

Are you here to offer any real help to anyone?

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Old 08-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #3
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So you joined a group of Forest River owners just to rant and tell us all not to buy a Forest River product?

Are you here to offer any real help to anyone?
This is my "help." My advise and help is more valuable than any other post on this site. I am out about $20000, and don't want anyone else to suffer.

If you can't appreciate it, then don't read posts like this.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:09 AM   #4
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While it is understandable you are upset at your misfortune with your rig, and I am sorry it happened, please realize that the vast majority of owners, including me, are happy with their rigs and have not experienced the problems you have.

All the manufacturers produce a lemon at times, no matter the brand. If you had purchased a Keystone and had the problem, would you post a thread like this on their board?

If everything FR produced was as bad as you say, they would have been out of business long ago. Instead, they are doing well even in the lousy economy.

It also sounds like you may have more problems with a dealer that doesn't want to work with you than with Forest River itself.

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Old 08-06-2010, 05:30 AM   #5
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ADF1350, there is another forum, I can't remember which, that does nothing but tell anyone that has a forest river product how stupid they are. Maybe you could find that one and chat with them. They would probably appreciate that your post is "more valuable than any other post on this site"
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:50 AM   #6
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I have posted on here some of the major problems I've had with my tt. I realize that it takes a little time to get the bugs worked out of a new one and I have consistantly worked on mine personally and taken it back to my dealer on 6 different occasions to have items fixed. Problems include items such as an awning adjustment, concertone replacement, leaks, broken latches, replacement of sidewals and this last time, the AC along with fourteen other items, some are minor but I was having to take it in anyway. All this after owning the tt for 18 months. I don't think I'm going to get the bugs worked out of this one. Every time I use the tt, another group of problems come up. I have spent more time with repairs than camping.

Forest River has paid my dealer for all of the repairs that they performed. They also acknowledged that I have a tt that has above normal problems and extended my warranty a year. The warranty will be up next Feb. After that I'll be on my own.

I have an email from my salesman telling me that FR and my dealer knew of the problems with the Rockwoods. My dealer had tried to get them to buy back the Rockwoods and FR refused. So I guess they just sold them to unsuspecting customers like myself. My dealer has since dropped the Rockwood line.

I have asked my dealer and FR if they would be willing to help me get out of this tt. In return I would purchase another FR product from my dealer. Neither is willing to help.
I tried working a deal out with my dealer, but I checked with another dealer on the same tt with the same MSRP's and they beat my dealer's offer.

This is my third FR unit and the only one that I have had these kind of problems. Even though I've been going through all of this I would still buy another FR product. As far as my dealer, until recently, I really liked their service. I'm going to pick up my tt this morning. They like two small items on back order, but they said their lot is full and they need me to come get the tt. So I'm not sure if I want to deal with them again.

I guess my point to all of this is, I realize what I have been experiencing is outside of the norm. FR has not ignored me, just won't help as much as I would like. So I will have no problem buying another FR product. As mentioned, there are many more satisfied customers than not.

So good luck to you, adf1350. I feel for you and the problems you have. I think you should have been treated better, but don't discount FR and their products. They still make some of the best units out there.

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Old 08-06-2010, 08:50 AM   #7
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When you come in to group of fairly happy owners, and start ranting, you have to realize you are once again ranting on deaf ears. We are mostly happy with Forrest River and the products they produce. We are here to help each other when problems arise, as they will with anything mechanical, whether it be a car, boat, motorcycle, camper, etc.

From reading your post, it claims you have been fixing a leaking roof for 4 years, and it still leaks. I would take it back to the person performing the maintenance and have them do it correctly, and I mean not cheap, but CORRECTLY. I can assume you live near Houston, since that is where your dealer is, and you complain of leaking water lines. Did these lines freeze and break because you did not winterize your trailer properly? Plumbing lines don't wear out. You might occasionally get a cracked fitting from towing down rough roads, which leads us to the axle replacement. Once again towing to fast on rough roads, or hitting a curb. And as far as the seals, assuming slide seals, leaking, were you aware they require regular maintenance and cleaning, and checking? They are kind of like wiper blades, they need replacing every so often, usually before they tear and start leaking. And as for the water heater, why did it need replacement? Leaking? Did you ever drain or flush it?

I'm not sure from a dealer standpoint if I would help you either, if you walk in the door and start ranting first thing. Sometimes in order to get help you have to be polite and ask for it. You may find it is the same way here, in order to get help you have to ask for it. You also need to break down your problem as best you can, and describe what is wrong and what you have done.

Good luck in whatever you do, whether you repair the trailer or get rid of it. We're not here to put anybody down, or Forrest River, and if that's all you have in mind, I'm afraid you may not find much help here either. Besides you're a little late as for not buying one, most of us already have.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:08 AM   #8
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Sorry for ALL your problems! However, positve begets positive---negative begets negative!

My first MH was a 2001 FR GT. It was a lemon. Worked with FR on it in a positive manner and got another for a little addl $$$. There will be potential problems with everything. Approach them in a POSITIVE manner; it works better.

Hopefully this FR experience will not SOUR your outdoor activities/camping in the future. I'd hate to go camping and continually think about what a bad FR experience I had had with my first MH. I'm on my 4th FR product now.

Good luck to you! Ya know, It's kinda like having an issue with your marriage. If it didn't work out would you let that experience sour your future relationship/marriages? Just something to think about.

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Old 08-06-2010, 11:24 AM   #9
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We also have had some leaks on our trailer, but with some money and creative persistence we have conquered the problem. I think it is important to remember that we are taking the components of a house, putting them on wheels and hurtling them down the highway at 75 miles per hour. There is constant mantanence required, and in order to make these units lightweight, the materials used are not the same as you would find in other applications.
It is important to contact Forrest river, but attitude is everything. Perhaps if you approached life with a less bitter attitude, you would get sweeter results.

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Old 08-08-2010, 08:21 AM   #10
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While almost any manufactured product can have a lemon in the bunch, Forest River products are above average in customer satisfaction. When I purchased both my Cherokee and Flagstaff TTs, there were a few minor problems which Forest River was very quick to respond and repair in a timley fashion. I have had problems with a particular dealer, but I have never had a problem with Forest River itself. Im sorry some people have had issues with their TTs, but being dilligent in spotting problems when they first appear is key to having them taken care of quickley and also prevents secondary problems from cropping up. I will continue to purchase Forest River products as I am one of many satisfied customers.

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