I've given in to the thought I've bought a $38,000 "project" trailer...
Well, I give in.
I admit it; this trailer is a pretty face with cheap construction and an over inflated price, and I fell right into their trap.
As much as we like the layout and appearance of our 2011 831rlbss, I've been burnt by FR and have a very expensive never ending project.
Admittedly, my problems so far have been very few compared to others on here.
Couple messed up shades, a bit of trim falling off, the concertone junk, had to replace the kitchen faucets and associated plumbing and that's about it.
But with living with the trailer for a year, there just no denying the cheap construction. The plumbing will eventually all have to be replaced, the wiring is eventually going to have to be pulled out and redone (looks like something Red Green would have done), it's only a matter of time before the concertone gives up the ghost again, we cringe everytime to slides go out (noise, wall movement and the occational popped fuse - pinched wiring/etc), everytime the power jack runs i wonder when I'll have to break out the hand crank and the finishes will all have to be redone in short order (showing far more wear than it should for only me and the missus using it). Even the laminate countertop backer boards (well, particle board) are curling and the laminate threatening to debond (coriander here we come).
No, it's not the trailer I had hoped it would be.
But it will be after I (and my bank account) are done with it, so long as the walls stay on it, the frame stays intact and the thing doesn't start leaking....
$38,000 and it needs work to finish it.
Shame on you FR, shame.
Shame, shame, shame.
Things should not be falling apart this early on with a new trailer at this price.
The value for the dollar is just not there.
I don't think I can ever recommend the brand to anyone in the future which is a shame. It's such a "pretty face".
I should have bought a used trailer and gutted it for a cutom interior, seeing as I'm going to be doing that to my new one far sooner than I should have to.
The ironic thing is; we still like the looks and layout. People still ask to look inside when we pull up and it sure "looks" good when you don't have to fix it. It never fails to impress on "looks". I just wish it lived up to the promise of quality it's appearance and purchase price gives.
It's like that high maintenance girlfriend/trophy wife; very expensive to keep and doesn't give a lot back to you for the investment.
A very disappointed 1 yr owner soon to be a far too active participant in the "modifications" sub forum....
2011 Flagstaff Classic Superlight 831RLBSS "Atrium slide"
Husky Centerline Hitch
1998 GMC Sierra SLE K2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel