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Old 08-11-2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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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....
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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My dad always said and still does ( if it's got tires or boobs your going to have problems!)

Sorry your disappointed.
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My dad always said and still does ( if it's got tires or boobs your going to have problems!)

Sorry your disappointed.
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That's actually pretty good!

Thanks for the chuckle.

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Old 08-12-2012, 06:06 AM   #4
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My dad always said and still does ( if it's got tires or boobs your going to have problems!)

Sorry your disappointed.
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and both are going to be expensive to maintain
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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We paid 25K US dollars for our 831FKBSS and after two years have had zero problems. I would say that the quality in mine is excellent compared to our previous trailer.
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Even great manufacturers have an occasional "Built in October" item slip out the door.

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:53 AM   #7
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Even great manufacturers have an occasional "Built in October" item slip out the door.


Occasional?

A quick perusal of the may RV forums seems to refute the "occasional" bad item slipping out the door.

Sure, there's more likely to be griping when something goes wrong as opposed to silence when all is well but the shear volume of complaints across the industry defies dismissal....

On another note; do you ever miss flying the dump truck?



Keep in mind, this is from a "rotor head".....
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I would take my 05 829FKSS back in a heartbeat over my new V-Lite. Man what a pile of dung. The latest stuff from FR seems to really be cheapened, and a real lack of quality.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:00 PM   #9
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Although I wouldn't refute there's issues I think to many times people are WAY to picky .
If I think it just not worth my time to return to dealer I grab the tools and just fix it.
As of this week my 5er is out Of warranty.
YOU can never compare autos to rv's cars are designed to last hundreds of thousands of miles with 5 6 and 10 year warranties and to be used everyday.
Rv's for the MOST part are designed for weekend use and short travels.
I understand many of you take them over hundreds of thousands of miles of all kinds of terrain. Kudos to you.
If so just understand YOU bought an ULTRA LIGHT camper and expect it to go where your 4x4 goes and expect it to handle it as your 4x4 does with a one year and optional 2 year warranty.
I enjoy the complaints
My dealer is 100 miles away round trip or one way.
My dealer can't get it in for 2 weeks
My dealer is crappy and the next closest won't work on it.
I bought 2,000 miles away at a wholesaler and now my local dealer is giving me the cold shoulder.

I've had a few issues with my unit and live with them (if) I can till I can take to my dealer whom promptly fixes and away we go.
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On another note; do you ever miss flying the dump truck? Keep in mind, this is from a "rotor head".....
Believe it or not; no. It always was just a job for me.
A FUN job; no doubt. I truly loved what I did and some folks say I was pretty good at it. Others kissed the ground when they got off of one of our flights. Admittedly we were doing high speed combat spiral approaches at the time, but hey; would you rather have your arse shot off?

I put it down and picked up RVing and never looked back.
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