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Old 08-24-2010, 06:46 PM   #21
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owning a Rv is the same as owning a House, there is always something to fix.. Speacking of that, Can anyone tell me or lead me in the Right direction for fixing Day Night Shades ?? I have two that Came undone on one side, I replaced the first ( being in the bedroom and went to a Darker venetion ) But the one in the Living room is out also, I would love to find a way to restring it...
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:18 PM   #22
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This weekend we had trouble with our kitchen slide, I heard a clunk when it went out and then back in. If you look at the images you will see a gold colored bracket. This bracket supports the weight of the slide at the mid point. Forest River in their moment of "intelligence" decided just to lag the bracket to the floor with no backer plate. So guess what? the lag bolts pulled out the the floor and this support bracket now rocks back and forth as the slide moves in or out. So the question is should I take it back to the dealer or make a steel plate to bolt the bracket to? Making the bracket would guaranty a quality repair. I am posting these issues so others can be aware of the poor quality of Forest River products.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:17 PM   #23
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Not trusting dealers as I do, I have full confidence they would do a half assed job at fixing it. If you have the capacity and capability to do it right and so it will never be an issue again, I say fix it yourself.

As the old saying goes. If you do the work yourself you know it's done right.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:32 PM   #24
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My 2003 Sunseeker has the safety feature on the steps that automatically pulls the steps in when the ignition key is turned on so as not to drive away with the steps out. Nice feature! But, I found out the weekend past that they have the igition wire on the steps wired to the "accesory " key position, so now when I am at the campground and have the key pulled back in the acces. position listening to the cab radio, the steps keep coming in...all day long whenever the children open the door. Ahhhhhhh!

looks like I have a date with the ignition wires to fix this.

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Old 10-03-2010, 08:40 PM   #25
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My 2003 Sunseeker has the safety feature on the steps that automatically pulls the steps in when the ignition key is turned on so as not to drive away with the steps out. Nice feature! But, I found out the weekend past that they have the igition wire on the steps wired to the "accesory " key position, so now when I am at the campground and have the key pulled back in the acces. position listening to the cab radio, the steps keep coming in...all day long whenever the children open the door. Ahhhhhhh!

looks like I have a date with the ignition wires to fix this.

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Motorhomes usually have a switch near the radio somewhere that says, camp/travel. This switch provides power to the radio with the ignition off when in the "camp" mode so you don't have this issue.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:46 PM   #26
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Thanks NWJeeper....but I have a class C and there is no such switch...at least that I can find.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:48 PM   #27
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In that case I would simply rewire the radio directly to the battery (through a fuse of course). You could put in your own two way switch like other rigs have if you wanted to get fancy I suppose.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:56 PM   #28
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Welcome to the world of RV manufacturing. Innovation is non-existant. Pride in craftsmanship is non-existant. So many manufacturers exist (although fewer now) that one company trying to build it right could not price their product competitively. I promise Forest River is not the only one building their units in the manner in which your's is. I am self-employed, among other ventures, I sell utility, cargo and industrial trailers. In 1995 I decided to sell fifth wheel and TT toy hauler RVs. It was a new thing at the time. I could not believe the stuff I had to fix as a dealer on brand new units. We sold for two major players in the RV industry with both having the same unacceptable build quality. After 3 years I decided to stop selling RVs for this very reason. Sadly, buyers of new RVs should have carpentry, electrical, plumbing and mechanical skills to make ownership less painful..! With eyes wide open, I purchased a new 2008 G'town 350TS one year ago this month. Have been straightening out issues on it for a year now! I don't mind a bit, because I knew I would have to, problems are guaranteed..! When a friend or family member starts talking about an RV purchase, do them a favor and tell them how it is. They can purchase and have many years of enjoyment with their RV, but, go in with eyes open and expecting issues. ALL brands are included...!
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:11 PM   #29
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Forest River cuts corners at the oddest places.. the optional extended counter top came loose after just 3 trips, it was attach with small wood screws!! I didnt bother taking it back to dealer because I was sure he would just re attach with same screws so we just did it ourselves and used a board on the back side and bolted the brackets to the board so now it is solid as a rock and wont come loose again.
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Forest River cuts corners at the oddest places.. the optional extended counter top came loose after just 3 trips, it was attach with small wood screws!! I didnt bother taking it back to dealer because I was sure he would just re attach with same screws so we just did it ourselves and used a board on the back side and bolted the brackets to the board so now it is solid as a rock and wont come loose again.
And the telescoping support post for the counter top extension is also a piece of crap. I was afraid I'd kick it lightly and the thing would collapse. I replaced it with a security bar designed for sliding glass patio doors. The security bar already had a hinge built in and telescopes and is very strong...$10.
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