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Old 05-23-2010, 10:17 PM   #11
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Love2rvcamp,

Please tell me where you found water problems on your 8313. The last outing I found something that I never would have noticed if not for reading this forum. It was a bowed inside wall just below the ceiling between the slide and the rear wall. I find no moisture at all, just a bowed wall.

I am taking mine to the dealer the week after Memorial Day (can't miss a campout!) to see what they say.
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:20 PM   #12
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The bow you mentioned is probably caused by the styrofoam insulation getting wet. After my dealer pointed this out to me I found several places, over the entry doors and around the slide out, where the walls had swelled due to the styrofoam getting wet. I never noticed any water around these areas. You might also check for hard bumps on the wall. Another sign that the styrofoam has gotten wet.

Your doing the right thing by getting it to your dealer. They should document the damage, take pictures and then contact FR.

I just got back from my first trip out since getting mine back from FR. They replaced both walls and re-caulked around the front, back and slideout windows. Everything looks and worked great. We had a couple of hard rains last week and I haven't spotted any leaks so far.

Good luck. I hope everything turns out well.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:07 PM   #13
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Our 8313 has been to factory and back

Yes our wall was bowed in just the same place as yours. First time we noticed dampness on the top part of the slide. Then we got the blisters and the bow. Like I said ours was bowed in the same place. Took it to the dealer as it was still under warranty. They replaced the interior walls of the slide. It was not even 2 months after we got it back that we got the blisters again in the back slide. This time never saw any water or moisture. This time it didn't bow as bad but we had 3 times the amount of blisters. So back to the dealer. This time they said FR wanted it back because they said our roof was put on incorrect which was causing moisture to stay in the walls. So FR wanted it back to replace the roof. Like I mentioned they replaced the roof, and both outside walls and the back slide. Looks like a new camper. We have been watching very carefully to make sure we don't get any more blisters since we are out of warranty.

You are right in taking it back to the dealer and if they don't make it right contact FR to see what they would be willing to do.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:04 AM   #14
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I haven't taken it back to the dealer yet, but I spoke to them on the phone yesterday. They said that FR considers the problem an issue of lack of seam maintenance and not their problem. He also said that the warranties are shorter than has been mentioned on this and other threads. I plan to take it to them next week any way. If they won't help then I will indeed go directly to FR.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:53 AM   #15
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I haven't taken it back to the dealer yet, but I spoke to them on the phone yesterday. They said that FR considers the problem an issue of lack of seam maintenance and not their problem. He also said that the warranties are shorter than has been mentioned on this and other threads. I plan to take it to them next week any way. If they won't help then I will indeed go directly to FR.

What does "lack of seam maintenance" mean? What do we need to do maintain the seams in TTs?
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:17 AM   #16
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That's my question too. I have inspected the seams on the roof, and everywhere where there is caulking looking for gaps, cracks, holes, etc. I have added some caulking recommended by the dealer. I have seen posts that caulking needs to be replaced every few years or as it dries and/or cracks. The roof of an RV takes a beating with intense sun, rain, wind, etc.

It also sounds a little like someone doesn't want to take responsibility. In my case, the leaks started a few months after I bought the brand new rig. Two trips to the dealer, both times it was declared "fixed", but it just keeps getting worse.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:48 PM   #17
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I have a 09 8313ss and mine is getting ready to go to to the factory after some a bad warranty fix from my local dealer.(Chesaco Rv in Maryland) I had bubbles on the end wall that was that was replaced. The fix leaked and damaged the side wall and ceiling inside. Now it goes back to F.R. to get the sidewalls,roof and end wall replaced. This transport to the factory is all on my dime im getting ready to take the dealer to court. They said its not there problem. John in warranty at F.R. is a great guy and is fixing my problems for free!
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:17 PM   #18
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Is there an RV made that doesn't have these kind of issues consistently? Somewhat ridiculous the build quality we have to put up with, what do you have to spend? 50K? to have an rv you can be confident isn't leaking?

Is there any TT that people simply don't have issue with like this? I would think there would be.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:46 PM   #19
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Just dropped my 8313 off at Rockwood for a roof and possible wall replacement. What a drive from Baltimore, took me 11 hours in 30 mph gust. I hope they stand behind their product and pay for the full repair due to it's going to cost me around $1200.00 for fuel, tolls and the hotel stay to drop it off and pick it up.
Will post more as this unfolds.

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:56 PM   #20
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2008 8314ss

Just returned from Forest River factory had damage to roof and side wall after taking unit to dealer and leak was determined at slideout seal was told to take unit to factory.Forest River did a great job replaced sidewall which had bubbles and roof which had plywood delaminated.They repaired everything at no cost to me.We really appreciate them standing behind their product.
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