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Old 08-01-2014, 07:30 PM   #1
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very disappointed with Forest River Windjammer

I purchased this unit to enable comfortable living while competing High Power Rifle under NRA and CMP formats and rules. Need to travel to Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Purchased new in 2013 (Aug)
This is second one from same company, purchased first one 4 year used and found it satisfactory, not super good but livable. But it got killed by a tornado on July 29 in North Carolina
This one is not same, 2200 miles so far, three blowouts, not road hazard, locking support for torsion bars failed on one side, and almost lost whole rig.
7 drawers had to be rebuilt, bottom fell out. Lots of little things that just do not make sense. towel rack just came out of wall, but when you look at what they used, no wonder
I Wonder about the tires, wonder how much the OEM paid for them $1.98 each
if they did it was too much, they are not even worth that. I could not find a reason for blowouts, nothing visible at all,
none at all, they just came apart. Left side torsion bar bracket just let go, and the torsion bar came loose, caught it, and we were close enough to a RV dealer to find replacement parts, (replaced both sides) ($120.00)
Horrible workmanship on cabinet drawers, all of them! Had to repair a bunch after the staples holding them together let go. Wound up taking all of them to my shop and cutting 3/4"X3/4" oak pieces and gluing and screwing them in as additional bracing on inside of all three sides. Had they been properly made I would not have had to do it, Staples for crying out loud!
less than 6 months into ownership I had to replace kitchen faucet due to serious leak!
but it is what it is, and I am stuck with it, so trying my best to make due, I plan on replacing the tires with US made truck tires, and sell the ones i have on Craig s list, maybe someone wants them, not sure about rims, due to the fact i had to take the socket and weld it to a regular tire tool
real cheap skate on the tire changing stuff!! so am not sure, might go with the same type rim used in spare tire. Do not know about any one else, but you have to trust your tires, just have to and I DO NOT trust any of these!

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Old 08-01-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
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There are many negative comments/experiences on this forum about the quality of the tires being used on new Forest River RV's. Blowouts are a common occurrence and many owners of new FR products head to the tire store shortly after the purchase. Unfortunately, your experience is not unique and replacing all the original tires with a higher quality US made tire is a very good idea. Best of luck, I hope your FR issues are behind you at the juncture.

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Old 08-03-2014, 08:00 AM   #3
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Tire blow outs is not unique to FR products. That is an industry wide thing.

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Old 08-03-2014, 09:50 AM   #4
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Tire blow outs is not unique to FR products. That is an industry wide thing.
maybe so, but the cheap shoddy workmanship i have seen in my wind jammer has no excuse. lazy, incompetent? who knows, but fact remains workmasni8p sucked, and there is not one single excuse for it
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:19 AM   #5
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poor drawer workmanship

We have Lexington 255gts and experienced the same situation with the kitchen draw bottoms falling out or becoming loose. No glue or nails just
Had to re-do draws myself.
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:22 AM   #6
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pelago, I'm sorry to hear about your problems with your windjammer, but to be fair, try doing a search on Winnebago problems regarding fit and finish. That's supposed to be *THE* top of the line in RVs. I think you'll be as surprised as *I* was to find there are just as many angry owners of that brand as there are with FR products.

I'm not making excuses...just saying it's industry wide.

I'm surprised your Windjammer came with the towel rack installed. DH and I have bought two new RVs (TT and 5er) in the last 18 months. Neither came with the TP holder or towel bars installed. They were stored in the cabinet for us to install...if we wanted them. Reason? "customers complain that children rip them out of the wall"

We use an over-the-door towel bar and a free standing TP holder. RV walls are *thin*. Everything in an RV is designed with weight in mind. If RVs were built like S&B homes you'd need a bull dozer to tow it.

If age is a state of mind, and I've lost my mind, I'm AGELESS, right?
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:11 PM   #7
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and a model railroad link also, small world, another expensive hobby i pursue.
add high power rifle competition (service rifle class), and ham radio, don't tell me you are also a retired Marine?
When i was growing up, i had this beat into my head. You are known for your word and your workmanship. both have to be straight, both have to be right. It seems as if we have lost that in our country, and that is sad
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:23 PM   #8
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First, I am not making excuses. But, the tire issues are across the industry. One thing that many owners don't realize is to check them to make sure they are aired to specifications and that they are only rated for 65MPH. I personally tow at 60 max.

You said that the "locking support for torsion bars failed on one side, and almost lost whole rig". Are you talking about a part on your torsion axles? I am confused about that.

The workmanship on the interior is all Forest River, and the bad workmanship there is inexcusable. I would bring it back before your warranty is up, as it looks to be very soon, and have all that fixed.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:26 PM   #9
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Whatever happened to built in America quality and pride in workmanship? These threads are common and eventually someone mentions the quality assurance department. That seems too late to me. Reminds me of the crap cars the USA produced prior to the Japanese butt kicking we took in the 80s.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:34 PM   #10
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Does not make it right or relieve frustration but it is industry-wide. I've had 4 tire failures on 2 fivers all less than 5000 miles. Hope things get better for you.

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