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Old 07-11-2015, 05:44 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Camping Buddys View Post
Just bough a used Surveyor sv 305, is a 2013, the previous owner upgraded to a motorhome, so we got his tt, I think he used it for less than 10 months. We just camped for couples of nights and so far is all good, so I hope to enjoy it with my family for many years. Anything that will help us with the camper will be greatly appreciated. Is our first Forest River.
Thanks in advanced for your input.
A few things to watch for....

My family and I have owned ours for about two years now. We own a 2013 Surveyor Select SV305 10th Anniversary edition. I have had many problems with the unit, and if it was not for these problems, the unit might be one of the best.

1) AC - The AC system does not cool the back bunkroom very well if at all. To get the front bedroom cool, you need to0 close off the main cabin. When the unit is on trying to cool, it is so loud in the main cabin.
2) HEAT - The heat does not work without the upper blower running, so if you are out in winter, using heat, the main cabin top unit will run creating a loud noisy night.
3) ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - I have had nothing but problems with the Jensen TV/DVD/STEREO system; it is not very good, and very frustrating. The DVD never wants to tie into the TV, you can hear it, but not see it. The TV sound does not go through the stereo speakers, and therefor you can barely hear the TV. I take it back to the dealer and they say that it seems to work fine, and they claim that is how Forrest River designed it, and if that is true, I am not inclined to buy another Forrest River product.
4) OUTDOOR KITCHEN - The outdoor kitchen door has been a problem from day one. The dealer changed the opening arms, but the arms on the outdoor kitchen fail and snap off, they do not hold the door up very long without creeping down, and when stored they loose their ability to raise the door. Mine has both snapped off and just pulled the screens right out of the door.
5) TRAILER HEIGHT - The trailer rides very low to the ground, scary on road trips and when traversing low terrain or road transitions from parking lots. The trailer hitch drags on the ground and the jack pads scrape the ground.
6) DUMPING Since the trailer sits so low (See # 5 above), it is very difficult to dump grey and black water.
7) ELECTRIC JACKS The Electric Jacks cannot level the trailer, they cannot handle the empty weight of the unit, and so it is almost impossible to level using the jacks that come with the unit.

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