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Old 01-13-2012, 09:16 AM   #41
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I've had a number of problems with the last two trailers. Problems fixed by dealer but it still is a pain. It seems that it might be best to stick with a trailer for a number of years when problems are taken care of than buying new.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:54 AM   #42
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My first 5th wheel was a 1999, bought used in 2000. My impression was that someone bought it for a trip and only slept in it, as interior looked untouched.
It was a Terry which had a soso reputation, But I had very few problems in ten years.
My second (and last) is a 2011 Flagstaff bought new that has been nothing but trouble. With all the problems listed on this forum I haven't had yet, almost afraid to use it anymore. Wayne
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:47 AM   #43
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slideout kick plate came off and almost got stuck UNDER the slideout while bringing it in.
Jacknife bed frame bent, A/C unit not cooling or cycling off. Speakers for TV not working. Fresh water tank emptying while driving.
Warrenty replaced couch, repaired kick plate, no answer about the A/C unit (maybe it was to hot there, is what I was told) or the water problem.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:41 AM   #44
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We had a (not new to us) 01 Spinnaker, nice, big, heavy and no problems.

My Brother-in-law bought their 2nd Cardinal (2011) ceiling replaced, LOTS of water leaks, failed water pump, etc, etc.
(I thought hhmm maybe just that unit)

I’ll keep the list for our 2012 360 MH to just the BIG stuff.

PDI
no heat from front vents
holes in bath room wall, door hitting towel rack
pop rivets loose on door closer
etc

Home... could not get out, steps hit curb can't turn them off

1st trip (4 days 7 miles from home)
No AC, thermostats would not call for AC at 100* or higher
Their little minds couldn’t figure out why we wanted AC when it was 10*, a baggie full of ice on the thermostats fooled them into thinking it was 98*
No propane, the fitting was finger tightened and vibrated loose (should have turned it off while traveling…GLAD I DIDN’T!!! )

2nd trip (5 weeks 700 miles from home)
Day 3 no water from the kitchen sink
Day 4 no water front bath sink
Day 5 no water front commode
Day 6 no water 1 rear lavatory
Day 7 no water other rear lavatory
Euro chair falling off of base
Leaking air mattress (cost us $240 motel for brother and JB's sister-in-law )
Rear gray tank takes 1 hour to drain
Etc
Etc

Our service writer whispered that quality control at Forest River had gone DOWN HILL when they bought the Dalmatian.

Moving ON!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:49 PM   #45
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I will get to repaint the front and rear bumpers next year as when they pulled the trailer from the factory to Alberta it must have hit some wicked salt and started the rust process on the bumpers.

I should mention, it is a 2011 Surveyor sv-295 and we are very happy with it.
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Get yourself some RUST BULLET and do your bumpers for the long haul... Stops rust in its tracks for 10 years. Guaranteed.

we have a 2012 Salem and the local dealer refuses to work on it under warranty. Fix the problem cash or Visa up front and get Forest River to reimburse it.

Been there tried that and Forest River so far has not assisted woth the broken awning clips, the missing bumper cap at time of delivery, the replaced dead bolt on the main door and the 4 tires in 2,000 miles which are worn so bad I will have to replace them this spring.

Glad your happy with your service though
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:17 PM   #46
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Get yourself some RUST BULLET and do your bumpers for the long haul... Stops rust in its tracks for 10 years. Guaranteed.

we have a 2012 Salem and the local dealer refuses to work on it under warranty. Fix the problem cash or Visa up front and get Forest River to reimburse it.

Been there tried that and Forest River so far has not assisted woth the broken awning clips, the missing bumper cap at time of delivery, the replaced dead bolt on the main door and the 4 tires in 2,000 miles which are worn so bad I will have to replace them this spring.

Glad your happy with your service though
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:09 PM   #47
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Plumbing leaks!

We had some major plumbing leaks in nearly every piece of plumbing. Major leak under the sink, tub leaking behind the wall, outside shower, and water pump under the sink. My husband is really handy so he has fixed them all rather than take the unit across town. There also looks to be some fiberglass de-lam on the back up by the top seam. It's not leaking and my husband doesn't want to drag it over to the dealer before the warranty expires next month so I guess we'll deal with it later.
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We had some major plumbing leaks in nearly every piece of plumbing. Major leak under the sink, tub leaking behind the wall, outside shower, and water pump under the sink. My husband is really handy so he has fixed them all rather than take the unit across town. There also looks to be some fiberglass de-lam on the back up by the top seam. It's not leaking and my husband doesn't want to drag it over to the dealer before the warranty expires next month so I guess we'll deal with it later.
Why wouldn't you take it to the dealer BEFORE your warranty ends? What if the problem gets worse before spring and the dealer and FR finds about your not wanting to "drag it to the dealer" when you first noticed it? I wouldn't drag your feet on this.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #49
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My thoughts exactly but he doesn't want to and it's not something I can do myself.
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My thoughts exactly but he doesn't want to and it's not something I can do myself.
If I were you, I would at LEAST notify your dealer of the delamination. If something worse happens after your warranty is up, you'll have a heck of a time getting this taken care of. Your choice to do nothing about it will not be looked upon favorably by your dealer nor FR. Good luck.
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