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Old 06-18-2010, 07:31 AM   #1
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My 2011, sv291 slide-out Leaks!

Is anyone having any problems? Dealer is currently working on a solution, but is anyone else having trouble?
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:05 AM   #2
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If I set my camper up level or curb side low and it rains, water will seep under the seal and and run down the side of the slide wall. I always have slide side slightly lower than curb side so water will run away from seals. Also, check that seam tape on slide joints isn't coming loose or seems are exposed.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for reply bamasurveyor . that's a good tip about the slide out, i'll be doing that from now on. However as a customer buying a brand new surveyor it shouldn't leak at all. I thought they tested for that stuff at the factory before hand. "Reason why i bought a surveyor"
Also just got back from the dealership and the owner showed me a defect where the interior white enveloping seal was protruding outward too much, thus breaking the seal between the black rubber against the slideout. Has anyone else had this problem? and What ever happened to quality control?
Currently i am waiting for some parts to fix the problem. Another trip to the dealer great way to start the summer. oh boy.....
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:34 PM   #4
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Don't feel too bad. I'm currently camping at the dealership beacuse we found a hole in the floor. Of course its right in the main travel path and about the size of a softball. I'm waiting for the dealership and FR to work out the plan of attack. Trust me I feel your pain in having a new toy and not being able to play with it.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:45 AM   #5
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Our Surveyor has always been leak free at the slide unless as I said before, I had the slide side set higher and the water "dammed up" against the seals. It is now 4 years old.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:00 AM   #6
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During our last camp out, we had a deluge of rain one night. No leak on the slide.

Our only leak was in the bathroom vent fan. I later found a very small crack in the plastic frame while looking at the problem from the roof. it is amazing how much water will enter the camper through a 1/4" crack! Next time it rains, we'll see if new caulking was sufficient to remedy the problem.
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How do you guy's rate Forest River's Quality control? and/or does it even exist? any ideas anyone?
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:17 PM   #8
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Horrible quality control!!! I can't believe how many issues we have with our 2011 Sunseeker! We picked it up 4 weeks ago and it has been at the service shop for almost 2 weeks. Won't get it back until middle of next week and not all service will be complete at that time. (We have a trip planned so some work will have to wait). I feel your pain!!
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:04 AM   #9
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How do you guy's rate Forest River's Quality control? and/or does it even exist? any ideas anyone?
Unfortunately, their quality is about average in this industry. Therefore, I am not at all surprised or disappointed. Before I even laid eyes on this camper, I knew it would have problems, I knew it would continue to have problems, and that it would be in a continual need of some repair. Thus is the norm among inexpensive campers like the Surveyor.

My goal is to do my best to avoid damaging this camper through use, to repair any problems as quickly as practical, and to keep it in good working order.

This is one reason I appreciate good forums like this one with so many helpful and courteous contributors. I visit often looking for tips, tricks, and warning about potential problems. This forum does not disappoint. It is made up of people who love their Forest River product despite their problems.....just like me.

During my initial inspection, we found the following problems with my Surveyor:
1. Leaking sewer drains that were dry fit, but never sealed closed.
2. A disconnected water line. When we first fired up the water pump, We heard a fountain of water that we had to hunt down.
3. A hot-water-heater bypass valve was open which prevented the hot water from working properly.
4. An unplugged refrigerator that would not work on AC power.
5. A faucet clogged by some junk the pump sucked in from the fresh-water tank.
6. A broken battery box that I literally had to fasten closed with bailing wire that the dealer happily supplied for me before I pulled off the lot.
7. Under inflated tires, which the dealer said I would have to fill myself.
8. A dead battery that the dealer said he didn't need to charge, because, "It will charge when you hook up the cable to your truck." Fortunately, he was right.

AND, I pulled it off the lot anyways!

On the plus side, I knew this two-year-old 2008 camper that the dealer said was "brand new" was an absolutely true statement. No one could have possibly used this trailer even once with all the problems it had.

Bottom line. Will I consider a product form Forest River again? Yes absolutely. If I buy a product from a competitor, will I expect it to be any better quality? No. Do I trust the dealer to take care of me as a customer? No. I never have, and I never will. I have no use for dealers no matter what product they are selling. If they have what I am looking for, I will buy it. The only two things any dealer will ever do well is collect money and deliver the title work. No matter what you think of dealers, the only way they can stay in business is if they have at least one honest accountant on staff to collect money and deliver title. It appears that nothing else is required.



Sorry about that everybody. That's all for now. I have put away my soapbox for today.



I hope all of your problems are resolved quickly and as pain free as possible so you can have a nice time enjoying your new RV.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:26 AM   #10
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Your best bet Logan is to report it to the dealership & get it on file so any damage caused by the leak is not a surprise to the warenty dept. That way they can start negotiating the warrenty repair corrective action now and minimize your down time.

You do need to remember that unlike your house, these campers do move and that movement down our well manacured gravel, I mean paved, roads will cause things to work loose and or break. The one saving grace of these campers is that for the most part they are at least look better constructed with better parts as compared to the other brands in the class.

When you buy a camper it's mortgaged and treated like a house and just like a house there's going to be problems lurking in the shadows waiting to pop out at the worst possible times. My camper had a few loose threaded water connections and a hole in the floor where a knot in the luan poped out. My house was missing a 1/3 of the bathroom floor due to water damage. Both situations were missed during "thourough turn over inspections" both by myself & the "qualified inspector".

The thing to take away from this rant is that Forest River for the most part will bend over backwards to help make it right if the dealership/shop are willing to work. There are hundreds of posts on this forum to that end.
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