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Old 08-11-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Shake out 1st camping trip

I am new to RVing and always tent camped and knew what to expect.
I wife wanted a 5th wheel so I bought a new 2015 754BHS.
Is it normal for the things to fall apart and brake on these units.
First the eclectic heater never worked from the time we were supposedly shown how everything works in the trailer. the company gave an excuse "that it needed to be cold to work". ( I believe they were just trying to get us out the door so they could go home.)
Second thing that was broke was the rear stabilizers the motor didn't turn it. That I fixed when I got home, the press pin was snapped and I replaced it.
Third the hot water would only run enough water for one person, and I used the nozzle to only use enough water to soap up and rinse, and shut it on and off as needed only.
It sputtered and ran out of hot water too fast.
I did level the trailer before I used all the internals.
Forth the refrigerator needs to be constantly reset about 6 times a night and through out the day, when on Gas.
Fifth when we stopped on the way home the frame around the slide out was on the floor.
I can't believe that a company would use those cheap brads to hold the trim together.
I was afraid it would fall on my grand children or wife I ended up putting it back together with real wood screws, it looks like crap but I feel it is safer for my family.
Sixth also found the mattress is ripped, on one of the bunk beds.
Seventh even with my brake controller on 0, I have one of the right rear tires stop and drag at every time I use the brakes.
8th behind the cd player where the company entered the wall it looks like they just used the claw of a hammer to chop a hole for the wirers. I would have used a hole saw and shown some professionalism.
9th the light over the table unscrewed and was on the floor. Don't they know to use some "loctite" on the threads? Especially on a vehicle that vibrates.
10th the step that goes up into the bed room is already loose.
I know some of this is warranty work but some I will have to learn how to repair my self.

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Old 08-12-2015, 09:11 AM   #2
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I was told all new campers have issues. I said oh ya, not having water is not a new camper issue, it is a crappy build and test. I did not fix anything and kept taking it back. What I found out was that the repair shop was making other items worse every time the camper went in. I fixed the last few items my self and will not go back to the dealer unless I have to. Mine was new off the lot.

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Old 08-12-2015, 10:48 AM   #3
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It seems about half the issues are fixable yourself, but there is a year warranty so I would talk with the dealer about addressing these. Almost every new unit has problems. A solid PDI could have caught most of these which could have been fixed before taking possession.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:52 PM   #4
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I already dropped off the electric fireplace, and I will be replacing the trim with either stained cabinet quality plywood or solid Aspen. The water heater I still have to make sure it wasn't my fault. I will adjust the brakes all the same. I am going to fix the step myself also. I can repair most things better and stronger than what I see so far.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #5
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Most (if not all) new RVs will have some issues. It is sad and, not getting right the first, time definitely costs the manufacturer (and dealer) money. Keep a careful log of you experiences. If you're new to RV camping, I would STRONGLY recommend that you find and attend an RV Boot Camp. The Escapees run an excellent RV Boot Camp over a weekend and, there are other groups that offer boot camps too. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and sometimes dangerous. RV Boot Camp graduates will be safer and less frustrated.

Some RV dealers are only interested in making a sale. They don't properly prepare an RV for sale and, either hope the buyer won't notice or, don't care if the buyer does notice. This is where your careful documentation comes into play. Most states have Lemon Laws. Google to find out what protections you have before you do battle with the dealer. Contact the RV manufacturer and ask for help in getting your problems fixed. I'm at the FROG Rally in Goshen now. Earlier this week, I spoke with a man who ended up with a lemon RV. He got the manufacturer to give him full credit for what he had paid for his lemon and was, able to buy the current model (which has been trouble free). Forest River is adjusting / fixing owners' RVs for free (up to five items) here at the rally. Even if you get all your issues addressed, you'd be wise to join FROG (Forest River Owners Group) and sign up for next year's FROG Rally. Good luck in getting your RV in top working order!
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:51 PM   #6
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Welcome to the club szabla. We bought a new 2014 Sabre 5th wheel. Camp almost every weekend and m routine all summer has been go camping, come home and fix. Go camping and come home and fix. Go camping and sometimes fix while camping.
The issues are too numerous to list here I think. But ya, I'm not suprpised by what you have said.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:08 PM   #7
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So far I don't think there is anything major that would stop me from using this camper or want to sell it. Just a bunch of little things.
Actually it was nice to be in a camper, when my son chased a bear out of camp just after it tor into his ice chest. He was in a tent and his 2 dogs didn't even bark. He and his wife didn't get any sleep the rest of the night. Their 2 daughters my grand babies were in the trailer and safe and sound asleep.
The things I really like about this camper is it tracks very close to the tow trucks wheel track. It also is so light my diesel doesn't even struggle at all.
My wife likes that it is a home on wheels and if she has enough of nature she can watch it from inside the trailer, warm dry and mosquito free.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:21 AM   #8
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This from someone who also owns a cruising sailboat ... If offshore sailboats were constructed with the same level of competency as a typical TT, I would be typing this from the bottom of the ocean. The RV industry should be ashamed of its so-called quality control.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:25 AM   #9
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Most all of your problems szabla,,, should have been found fixed by the dealer before you ever took the unit home !!!
This is another dealer that should have there name posed on this site !!!

Quality Control slipf18,,, aren't you funny !!!
LOL !!!
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:28 PM   #10
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I just came back from them and got into an argument over the things that were seen not to work by their mechanics and feel they BSed me to get me out the door.
I watched their Mechs, and I will not have them touch the trailer again. My background I am able to repair modify fix anything on the trailer that exist.
I will not name this company unless they they give me a reason to. There are plenty of people who even if I feel they are cutting corners or bsing people who have no background at all and need their services.

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