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Old 03-25-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Frustrated-Need Some Advice, Please

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Happy camping new year! Well, at least for my family. We got the Roo out this weekend (actually camped Weds thru Sat nights), de-winterized and re-stocked everything. Here's where my disappointment sets in. This is our third camping season with our 2011 233s. Since I got it in June 2010 I have had problems with the slide not working properly. In the shop at least 3-4 times. This past fall, my local dealer allegedly put on a new slide motor. It was (is) still under my extended warranty. Went to close the slide after my 4 nights of camping this weekend and, wouldn't you know it, slide would not close...same exact problem as before. The slide will start in a few inches and then start clicking. I have to go out and push in on the slide while someone pushes the button. After it gets over the "hump" it's fine.

Also, the seams where the bottom of the windows meet the tent material continue to seep through when it rains. It's not condensation. I have had them sealed, etc...to no avail. FR says it's material and it's just part of hybrid ownership. As someone that has owned several popups, I can't disagree more. Is anyone else having these problems, regardless of model? I absolutely love the camper, but have wasted so much time and money taking this to the shop (even under warranty) that I'm about done. Will be trying to contact FR and the dealer tomorrow to see what comes next. I'll try to update as I hear more, but would like to hear feedback and/or suggestions from others based on your experiences, as well. Sorry this ended up being long, but my fingers must have been moving as quickly as the steam coming out of my ears

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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Hey Buckeyecmpr. All I can say is be persistent. I had s similar problem with my 09 Coachmen. My exterior fiberglass skin was shrinking every where .My dealer just kept on chalking it. All I wanted to know was what was causing this. And they couldn't tell me. My concern was, what was going to happen to the fiberglass in two years when warranty was gone. My dealer advised me that there was nothing they could do. And that I should take it up with the factory. Also he agreed that something wasn't right, but his hands were tied .So that's just what I did.And it was along frustrating battle. And I won.I called and called and finally got to the top . Yea the president of FR him self [yes he answered his own phone] he listened to me and assured me the manager of the newly taken over coachmen division would contact me in a day or so about this issue. and he did. After a few telephone conversations we worked out a great deal for me. they offered to buy me out of my old unit [a 09 24ft ]and put me into a brand new 28ft fully loaded for just a little more money I mean next to nothing.So all I can say is stand up and fight for what you think is right . Good luck.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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Sorry to see this Buck! I am rooting for you on this!
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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We do not have this problem with leaking where the window meets the tent fabric and its rediculous for FR to claim that's part of the deal. Who said that? Did you actually talk with Gregg Rollin at FR? He used to be the warrenty guy for us (Roo and Shamrock).
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:25 AM   #5
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Greetings,

Thanks for the replies and support. Triguy, I've talked extensively with Mike Anglemyer who is apparently the warranty contact for Rockwood and Flagstaff. I will say that he has always been easy to reach and pleasant to talk with. I just want to get this darn thing taken care of. I'm afraid that I'll be out some major money after the warranty is up due to slide issues. I'll be calling FR today...maybe go to the top and skip the middle people, if possible. Possibly I need a different ear to hear my story. I'm not counting on the dealer, at this point, to make things right...not much confidence in their service

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Old 03-26-2012, 07:40 AM   #6
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I'm really sorry to hear that. I'm surprised that they are taking that attitude.

Well - squeaky wheel gets the grease as they say so I think its good you continue to contact FR.

I recall about this time last year that someone on the forum had a similar issue and FR ended up replacing one of his tent ends. I just searched and it was TomT - maybe send him a PM to find out how it went.

Good luck and please keep us informed.
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For your slide I would think that something is binding when you close it. It could be a roller There are 2 of them or something in the channel that cause a friction. Just look under the sofa at the same time that someone is operating the slide to see where it jam. I have a minilite that use the same slide than yours and the attachement brackets rollers for the slide are quite flimsy because of the attachement on the wall. They are installed on a portion of the rubber gasket which make the installation not flush on the wall.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:40 PM   #8
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Frustrated-Need Some Advice, Please - UPDATE

Greetings,

Just got off the phone with Greg Rollins @ FR. They are taking my camper back to the factory for repairs. While I will be finalizing details in the next few days, my understanding is that they will put on a new actuation system that is now being used on the slide. Also, apparently they will be replacing the bunk ends as he agreed they should not leak. Greg assured me to not worry and that everything will be taken care of. I am going to the dealer tomorrow to empty the contents of the trailer so FR can pick it up. I am amazed at the quick decision to bring it to the factory, and HOPEFULLY the issues will finally be corrected. I will update the forum when I get more info, etc. Thanks again for everyone's help...especially Triguy and TomT. It's nice to see that good customer service is still out there. There actually may be a light at the end of the tunnel...we'll see.

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That is great news Buckeye! I've read reports from others who have had repairs at the factory and its all been good. No - great. The factory seems to really have a handle on repairs and usually make adjustments or fixes that you didn't even ask for.
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Wishing you the best of luck! Hopefully it fixes the problem and you get it back in time to do some camping this year! Our dealership already warned us if something goes back to the factory for repair it will be there a long time.
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