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Old 06-05-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I have been lurking here for the past few weeks waiting until we were official Forest River owners before our introduction to the forums. First, I want to say that I have enjoyed many pages of tips and we wish to thank all of you for sharing your experiences.

We are now the proud owners of a gently used 2011 Sandpiper 355QBQ! Over the past month, we have searched and searched for the perfect floorplan as we needed a two-bedroom unit. Our son, age 23, is permanently disabled since birth and our old 5ver only had one pull-out couch. We were already tired of having that bed taking up the living area all the time, since he likes to go to bed early and we never had room for other guests such as our older married daughter and husband. We also have two large dogs that travel with us every trip (Golden Retriever & Rhodesian Ridgeback) and they take up valuable floor space as well

We have been RVing for about the last 8 years and have traveled from one end of the country to the other. Hubby is a handy guy so we have learned from experience but already we have found valuable information here that we never knew before. Our new Sandpiper has many features that we are not used to such as 50amp service, an electric awning, and multiple grey and black water tanks (2 bathrooms) so as we get to know our new unit, I am sure we will have questions. We are also happy to share what we know should the occasion come up. Happy Camping Y'all!

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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel 4X4 Dually

Previous 5ver: 1997 Newmar American Star ~ 33WRKD
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your 2011 Sandpiper 355QBQ.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome! For a while there, I was beginning to think we would never get our Sandpiper and consequently not really belonging to the Forest River owners group.

We had put a down payment on a 2010, 355QBQ, first but the unit had to be brought down from NC for us to inspect and take delivery. Well, whoever was hired to drive it down, rammed the trailer into something tearing a chunk out of the front end cap. Then, on the road, a tire blew tearing up the whole wheel well and side of the trailer. The other wheel well siding was also hanging off and no one could explain why that damage was there. The plastic around the doors and the plastic vent were all yellowed on the one side indicating that the unit stood in the sun without any cover... it is my guess that the sun damage is what caused the tire to blow.

Needless to say, we didn't buy it and our deposit was returned.... leaving us to begin our search once more. Our 2011 model is just beautiful and had been originally custom ordered with a couch and overhead cabinets on the one side of the bunk room making for a really nice den area. Overall, our unit sleeps 8-9 instead of 10-12, which is fine by us as we didn't need that many beds for guests. Now, we just need to go camping! Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
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2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel 4X4 Dually

Previous 5ver: 1997 Newmar American Star ~ 33WRKD
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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Congrats and welcome!

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