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Old 01-04-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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Newbie Needs guidance

Just discovered this forum. Since we are looking for our first Motorhome, we have been gathering info and listening whenever the opportunity presents itself. Since two of the units on our short list are Forest River products this seemed the appropriate place. Looking forward to picking some collective brains here.

1st question, is there any hierachy to FR products? Comparing Georgetown to Coachmen is one gnerally considered better or just different?

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:11 AM   #2
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sure, there's a hierarchy! just go by what the prices are.

FR has so many divisions and recent acquisitions that it's not easy to answer.
Coachmen was a recent acquisition and wasn't a original FR brand. same for Dynamax, Prime Time, Viking, Shasta and Palomino.

you'll have to look at them yourself, to determine what is higher on the food chain than the next.

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:12 AM   #3
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Trying to determine build quality can be difficult. If you are a DIY'er that would help. Price can be a factor as well. First determine what your wants are. Then determine the chassis. Our last MH was a Dutch Star by Newmar. That was a quality unit. We bought a show model and it was the first Newmar product that the dealer sold so we got a great deal. Everything about the unit was quality. The Ford chassis with the V-10 engine is great. In the 10 years we had it we had virtually no problems. That V-10 gas engine has a real good track record. If you're looking at the diesel engine I can't help you. Do a google search for diesel engine reviews and check all the forums. Most folks will be honest on their engine choices.
As far as the build if you check different manufacturers you can spot those that care about the detail of the fit and finish. Look top and bottom. Do they really take the time to apply the exterior sealant properly or do they just slop it on? Is there a lot of saw dust in the cabinets?? What do the different seams look like? What about the closet interiors?? Do some extras come as standard like day night shades? Most everybody uses the two-way heater, electric 110 and propane. Our Dutch Star didn't but it required no anode so it had an aluminum tank which won't corrode and we never had a problem with it. How thick is the gel coat on the outside? If it's thin you can see the fiberglass strands and it is not a attractive and maybe not a durable. Usually your cheaper units have the thinner gel coat. A visit to the factory might be in order once you narrow down your search. I know if we were to do it again we would visit the factory.
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Can't help you much on a coach but what I can offer is welcome to the forum and good luck on finding the unit you seek!

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