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Old 09-09-2015, 01:57 PM   #161
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Originally Posted by hbillsmith View Post
As a follow-up to my Wildcat 295rsx post, I did have a few minor issues that were easily fixed by the dealer. 7 weeks camping, 4 trips so far. In the spirit of full disclosure, here are the very few issues noting that all were resolved:

1) Small window by couch exhibited a dripping leak during our first trip's storm. Dealer removed and resealed the window. It's been fine ever since.
2) 1 of the LCI elephant pad feet on 1 of the jacks of the Ground Control 3.0 system fell off during a trip coming home, probably a defective clip. LCI overnighted a free replacement.
3) 5er's couch cushions bounced onto the floor while hauling on the first trip. To me that seemed like the 5er was bouncing more than it should. Dealer pulled the 4 wheels and had them balanced at Discount Tire. No charge and it made a big improvement.
4) 1 or 2 interior trim pieces popped loose and I just either screwed or glued them back. They've stayed down ever since.
5) Some of the TV antennae coax connectors that attach to the Amp in the wall were apparently loose such that I didn't get all the available local channels. I pulled the wall jack out and re-tightened all the connectors. After that, I went from getting 12 channels to 53 channels at that particular campground. No problems since.
6) Bought a 12volt fan in the Walmart Auto dept to leave running in the bedroom when we leave our pet in trailer. Should the camp power fail, a 12v fan would continue on battery. Turns out the cigarette lighter plug had the + and - reversed. Pulled the jack, reversed the wires and all is good.

Your list is very similar to most FR repair lists . most simple stuff . some have more major issues but some GD wildcats have some major issues also
I biggest problem was with the dealer . FR settled with me to my satisfaction , working on restoring the dealer relationship but that depends on how they behave the next couple yrs
I do know the spec sheet for the 29hfs xlr has changed from 20,000 btu furnace to the actual 19,000 btu as per part of my deal with them .
other then that and some poor workmanship that i took care of i have not had any issues . well the fan in the garage quit working right . now it's up to dealer to start fixing their rep with me .
120 days camping so far this yr

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:56 PM   #162
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I bought a Wildwood x-lite in March. Drove it 400km home, and found the front a frame cracked on both sides. It took two months ago arguing with the dealer, and lippert to get it fixed. Then they wanted me to pay for the repair, and be reimbursed. New trailer, pay for repair? What kind of warranty is that. If it would have made it back to the dealer in one piece, I would have taken it back and let ft it there.

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Old 09-09-2015, 10:04 PM   #163
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:36 PM   #164
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We have a 2015 Coachmen Chaparral and so far have been happy with only minimal issues...tire blowout just before delivery service got to our storage facility (got 5 new tires), a few scratches on stove front and vent that were covered up with a scratch paint..can live with that. Scratch on a chair (used some Scotts scratchcover and it's fine), ding and scratch on table but minor. One blind crooked...DH fixed that. One blind came undone...DH fixed that too. Otherwise no problems yet but we've only had it 6 months and had 4 outings so have yet to really test it. Will be looking for issues as noted on other threads. We have been in some pretty good rains with no noted leaks. Have yet to cold weather camp. But so far we are loving it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:00 PM   #165
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We bought an 8-year old '02 Georgetown Class A and owned it for 4 years before the cost of RVing became too much. We sold it last December.

My take on GT is that their quality is marginal. After a slide topper failure (not their fault) I had to replace the cabinets in the overhead of the dinette slide. Based on what I found, I rate their engineering as poor and their manufacturing as "d-i-y" - make it up as you go along.

In particular, I found the electrical wiring way below standard. There were no wiring attachments to structure - everything in the slide out ceiling was just hanging. Wiring color codes changed at every splice.

I also found the cabinet attachments in the slide-out to be downright dangerous. We had a water ingestion problem due to the slide topper failing (not GT's fault). I found that the entire run of cabinets over the dinette and the sofa behind the driver's seat (about 8 feet) were held into the overhead with short wood-screws into the 1/6" Lauan plywood skin on the ceiling's styro-foam insulation. The screws were all rusted out and not holding very well. There are two square metal tubular members in that ceiling. Why the hell aren't the cabinets tied to them? After rebuilding the cabinets, they sure are now! We were lucky the cabinets didn't fall on us.

Unfortunately, costs drove us out of the RV lifestyle, but if we ever get back into it, FR's various trade names are off our list!
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:43 PM   #166
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We purchased a 2011 Forest River Wildcat because of the appearance and floor plan and great 3000lb+ carrying capacity The weight labels showed (2)5000lb axles with a 6800lb. TT weight allowing for great over 3000 lb. additional capacity, but we found (2)3500lb axles instead which severely limits capacity with 6800lb trailer. Initial contacts with FR were poor leaving a bad taste, I would look elsewhere but shop more carefully than I did.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:28 PM   #167
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Originally Posted by hbillsmith View Post
It's just the wife and I. We were looking for the perfect 5er and read voraciously all the comments in this and forums. It seemed that china bomb tires, poor A/C performance and in-adequate showers and refrigerators are something to pay attention to. Even though I was buying a new 2500HD diesel, payload could be a problem if I went too residential high-end.

In the end we picked the 2016 Wildcat 295rsx over the similar plans from Grand Design and OpenRange because of so many values the others left off such as:

1) BAL frame drop frame design creates a front storage with a huge area, much bigger than others.

2) Maxxis 16" tires and aluminum speed rims were std. and a highly recommended brand. Having 16" instead of 15" was collectively promoted by the forums.

3) Radius shower made the bathroom and shower feel much nicer

4) Dual A/C's standard and a 15K in rear and low profile 13.5k in bedroom, 100+ temps no problem.

5) 2 Big TVs. A 49" LivRm and a 32" std bedroom TV

6) All LED lighting. No incandescent means low power draw for dry camping.

7) Std rear fold down bike rack a nice too have that I won't have to go add.

8) Great Dealer in Ft. Worth offered a 35% off MSRP AND was $4K higher on my trade-in after a nationwide shopping spree. This was on a custom order

9) LCI Ground Control 3.0 Auto Level factory installed at half the Camping World price

10) Slide covers all 3 slides $700 dealer cost total for all

11) Theatre Seating that faces the LivRm TV std. No more crooked neck.

12) 9 cuft std refrig (not the 6 cuft that most ultra lights have)

13) Kitchen large pantry with glass door. A wife's must have.

14) Windows on both sides of bedroom bed, much better view and cross vent fresh air

15) Payload worked perfect

16) Mor/ryde Cre/3000 with wet-bolt kit

17) 6000# Dexter Axles (others in this class were 4200 or 5000)

I wouldn't put a wildcat on the same level as a Grand Design or an Open Range.

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Old 09-11-2015, 03:42 PM   #168
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As we close out 2015 our 5r will be 2 yrs old and yes we are very happy with it. A couple of minor repairs, nothing I couldn't take care of myself. This RV has spent "0" days in for service. My biggest complaint is / was the tires, have had Maxxis tires for a year.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:07 PM   #169
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We pick up our new 2016 flagstaff 8528rkws we couldn't be happier with it. We traded our 2014 jayco 31dslb, now that was a trailer to complain about the quality of the jayco didn't even come close to the flagstaff
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:13 PM   #170
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The only issue we have had is the spongy floor. Floated a 3/8 wood floor. I think a 1/2 could work. Tech's at FR say they have addressed the floor thingy. Still love mine.

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