Originally Posted by Bobby32955
It seems your right but I am getting some action on the warranty. It seems like the 2016 models have problem's enough for Forest river to listen. I put 1600 miles on our first trip the heater quit after 3 days so I bought a ceramic heater to get us through it. Forest River did give me a dealer to go to that would fix some of my list. The wheel bearings had real light grease and the bearings were not tightened to bearing specs. They repacked them and replaced the seals withy a dbl seal. The stabilizer system has been plagued with bad switches. Their is a new model switch which so far works every time and has a weather shield. All my tires started showing extreme whear and side wall bubbles. Forest River is replacing them. In my opinion they have a poor quality system and end line testing at the factory I spent many years as a certified CQM ill bet they could not pass at every factory a quality audit....
Interesting that all of your problems appear to come from systems and parts that are bought from other suppliers and simply installed by Forest River. The installation itself doesn't appear to be the issue.
Everything I have seen and heard suggests that there is no end line testing at Forest River. That is done at/by the dealer, along with the installation of batteries, propane tanks, and other dealer add-ons. Without battery power and propane on board, FR would need a custom test stand and a huge library of test procedures to test each piece of equipment in every configuration after construction is completed.
If you have really worked in QC, you know that the most cost-effective place for testing is as far upstream as you can go - should be at the supplier's production line where systems are checked for meeting spec and
operation. The only testing at FR would be the install itself.
That said, FR should be working together with their suppliers to improve both supplier quality and standardization of installation. There is a lot of room for improvement in particular items like tires that have many complaints about them.
I have noticed that the smaller units (A-frames in particular) have a VERY limited option list, which makes for greater efficiencies in production. Still, installation has very poor QC - piles of dust left where holes were cut or screws drilled, non-square cabinetry, wires not joined correctly at the crimp-on "wire nuts", wires not correctly color-coded and just connected in a maze behind the converter, plumbing connections not tight, etc. Some installation issues I have fixed; others my dealer fixed. When installation issues were fixed, all systems operated correctly.
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