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Old 10-10-2016, 04:35 PM   #391
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Red face Fr3 26 2015 slide problem

First of all, I would love to say thanks to all the nice RV people who write and help out on this site. I enjoy learning and reading about RVs.
Well this was our first Class A after having one Class C Winnebago and its had a lot of problems that were covered under the warranty. However we are finishing year 2 and still having problems-the biggest one is the MBR bed would not lay flat so the RV spent 6 months in the shop this year being fixed. Forest River was very slow to cooperate with the dealer. We took it out in July and the bed lays flat but now the slide broke and makes horrible noises and wont go all the way out and its back in the shop. The dealer is afraid its not under warranty anymore even tho we have the RV Warranty forever. Do other people have this warranty? Other problems with the Master bed slide? Thanks,
Lisa
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Old 10-10-2016, 05:17 PM   #392
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now the slide broke and makes horrible noises and wont go all the way out and its back in the shop. The dealer is afraid its not under warranty anymore even tho we have the RV Warranty forever. Do other people have this warranty? Other problems with the Master bed slide? Thanks,
Lisa
The "Forever Warranty" does NOT cover slide mechanisms or LOTS of other stuff in the RV. It is mostly a sales gimmick that requires you to perform a lot of maintenance tasks at the dealer to keep it in force. You will be paying for your slide repair.
Since it is out of warranty and your dealer has not been too speedy or prompt...you might do well to find an independent RV repair shop who will be happy to take non warranty work and depends on REPAIRS for a living.
Good luck!

Only this is free:
http://www.rvwarrantyforever.com/whats-covered/
but you must pay for this:
http://www.rvwarrantyforever.com/maintenance/

"Can I perform my own maintenance? No. All services must be performed by a professional repair facility. This is to ensure proper documentation as well as the workmanship of all services performed on your RV."
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:43 PM   #393
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Too many replies to read them all. Here is my story:
I have owned in my 40 + years of camping. 1 truck camper used, don't remember the brand a Coleman tent trailer used, a Fleetwood Wilderness Travel trailer park model used a Fleetwood Wilderness 5th wheel full slide new and now in a 2014 Forestriver Sunseeker 3010DS Moterhome one model year old. Non of them are high enders. When I sold all of them they were in great working order and had quiet a few good years of service left in them.

Yes, you will have some, mostly miner quality issues with all of these, what I call weekender quality type units, but for the most part if make some mods and you keep up with all of the regular maintenance and repairs as needed they should last for a very long time relatively trouble free. This forum is a great resource for information and repair tips and as a lot of people mentioned a lot of us use it for problems we are having so sometimes we are a little frustrated. If you are not a little handy with some tools and if you think having to repair a minor issue on your rv fom time to time makes it a pos I suggest you rent a cabin or rv. and most of all!!!
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:59 AM   #394
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Has anyone figured out how to get better lighting on the road with an FR-3? The head lights are very very bad and if the lower fog lights were not there it would be a disaster.

Can these head lights be changed??
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:18 PM   #395
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Really need help choosing a new 5th wheel after reading

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Hey, I just purchased a new Roo which I will pick up in several weeks. If you read the thread below titled Quality, it would seem that Forest River puts out nothing but POS. It is rather disconcerting reading this as a new TT buyer. I'm hoping that my unit is decent quality with minimal issues, not perfect but just decent. From what I have read on here, that may be asking a lot. Can't help but wonder if I should have bought that other make and model.

I would really appreciate hearing from some of you that have been relatively pleased with your units. I hope there are some of you out there.

Guess I'm wondering if my dream vacations could turn into nightmares based on some of the experiences shared.

Thanks much.
This is an excellent question as I need help selecting the best 5th wheel that people are happy with. I had chosen a heritage glen then read about the problems. Thought about a Rockwood 5th wheel. I like many of the Forest River 5th wheels. So WHO is the happiest with their Forest River, which one and why. All help is appreciated! Also I know dealer is important also.
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:32 PM   #396
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In the summer of 2015, after much research, we made the trip to Elkhart/Goshen area to visit the factories for Open Range, Jayco and Grand Design. Open Range was our first choice before the trip and then we changed to Grand Design.

Fast forward to the Ft. Worth RV show and we saw the Forest River Wildcat 295rsx. The list of features that the others didn't have was significant (Maxxis tires on 16" wheels, 4 step entry, largest storage bin of any we had looked at, 9cuft refr, std cargo rack, std 2nd A/C, std slide toppers, and others). As a bonus, the price happened to come in better too. Now 12000 tow miles and about 80 camping nights, we couldn't be happier.

Sure there were a few minor issues uncovered on the first trip or two but they were either easy to remedy myself or our dealer jumped in and made the adjustments. Probably the biggest failure was a water pump that needed replacing. I emailed the rep at Forest River and they overnighted one to me overnight for free (I did the labor, it was plug and play and took about 30 minutes even though I had never done anything like that before). Year two has been problem free. If I live long enough to buy another one, Forest River will be my first choice.
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:56 PM   #397
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Good to hear of a happy story. Any more?

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In the summer of 2015, after much research, we made the trip to Elkhart/Goshen area to visit the factories for Open Range, Jayco and Grand Design. Open Range was our first choice before the trip and then we changed to Grand Design.

Fast forward to the Ft. Worth RV show and we saw the Forest River Wildcat 295rsx. The list of features that the others didn't have was significant (Maxxis tires on 16" wheels, 4 step entry, largest storage bin of any we had looked at, 9cuft refr, std cargo rack, std 2nd A/C, std slide toppers, and others). As a bonus, the price happened to come in better too. Now 12000 tow miles and about 80 camping nights, we couldn't be happier.

Sure there were a few minor issues uncovered on the first trip or two but they were either easy to remedy myself or our dealer jumped in and made the adjustments. Probably the biggest failure was a water pump that needed replacing. I emailed the rep at Forest River and they overnighted one to me overnight for free (I did the labor, it was plug and play and took about 30 minutes even though I had never done anything like that before). Year two has been problem free. If I live long enough to buy another one, Forest River will be my first choice.
I appreciate this answer very much. Anyone else with 5th wheels they love made by Forest River?
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:28 PM   #398
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This is an excellent question as I need help selecting the best 5th wheel that people are happy with. I had chosen a heritage glen then read about the problems. Thought about a Rockwood 5th wheel. I like many of the Forest River 5th wheels. So WHO is the happiest with their Forest River, which one and why. All help is appreciated! Also I know dealer is important also.
I would suggest you take a look at the Cedar Creek line of 5th wheels.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:51 PM   #399
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We have a 2015 Forest River Flagstaff 8528IKWS (same trailer as a Rockwood 8289WS). We are very happy with our trailer. Very few small issues. Most have been resolved while we were at the FROG Rally in Goshen. We pull our trailer with a 2013 Ford F-150 Eco Boost and have no problems at all with this combination. See signature below.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:58 PM   #400
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Being what appears to be the only TC camper owner on this site (Palomino Backpack SS1500) I have to say that I have had no issues at all. Everything works as it should, the camper was built well, everything lines up perfectly, all systems function perfectly. I'm a happy camper and no, this isn't my first rodeo either. This is my 4th camper. The last one was a Lance, supposedly the 'Cadillac' of TC's. It's not.

The Palomino is better built and much more well thought out.

I'm good to go anywhere my 4 wheel drive pickup can get me. and my 'house' on the back.
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