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Old 02-21-2015, 11:25 AM   #21
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Much like everything else, and after wrenching in the automotive industry for 20 years now, my belief is they are all poor investments and not that great, just pick a color and layout you like then enjoy it.

I just sold the 2002 Mallard we bought three years ago and it was in like new condition. Everything in it was original except for wearables (tires and bearing grease) and the convertor which I replaced last year after it started to go on the fritz. The new owners got a GREAT deal as we did and I have no doubt that as long as it is well taken care of, it has another easy 10 years left in it.

Now, does that mean the new Cherokee I have coming will last just as well? No. No way. It could or it could turn into a horrible pile of junk. Time will tell. I will do my best to take care of it and I bought the 5 year extended warranty to cover most everything else. Other than that, I'm going to take my girl camping and enjoy ourselves. Let the chips fall where they may.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:41 PM   #22
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I hear you and agree, you have a good attitude towards this. That is my problem my 2007 sunnybrook titan is a great trailer and have had no problems with it, it a a big decision to get rid of something that is not broke. I am worried about warrenty work the dealer is 165 miles away and I am not handy
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:31 PM   #23
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I agree with most of what everyone says, except spending $20,000+ is still a lot of money to spend on something that exhibits poor quality workmanship. Every trip we make with our Salem Cruise Lite ends in something else breaking or falling apart - primarily carpentry work. Too many staples and not enough screws or nails. It isn't made for long trips, nor spending more than a month in. We either have to accept that, or find something else that will "hold up" to the rigors of the open road.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:51 PM   #24
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The problem with the whole quality question is that people really just do not want to pay for quality....

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My recent experience tells me there's something wrong with this blanket statement. I ordered a GMC truck and picked it up in May. I bought a new Wildcat in June. The trailer's MSRP was about $16K higher than the truck's MSRP (that's right, the trailer's MSRP was ridiculously inflated). After ordinary negotiations, I ended up paying almost exactly the same for the two units with the truck having much more new technology, more moving parts, more capabilities. The truck has had 0 (as in ZERO) punch list items in 9500 miles. The trailer's punch list stands at 20+ items and it's at the dealership for the 5th time.

You may counter with "yeah, but your truck was built by robots and the trailer was built by humans using hand tools." I won't dispute that... but in saying that, you'll be moving off your blanket statement that it's all about money. I WAS willing to pay for quality and thought I did since I paid the same for both units. In one case my money paid for quality and in one case the same money didn't.

In my early days on this forum, I was advised to curtail my whining here and I understood the advice and took it. But my silence here (and my associated interaction with my dealership's service department) does not mean I wasn't willing to pay for quality.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:12 PM   #25
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My recent experience tells me there's something wrong with this blanket statement. I ordered a GMC truck and picked it up in May. I bought a new Wildcat in June. The trailer's MSRP was about $16K higher than the truck's MSRP (that's right, the trailer's MSRP was ridiculously inflated). After ordinary negotiations, I ended up paying almost exactly the same for the two units with the truck having much more new technology, more moving parts, more capabilities. The truck has had 0 (as in ZERO) punch list items in 9500 miles. The trailer's punch list stands at 20+ items and it's at the dealership for the 5th time.

You may counter with "yeah, but your truck was built by robots and the trailer was built by humans using hand tools." I won't dispute that... but in saying that, you'll be moving off your blanket statement that it's all about money. I WAS willing to pay for quality and thought I did since I paid the same for both units. In one case my money paid for quality and in one case the same money didn't.

In my early days on this forum, I was advised to curtail my whining here and I understood the advice and took it. But my silence here (and my associated interaction with my dealership's service department) does not mean I wasn't willing to pay for quality.
I am going to quit complaining and trade for any thing not made by FR.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:37 PM   #26
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I am going to quit complaining and trade for any thing not made by FR.

My only advice is to scrutinize units made by other manufacturers, too... since I have read/heard our issue can be found across the industry. I actually believe our F. R. Wildcat will be set up to meet our needs in another week.


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Old 02-21-2015, 03:39 PM   #27
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:42 PM   #28
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I am ready to buy a new cedar creek 38rd fifth wheel but after reading so many neg reviews about the quality of forest river products not anymore.... anybody have problems with cedar creek fifth wheels?????
Unless your dropping a half a million on a rig ALL manufacturers have complaints you get what you pay for all be it there bottom units are WAY over priced in MHO but people will pay it so they will charge it...... Just like the cost of fuel goes down by the penny but back up by the dime , sorry had to vent that..... Back on subject NOONE is perfect exept maybe OC and people build these, people make mistakes especially when rushed...... Hence people waiting for there rigs on order.
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Even the $1,000,000 + Prevosts have problems. They even come with an engine removal hoist built right in the unit.
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