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Old 11-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #11
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Yes this was a new unit and I did read in the manual that the tents should be wet down and sealed with candle wax. I went to Chesaco and questioned them about this and they told me they never seal the seams they just set them up and they never had one leak. I ended up spraying the seams with silicon to get me through the trip. The bay window continued to leak even after the unit had been wet several times. I also noticed that the seams mid way up on the canvas had moisture coming through. Pictures attached. As for Chesaco I checked back every week to see what progress had been made and was told they were waiting on Forest River each time. I contacted Forest River myself and it turned out that Chesaco had not completed the warranty claim nor sent the pictures I had provided to prove the tents were leaking. Another month went by and each time I checked with Chesaco I was told Forest River was still the problem. So I called Forest River back and was told new tents had been ordered and it would take 2 weeks to get them in. It ended up being 3 weeks, Chesaco received them last Friday, I confirmed this because I got the tracking # from Forest River and track the package, I have yet to receive a phone call or email from them telling me they have received them. There was no effort by the service manager to follow up and find out what the hold up was to begin with. I had to do all the calling and follow up myself and I believe had I not I would still be getting the excuse that Forest River is the problem. Over all it has been nearly 4 months since I complained about the first time it leaked and the unit has been at Chesaco since 8/7 nearly 3 months.
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Old 11-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #12
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Thanks for the update. Hope you get the camper back soon. I did read about the candle wax, but have not used it. I thought it was for stopping leaks and not needed for the initial seal. Just wetting the tent should do it.
I also had issues getting a response from Chesaco. None of my repairs were warranty, so they did not have the excuse "waiting on FR". The first time I took it in was for a leak in the grey water system under the camper (I had run over a hubcap in the road). I had a trip planned and could not get an update from them. I left messages, never got a return call. When I would get through, he always said he would call me back after he checked on it. He never did. I logged every call and result and sent a long e-mail to the service manager. They knew I was royally pissed. If they had told me it was not in the shop it would have been fine - but not to return my calls - that is what got me angry. I was about to tell them I was picking it up fixed or not when they finally called to say it was repaired. The second experience was quite different, my lift cable had broke two weeks before a trip. They got it in and repaired in time for my trip (and a hurricane did not delay them even though they were out of power for days) - I had no issues with updates that time. go figure. So with that spotty record, I am looking for another place that is closer.

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Old 11-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #13
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it's much more common that the dealer is at fault, than the manufacturer, no matter what brand it is.
dealers will use the manufacturer as a scapegoat for their own foul-ups or not following through.
parts is an example. the dealer will blame the manufacturer on parts delay, when it's the dealer who's waiting to get a bigger order together, so that they save on shipping costs.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:52 AM   #14
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That is a bummer Verydisapointed. I hope they get it all taken care of for you and get your camper fixed as good as new. I just picked up my brand new 2514G yesterday so I can relate the feeling of wanting to use something and then not getting to.

Sounds like your dealer doesn't provide the best customer service and probably never thought you would call FR yourself and follow up.

Hope they get your canvas on and have you ready for camping next year and that was just a fluke.

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