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Old 12-06-2018, 03:22 PM   #1
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Forest River Spoiled Me

Over the years we have owned several different FR products from a towable to a motor home. This time we decided to buy a different manufacturer product and boy are we kicking ourselves in the behinds. Yes the FR products had some minor issues but all were handled quickly, professionally and quickly. The unit we have now has had more issues than all of the FR products added together. Your right, should of stuck with a good thing. The layout of our new unit was just what we were looking for and in our budget.
I know some will disagree with me from reading on the forum. This was just my experience. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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I know some will disagree with me from reading on the forum. This was just my experience. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
So true! I'm on other RV forums and I see complaints about every brand and manufacturer, including the Airstream.
Issues are an industry-wide problem and throughout every brand.
By the way, your profile stills shows you own a Georgetown.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:23 PM   #3
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I think I corrected it this time.
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Old 12-07-2018, 02:56 PM   #4
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Over the years we have owned several different FR products from a towable to a motor home. This time we decided to buy a different manufacturer product and boy are we kicking ourselves in the behinds. Yes the FR products had some minor issues but all were handled quickly, professionally and quickly. The unit we have now has had more issues than all of the FR products added together. Your right, should of stuck with a good thing. The layout of our new unit was just what we were looking for and in our budget.
I know some will disagree with me from reading on the forum. This was just my experience. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
I am just the opposite, having owned two "Fleetwood" products before I bought my MicroLite. Granted the TT's I previously owned were from the old days (I keep my TT's until I've squeezed every bit of value out of them) but so far I haven't had any of the issues I see complained about on this forum.

Only real problem (other than wiring that didn't meet MY standards) was how the factory installed the water filter. A couple of sheet metal screws into the "Door Skin" plywood on the side of the water pump compartment were just begging to fall out. Simple solution though. A piece of 1X4 finish lumber secured to corners and glued to "door skin", then securing the filter housing to it. If I'd thought about it I would have gone the "Cadillac route" installing T-Nuts and using machine screws to secure the filter housing.

I think one thing in my favor is that I'm the only human that is using the trailer. No kids to jump on things or improperly close doors, etc. Yes, things are light weight but cared for properly (by not overloading primarily) and I expect to squeeze all the value out of this TT as I did the others (a 1972 and 1995 model).

I guess I too am spoiled by the quality FR turned out when they built my trailer. I'm guessing they built more than just mine with the same quality as well.
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:40 PM   #5
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Fr spoiled me

Having only owned 2 FR products, both micro lites, and no other FR line, or brand of rvs, my only basis for comparison is the other brands we looked at before purchasing ours.

And, Murphy s law being what it is , as soon as I post this the wheels will probably fall off ours.

But I have to say how lucky we feel that we have experienced ZERO problems with our tt and agree that we are impressed with the quality of our unit compared to the other brands we looked at. Will always go to FR for any future changes in our RVing.
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Old 12-08-2018, 05:11 PM   #6
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I have to agree. We are in our third Forest River T/T and have had few problems at all. Any problems we had were fixed in a timely manner with no real hassles.

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Old 12-08-2018, 08:08 PM   #7
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I'm going to jump in and agree. We have lot's of friends with different Manufacturers of trailers, 5th wheels, motor homes. We have had a few issues, but FR has come through, worked with us in a timely manner, and now that we are at year 3, we continue to use our trailer every month and thoroughly enjoy the experience. We have friends selling trailers because they are so frustrated. I am thankful we own a FR. I think they are a notch above others. But I do wish the industry would get better.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:31 PM   #8
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Another happy camper here. I bought my 2014 V-Cross by FR in the summer of 2017 expecting to have problems. I have only had one problem, the Dometic 300 toilet wouldn't hold water. The dealer replaced it free of charge in a timely manner. We have taken six camping trips with it in the year plus that we've owned it and couldn't be happier.

My V-Cross is a Vee nose trailer and I have found that it is a curiosity magnet. At every campground that we go to people want to see what it looks like on the inside. All of them are impressed with the floor plan and overall quality.

My daughter and son in law bought a new Coleman TT in 2017 and it was at the dealer more than they had it. The dealer even kept it over the winter to supposedly get it fixed during their slow time. The dealer never did fix everything to my son in laws satisfaction.
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I have owned several 5th wheels by other manufactures and had good results and few issues. Last 5er I traded for a FR tt and here again very few issues and warranty fixed. I'm now on my 2nd FR tt and having just as good of luck with it also. I think the folks that build the V-Lites do a better job over all as I see few folks with issues. If I where to buy another tt yes Id by a FR tt. Later RJD
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:49 PM   #10
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We have been very happy with our Windjammer. A friend of ours bought a new SOB TT and the shower drain was left unattached from the factory. He had other problems too. Another friend had a supposedly high dollar/ high quality trailer. The wiring was backwards and they like our camper better dining and spending the evening in. FR does ok as far as I am concerned.
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Agreed completely with the original post. We first owned a Dutchmen travel trailer back in 2001, then went to a FR Sandpiper fifth wheel - then a FR Columbus - and now a FR Cardinal. Minor issues on any of them, including the Dutchmen (which we only had about 3 years).

But, the Forest River quality has been exceptional - and on the rare occasion we've had issues Forest River or our warranty (or extended warranty) has handled things completely.

I'm sold on Forest River, and I think a part of the reason is the ownership of Warren Buffett. I figure anything he and Berkshire Hathaway are behind must be a pretty solid company.

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Old 12-09-2018, 09:18 AM   #12
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my 1st was a FR wolf pup and was great, my 2nd is a Vibe and very nice, I have been told that FR has 5 or more inspections before the new ones leave the factory, so that tells me that FR really watches there product, Im sold
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:27 AM   #13
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guess we are lucky we had a SOB and had zero problems with it 4 years, we just needed a little more room (slide out) so we got our FR and have had no issues with it after 2 years
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:32 AM   #14
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Forest River Spoiled Me

We are full timers and had a FR Salem TT. Bought it used and loved it. We just upgraded to a 2108 Wildcat 5er. Only issue was the inverter was wired backwards at the factory. Quick and easy fix by the dealer. I believe I may be a FROG member for life.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:09 AM   #15
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No problems with the Rockwood. No experience with other brands but when perusing the Jayco owners forum I see very few posts about problems.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:33 PM   #16
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I'm a happy Forest River customer too. We had a Prime Time Crusader 315RST and had a few small issues. At the Goshen rally the inspected the trailer and found some problems I had didn't know about. They took it to the factory and fixed everything. This was with the warranty expired. We are now waiting on a Cedar Creek Silverback 37RTH.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:38 PM   #17
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Cedar Creek Silverback 37RTH.

Just looked at the Cedar Creek Silverback 37RTH. What a brilliant design!
Wish you many years of happy traveling.

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Positive: Forest River spoiled me

My husband and I started with a FR pop up in 2006 - since then we have owned a KZ, Starcraft and Heartland. After a fire at our home destroyed our Heartland - this past summer we purchased a 2019 FR Microlite 21DS - and yes we too feel spoiled with this great product. Our first had the heated mattress as does this TT (one of my needs when making our final decision!)
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:51 AM   #19
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Best experience sofar

We have moved up and down the ladder of RVs over the last 30 years and have pulled and driven everything from pop-ups to motorhomes. Our last purchase was the 21DS Microlite from FR and I can honestly say that it has been great.

Yes, there were some minor issues and I do not have granite counters, but this little trailer is one that fits us best, is well made, dependable and keeps on rolling.

At this point I would not consider anything else that this kind of money can buy. We did get an amazing deal though before trailer prices went through the roof. Thank you Gimmy Shelter.

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Old 12-14-2018, 04:13 PM   #20
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I just bought my first fr product but am happy so far on ly problem so far is stabilizers not working with the remote on first trip took to dealer they replaced a blown fuse unfortunately have not been able to use since due to work and family schedules so we will get started back camping in a couple of months and I will see if for sure that was the problem me being a mechanic by trade know fuses don't just blow without a reason but we will see but otherwise very happy with the unit we bought a wildwood 31kqbts and after having a 29l Terry with no slides we feel like we are in a mansion now having 3 slides and an enormous Bunk house for the grandkids so this is just my 2 cents worth but probably buy fr again based on what we have seen so far
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