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Old 12-22-2015, 12:10 AM   #1
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Forester roof leaks : new rigs

Hi, if you've experienced a roof leak on your new Forrestor please leave me a post. I had mine for less than two weeks when it leaked like a sive during our first rain.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Read your post on another topic about your leaking roof. Sorry to hear that you are having issues so early on. Good Luck!
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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The day we picked up our new Forester this past June we camped 8-mi away from the Dealership - just in case. It rained 3-in that night. Not a drop on moisture in our new Forester. So, it's not all of them.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:48 AM   #4
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It leaked from the nose cap but the sloshing of water between the walls for days is what makes me push for a new rig
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:03 AM   #5
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Nose cap leak. Gallons of water sloshing between the walls for days. Dealer said, the rig is mold proof. NOT TRUE. Want another new one.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:27 AM   #6
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Based on your statements, stand your ground. You may want to deal with FR if you don't get satisfaction at a local level. Might not hurt to have a lawyer in your pocket too. There is nol way to guarantee the no mold issue without disassembling the entire coach.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:59 AM   #7
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Where did the leak come in from?
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Auntielo, you are about to enter the great void, more commonly known as "the black hole of warranty work".
This is where your dealer will point the finger at FR, and FR will probably tell you to take it to the dealer. In any case, your rig will be in for repairs, for an unknown length of time, while your still making payments on it.
There is no lemon law pertaining to RV's, and unless FR decides to give you a new one (don't hold your breath) out of the goodness of their heart (HA!!!), your stuck with the one you have. The leaks and mold come free of charge.
Even if they find and fix the original leak, you will always worry about mold, rot, and delamination, even though FR or the dealer will say it's not a problem.
Then, after the one year warranty is over, neither will lift a finger to help you, and your now the proud owner of a rig that's lost half it's value.
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:31 AM   #9
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Auntielo1 Hi I got my forester in July a 3051 the first rain we encountered on our way home water started running down the wall
It is not a great feeling we had a 100 mm of rain that day and I was on the roof trying to find a leak. Mind the sealant let go where the front cap joined the roof.i brought a couple tubes of sealant and sealed everything on the roof even the screw heads that had no sealant. This seemed to fix the leak than I brought a dehumidifier and sucked all the moisture out for about 2 weeks . Not sure if it will come back to bite me later.
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Hey Grumpy...the lemon law will cover an RV. I have won a case against Monaco. The only problem is it has to relate to "safety issues" and the coach needs to have a least 3 attempts to make repairs before the "Lemon Law" can be used. It would normally be used against the chassis manufacturer.
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The focus here is getting AuntieLo's issue resolved. I've private messaged my number so we can take the proper steps to getting this issue resolved.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:33 PM   #13
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Ours leaked so we covered it and took it in for repairs. By the time the dealer could get us in, mold.

Starting the journey of do what is right and we shall see. i doubt FR will stand by it in any way and I am now realizing I may be stuck with a moldy motorhome until I die. no resale value i am sure.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:37 PM   #15
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Good job Joshua! Thanks for the update.
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No don't think you will get a new rig but I do think FR will bring to the factory and take apart and and repair properly I wouldn't let nobody repair it but FR at the factory
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Yay Joshua!
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:17 PM   #18
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Roof Leak x 4

My saga is similar. Bought New May 9, 2015. Had Georgetown 280DS only a few weeks this summer and noted fiberglass roof developing waves and creases and I felt, separating at the cap in front. Dealer sealed at cap, Forrest River said common issue should be ok. Couple months later crease became hairline crack. Forrest River authorized radius metal sheets over creases. This was a metal strip several inches wide. It appears placed and secured in gutter area and curved over top of roof and secured there. All screws and seams were sealed, I think with docor and/or other sealants.

This was done right at the beginning of our cold and rainy period. I took it home after repair and it leaked with the first rain, what I felt was a lot. Soaked bathroom floor, ran into bedroom and soaked in shower. Returned to dealer and resealed. Leak unchanged.

It took three attempts to finally get it sealed. Along with this also had three storage compartments below leaking in rain and if sprayed with hose. It took 4 attempts too get them sealed.

They put a blower in coach for a while after one of the episodes. Not sure about the others. I hooked it up to electricity at home and ran a electric heater and the coach heat for 3 days at 72-78 degrees on thermostat. We live up North and it has been well below freezing during this time a lot. Don't know what my electric bill will be like this month. I do know this though. My RV dealer is 12 miles away. With this and other issues I believe I have put over 150 miles back and forth to the dealer. I believe this because I filled the tank before winterizing, reset trip meter and have not used it except for the trips related to the dealer.

I have concerns about the long term effects of the leak on the wood structures of the coach. I mentioned it is cold here and the remote parts of the coach were not nearly as warm as the heater settings. I hope they dried and feel that Forrest River should assume some longer term responsibility beyond their one year warranty for further leaks or runs and wood dry rot. Anyone had success getting them to do that?

Interested to know what others say.
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The focus here is getting AuntieLo's issue resolved. I've private messaged my number so we can take the proper steps to getting this issue resolved.
It appears that Joshua has taken ownership and will address this. Lets give him a chance to rectify it.
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It appears that Joshua has taken ownership and will address this. Lets give him a chance to rectify it.
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