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Old 08-16-2006, 11:07 PM   #1
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Pros and cons

Looking for other Georgetown owners. What model? Year? Any problems? Good and bad things.
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:30 AM   #2
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Smile The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hello fellow Georgetown owner,

We took delivery of our 2006 Georgetown 370 from our dealer in November 2005. Our first trip was over the Memorial Day weekend. We didn't go far because we know you have to work the bugs out the first year. There were numerous small things like: Screen Door didn't latch; the awning wouldn't latch; the awning strap was frayed have way through the strap; the toilets leaked and squirted water from the valves, the 1/2 bath door kept popping open while driving in spite of being securely latched. The biggest thing was Rust. It seemed there was rust everywhere in the basement compartments. We took it in to have the problems corrected and Forest River approved all the work. The worst part is our rig was in the shop for 6 weeks - practically our whole summer here in western NY.

Last weekend we took it out overnight to see how everything looked. All of our complaints appeared to have been addressed.

As for our satisfaction, overall we are satisfied. We bought the unit because of its floor plan. (1 and 1/2 baths), very roomy and comfortable. We are disappointed in the 'cheap-down' features of some of the amenities like the screen door, the shallow cupboards, the shallow refrigerator, the sofa-sleeper mattress and other things that I am sure have yet to appear. We did speak with a couple of other RV owners of different manufacturers and they too complained about the same type of things when it comes to quality. So it must be an industry-wide problem.

As for the screen door, my husband did manage to fix the problem of the wimpy slide falling out every time we used it. He put a metal strip along the inner front edge. It not only keeps the slide in place, it now feels 'richer'. He spray painted the metal and screws white so it doesn't look like a modification. If every thing we find can be corrected this easily I'll really be a happy camper.

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Old 08-20-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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Hi , we purchased a Forest River Windsong, slightly upgraded Georgrtown, last year of production, 2003. The dealer did not tell us it was dicontinued.
Never the less was bought in upstate western NY. Similar probs. . screen door is a joke , slide opening is less than that. We had a leak of undetermined origin, found it later after hall floor is ruined by delamination. Prob was in installation of shower valve behind shower wall, installer must of had super strengh or a big wrench, nut on line to mixer was so tight it cracked the housing and leaked between the walls and out to the hall floor. Took so long to find it the coach was out of warranty.
Many leaks at slides whether open or closed, serviced twce but still leaks.
.. My friend has a georgetown bot at the same time , has had excellent luck, they went to Mexico on train trip and now are cruising from N. E. to far northwest and down to S CA and into Vegas and will be heading back to N.E. soon. So far trouble free.
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Old 08-23-2006, 05:44 PM   #4
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Issues

We bought ours in 2004 had some minor issues, with the drawers in the bedroom. We also had some problems with the front slide. The dealer fixed the slide and drawers, but scrathed the decal on one side. They then replaced the all of the decals on that side. We had a right front window problem, the wind shield did not seat properly. The dealer was not able to fix it and the factory took it back and repaired it. All in all, we are very happy with our 370XL and so far have put 22,000 miles on it and have been rving over 50 days for the past two years.
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:57 PM   #5
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Major problems, do not buy one

I have had major problems with my Forest River Georgetown xl. The biggest one concerns the hydraulics, for the rooms and the jacks. I have been stranded twice now, with the jacks down and no way to get them up. The manual method did not work. Forest River not only drags their feet at getting things fixed, but tried to blame us for the faults. They use cheap gear in their homes. They do not care for quality, or the showers would not leak, the screen doors would close, they would have used the industry standard hydraulics instead of that cheap system they use (Lippert, I beleive). I have had my coach since February. It has been in the shop for three months. Forest River would not authorize payment for repair on work that was performed. They are still trying to delay payment. They have said twice that they sent parts out to fix the coach, said it would take five days, both of those statements were made more than five days apart. Forest Rivers own techs were of no help with the hydraulics. The service department had to go directly to Lippert for some help. Lippert says their pump has known problems that they are improving on the next model of pump. Luckily, I have a great job, and my sister is a lawyer. Enough said.

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Old 09-17-2006, 07:52 PM   #6
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Sad to here about your problems but this is a place that you are welcome to vent and share with the fellow owners.

Thanks for checking in with us and keep us updated on the status of your unit.

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I have had major problems with my Forest River Georgetown xl. The biggest one concerns the hydraulics, for the rooms and the jacks. I have been stranded twice now, with the jacks down and no way to get them up. The manual method did not work. Forest River not only drags their feet at getting things fixed, but tried to blame us for the faults. They use cheap gear in their homes. They do not care for quality, or the showers would not leak, the screen doors would close, they would have used the industry standard hydraulics instead of that cheap system they use (Lippert, I beleive). I have had my coach since February. It has been in the shop for three months. Forest River would not authorize payment for repair on work that was performed. They are still trying to delay payment. They have said twice that they sent parts out to fix the coach, said it would take five days, both of those statements were made more than five days apart. Forest Rivers own techs were of no help with the hydraulics. The service department had to go directly to Lippert for some help. Lippert says their pump has known problems that they are improving on the next model of pump. Luckily, I have a great job, and my sister is a lawyer. Enough said.

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Old 10-14-2006, 08:35 PM   #7
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How about any m-265 owners out there? I am looking for options lists, spec sheets, plan sheet etc.

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Old 10-15-2006, 11:59 AM   #8
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Question New Georgetown Owner

We have just purchased a 2007 Georgetown 370. Will pick up next week. Haven't done any RVing in 20 years & would love to hear from folks about: What are the first additional purchases we should make? and What is best way to upgrade beds (queen & sofa bed)? Glad to have found this site.
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Old 10-17-2006, 01:20 PM   #9
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We replaced the regular mattress with a memory foam mattress. It's awesome. The sofa bed depends on whether or not you still want it to be a pull out bed. We replaced our sofa bed with a Lazyboy reclining love seat. It fits perfectly in the space and Bear, the two Shih tzus and me, fit on it very well. We didn't need another bed as we have the big bunk over the garage.
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I have a 2004 34ds and have no major problems the main one has been badly installed drawer guides which had to be adjusted or replaced. We live in it for 4 months per year and travel around 5000 miles per year. The hydraulics so far have worked perfectly.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:48 PM   #11
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I have a 2004 34DS and have no major issues until this Spring. The slides do not extend. when each wall switch is pressed there is absolutely no response.
I have contacted both Forest River and Lippert components(the manufacturer of the electric/hydraulic system that moves the slides - thus far they seem to think it is the wall switches. It will be a super coincidence if that is the case.

I am hopeful someone has a suggestion.

Lippert says the switches are wired directly to the Trombetta relay in the pump area. There are no in-line fuses and the slides have operated perfectly for three years.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:58 PM   #12
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I'll just add this little bit from another thread... something to think about when asking others for their opinion... we're all subjective in some way.

The problem with most on-line reviews is they come from customers. And a customer's review of the line depends on his/her own personal subjective experience. For instance on http://www.motorhomeadvice.com/mhreviews/ I see 7 reviews for the FR Georgetown - 4 good 2 bad and one so-so. For Newmar, which is reportedly a high quality MH, there are 13 reviews - 5 good, 4 bad and 4 so-so. For Monaco, another premium brand, 15 reviews, 7 good, and so on. Who can tell what to think from that?
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RE the slide not working, I take it you get nothing when you hit the switch - no sign of life at all. Here's what one of the the Lippert manuals says for troubleshooting. It's off a PDF, so the paste is the best I can do. Most of their owner manuals are on their website.

TROUBLESHOOTING CHART - SLIDEOUT
The following troubleshooting chart outlines some common problems, their causes and possible corrective actions. When reference is made to a “Power Unit,” the term includes the motor and the actuator as a complete unit. All Power Units are shipped from the factory with a serial number and date code, which should be given to the service technician when asking for assistance.
ROOM DOESN’T MOVE WHEN SWITCH IS PRESSED
PROBABLE CAUSE CORRECTIVE ACTION
  • Restrictions both inside and outside of unit Check for and clear restriction
  • Low battery voltage, blown fuse, defective wiring Check battery. Charge battery or add auxiliary power source. Check battery terminals, and all other wiring. Look for loose or corroded connections
  • Power Unit not functioning See “Power Unit Troubleshooting” page 22

TROUBLESHOOTING – POWER UNIT
  • Before attempting to troubleshoot the Power Unit, make sure an adequate power source is available. The unit batteries should be fully charged or the unit should be plugged into to A/C service with batteries installed.
  • Do not attempt to troubleshoot the Power Unit without assuring a full 12V DC charge.
  • The following tests require only a DC voltmeter (or DC test light) and a jumper lead.
  • Step 1 - Attach voltmeter (or test light) leads to the negative and positive terminals on motor solenoid (See Fig. 7). Does the meter indicate 12V DC?
  • If YES, see Step 2; if NO see Step 3.
  • Step 2 - If YES, at the motor, check the incoming leads to 12V DC (if necessary, disconnect leads at wire splices). Does meter indicate 12V DC?
  • If YES, Power Unit needs to be replaced. The motor is not field serviceable. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPAIR.
  • If NO, Inspect all wires and connections between the wall switch and the motor. Repair connections as necessary. Recheck as in Step 1.
  • Step 3 - If NO, Inspect all connections between battery and solenoid. Inspect 30A Auto-reset Circuit Breaker (See Fig. 7 for location). Recheck as above in Step 1.
  • Since there are no field serviceable parts in the motor of the Power Unit, electrical troubleshooting and service is limited to replacing only those components as previously outlined. Thorough inspection of wiring and connections is the only other electrical service that can be performed.
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Wow, nice troubleshooting guide welshman!

And to think I was gonna suggest hitting the controll panel with a hammer!!
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That's on page 23.
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Thanks for the input. I actually got all the tip sheeta off the Lippert website. As the jacks worked we knew the hydraulics and pump worked.
I used a test light to determine the wiring continuity - it was the wire from the battery to the switch. As it is all enclosed there was no way to find the break or bad connection. So after some thought I tied the slide switch output side into the water pump wiring. Everything works like normal again.
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:29 PM   #17
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Its not easy to find other Georgetown owners. Looks like this forum is quite slow to.

Anyways. We have a 2006 Georgetown. We are somewhat happy with it although we have had some problems. This is our first Motorhome so we dont what the normal list of problems should look like in the first year.

We have had some minor stuff go wrong but all in all it seems to be a good motorhome. Runs great.

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I have a 2004 370TS XL. It's our 1st MH, previously had a pop-up. Overall, we love the floor plan, it is very comfortable, drives extremely well (very stable) and suites us very well. Had a few issues early on, some of which were the result of my own inexperience/lack of knowledge, but have an excellent dealer with good service and all were resolved without much problem. Biggest complaint is the Apollo microwave/convection oven. I'm on my 4th unit now, luckily all replaced under original/extended warranty. Not a very robust design. Just this week had to have the steps replaced. Control board and power supply failed, but again replaced under extended warranty. Wife and I still work full time, so only have about 14,000 miles on it. I will say, though, that I recognize it is an "entry level" MH, and wonder if it's the coach I want to do extensive travel in once we retire. Have a few years yet before we cross that bridge, so time will probably let me know yea or nea. Hope it's a yes, because buying another coach will really be a stretch. Anyone doing significant miles in theirs??
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We are retired and live in ours 4 months of the year and do about 5000 miles annually, so far no major problems with the unit.
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:51 AM   #20
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We are still happy with our 2007 370XL - has some of the same minor problems ya'll had (slide, screen door latch, bedroom drawers), but had great service (though not fast & we missed camping time).

Guess the big test is next - warranty is over & we'll have to see what goes wrong & what it will cost us.

For now - we are still glad we made the dicision to buy it & are considering becoming full timers in the near future.

ANY COMMENTS AND/OR SUGGESTIONS FOR FULL TIMING IN THE 370 XL?
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