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Old 10-17-2016, 04:15 PM   #1
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2014 Forest River Lacrosse 318 Luxury Lite

My wife and I are about to pull the trigger on purchasing a 2014 Forest River Lacrosse 318 Luxury Lite. The negotiated price is $22,000 plus taxes etc. The unit is very clean and looks like new. Im buying from Camping World. No one I know has anything good to say about them so I am skeptical. Any input from owners or people familiar with this model would be helpful. Most of the reviews I have read about these units have been favorable. Anyone had any major issues? How is the insulation on them? It will see most of its use during the winter months in the North Atlanta area.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:26 PM   #2
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Beware of CW after the sale.
They have a terrible nationwide reputation for service.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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Yeah thats pretty much what everyone I have talked to says about them.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:47 PM   #4
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Well known for front cap fade. Check under the slide-outs for wear thru. (mostly on the fridge slide, that this unit doesn't have.

Typical today's rv quality.

Other than that we really like our Lacrosse. Think its made better than most fr products or others in TT class.

Suggest read thru the prime time section of the forum or search Lacrosse

Its not a 4 season camper.
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In 2014 we bought a used 2011 Prime Time Tracer 3150 which basically has the same floor plan as the Lacrosse 318, but is 1000 lbs. lighter due to not having the 318's arched ceilings, heavier doors, etc. that also make the Lacrosse a bit more plush than the Tracer...

I spent 2 hours looking-over ours BEFORE making an offer. I looked behind EVERY cubby & access panel with a flashlight & didn't see any prior signs of water penetration, etc. The only noticeable issues were some trim pieces that need re-attached - the rest of the TT appeared unused... YES, definitely check underneath the slide-outs for unusual wear, check under the dinette seats, etc. for signs of water leaking-in, crawl under the TT & inspect, and definitely check the roof.

Our Tracer was 2 seasons old but appeared like-new inside. For around $21K the dealer included an Equalizer 4 1200 WDH & installation, pressurized leak test & re-caulking (where their system showed air escaping), adjusted both slide-outs & awning tracking, replaced the CO2 detector & TT battery, & provided a 2.5 hour PDI. However, before our first trip we replaced the (used) mattress & (China Bomb) tires (w/Maxxis) which I would have done had I purchased new...

Although buying used meant no warranty, our dealer (General RV) did a great job of fine-tuning all systems & we camped for the next 3 years without any issues except for the Dometic 8.0 fridge - which I eventually replaced with a $300 11.8 Whirlpool residential powered by a $100 2000W inverter... We LOVE the roomy Whirlpool which is actually now an "upgrade" option on many newer TTs... It cools FAST so we can load & go last-minute.

IMO the insulation is decent, but obviously not 4 season up here in Ohio, or even 3.5... In 95+ temps our single 13.5 A/C keeps us <75. When temps are low but above freezing we run (2) Vornado space heaters front & back & just let the TT heater fan circulate the air through the vents (don't have to pay for propane...). When nights go just below freezing I run the TT's propane heater to keep the water tanks from freezing but I don't tempt fate. If I regularly camped in winter, even in GA, I would have some means to keep the low point drains, outside water line, etc. from freezing when temps hit unexpected lows...
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:59 PM   #6
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Rhino, thank you for the lengthy reply and giving me our experience. Its interesting that you have a 2011 Prime Time Tracer, that is the other trailer I am considering except it is a 2012. That one is a private seller and he is dropped is price from 24k to 21k with hitch and other things included. Thats still a bit high if you ask me. For the extra 3k, really only $1,000 considering the dealer fees and tax I have to pay at Camping World for a 2 year newer trailer its a no brainer. I'm towing it with a 1ton dually diesel so the weight of the trailer isn't an issue to me.
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Plato, i took your advice and searched the site a little and now I have another question. The unit I am looking at has a single 15k A/C, 30 amp service but also has the electric fireplace. I questioned the sales person on that issue and he claims it is common. I would think the fireplace would use up a decent amount of power. Does anyone have one of these and can they tell me if they actually put off a decent amount of heat? I'm also concerned about the size of the trailer and only a single A/C unit with no option to expand. Is a single unit large enough for this trailer?
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Our old fiver had 30amp service with a fireplace. It puts out some heat ...it is actually a glorified 1500w space heater

The fiver had a disconnect switch that disabled the microwave while using the fireplace since the 30amp service was not enough to run both at same time

Our new Crusader has 50amp and we can run fireplace, micro, coffee pot and more all at same time


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Old 10-17-2016, 09:43 PM   #9
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Plato, i took your advice and searched the site a little and now I have another question. The unit I am looking at has a single 15k A/C, 30 amp service but also has the electric fireplace. I questioned the sales person on that issue and he claims it is common. I would think the fireplace would use up a decent amount of power. Does anyone have one of these and can they tell me if they actually put off a decent amount of heat? I'm also concerned about the size of the trailer and only a single A/C unit with no option to expand. Is a single unit large enough for this trailer?
The fireplace does draw a fair power, heats up well and saves gas. I have had no issue with running it. Now a coffee maker and hair dryer may pop a breaker.
1 a/c unit in a camper of this size has it limits. If you camp in the shade your much better off. If your in the hot sun 90+ degrees, don't expect much more than a 10 degree drop in temp.
When its hot and we're sitting in the living room I just open the dump on the a/c and stay cool.
I can say if I had do over...I would want 2 a/c and a 50 amp.

The Lacrosse is a nice unit and the price you mention sounds good. So your getting the bang for the buck here.

Be sure to post some pics.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:36 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the help. We have been long time tent campers and this is our first camping trailer. Its main purpose for me is business, the camping is just a bonus use. My biggest fear is taking on someone else lemon. Only being 2 years old and according to the dealer the owners "upgraded" to a 5th wheel. Is this common to do? I can imagine these people lost a ton of money on this considering the rapid depreciation the first few years.
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Thanks for all the help. We have been long time tent campers and this is our first camping trailer. Its main purpose for me is business, the camping is just a bonus use. My biggest fear is taking on someone else lemon. Only being 2 years old and according to the dealer the owners "upgraded" to a 5th wheel. Is this common to do? I can imagine these people lost a ton of money on this considering the rapid depreciation the first few years.
Very common, and yes most take a beating on trading something this new. That's one reason to Look Look and think it all out, plus use these type of sites.
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My biggest fear is taking on someone else lemon. Only being 2 years old and according to the dealer the owners "upgraded" to a 5th wheel. Is this common to do? I can imagine these people lost a ton of money on this considering the rapid depreciation the first few years.
Yes folks do trade up in short order. We traded our 2013 Tracer for a 2014 Lacrosse.

Why we traded;
1- our tracer had too many issues that we no longer wanted to deal with.
It was a fight with the dealer and fr to correct issues to our satisfaction.
2- The Tracer didn't really fit our needs as we thought it would when purchased.

Like I said before, other then the slide wear (fixed) cap fade and several other lesser issues the Lacrosse is a good unit and we do like it.
Buying new can be full of issues as well as buying used. Sub-par quality runs all thru the rv industry.

Your here on the forum and its a good place to gather info. Go over any unit with a fine tooth comb, good or better ones are out there. Expect to have a few issue to deal with, hopefully small ones.
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