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Old 06-07-2017, 01:12 AM   #1
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You guys are making me wonder if im buying junk ?

Hi all , first day here , thursday im picking up a used 2012 sandstorm 233slc , and reading all the issues everyone is having scares me . I thought Forest River was a good brand ? I guess only time will tell , hopefully the first owner has all the bugs worked out .
In closing , is there anything i should check out in mine ? thanks in advance .. Dennis
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Old 06-07-2017, 02:28 AM   #2
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Check out everything. It matters not new or used. Have them fill all tanks and test everything then test it all again hooked to city water. Test all 12vdc items both on and off shore power and all 120vac items when on shore power. Go over every square inch of everything else and pull every access panel you can find which is attached with screws. Look for signs of water intrusion and soft spots in floors and walls. Pay extra attention to the floor in front of doors, toilets, sinks, fridge and other high traffic areas. Plan on spending hours.....not minutes. Take a flashlight.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:59 AM   #3
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For the most part all RV brands are made similarly. You always hear the bad rarely the good. We have a 2013 Puma since new from Forest River and have had almost no issues with it.

Do your homework Check the systems, if it has a musty smell inside walk away. Check wall and floor for soft areas. There are many check lists and YouTube videos for help.

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Old 06-07-2017, 05:05 AM   #4
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Happy owners outweigh the unhappy ones.
I've been a member of 7 different RV forums and you see lots of unhappy owners of ALL brands.
It's the nature of the Internet. Lots of complainers.

Those that are happy, rarely post that they're happy.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:43 AM   #5
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We just bought a 2013 Rookwood 8310SS last fall and could not be happier. No issues what so ever. I think a lot of it is a matter of expectations vs reality.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:21 AM   #6
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Happy owners outweigh the unhappy ones.
I've been a member of 7 different RV forums and you see lots of unhappy owners of ALL brands.
It's the nature of the Internet. Lots of complainers.

Those that are happy, rarely post that they're happy.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:23 AM   #7
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I've had 5 trailers. If things were that bad I would have stopped at 1. For the most part it usually small things. Our trailers twist and vibrate and bounce going down the road. Things are bound to come loose and occasionally get damaged or fail. Just the nature of the beast. Good preventive matainance will usually keep thing running and in good order.
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Ask each person "If you could, would you have given up camping because your unit had problems"?

Some would. Not many. Stuff happens, you fix it, you go camping. You won't ever stop fixing something or other.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:31 AM   #9
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That is what forums are for a place people can vent about problems, fortunately there are more good post here than bad
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Use a list like this one. I used it on my new 3171DS. The inspection took approximately four hours. Don't rush through, and check everything! The best time to find a problem is before you buy!

http://changingears.com/rv-checklist-inspection.shtml
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:12 AM   #11
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Every RV will have issues, especially if its brand new. Anything this complex that drives down a road is going to develop a few problems. The part that matters most is having a good dealer and company to back it up! Unfortunately I've personally lost my confidence in FR but my dealer has come around now.

Unless you shell out big money, there will always be little fixes. Just try to get them all flushed out during the warranty!
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:34 AM   #12
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Also,Good Sam has a pretty good extended service contract that is pretty good and doesn't cost too much. Gives you some peace of mind.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:22 AM   #13
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Add my voice to the list of "you mainly see the complaints" on Internet forums. You cannot use that as a measure of quality - it is the nature of the beast to filter out and select issues and problems. I just came back from an extended weekend trip to the pacific coast in my Shockwave 5th wheel. Loved every minute, nothing went wrong, and until this had no reason to post that experience.
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Long before internet forums there was word of mouth - I remember reading years ago that on average a satisfied customer told two people about the experience and a dissatisfied customer told 10. I think that spread gets opened up even further online.

That said, we bought a 2012 last spring because we were well aware that most RVs are poorly built and lots of issues, big or small, are sorted out in the first year or two of ownership. Ours has been almost problem free and we've been very happy with it. We've done lots of work on it, but they are almost all improvements.
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I have a 2016 3010DS. The only problem I had was a broken seal on the refrigerator door, when delivered. Everything has been working great. Just make sure you check everything before you take delivery, and do buy an extended service contract and roadside assistance (Good Sam or Coachnet)
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Ask each person "If you could, would you have given up camping because your unit had problems"?

Some would. Not many. Stuff happens, you fix it, you go camping. You won't ever stop fixing something or other.
X2 and... when you aren't fixing you are "fixing" to please yourself...we call them mods.
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I've had only 2 minor Issues with our 5ver.. shear pin on a bedroom slide and waterpump sucking air...nothing that has me regretting my FR product..
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Old 06-07-2017, 12:49 PM   #18
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I am on my 5th RV. They all will have some problems but nothing usually out of the normal expectations. Just like your home, you will need to occasionally fix something. Usually it is minor and most times you can do it yourself - replace facets, shower heads, mattress, a light bulb, tighten a plumbing drain, re-caulk a shower, etc. Just enjoy the RV and the experiences.
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Just make sure you re-caulk it every year or so. Water damage is very hard to get covered under any warranty or extended service contract.
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I have had 4 trailers from 3 different manufacturers over the past 10 years. I am generally happy with all of the same, and the little problems I had were similar to all of the manufacturers..

You will find some common themes that you will need to adjust or wrench on.. install battery disconnects to eliminate parasitic drains, maintenance or tightening tap connections due to wiggling loose, black/grey water tank maintenance and cleaning to reduce smells and clogs etc..

We have done over 50,000km in towing and camping over the past 10 years and plan to retire and camp 5 to 6 months a year from there.
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