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View Poll Results: How satisfied are you with your Forest River RV?
Hate it 3 1.76%
Somewhat hate it 9 5.29%
It's OK 29 17.06%
It's Great! 100 58.82%
Best RV I've ever owned 29 17.06%
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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Satisfaction with your RV

Overall, how satisfied are you with your Forest River RV? I'm not talking about the dealer or your experience with buying or service, just, how do you like your rig?
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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I'd say, on a scale of 1 to 10, about an 8. I believe that I got a lot of coach for the money and hopefully it will give us many years of trouble free service.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:42 PM   #3
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I'd give mine an 8 as well mostly due to all of the items needing attention to be corrected. First a missing counter extension they forgot to install and it taking from November 2006 until April 2007 before they ever got the color right. Fog light that fell off, poorly grounded headlights resulting in no headlights and the numerous things I fixed myself. The quality check issue has been beat to death but until the RV Industry as a whole takes it seriously I dread ever thinking about buying another unit. I hate the thought of starting over the process of fixing what I paid to have installed and built properly.
We love the layout of the coach and it rides ok. It's not a limo ride but it's not bad, poor road conditions really make for a rough banging ride.
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:46 PM   #4
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Other than the FM reception issue (that has been fixed), no major issues. A few little things that by the sound of folks here are run of the mill stuff. I will have had it a year the end of Sept'.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:02 PM   #5
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On a 1 to 10, ten being great. I give the floor plan a 10 and I give the quality a 1. I have a 2011 2902SS.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:17 PM   #6
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We have a 08 Berkshire. The floorplan, diesel engine & Freightliner chassis was what sold us on this unit. We have had many problems to resolve with the coach, but overall I would buy this unit again.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:36 PM   #7
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For our new 2011 Wildcat 25RL fifth wheel, I'd give it a 6, so far. Clock has been replaced twice because neither worked; water spurted from faucets in the shower; water spurted from the outside water hook-up; side section of wood on the dinette broke after sitting in the seat only a couple of times; horizontal wood supports (attached to the table bench seat) for the table to rest on (to make an additional bed) are mounted too low so the "bed" is lower in the middle than the ends; those same horizontal wood supports are rough cut at the end - splintery wood and no stain applied; couch is not comfortable and there is not a strip support in the middle of the sitting part of the couch, so it slumps in the middle; carpet at one side of the slideout bunches up when the slideout is open; the wood used on the step (into the bedroom area) is thin and we wonder if it's going to snap in two from our weight; the shower "wall" (which is more like a sheet of something made from plastic) had no caulking at the top between it and the wall of the RV (we're tall so here was definite potential for water to get between the plastic and the RV wall - we had the dealer caulk it; the towel rack, toilet paper holder, soap dish were not mounted - we found them in a drawer! We're thrilled that at least the toilet flushes and the AC works - so far......
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the towel rack, toilet paper holder, soap dish were not mounted - we found them in a drawer!
The towel rack & TP holder weren't installed on mine either. I don't think I had to install the soap dish.

This issue could go either way. Their locations may be a customer preference, so FR leaves it up to the customer to install them. Now if they had thrown a major component (that most customers couldn't install) in a drawer, that would be a different story.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:28 PM   #9
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On 10-03-09 DW and I bought a 2010 Wildwood 26BHXL. Even allowing for a couple of very small items (only one screw in the end piece of the jack knife couch -came loose when slightly tall teen stretched in his sleep, and some possible storage aeas blcked) it is still the best rig we have ever owned. Sweet.
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:42 PM   #10
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the towel rack, toilet paper holder, soap dish were not mounted - we found them in a drawer!......
This trailer and the trailer I had before were the same way. I believe they leave it up to the customer to decide where they would like to mount them.

This Rockwood trailer on a scale of 1-10, I give it a 1. Reasons, sidewalls replacement and three other unrelated leaks, plus all the other ongoing minor problems that after awhile seem to grow.
We've had it 19 months. 5 months in winter storage and 13 weeks in the shop on 6 different occasions. Each time the shop manager said to bring it in because of parts needed and/or the type of repair needed. That averages 10 months of actual usage, shop repairs less than 2 months apart for an average of over 2 weeks each time.

The Salem I had before, about an 8. In the shop only 3 times, but one was due to hail damage. Only one major issue the whole time I owned it, slideout gear.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:05 AM   #11
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I have so much love for our camper that I can't stand the times between camping. I bought it off of a guy on Craig's List and had a few small issues tweaked in the first few weeks. Looking forward to a couple of days down at Bahia Honda later in September. This is our first trailer. If I could change anything, the slide would be a king instead of a queen and we'd both be able to hop into bed without wrestling to climb over the other. They changed the orientation on the newer models.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #12
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I would say that I am numb to the industry. lol, I just expect it to be crappy out of the box. Our last two fivers have both had their share of problems small to big. I don't mind fixing that stuff though.

I have never returned a trailer to a dealer before. Even if I had one under warranty I don't think I would take it back to a dealer.

I would have to say that even though it could be nitpicked to death our current trailer has been a great unit. It has been reliable and has the features that work for us right now.

Likely won't get another till our house is paid off here in a few more years. Then it will be time to look for some property somewhere far away from here lol.

This one gets an It's great vote in the poll.

Next time we will likely try a Carriage product.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:15 PM   #13
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We just returned today from a 6020km trip with our 2011 V-Lite 30WRLS and it was a super trip. Only 2 issues, the roads in Northern Ontario were so bad the dining room table actually broke free of the floor (it is only held down with 4 small screws though), during that round of things one of the easy chairs was thrown hard enough to bend the metal bracket that holds the surround on the rear side window as well. And there is an issue with shore power that when the Tv is on and the air conditioning comes on the TV shuts off then turns back on so I suspect some loose connections. Other than those 2 things and a couple minor things I picked up prior to the trip it has been a very good product so I would give it a solid 9. It tows like an absolute dream now that I have the Blue Ox hitch dialed in.. Semis don't ever disrupt it any more.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:27 PM   #14
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Overall we are very satisfied with our Flagstaff. Although we probably have not put as many miles on it as many of those on the forum, We have had very few problems. We certainly have not had the issues of those currently picking up their new TT. The only thing I had to have the dealer fix was gasketing on the slide when we picked it up. Only problems have been the kitchen sink faucet areator broke (currently held on with a hose clamp) and a constant cycling fan in the AC/DC converter. Other minor problems include screws backing out and little things like that. We looked at a lot of TTs before deciding on FR and I think we made a good decision (knock on wood).
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:15 PM   #15
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I guess I would rate my TT currently (Zero) Who hear would want to take a buy a TT have it for 17 months then be told the walls delaminating are your fault and the repair bill will be 8K (yes 8 thousand dollars) now if that seems like something you feel is alright then so be it. I find it unacceptable. Even if repaired an not looking good for that, I will not buy another FR. Yes I know but let me take your TT and degrade it 8K and at sell or trade in and I bet every one of you would be hollering. Be truthful if nothing else maybe FR forums should push for better manufacturing specs and QA with longer warranties than my daughters 60 dollar bike I bought at walmart.
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Be truthful if nothing else maybe FR forums should push for better manufacturing specs and QA with longer warranties than my daughters 60 dollar bike I bought at walmart.
I can understand your frustration, I'm sure everyone here can but are you saying that those of us that do like our rigs and have had few problems with them aren't being "truthful"?

We would all love to see better quality but we have ourselves to blame as a collective buying group by telling the RV industry that we want lighter trailers so we can pull a 33' 5er with a Toyota truck and 6 slide 40' motorhomes on gas chassis' and expect it all at a price that is ridiculously low.

We could all have the type of construction and quality we seek in our RVs problem is we can't afford them. Names like Prevost, Newell, Marathon, Country Coach all come to mind as excellent rigs with excellent customer service. I for one cant afford them.

Yes we love our rig. It is the best motorhome we have ever owned going back to our first in 1976. And that is being truthful.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:29 PM   #17
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Compared to many on the forum, I have had very few problems with my Rockwood 8313ss. Oh yeah, I had to have the walls, siding, and roof replaced, but that's no big deal! Just kidding. Truly, we have done nothing but enjoy the rig. Every time we camp, my wife says "I love my camper" and that's all I need to hear.

If the outsiding light on the front of the unit would work, I would have zero problems at the present time. Not bad!
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I guess I would rate my TT currently (Zero) Who hear would want to take a buy a TT have it for 17 months then be told the walls delaminating are your fault and the repair bill will be 8K (yes 8 thousand dollars) now if that seems like something you feel is alright then so be it. I find it unacceptable. Even if repaired an not looking good for that, I will not buy another FR. Yes I know but let me take your TT and degrade it 8K and at sell or trade in and I bet every one of you would be hollering. Be truthful if nothing else maybe FR forums should push for better manufacturing specs and QA with longer warranties than my daughters 60 dollar bike I bought at walmart.

Selecting parts of a statement only makes people look foolish. The truthful part is that as you see above if this happened to your TT..... etc. Leave the sound bites to the political groups. I will admit my punctuation needs work. Back to the TT. You can only discover the seals leaking after the fact not before unless there is visual damage or openings.
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You can only discover the seals leaking after the fact not before unless there is visual damage or openings.
That's true.
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We just picked up our new 2011 Flagstaff 8528CKSS, and spent a few nights camping while bringing it home. We are absolutely thrilled with the camper, absolutely zero problems. Everything works just fine, no water leaks, nothing!. The tech who showed us how everything works said it was one of the cleanest campers he had ever seen, apparently the guy who delivered it from the factory was very careful with it, and he had nothing, I repeat, nothing to fix.
The fit and finish is as good as much more expensive units, the couch is comfortable, and the leather lazy-boys are awesome.
We simply couldn't be happier with our purchace.
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