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Old 02-18-2019, 12:45 PM   #1
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Why is FR3 called a "Crossover" ?

Hi every one, just registered and this is my first post on Forest River Forums.

They say it's got drivability like a CL C with roominess of a CL A

They don't say this about the Georgetown, so what is different about the FR3 and say for instance the GT3?

A salesman told me it was a CL A built on a CL C chassis, but I don't think could be right since they seem to have the same chassis specs.

I have not had any luck googling this question.

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Old 02-18-2019, 12:59 PM   #2
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I feel your confusion.

We have a 2010 35 foot Georgetown. Iím not sure there was the FR3 line when we purchased.

However, after viewing the model lineups these days, and given the different lengths and floor plans, Iím not sure why they make that crossover statement either.

Our Georgetown is based on the Ford F53 chassis with 19.5Ē wheels. Although other Georgetown models do offer larger 22.5Ē wheels, Iím not sure that can be said about FR3 models.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:44 PM   #3
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I can't answer your question but I too found it interesting last year while shopping. The main thing is that saw about the first was that it was very basic in accessories compared to the class c Forester we bought.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:04 PM   #4
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Itís a crossover

Itís a crossover because of the bed it the front like a c class but itís a a class because of the front is at the same level
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:11 PM   #5
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it's only a 'cross over' because they labeled it that, simple.... it really means nothing other than to stimulate thought that it's somehow 'different' than both a Class C and a Class A, but it's really just a Class A.

My diesel pusher has a front bunk - that doesn't make it anything like a Class C, though.

just my thoughts : )

(the reality is that any or all of these labels are just that, labels. none of them really have any bearing on the usage or drivability of the RV - differences or not - ask any owner of a 'Super C' is - they'll probably admit that it's just a longer 'C')
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:31 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

Just reaffirms than many sales men have no idea what they are talking about.

But, at least my last salesman admitted, "First time buyers are always the easiest" lol

Wonder what Forest River is thinking when it says this on their own website.

FR3 CROSSOVER GAS CLASS A MOTORHOME
The FR3 crossover motorhome combines the best features, family friendly livability and affordability of an easy to drive Class C motorhome with the space, convenience and styling of a Class A motorhome.

Oh, the "affordability" of easy to drive CL C. Which even that makes no sense because a CL C doesnt drive easier, it's even less aerodynamic and blows around worse than a CL A.
And I don't see where a FR3 is any cheaper than a Georgetown either
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:56 AM   #7
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If you look at the Georgetown GT3 there are not many differances from the FR3. They are built on the same f53 Chassis and which chassis they use will depend on the length of the coach. We have a 2016 FR3 30DS and are having good luck with it. We had some problems in the first year but Forest River was great to work with.

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Old 02-19-2019, 01:53 PM   #8
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If you look at the Georgetown GT3 there are not many differances from the FR3. They are built on the same f53 Chassis and which chassis they use will depend on the length of the coach. We have a 2016 FR3 30DS and are having good luck with it. We had some problems in the first year but Forest River was great to work with.

Happy travels and good luck.
The different between the Georgetown and the fr3 is the floor is thicker and the inside of the Georgetown uses better materials.I went through the factory and that is what they said.I also own a 2017 fr3 and the wood molding and the material they use on the couch and the dinette is stronger.Again only my to cents.
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At the time the FR3 was introduced as a SHORT, Minimally finished, rubber roofed model...designed to compete with the THOR ACE...A, C, Evolution... it was a crossover between the two classes. Those distinctions have blured as the models got bigger and the features became more comparable to the G'Town.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:16 PM   #10
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It’s a crossover because of the bed it the front like a c class but it’s a a class because of the front is at the same level
That’s what I have been told. It’s because of the bed that comes down in front from over top of driver and passenger. It is lowered with 12 volt motor.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:28 PM   #11
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Why is FR3 called a "Crossover" ?

Because when a high wind gust hits you, you crossover into the next lane?
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Cause ... itís a cross over between a bucket of junk and an Rv? Maybe ? Lol
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No dog in this fight but an Observation.

Some people can only afford the FR3. I know someone that bought one, took their kids camping and travelled to the east cost. Had fun and time of their lives.

Not for all great for some.
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Geeze, you guys don't like the
FR 3 or you just don't like any motorhomes? They look pretty nice to me.
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Geeze, you guys don't like the
FR 3 or you just don't like any motorhomes? They look pretty nice to me.
Before we purchased our FR3 28DS, we looked a 2017 Georgetown 270S. The Georgetown had a few more bells & whistles but it was not the right floor plan. My wife liked the FR3 more.

I also noticed the Dealer rented the FR3 30DS. The salesman offered to sell us one of their rentals, so I did a walkthrough of several 2016 FR3 30DS & a 2017 FR3 30DS. The FR3 is sturdy & durable enough for a rental fleet.

Our FR3 28DS is the perfect motorhome for us. 29' 8" is short enough to park in our driveway. We love our FR3 & we are looking forward to using it again & again.
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Before we purchased our FR3 28DS, we looked a 2017 Georgetown 270S. The Georgetown had a few more bells & whistles but it was not the right floor plan. My wife liked the FR3 more.

I also noticed the Dealer rented the FR3 30DS. The salesman offered to sell us one of their rentals, so I did a walkthrough of several 2016 FR3 30DS & a 2017 FR3 30DS. The FR3 is sturdy & durable enough for a rental fleet.

Our FR3 28DS is the perfect motorhome for us. 29' 8" is short enough to park in our driveway. We love our FR3 & we are looking forward to using it again & again.

Funny, Before I purchased our 270S, I looked a 2017 FR3. It also is under 30'. I truly liked the FR3 floorplan better and it has 50% more external storage I could use attimes, but the red line was the atrocious roof! There is no way I would have anything other than a solid secure roof (fiberglass or metal) instead or a rubber delaminating. ripping, tearing, disintegration POS. It was one way FR reduced their manufacturing costs to compete with another atrocity in the "industry" - Thor ACE RVs.
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IMHO it all comes down to marketing and price. After a year of research we purchased the FR3 30DS for the layout and price. The FR3 and Georgetowns are very similar with different amenities, it's all about your preferences. We purchased ours last March and have put almost 8K on it this year and it has performed great! We had a few minor issues to fix when first purchased but FR took care of them all. I think our research paid off, FR makes the best entry level Class A on the market.
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Funny, Before I purchased our 270S, I looked a 2017 FR3. It also is under 30'. I truly liked the FR3 floorplan better and it has 50% more external storage I could use attimes, but the red line was the atrocious roof! There is no way I would have anything other than a solid secure roof (fiberglass or metal) instead or a rubber delaminating. ripping, tearing, disintegration POS. It was one way FR reduced their manufacturing costs to compete with another atrocity in the "industry" - Thor ACE RVs.
Forest River went to the fiberglass roof four months before our FR3 28DS was manufactured in March 2017.

I was concerned about the rubber roof when I looked at the FR3 in October 2016. The FR3 brochure v08-15 listed a Radius Alpha SuperFlex Roof (Grey). 2016 FR3 brochure v08-15.pdf

But the Brochure had the FR3 28DS interior picture that we loved and sold us on the 28DS. Compare it to a picture I took below when we first saw our 2018 28DS in April 2017.
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I downloaded the FR3 brochure v11-16 in early Dec 2016. It listed a Radius Fiberglass Exterior Roof. We special ordered our 28DS in late Dec 2016 for a April 2017 delivery. 2017 FR3 Brochure v11-16.pdf
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FR 3 or you just don't like any motorhomes? They look pretty nice to me.


Sorry, I was making a joke, the wind will blow you around no matter what you are driving. I love my FR3 30DS and have no idea why itís called a crossover. It looks the same as similarly priced Class A to me, F53 chassis, so marketing I guess. The floorplan is hard to beat for my families needs, got a big disabled adult son, and the sleeper sofa beats a jack knife anyday. Have also done Stagecoach Music Festival and CalJam with 5-6 adults sleeping in it with no problem either. Love it.
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