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Old 12-19-2016, 03:10 PM   #1
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Leaking Issue with Forest River Wildcat

Hello,
We purchased a brand new trailer in August. The first bad rain storm we had leaking windows and water seeping in on the floors around the bedroom. After numerous calls to the dealer they ended up delivering a "loaner" and drove our trailer back to the dealership to work on it. I had the loaner (which was filthy) for about 5 weeks. We were told the windows were installed incorrectly and the door had a seal problem as well. So 5 weeks later they delivered our "fixed" trailer and I removed everything back in. The next really raining and windy storm, there was leaking around the floor in the bathroom this time...also a bit by the front door (again). It is now December and our dealer is "closed" for 2 weeks for the Christmas Holiday. This is ridiculous. We paid over $30,000. for this. We bought new because I was going to be living in it during the school year and my husband 90 miles away. We wanted something reliable. How can there be no recourse for this--evidently the lemon law doesn't apply here in Oregon. Everyone we have talked to is shocked they haven't traded out for a new trailer. During the first storm I was out at 5:30 in the morning taping black plastic over the windows.

Anyone else with a Wildcat having leaking problems? Why wouldn't our dealership want to replace this obvious "lemon." One week after purchase we also had to have the thermostat replaced. The dealer said it wasn't as simple as returning a small piece of clothing. No...it certainly isn't! When you pay over $30,000 and added cost for extended warranty, this is unacceptable. One worker suggested they may bring the loaner back again.
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Old 12-19-2016, 04:19 PM   #2
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That is a serious problem, replacement with a new unit would be the best outcome. If it was never dried properly, which I doubt it was, there is a high probability mold has developed. The unit needs to be replaced or completely disassembled in the areas where the leaks are and inspected for mold. Don't take this lightly, mold can cause significant damage to your health. I would send a certified letter to FR and the dealer outlining those concerns and what your expectations are with the minimum being complete disassembly of the leak areas, inspection and repair (documented with pictures before and after). Request a reply in writing briefly outlining the proposed plan. If that doesn't work contact an attorney.
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:08 PM   #3
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Tell 'em you'll take the loaner as a replacement and let them make yours...the loaner

Pretty simple solution if you ask me.
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