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Old 07-05-2016, 07:41 AM   #1
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Wildcat contact information

Does anyone have the most recent up to date contact information for Wildcat in Elkhart IN?

Looking for name and number for warranty and service assistance. Last time I needed assistance I worked with Chris (Wildcat Chris) who is now at Jayco and Brian Knight who I believe has moved over to the motorized division of FR.
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My latest contact.




Dan Dobecki

Towable Warranty Manager

Cardinal/Blue Ridge/Wildcat

Forest River INC.

55135 C.R. 1

Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: 574-206-7600

Fax: 574-206-2484
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:11 AM   #3
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A few months ago it was Mike Haile, 574-206-7607. FR offered to take it back to the factory for repairs but we just had no faith in the unit, period, and got rid of it. But please, don't mention me.
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A few months ago it was Mike Haile, 574-206-7607. FR offered to take it back to the factory for repairs but we just had no faith in the unit, period, and got rid of it. But please, don't mention me.
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:22 PM   #5
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It seems that these contacts a lot. Dan has been around since last fall and I had contact with him in May. Good luck.
ps. Dan had my 327ck rebuilt last October and did a great job.
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Thanks for all the replies. With the number of different contact names I received I tried another approach, I called the main phone number and asked who was the Wildcat Warranty Manager and his phone number. Then I asked to operator if she would be so kind as to transfer my call.

Jeff Hood was not available so I left a message along with the last 7 digits of my VIN. About 2 hours later Jeff did return my call to discuss my Wildcat. He had taken the time to pull up the history of my 5th wheel and had it with him during our conversation which was nice.

After we purchased it in Dec of 2013 we had a problem with the sidewall starting to crack at the corner of a rear slide out. We delivered the trailer to Elkhart in July of 2014 where the entire side was removed some structural wall bracing was installed and a new side panel and decals were then reattached.

Over this last weekend I extended this same slide out and noticed that the wall was beginning to once again crack in the same location. So I was looking for a contact to see of Forest River may offer some "Good Will Gesture" as to correcting this situation.

Jeff asked if I would please forward a couple of photos which I did. Now I am in a waiting period to see if Forest River/Wildcat will step up to the plate and offer assistance.
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Is your unit a 2014 327CK? I ask because that's what we had with so many issues. I suspected the frame was inadequate for the size of the unit and was sagging, at least at the outriggers, since the floor became uneven side to side, and we could see that telegraph to a rear side to side countertop. It had not affected the sides so no cracking. I have to say that FR stepped up to return it to the factory, although we tried to have them buy it back, and it appears they did try to repair yours at the factory. I do not get warm fuzzies from Keystone owners that Keystone would do the same if we had problems with our new FW. At this point I think you're doing the right thing by trying the "good will" route with FR. We had gotten them to agree to extend our warranty out one more year from the date of repairs; assume you got the same.
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Wanted to come back and update my post. I did hear back from Jeff Hood (Wildcat Warranty Manager) this afternoon. From looking at my service history and my latest issue he said it would require my Wildcat to be returned and corrected at the Elkhart Service Center for some structural support and reskin of the unit.


I want to make note that this is not a warranty covered repair as my warranty has expired. This is a gesture of "Good Will" by a company that backs their product and does support their customer.


All too often we read negative post one after another. We hear about the company not standing up to help their customers above and beyond warranty limits. But, I want to let others know that Jeff and Forest River has shown me nothing but positive support since the day we purchased out Wildcat. Matter of fact we received great customer service before we purchased out Wildcat. Chris (Wildcat Chris) contacted me a number of times to help with questions we had about the brand and model we were looking at purchasing sight unseen 1,100 miles away.


And while Chris is not longer a Forest River associate, the customer care and service is as strong as ever.


Forest River has made a life long customer out of me.
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I have a FW from another company which, as initially confirmed by the dealer, had and has a original defect. That company refused to do anything as de warranty had expired a few months before. My next unit will be a Forest River.
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I have a FW from another company which, as initially confirmed by the dealer, had and has a original defect. That company refused to do anything as de warranty had expired a few months before. My next unit will be a Forest River.
All of my warranty experiences have been well received and handled by Wildcat. Matter of fact, I was impressed by Wildcat before our purchase. It's not often that the national sales manager will contact you to see if there is any questions you may have about the product. Wildcat Chris did just that and made a very big impression with us....enough to buy anyway.

Our latest problem does kind of fall back on the original issue we had. I was concerned due to being two years out of warranty, but Wildcat is stepping up to the plate. They are working with our schedule, as we are theirs and our Cat will be going back to the factory in either Sept or Nov to be corrected.

Their actions have been very much appreciated. Far too many stories of various RV manufactures declining customer warranty and service issues. We have been very impressed and have in turn been telling others who are RV'ers or shopping for their first or next RV of how we have been treated. Many of whom seem surprised to hear such positive feedback about an RV manufacturer.
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We have experienced many issues with our Wildcat since new. Mostly small stuff that either our dealer resolved under warranty or I fixed while on the road. I am beginning to be annoyed about all these problems even though most are small. Now the black water valve leaks and every time I connect the sewer hose I get about 1/2 gallon of the good stuff coming out the discharge pipe before I can connect the sewer hose. The neighbors in the campground are not impressed! I don't consider this a minor issue.
We are going to Goshen this year and I will need to change my service request as a result of new issues since we departed NC on June 11.
We love the Wildcat and really hope that the maintenance issues come to a stop.


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Now the black water valve leaks and every time I connect the sewer hose I get about 1/2 gallon of the good stuff coming out the discharge pipe before I can connect the sewer hose. The neighbors in the campground are not impressed! I don't consider this a minor issue.
We are going to Goshen this year and I will need to change my service request as a result of new issues since we departed NC on June 11.
We love the Wildcat and really hope that the maintenance issues come to a stop.


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That Stinks!!

Slave valves are prone to leakage by design. All it takes is a slight build up of gunk to not allow the slave to seat tight in the slot. Could be a soap build up, toilet paper or......well you get the idea. I have had this problem on a $500,000 diesel pusher as well as a sub $8,500 towable. My solution was to shop Amazon. I picked up a secondary slave valve that attaches at the point where you would hook your sewer line to. It allows me to have dual slaves and no leakage when I go to hook up. I leave it in place while we travel.

Take a look here at the link,
https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-T58-...=rv+tank+valve
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We travel to Phoenix today. I have an RV Service company coming to the RV Park tomorrow to do just that, add another gate valve at the end of the discharge pipe. Couple hundred dollars no doubt, but problem will be solved.


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Got mine on Amazon for about fifteen bucks and installed myself in about 10 seconds.
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So.... The RV service company was clueless. He arrived with a valve that was two feet long and six inches in diameter. Sent him down the road.

I went to Camping World and purchased a twist on valve for about $25.00 and 15 minutes later problem solved.

Thanks for the input.


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