Just got back from a cross country trip with my Forester. The good news is that there were no major issues at all. Overall I'm very pleased with how the unit performed. A couple less than major issues did come up. One being the door in the compartment that closes in the water pump and filter. When FR installed the door they held the hinge on to the plastic frame and plastic door with double sided tape. Really? After bouncing across northern Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and those of you who have driven I40 know what I'm talking about, the tape holding the hinge let go. I'll fix it myself with pop rivets.
Here's the access door in question in case any of you have the same type. (sorry, it's a bit fuzzy, but you can see the hinge on the bottom - this is a before it fell off photo)
The other issue which does concern me is the lock and alignment of my coach door. Again, after bouncing my way from Florida to Death Valley I noticed one day in the campground that my coach door would not shut. The striker plate was loose so I tightened that up on the door frame, but it still wouldn't shut. Turns out that somehow the door moved out of alignment just enough so that the two lugs on the lock mechanism hit the aluminum door frame. I pushed on the door laterally to try to see if it would shift, no luck. I ended up just slamming the door hard and it shut, but the lock lugs hit and bent the aluminum door frame slightly (see photos below). Started down the road and at the next stop the door worked fine. It happened to me again probably 4 or 5 times coming back cross country from the southwest to Florida. It seems to happen more when the RV is parked nose high in a parking lot or up on blocks.
My question to all of you - and Brian or Josh - is, are there any adjustments that can be made on the coach door? It looks like a continuous hinge and all the screws holding the hinge to door appear tight. There was a warning sticker on the lock mechanism to not make any adjustments so I didn't want to start turning screws or anything else. I'm still under warranty but my dealer is 101 miles away. If there's a simple fix that I can do myself I'd rather do that than spend $50 on gas and an entire day back and forth.
Any suggestions, comments or solutions?
Here's the photos -
Coach door closing (sorry it's a bit fuzzy) showing the lugs and striker plate.
Here's the coach body/striker plate. You can see the two small dents/indentations from the lock lugs in the door frame. Granted, they're not big dents but it does interfere with the door closing which is a nice feature to have.
Here's the lugs I'm talking about on the lock mechanism.
And here's the hinge.