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Old 10-19-2018, 06:54 AM   #14601
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Sadly...

Guess this is as good a place as any... this has been a great place to find tips and good advice, humor and fun stories. But to answer the question-what did we do with our camper today? Well, we took it in to the dealer one last time for warranty repairs. Two Rpods, loved the first which had just a few sort of minor issues, but after 2 years decided that for the amount of time we spend camping (about 10 -12 weeks a year) we wanted a ‘real’ bathroom. Dealing with FR to fix those issues was frustrating, but eventually accomplished. 2nd one, the 180, would have been fantastic, as we liked everything about it EXCEPT the endless succession of major manufacturers defects (colossal lack of workmanship and quality control...perhaps they just had a REALLY bad day?) involving electrical, plumbing, construction and finish. The worst being 5 major leaks due to damaged parts used and improperly aligned fixtures and connections. Stuff you can’t see at PDI. The least being the finish issues, which being mostly cosmetic, were-if not correctable at least camoflagable. In the beginning it was frustrating, at the end it sucked all the fun out of camping with the cloud of ‘what is going to happen next’ hovering overhead. So, sadly, when she returns home from the repair shop with the assurance that we can in good conscience sell her with no leaks, she will be sold. And, we will not be purchasing another Forest River product. Yes, I know this sort of thing is rampant across the RV industry, but twice is enough. So long friends, happy camping!
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:10 PM   #14602
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Guess this is as good a place as any... this has been a great place to find tips and good advice, humor and fun stories. But to answer the question-what did we do with our camper today? Well, we took it in to the dealer one last time for warranty repairs. Two Rpods, loved the first which had just a few sort of minor issues, but after 2 years decided that for the amount of time we spend camping (about 10 -12 weeks a year) we wanted a ‘real’ bathroom. Dealing with FR to fix those issues was frustrating, but eventually accomplished. 2nd one, the 180, would have been fantastic, as we liked everything about it EXCEPT the endless succession of major manufacturers defects (colossal lack of workmanship and quality control...perhaps they just had a REALLY bad day?) involving electrical, plumbing, construction and finish. The worst being 5 major leaks due to damaged parts used and improperly aligned fixtures and connections. Stuff you can’t see at PDI. The least being the finish issues, which being mostly cosmetic, were-if not correctable at least camoflagable. In the beginning it was frustrating, at the end it sucked all the fun out of camping with the cloud of ‘what is going to happen next’ hovering overhead. So, sadly, when she returns home from the repair shop with the assurance that we can in good conscience sell her with no leaks, she will be sold. And, we will not be purchasing another Forest River product. Yes, I know this sort of thing is rampant across the RV industry, but twice is enough. So long friends, happy camping!
Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. I bought my 2014 FR TT used last summer and couldn't be happier. With 6 camping trips done since Aug of 2017 I haven't had one problem. I'm hoping that your experience is the exception and not the norm. Now that I've found my dream trailer I'm not planning to buy another one anytime soon but when I do It will be another FR product.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:13 AM   #14603
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Winterized it.
Drilled some drain holes in the sewer hose holder.
Lubed all the hatch locks
Put the tire covers on.
And the DW did this to the dinette:

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I'm going to replace the table with plywood and use the table free-standing.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:06 AM   #14604
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Replaced the switch on the water heater. Was getting ready for a two week trip to Savannah and while checking everything over found the old switch did not work. So ordered new switch and replace defective switch in less than 5 minutes. Water heater works great now on the AC side and the propane side.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:11 AM   #14605
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Winterized using the air compressor to blow out the water lines.

Also washed and waxed the front cap. Got rid of all the bugs, and put a nice shine on it! Used truck box to set my ladder in to be able to reach the top.
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:48 PM   #14606
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Winterized it.

Drilled some drain holes in the sewer hose holder.

Lubed all the hatch locks

Put the tire covers on.

And the DW did this to the dinette:



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I'm going to replace the table with plywood and use the table free-standing.


Good idea with the plywood, the curve in the table prevents my slide from pulling in all the way when set up for a bed, it hits the corner of bathroom. Only about an 1/2”
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:49 PM   #14607
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Winterized using the air compressor to blow out the water lines.



Also washed and waxed the front cap. Got rid of all the bugs, and put a nice shine on it! Used truck box to set my ladder in to be able to reach the top.


That is what you call a mirror shine
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Old 10-20-2018, 03:54 PM   #14608
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I did a couple of test cycles on furnace to burn off the dust since next week we are headed to the great smoky mountains in NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Took 4 20lb propane bottles down to get filled up and one was past the 12 year date, go figure, i am not sure if it makes sense to take the time to rectify.
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:09 PM   #14609
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I did a couple of test cycles on furnace to burn off the dust since next week we are headed to the great smoky mountains in NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Took 4 20lb propane bottles down to get filled up and one was past the 12 year date, go figure, i am not sure if it makes sense to take the time to rectify.
Most bulk popane dealers that filll the large propane pigs for a house can resertify the tank for you and fill it.

Hope this helps Tim
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:52 PM   #14610
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I did a couple of test cycles on furnace to burn off the dust since next week we are headed to the great smoky mountains in NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Took 4 20lb propane bottles down to get filled up and one was past the 12 year date, go figure, i am not sure if it makes sense to take the time to rectify.
Had one for my grill re-certified and refilled last year. $25.
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:58 PM   #14611
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Winterized using the air compressor to blow out the water lines.

Also washed and waxed the front cap. Got rid of all the bugs, and put a nice shine on it! Used truck box to set my ladder in to be able to reach the top.
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:04 PM   #14612
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Had one for my grill re-certified and refilled last year. $25.
Wouldn’t it be more economical to just exchange the tank at the corner market or Home Depot? They never check dates.
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:58 PM   #14613
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Wouldn’t it be more economical to just exchange the tank at the corner market or Home Depot? They never check dates.
For a 20lb-er, yes!
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:42 PM   #14614
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Wouldn’t it be more economical to just exchange the tank at the corner market or Home Depot? They never check dates.
Maybeeeeeeee.

The exchange places don't fill the tanks full, so on each exchange, you're getting ripped off on the propane.

Lots of info on LP gas tanks and exchanging in this thread, in case anyone needs to know.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ng-133760.html

So it may be "easier," and it may be "more economical" if you only do an exchange when the tank you have has expired, but you don't want to do it every time it's empty, or your giving them extra $$$ every time. Do that a few times and you've lost any monetary advantage.

I figure my $25 certify & refill cost me $9 for the certification. So it's not expensive.

In addition, I like to keep MY tank, which know hasn't been abused.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:45 PM   #14615
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Replaced the front vent cover tha was breaking up from sun damage. Bought the “unbreakable” one that was twice as thick as the original. Very easy to install, didn’t even have to get on the roof. Also fixed the side skirts that broke free of their mounting brackets by the wind on I40 in Oklahoma. Jay
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:59 PM   #14616
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Maybeeeeeeee.

The exchange places don't fill the tanks full, so on each exchange, you're getting ripped off on the propane.

Lots of info on LP gas tanks and exchanging in this thread, in case anyone needs to know.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ng-133760.html

So it may be "easier," and it may be "more economical" if you only do an exchange when the tank you have has expired, but you don't want to do it every time it's empty, or your giving them extra $$$ every time. Do that a few times and you've lost any monetary advantage.

I figure my $25 certify & refill cost me $9 for the certification. So it's not expensive.

In addition, I like to keep MY tank, which know hasn't been abused.
I never said one should exchange every time. Just use the exchange to get rid of an expired tank.

Pretty sure everyone knows you get less fill with an exchange bottle. I paid $14 for a fill up at tractor supply today. The local grocery gets $16 for an exchange. Since it costs me about $3 in gas to get to TS I only go there with multiple tanks or if I have other places to shop nearby. Otherwise, I stop at the grocery since it’s right on the way to any campground I usually visit.
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We rigged up a pet door system for our patio, installed an observation camera, and connected an inverter.
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Old 10-21-2018, 08:45 AM   #14618
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Pretty sure everyone knows you get less fill with an exchange bottle.
You'd be surprised. Lots of posts here where people did not know.

That's one reason why wmtire wrote the post.
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