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Old 03-04-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Poking at buying a 2011 forest river Georgetown. I know it is considered by many to be an entrylevel RV .

Any pro or cons to this brand?
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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Check the shower, I mean actually get in the shower, it's really tight.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:47 AM   #3
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I own a 2011 model 378 & bought it because it was a the most bang for the buck...mine has the fireplace in the main room...the documentation is lacking but the components are good, especially for the price...the paint job is excellent..it has a long wheel base & rides good...be sure it has an Onan Generator which was listed as an upgrade.
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We're reasonably satisfied with our 325. Not the greatest in terms of the stuff FR actually builds - a lot of the "oak" in the cabinets is veneered hemlock, and they've got some marginal-quality upholster fabrics in a couple of areas.

As an engineer with some manufacturing experience, I have been surprised by the way the cabinets seem to have been built, inside the rig from raw materials. I'd have expected cabinet modules made in a furniture shop and installed complete. The methods of attachment were scary. The cabinets I replaced were held up by 3/4" woodscrews into 1/8" Lauan plywood that was glued to the styrofoam ceiling insulation. I only found 4 screws and two long nails that seemed to attach to structure.
It was 8 years old when we bought it from the original owners. It had been very well cared for and it was competitively priced.

We've had a water ingress issue into the overhead cabinets in the dinette/living room slide, but no major damage except a mold infestation in the hemlock cabinet frames. I built and installed replacement cabinets.

FR's adhesives apllicators are careless. Both the top blade seal on the LR slide and the bottom one on the bedroom slide have peeled off. The LR slide was responsible for the leak. The b/r slide has a gap big enough to let squirrels in. The'y both be stuck down with the 3M special purpose stick-um before we go out again.

The other issues we've got are a weak roof a/c in the living room (lukewarm air rather than cold) and and a failure in Ford's a/c where it quits after about 45 minutes.

As I say - "reasonably satisfied". These things always need something!
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We are very happy with ours after 8 years of use. Can't wait to start again as spring approaches here in the north. LOL.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:25 AM   #6
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We were looking at a new one that was heavily discounted but could not make a deal. It was not our ideal MH so we are being chooses as we like our older MH.
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One thing I always consider when purchasing any vehicle is the resale value. In all my searches and comparisons that brand seems much lower than most. Just a consideration.
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We were actually going to purchase a new one when we stumbled upon the coach we have now. They were nice and a good bang for the buck. The exterior paint was good but some of the interior fit and finish was just a bit subject. In our case I'm glad we took a little break befor signing the purchase agreement. We love the coach we have now.
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We're reasonably satisfied with our 325. Not the greatest in terms of the stuff FR actually builds - a lot of the "oak" in the cabinets is veneered hemlock, and they've got some marginal-quality upholster fabrics in a couple of areas.

As an engineer with some manufacturing experience, I have been surprised by the way the cabinets seem to have been built, inside the rig from raw materials. I'd have expected cabinet modules made in a furniture shop and installed complete. The methods of attachment were scary. The cabinets I replaced were held up by 3/4" woodscrews into 1/8" Lauan plywood that was glued to the styrofoam ceiling insulation. I only found 4 screws and two long nails that seemed to attach to structure.
It was 8 years old when we bought it from the original owners. It had been very well cared for and it was competitively priced.

We've had a water ingress issue into the overhead cabinets in the dinette/living room slide, but no major damage except a mold infestation in the hemlock cabinet frames. I built and installed replacement cabinets.

FR's adhesives apllicators are careless. Both the top blade seal on the LR slide and the bottom one on the bedroom slide have peeled off. The LR slide was responsible for the leak. The b/r slide has a gap big enough to let squirrels in. The'y both be stuck down with the 3M special purpose stick-um before we go out again.

The other issues we've got are a weak roof a/c in the living room (lukewarm air rather than cold) and and a failure in Ford's a/c where it quits after about 45 minutes.

As I say - "reasonably satisfied". These things always need something!
Your story is enough to steer me away from that brand. I wouldn't be satisfied at all with something built the way you describe. I'd be on the phone with the manufacturer wanting to know why all this happened and you may get some help. This posting alone will cost them business not to mention their reputation. You've experienced defects in workmanship.
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We looked at several new Georgtowns also and the quality was just what we wanted as far as the interior went. We eventually went with a new Bounder instead.
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