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Old 08-09-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Are all Forest River RV's basically the same?

Seems like most FR products are the same with just a different name. Has anyone else found this to be true?
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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More or less. Some are built by FR specifically, where as some are built by others, who are owned by FR.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
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There isn't a big difference in any of them, whether FR made them or not. They all seem to use the same appliances, A/Cs, frames, axles, and other materials. There may be some exceptions but I've had my ear to the ground in the RV world for a few years, now, and I haven't seen much that justifies the price differences I've seen... unit to unit... manufacturer to manufacturer...

Just my take on it...
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You might want to check them out with the RV Consumer Group and some of the others who evaluate and rate RVs.
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I was told a long time ago,,,,. The reason a rv mfg makes so many of the same with just a name difference is so they can all be at different dealers right next to each other and the dealers don't have to compete with each other because of the different name on the side. A mfg can capture more of the market share by having many different names all under one roof. The difference is decals and interior colors. This was many years ago so not sure if it still applies.
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I was told a long time ago,,,,. The reason a rv mfg makes so many of the same with just a name difference is so they can all be at different dealers right next to each other and the dealers don't have to compete with each other because of the different name on the side. A mfg can capture more of the market share by having many different names all under one roof. The difference is decals and interior colors. This was many years ago so not sure if it still applies.
Makes perfect sense to me... Kind of like my bass boat. I had a Javelin boat and the same company also made a higher end model, the Stratos. The Javelin was made the same way as the Stratos, with the same materials, carpet, etc. etc. Of course the Stratos owners didn't think so... but a friend in management of that company assured me that it was cheaper for them to buy mass quantities of one product than to buy lesser quantities of 2 or 3 products... I never had any problems with the boat, even though some in my bass club assured me that the transom was gonna drop my outboard in the lake just any second... Oddly the transom was what they saw a lot of... it was fast...
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Not sure but a t/t salesman told me (example) Wildwood and Salem are identical just made at different plants.
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I agree with the previous posts but I feel compelled to share my experience. A little over a year ago I purchaced a 19ft. Puma and loved it for I had no problems with it whatsoever. The furnishings were quality and it was put together well. Exactly one year later my wife wanted something larger, so back to the same dealer and purchased a Prime Time 27ft. Avenger with a slideout. Furnishings are as stated by previous posts, virtually the same, but I found that there was less pride in the way it was put together and the way the same dealer prepared it for delivery. I blame myself somewhat for not doing a more detailed inspection at delivery, but I think I was so pleased with the Puma that I was a little complacent about looking at details. I have fixed most of the factory shortcomings myself and contacted the dealer with the others and am now happy with our new second home. My advice is regardless of what you buy, take plenty of time at delivery to put your nose in every part of the trailer.
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Right you are EYEMAN. Did not realize my screen door has some sort of bind in it.
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