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Old 10-29-2020, 08:48 AM   #1
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Forester 3011DS fit and finish

Iím interested in the 2021 Forester 3011DS and would like to know from owners itís overall quality? There are so many good things from the fiberglass roof to the enclosed tanks and water bay etc. I didnít realize until yesterday it has over 100 CF of basement storage which is incredible.

Iíd love to hear from owners about the quality and comfort of the seating. And the general workmanship ... Thanks
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:21 AM   #3
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We bought a new Forester 3051S in 2015. We drove it 18,000 miles in the first two years. We traded it in in 2017 on a new Winnebago Class A.

Being honest we were not satisfied with the build quality of the RV and we are glad we did not keep it.

We had a few mechanical issues as one would expect, but the furnishings were cheaply made and didnít hold up all that well. The vinyl sofa split badly and had to be recovered. And cabinet hinge screws striped out. The wood framing in the interior is wood-look vinyl covered particle board.

We also felt the sofa and dinette cushions were uncomfortable. We actually had the dinette seating refoamed within the first 3-months of ownership. And we had the mattress replaced.

We also had issues with the full body paint chipping off from body flexing. We had this fixed out of warranty but FR declined to reimburse us the cost out of warranty.

We lost a considerable amount of money on the trade in, but thatís to be expected selling it so quickly. Weíre much more happy with our Winnebago which is now 3-years old and has 31,000 miles on it. It has much better build quality in our opinion.
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Hi creative part, Not a compelling story for running out and buying a Forester is it? I'm curious if you've seen any newer models to see if they have made changes? When you say;
"And cabinet hinge screws striped out. The wood framing in the interior is wood-look vinyl covered particle board."
That goes right to the build and there's just no excuse for that kind of construction. I've been looking at Esteem/GrayHawk Prestige and awaiting the new design of the Coachmen Concord. The Forester 3011DS has a great floorpan and lots of exterior storage and other positive features, hence my interest.

Thanks for your post creative part.
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Frankly, we felt that we dodged a bullet when we traded in the FR. So, no we have not looked at other Foresters.

FR is not alone in their use of particleboard framing. They like to claim “hardwood cabinet doors” but it’s the doors only.

We have not looked at any other C’s except the Leisure Unity and Tiffin Wayfarer. They seem well made.
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Hi creativepart, My hope is that your Forester experience is an outlier. I say that for no other reason than itís a very popular brand and if many had your kind of experience it wouldnít be. Sorry with what happened to you, no one would like that from something where pleasure is expected.

Maybe weíll hear from others with a Forester with a different experience. I hope so because I like many things about it.
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Of course. As an FYI the Forester was my 4th RV purchase. So, I have a fairly good idea of what to expect. One good way to get a feel for overall build quality is to spend time reading the Forest River forum - a spin off of IRV2.com.

You'll find it at www.forestriverforums.com.
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Guys. Hereís a picture of what Forest River is currently using for cabinet face and trim. Pine core with hardboard front and back then vinyl wood grain cover. Holds screws better than the older particle board but if they strip a screw hole during assembly which happens probably 20+% of the time it still will loosen up.
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That doesnít look too good does it? I hope thatís not indicative of all the Forest River brands. Like Coachmen for example. The Concord (being newly designed) is on the top of my list and I sure donít want to see that!
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That doesnít look too good does it? I hope thatís not indicative of all the Forest River brands. Like Coachmen for example. The Concord (being newly designed) is on the top of my list and I sure donít want to see that!

Actually this trim holds up quite well. Itís strong yet lighter than hardwood. Do I like it better, no but the manufacturers have weight and price points theyíre trying to meet.

Weíve owned three Flagstaff and one Rockwood all Forest River products and have experienced maybe 4-6 stripped holes in each one this includes larger screws in aluminum framing. The ones in wood repair easily with a couple of toothpicks and wood glue. The ones in aluminum just require a larger diameter screw.
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Thanks fort the correction Funengineer, you find this to be about the standard and it holds up well?
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Thanks fort the correction Funengineer, you find this to be about the standard and it holds up well?

Thatís been my experience.
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I am probably just an exception, but I bought my 2014 Forest River Sunseeker 2500TS, on the Chevrolet 4500 chassis, brand new in 2014 and have never needed a repair that was a Forest River deficiency. The A/C died the first year and was replaced, but it was a Dometic issue and I had a relay issue with the Chevrolet engine that I personally fixed two years ago. But nothing Forest River did was faulty. I've got over 24k miles, three kids, 2 German Shepherds, 26 states.

I'd buy from them again
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El Chapo, That is quite an endorsement! When I ask someone if theyíre happy with whatever they bought? I always follow up with the question ďWould you buy it againĒ?

Thanks for your response itís most appreciated.
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