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We are seriously considering a Forest River EVO but I have no experience with Forest River TTs.

I do know it is a Lippert frame and the axles are leaf springs, not torsion. However, it is only 25' in length total (box is only 22')

So my question is how are they built and well do they last? I know all RVs have small issues and every make can have a bad product now and then. But, how about the structural quality of Forest River products? Anyone have trouble after owning one for a while? Thanks


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The first this I noticed from the dealer listing is the 14" tires...On paper the trailer is smaller then mine, has a higher GVW, yet still uses the smaller tires.


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Do you really want info on the Evo or the whole F/R Company? F/R is a (BIG) Company! Youroo!!

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We sure do love our Flagstaff with the atrium windows. Really great service from Forest River for warranty issues. You can't go wrong in my opinion.


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we are pleased with the fit & finish on our warren b product
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Not sure about FR an their tag alongs but since Warren Buffett came along I think their quality in their class A's have improved. I was absolutly astounded at the customer service I have gotten from the manufacture. I would expect it but none the less always a surpise..


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We've been rolling with our 2002 Forest River Wildcat, and it's been a very reliable trailer with no major repairs related to construction.

A tire blowout caused plumbing problems when the tire ripped through the underside of the fender well and tore out the hot and cold water lines. Maybe they should have been better protected. Our trailer was advertised with heated tanks, and yes they are heated to a degree, but sadly the water lines which are not heated are exposed to the outside so whenever temperatures drop below freezing the plumbing freezes up.

What I love about our trailer: 120 gallons of holding tanks, two gray and one black. Our trailer has torsion axles, no squeaking! Great ground clearance for a 30' unit. Lots of tongue weight (1500lbs actual thought the brochure advertised 800lbs) so it trails without any issues. Our slide out unit is actuated with a hydraulic ram, very reliable and has been trouble free for ten years of use.

It's just been a good trailer to us all the years we've owned it. I hope your future purchase is the same. Hans



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IMHO, FR's general quality matches or exceeds the general quality in the industry. Some units are better than others, all have some small problem or another, and most are, or can be properly repaired and fixed with no signs of the problem.... We started with using my parents Coleman. Since then we've owned a Palamino, two Jayco's, and now a Rockwood (Forest River product). None has been perfect, but none have been particularly bad.

On bad rap that the FR's had (past tense) for YEARS was the then crappy stereo system that they were using. "Concert Tone" was the brand, but they've taken some big steps in the last few years on upgrading them, so that now, you rarely hear complaints about the new units.

We aren't allowed to post a link to another forum here, but if you Google the "Forest River Owners Forum", you'll find all kinds of threads with useful FR info.


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You could also take a look around this forum for some additional info:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/


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We have owned a Rockwood 24' and now have a 2004 Wildcat.
Our Wildcat has torsion ride axels no leaf springs here.
We had a axel hanger crack but FR took care of all the repairs.
I only remember taking the Rockwood in once for a slide adjustment problem. Major problems on Wildcat were caused by blowouts with 15" tires (1 General American orig.OEM tire and two Goodyear Titans-both less than 1 year old). The first tire took wheel well with break and tail lights. All tire problems have been sloved by going to 16" LT tires.

Just returned from a trip having a good time in Oklahoma with the Wildcat!
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I had to edit my posting....We are happy with our 2004 Wildcat! We have put a lot of camping miles and trips on her. Still have original axels, have the bearings packed every two years, recently attached to receiver tubes to rear of frame to install a rack.

* This post was edited 07/29/12 07:21pm by Bonefish *





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