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2012 Forest River Georgetown - 1F66F5DY8C0- Orange Park, FL: August 24th, 2012
Tl- the contact owns a 2012 forest river georgetown rv. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the slide-out opened unexpectedly and without warning. In addition, the high drawing was leaking oil. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who advised the contact that the cause of the failure was the high drawing line. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 1,500. Kmj updated 08/29/12*lj


2010 Forest River R-pod - 4X4FCRE20AS- Springfield, IL: August 21st, 2012
Right front tire on our cedar creek silverback 5th wheel blew while traveling. Large hole was made in tire and tread seperated from tire and caused damage to side of the 5th wheel. Vehicle was not overloaded and speed was aprox 55 mph.


2009 Forest River Cardinal - 4X4FSAK279J- Murfreesboro, TN: July 27th, 2012
On april 6, 2012 i was on my way to a camp ground when one of the tires on my camper blow out. The only damage was to the tire. On july 18, 2012 i again was on my way to a camp ground and the second tire came a part. This time the tire damaged the camper. The following is tire information: heritage trail trac ap lt235/85r16e dot oj or4jov 5207 pressure 80 lbs.


2011 Forest River Georgetown - 1F66F5DY4B0- Warrensburg, NY: July 25th, 2012
The contact owns a 2011 forest river georgetown 33ts rv. The contact stated that the hydraulic system return hoses were faulty and he feared they could cause a fire as they were bulging. Upon further inspection he also noticed bubbles in the hoses and a leak. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the hoses would not fracture while operating the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 2,800.


2007 Forest River Salem Le - 4X4TSVA217L- Lafayette, LA: July 24th, 2012
Belt shift on tire. Removed tire before total failure occurred.


2003 Forest River Sierra - 4X4FSEE213C- Oak Hills, CA: July 23rd, 2012
The contact owns a 2003 forest river sierra. While parked, the contact noticed that the rear shackles had fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The contact stated that he was unable to locate the parts needed for the repair. The contact repaired the failure himself without using the actual parts. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.


2009 Forest River Georgetown - 1F6NF53Y580- Littleton, CO: July 16th, 2012
After routine inspection i noticed bulges in the hydraulic hoses which control the leveling jacks and slide outs in late 2011. Hoses were determined to be defective due to a manufacturing defect. After much discussion about the safety implications of jacks or slides deploying due to loss of hydraulic pressure while in motion, forest river replaced the hoses at no charge. The replacement hoses were of a different brand that the originals. There have been many other reports about this by other forest river georgetown owners.


2011 Forest River Berkshire - 4UZAB2DT9BC- Oswego, NY: July 16th, 2012
Iota transfer switch its-50r overheated and nearly caught fire, seems to have damaged the refrigerator(it no longer works and overheated) at least one of my roof air conditioner units, possibly both. This unit has already been recalled by navistar who installed it on holiday rambler units and at least one other coach, nhtsa #12v060000. As far as i can tell forest river has not recalled the units(using your web site) i explained this to my dealer and he said they would look at it when they get an opening, which is aug. 6th. This a safety issue as the init clearly got very warm, before it failed, wires burnt, etc.


2003 Forest River Sunseeker - 1FDXE45S43H- Seabeck , WA: June 28th, 2012
While attempting to fill rv with unleaded gasoline, the gas leaked onto the ground and caused a spill of approximately 2 gallons of gas. Subsequently, we took the motorhome to a mechanic and he discovered that the filter hose leaked gas from holes in it. The mechanic stated that this should not happen. He has never seen a leak like this one, even on 40-50 year old vehicles. The mechanic was not able to repair, because a holding tank must be removed to access the hose and the repair was too extensive for my family while traveling. The mechanic drove the rv to a gas station and filled it with gas, so we could travel home, approximately 140 miles. The mechanic assured me that the vehicle was safe to drive, because the exhaust was on the opposite side of the vehicle and the gas would not leak after it reached the fuel tank. I will find a local mechanic or rv repair shop as soon as possible and replace the fuel hose. The mechanic estimated that the new hose would cost about $30. 00, but removing the holding tank to access the hose would require extensive maintenance. The mechanic charged $108. 00 to diagnose the problem. If the manufacturer hadn't routed the hose behind the tank, the mechanic would have repaired it in about 30 minutes.


2010 Forest River Georgetown - 1F6NF53Y290- St Johns, FL: June 28th, 2012
Discovered a major defect with all of the return orange hydraulic hoses used within the room slide and stabilizing jack system with the motor home. The defect is severe blistering (or bubbling) which occurs over the entire length of the hydraulic line. As the system operates at high pressure, these blisters will eventually rupture causing a complete lose of hydraulic fluid and pressure within the entire system. This lack of pressure will cause all of the stabilizer jacks to fall/deploy and for the potential room slide extensions to extend/deploy. This is an dangerous/extreme/serious hazard if this happens at highway speed. Forest river admits to the defect and has recently changed hose manufactures. They are also covering the replacement of the hoses for original owners who are within the one year warranty period. All others are on their own to discover and resolve this problem. This is known to impact forest river georgetown model years 2010 through 2012. See the following for more details from many owners with the same complaint/issue/concern. Http://www. Forestriverforums. Com/forums/f16/bulges-in-hydraulic-hoses-15697. Html note: context for the potential for serious injury and workings of the hydraulic system was taken from a forest river authorized repair center after looking over my unit and discussing the blistering lines. A statement from the repair center can be provided if needed. Updated 7/11/12 *cn updated 07/26/12*lj


2010 Forest River Georgetown - 1F66F5DY3B0- Hemphill , TX: June 19th, 2012
The contact owns a 2010 forest river georgetown motor home. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the steering wheel and steering gear box failed, causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who kept the vehicle for almost two weeks and returned it to the contact without being repaired. The was unsure as to why the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,000.


2012 Forest River Wildwood - 4X4TWDZ21CR- Lancaster, NY: June 18th, 2012
The contact owns a 2012 forest river wildwood equipped with trail express tires. The contact stated that while examining the tires he noticed that the sidewalls were cracked. The dealer was notified and stated that they reported the failure to the manufacturer.


2008 Forest River Sabre - 4X4FSRG2783- Copley, OH: June 18th, 2012
The contact owns a 2008 forest river sabre travel trailer equipped with mission radial tires. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that the tread was bulging on the front passenger tire. The contact installed a full sized spare tire as a replacement. The spare tire was also a mission radial tire. The failure recurred approximately two years later. The front passenger tire again experienced bulging of its tread. The tire was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the tread was separating, but they were unaware of the cause of failure. The vehicle did not record a mileage.


2011 Forest River Berkshire - 4UZAB2DT2BC- Richland Hills, TX: May 14th, 2012
On may 13, 2012, the outside high temperature at our location was 82 deg f. We had both air conditioner units set on 71 inside the coach. We were also washing a load of laundry. The coach was connected to shore power with the manufacturer-supplied cord. The washing machine stopped mid-operation and a burning electrical smell was observed inside the coach. Upon inspection, no breakers or fuses were tripped or burned. After checking all electrical outlets in the coach, we determined that the microwave and rear air conditioner unit were both not operational. The wall plugs that are on the same circuit as the washer/dryer were also not operational. We discovered that the smell was coming from the automatic transfer switch in one of the cargo bays on the outside of the coach. After removing the cover to check for damage, burn marks are evident on the electrical connection points and one can easily see that wires have melted/fused together. There is also a burn/scorch mark on the inside of the cover plate. The part in question is the iota its-50r. (manual available here: http://www. Iotaengineering. Com/pplib/50rman. Pdf ) this is the exact same part included in the nhtsa campaign id number 11v577000 with the exact same symptoms but no recall has been issued by forest river. This could have very easily caused a fire and or/explosion. *js


2003 Forest River Georgetown - 1FCNF53S520- Helena, MT: April 23rd, 2012
The contact owns a 2003 forest river georgetown. The contact stated that the windshield suddenly shattered while parked. The vehicle was taken to an independent glass dealer for the replacement of the windshield. The windshield fractured 14 different times after the repair. The technician at the glass dealer stated that there may be a defect with the frame around the windshield. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.... Updated 06/05/12 *bf the consumer stated the windshield was broken when he received the rv. Updated 06/18/12


2009 Forest River Cedar Creek - 4X4FCRH269S- Grand Junction, CO: April 12th, 2012
Our unit had cracks in the gel coat, upon removing the nose cap we found that the welds had failed and we were told that the metal in the actual frame was to weak to hold the weight of the unit. It had to be sent back to the factory in indiana and was completely rebuilt, we did extensive research and a great number of forest river products that have lippert frames have had weld and metal failures. Our unit was in the shop for over 4 months. Had we not found the problem we could have had the nose of the fifth wheel come down on our truck and caused a serious accident.


2004 Forest River Georgetown - 1F6NF53S640- Warrenton, VA: February 9th, 2012
The contact owns a 2004 forest river georgetown rv. The contact stated the front windshield glass detached. The front windshield was reset three times and replaced once by an independent auto glass shop. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.


2011 Forest River Salem - 4X4TSBB27BU- Gwynn Oak, MD: February 8th, 2012
The main frame of the trailer has failed doe to a gross error of the mechanical design in making the front crossmember too thin to support the weight of the trailer. Additionally, the requirement to use a load leveler by the dealer as recommended by the manufacturer increases this load to the point that the calculated safety margin of the crossmember that supports the tongue is 1:1. The crossmember material is standard a36 steel with a nominal thickness of. 1 inches and is bent in the shape of a c channel, welded to the front of a 10 inch i-beam which comprises the majority of the load bearing structure of the main frame. The front crossmember in question is used as a support point for the underslung tongue that is welded to the lowermost point of the i beam and the front crossmember creating a fulcrum ratio of approximately 2. 896 : 1. The lever being the tongue tubing itself that is then pushed upward into the front crossmember with a force of 2400 pounds as calculated using a measured tongue weight of 830 pounds with the vehicle completely unloaded of all cargo and wastewater and with empty propane cylinders. This force is supported by a tongue comprised of a 2x6 rectangular tubing with a nominal wall thickness of. 098 inches that has deformed longitudinally and expanded laterally across the short axis directly under the front crossmemeber. The front crossmember has then receded into the underbelly of the camper and begun a vertical crack that has compromised the handling characteristics of both the tow vehicle and the trailer at speed. Additionally, the electrical braking system has failed due to other design flaws in the protection of wiring within the wheel and the design of the mechanical actuation that impinges on the wiring harnesses freedom of movement while being actuated.


2010 Forest River Wildcat - 4X4FWCF22AV- Spring, TX: January 3rd, 2012
Cpsc#i11b0689a. Fifth wheel trailer. Consumer stated the wheel hub caught fire on the interstate and the wheel came off. *ln... Update 01/20/12 *bf the axles were replaced. Updated 03/21/12


2002 Forest River Wildcat - 4X4FWCD202V- Palm Harbor, FL: December 29th, 2011
On three occasions, carlisle tires properly maintained and inflated to their published specifications blew out causing extensive damage to a fifth wheel trailer. Vehicle was being operated at 60 mph when the failure occurred. Tires were returned to carlisle for inspection and they stated they were damaged by improper inflation, and impact damage. *kb