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Looking for Owner Feedback -- Forest River Riverstone


Hi All,

Jeff and I haven't been around much.  We've been pretty much in the throws of work and life in preparation for his hopeful retirement in about 3 years.  We happened to be in Florida right before the Tampa RV Super Show so extended our trip for a few days to attend.   We figured it was one of the best places to check out our available options. 

While there we saw a Forest River Riverstone 39FKTH and Carol absolutely fell in love with the kitchen!   If they fix the bedroom closet we think the rest will also work well, provided the garage is big enough for our HD Trike.   

From what we could tell looking and researching since we got home, we like the overall build quality, but we're having a hardtime finding much info on them.  We've checked Facebook for owners groups and so far no luck other than the general Forest River group.  

To be perfectly honest, the fact that it is a Forest River product scares us.  We've never heard anything good about their post sale service or quality control.

So we're asking the most knowledgable RVers we know... Does anyone have a Riverstone?   What are your thoughts/ experiences?

TIA!  And we really hope to be seeing you on the road during the summer soon!

 



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Claimed "shipping weight" of almost 18,000. That's a big boy!

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Full disclosure ... not a Riverstone owner ... never have known a Riverstone owner, but I have seen them at RV shows. They seem to have pretty good running gear (17.5" wheels and Goodyear G114 tires). I think it is a good looking rig, at the top of Forrest River's 5th wheel food chain ... I think. That said, I am guessing that you are going to have a hard time getting an objective report from most owners. There seems to be both ends of the spectrum (love it, hate it), but not a lot in the middle. Human nature stuff. Your best friend is KNOWLEDGE. Know what "good" looks like so you will recognize it when you see it. If you get serious about a brand, it is worth the time to visit the factory ... and by all means get on the FROG (Forrest River Owners Group) website. Lots of info for you there. Good Luck.



-- Edited by RonC on Wednesday 7th of February 2018 05:13:30 PM

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i've had 2 forest river products and both of them were poorly made.....lots of problems with both......



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if you don’t mind me asking, which products did you own.



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Check out the VanLeigh line. Great quality



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We looked at the Van Leigh. Do they have any toy hauler options? We haven’t seen any.

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Grand Design makes a toy hauler very similar to the Riverstone model you are looking at. It’s the Solitude 374TH ( if you look any model with an “R” designation is set up more like a residential unit). Haven’t heard much since Winnebago bought them, but prior to the purchase people raved about Grand Designs response to thier customers if there was issues.

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Thanks Ricki. The Grand Design Solitude 374TH-R had been our leading contender until we saw this one. We toured the Grand Design factory last year and love their responsiveness to customer issues. When we look at the 2 objectively the Riverstone seems to be better built but. We’re heavily swayed by service and follow through

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Our original choice was a Solitude, but the more I kicked things around the lack of carrying capacity, no 8,000 lb axles, no 17.5 tires, low fresh water capacity made me look elsewhere. We really fell in love with the Riverstone Legacy rear living room but couldn’t get it to our price point.

Almost all trailers have issues when new so expect them (however I was extremely spoiled on my first 5th wheel when I bought one in 1980. It was a NuWa Hitchhiker and believe this or not I had ZERO issues the first 4 years. Finally in year 5 I had a heat limiter go out in the furnace. In the 6 years I owned it that was the only issue)

I agree that service is going to be key and so far our dealer, Wade’s RV Clinic has been more then responsive to our issues. We take it in next week for a whole list of small items to be addressed so I’ll really see how well they do on a list as opposed to a single item or two.



-- Edited by Rickl on Thursday 1st of February 2018 07:41:25 AM

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Thanks Ricki. The Grand Design Solitude 374TH-R had been our leading contender until we saw this one. We toured the Grand Design factory last year and love their responsiveness to customer issues. When we look at the 2 objectively the Riverstone seems to be better built but. We’re heavily swayed by service and follow through

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What do you have now Ricki?

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We have a 2018 Landmark Oshkosh. The wife loved the fireplace in the bedroom and we both loved the large area the additional slide provides in the bedroom. One area that was an absolute for me was having sufficient room around the bed so you didn’t have to crawl into bed, but be like more of a “normal” bed. In many units with a king size bed you have to either crawl or do a shuffle to get in. I’m too old for that and as this now our home I didn’t want to do the shuffle.

As far as room, we still have plenty of room for storage left over. Not that I feel the need to fill the empty space but it provides us options/opportunitiesgoing foward. Being new to full timing I am going to assume we will jettison more items rather then add to them. Just my guess.

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We so agree on the issue of being able to get around the bed. We would only have a queen bed and the walk around space is okay on the GD Solitude so we’re assuming the Riverstone would be the same if it had a queen. I’m with your wife in that I like the fireplace in the bedroom. Riverstone needs to fix the closet in the one we’re considering but otherwise having a hard time finding reasons not to go with it — other than price and Forest Rivers bad rep on customer service

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Just a note about the fireplaces. Over time they become less "silent". The blowers are a little noisy anyway but as they age the roller motor that provides for the artificial flames begins to quietly hum. It's not loud, but when the TV is off, you can hear it. If you are a light sleeper or sounds bother you, this is a consideration for the fireplace in the bedroom.

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We had a fireplace in the living room in our last Landmark and it never made any noise. We used it a lot in the winter in Texas for over 6 years. We also have a new Oshkosh and love the fireplace in the bedroom. We're finally not having to use it too often in the RGV.

There is a great dealer that's not too distant that I highly recommend.



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RonC wrote:

Just a note about the fireplaces. Over time they become less "silent". The blowers are a little noisy anyway but as they age the roller motor that provides for the artificial flames begins to quietly hum. It's not loud, but when the TV is off, you can hear it. If you are a light sleeper or sounds bother you, this is a consideration for the fireplace in the bedroom.


 Please ignore my comments ... as JayC pointed out, I'm mistaken.



-- Edited by RonC on Monday 5th of February 2018 04:35:25 PM

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Full Timers class of 2016



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I've had 2 fifth wheels made by Forest River...the build quality is not good...i've now had an open range for a couple years and the build quality is like nite and day,they build a quality unit and so far we love it..



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