Forest River RV: What you need to know about their Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, and Motorhomes
Founded in 1996 by Peter Liegl, Forest River RV is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana -the RV building capital of the world. To say that Forest River grew quickly would be an exercise in understatement. Today, the company employs over 8,000 people and is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. -yep, Warren Buffet’s company.
One company for every RVer? The good and the bad
Forest River has established a reputation for offering an RV to meet every need -and price point. In 20+ years, the company has managed to provide a seemingly endless array of RVs, from tiny pop-ups for solos and couples, to massive fifth-wheels and motorhomes designed for Snow Bird or Full Time travel. Intent on being a lifetime brand for today’s RVer, the company is justifiably proud that a first time RV buyer can start with the company’s micro-sized R-Pod and, over the years, work their way up to one of the company’s flagship Class A coaches -all without ever leaving the Forest River brand. Never bashful about trying a new design, new models are launched frequently -and disappear just as frequently if sales aren’t an instant hit.
With one of the largest RV dealer networks in the United States, Forest River is a popular choice for many, often for no other reason than their overwhelming market saturation. The company also has numerous subsidiary companies under its’ very large umbrella (Coachmen, Dynamax, Palomino, Shasta, Primetime and Viking, to name a few), resulting in many RV buyers considering a Forest River product without even realizing it.
Forest River is still not for everyone. When to walk away.
With the buying power of such a large organization, and a reputation for building fast and furious (too fast, according to some unhappy owners), Forest River is able to sell their RVs at prices often below the cost of their competitors. There is no denying that the company provides plenty of RV for the money. Unfortunately, this often comes at a price that isn’t always apparent at first, and many of our readers have lodged complaints about some of Forest River’s current models that range from trivial to significant. Both The Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide and The Motorhome Comparison Guide go in to much more detail about Forest River and how they compare to their peers.
In the last few years we’ve seen Forest River have success with both ends of the RV spectrum: their motorhomes have sold increasingly well, and their smaller campers have exploded in popularity -especially the R-Pod. Other popular models include: Berkshire, Charleston, Georgetown, Lexington, Rockwood, Cardinal, Flagstaff, Cedar Creek, Wildwood, XLR and the Sunseeker.
You get what you pay for: Good value vs. Cheap
Understanding that many of today’s RV buyers may be considering a Forest River product, we’ve put some special emphasis on the company (and their subsidiary offerings) in our latest Comparison Guides. The new guides not only discuss the history of the company (including the story behind their multi-million dollar fine from the NHTSA a few years ago), but also compares their offerings against their peers, providing a balanced and easy-to-read portrayal of one of of the most dominant RV manufacturers in North America.
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