It’s hard to believe that Forest River has only been around since 1996, when it was founded by Peter Liegl in Elkhart, Indiana -the RV building capital of the world. To say that Forest River grew quickly would be an understatement. Today, the company employs over 8,000 people and is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. -yep, Warren Buffet’s company.
Forest River: If they were a restaurant, they’d have a ten-page menu.
Not only has Forest River grown in leaps and bounds, but they’ve also earned a reputation for a wide range of RVs in a wide range of prices. The company offers a seemingly endless (and ever changing) 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.
High Volume = Low Prices. But what about quality?
With the buying power of a large company, Forest River is able to sell their RVs at prices often below the cost of their smaller competitors. They also have a reputation for building fast and furious. (Too fast, according to some unhappy owners.) However, there is no denying that the company provides plenty of RV for the money.
Unfortunately, this often comes at a cost that isn’t always immediately apparent. Many of our readers have shared complaints (from trivial to significant) about some of Forest River’s offerings. Service after the sale has long been a source of frustration for many owners, but Forest River appears to be making a concerted effort to address that -possibly motivated by a multi-million dollar fine a few years ago for failing to honor warranty claims and address defects. Both The Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide and The Motorhome Comparison Guide go in to much more detail about Forest River RV Reviews and how they compare to their peers -and how current and past owners feel about the company.
In the last few years we’ve seen Forest River cater to 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
Forest River is sold everywhere and at a price that is hard to ignore. If you’re shopping for an RV, you’ll find yourself looking at a Forest River at some point.
With this in mind, Forest River gets some extra attention in our latest Comparison Guides. The new guides cover the history of the company -including their recent multi-million dollar fine from the NHTSA. But we also compare their models against their peers, providing a balanced and easy-to-read portrayal of one of of the most dominant RV manufacturers in North America.
We Rate All Forest River RV Models & Over 100 Different RV Manufacturers – Our RV Guides & Model Specific Reports Will Help you Find a Quality Built Model at the Best Price!
Before you consider a new or used Forest RV, check out our RV comparison Guides and buying guides.
Travel Trailer & Fifth wheel Comparison Guide (including toy haulers)
The best-selling towable camper guide in the industry for more than 20 years. The newly updated TT&FW Comparison Guide remains the gold standard in fair and non-biased information for today’s RV buyer. Learn which companies build the best models at affordable prices -and which ones to avoid.
Not only will you learn about the companies and their products, you’ll also learn how to identify quality construction and a fair price from any dealer. Remember, all RVs look great when they’re new, but looks can be deceiving. The more you know, the more you save.
Motorhome Comparison Guide
Not Sure where to Start? Find the BEST Motorhome Manufacturers and Avoid the Rest.
Discover the difference between Class A, B, and C motorhomes and decide which one is best for you. Learn the critical pros and cons between gas and diesel power. And what’s the deal with DEF? We explain everything you’ll need to know. We’ll also discuss which engines should be avoided at all costs -and why.
This number #1 selling RV consumer guide will give you everything you need to select the best RV for you. Get the facts and learn the truth about today’s motorhomes.
Lightweight Travel Trailer comparison guide
Our best-selling Lightweight Travel Trailer Comparison Guide reviews the majority of lightweight manufacturers that build towables that weight less than 3,500 pounds fully loaded.
Our consumer guide includes an easy-to-read article for each manufacturer, as well as lots of tips and honest reviews to find the right trailer for your travel needs at the best possible price.
Each article contains information in key areas like; company background, list of best-selling models, average MSRP, objective comments from our research staff and much more.