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Nov 17, 2014 Voted Most Helpful Review 2015 Forest River Forester LE 2251LE Chevy

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I recently bought a 2015 Forest River Forester 2251LE sitting on a 4500 Chevy frame. We’ve taken it out a couple of times now, one trip with full hookup and the other was dry camping. I have some experience pulling trailers in the past but this is my first RV so I’m definitely a rookie when it comes to RV’s.
Interior – For the most part it is just my wife and I on the road in our RV and this Forester is perfect for us. I walked through several RV’s before I bought this one and for the most part they all have the same basic amenities of about the same sizes and function. The feature that made this RV standout from the rest was the slide out queen size bed. In this entry level class RV it seemed that you had to squeeze into the rear bed area in other RV models. The slide out on the Forester made it so you can walk around the foot and partially around the side of the bed. This is a great feature that makes the RV seem bigger than it is. We like the look of the interior and so far everything has worked well. Everything on the inside seems to be made to last but time will tell.
Exterior – For RV rookies like me it will take a bit to get use to the width of the RV and the added width of the side mirrors. Driving home from the dealer on highways and side roads it felt like I was going to hit the telephone poles or other vehicles around me. I’m assuming this 8’5” width is normal for RV’s and something all RV’ers have to get used to. Functionally I’m happy with the outside components. I’ve used the dump system a couple of times and it was very simple and intuitive to use. The black and grey pull handles were easy to get to. They are on opposite sides which seems strange to me but maybe that is normal. The storage bins are ok but I ran out of space pretty quickly. I’m guessing this is normal for small RV’s like this one and the slide out may have taken away from some of the storage room outside. The bins are made of plastic and are screwed in from what I can tell as opposed to strapped in. I do worry a bit that these bins cannot hold up to much weight in them without pulling out the screws – time will tell.
Engine – The v8 6 liter engine (I think that is it’s size) has proven to be plenty of engine for the size of the RV. One of our trips we drove up into some hills and on another we drove on some steady up hills inclines on a freeway and in both cases we had no problem with power. I pulled a small trailer of about 2,000 lb on one of the trips and pretty much could not tell it was there. I really appreciate the transmission that is in this RV. It is smooth and did some type of down shifting as we were going downhill so I did not have to manually down shift to save the brakes. The breaking system seems to be well sized for the RV and makes me feel pretty comfortable stopping this 10,000+ lb vehicle when I need to.
Ride and feel – When testing different RV’s I got to sit in a Ford version and Chevy version of this RV. I felt like I could see over the hood better on the Chevy. In addition to that the Ford model cut into the passenger foot area so they have to sit at a bit of an angle. In the Chevy model we bought it is loud when on the road. Some of the noise is engine and some is exterior noise from the road. My biggest complaint and really my only complaint is the handling is terrible. When I hit small dips in the road the RV bobs back and forth like a rocking horse. When we turn into a driveway or when we were going up some moderately windy roads the RV leaned pretty heavily. This is a tall vehicle so I would expect some of this but as I watched other equivalent sized RV’s on the road they did not seem to bob and lean as much as this one.
- Dave, California

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Feb 01, 2016 Voted Most Helpful Review 2014 Forest River Forester 3011DS Ford

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With airbags driving experience is good. I like the layout bed is comfortable. Forest River gives you a good bang for your buck.
- Ernest D Feltman, Georgia

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Feb 23, 2017 2015 Forest River Forester 3051SS

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I have owned my motorhome for 2 Years, with 12000, miles on it runs great. The leveling jacks work well on level ground but are a challenge when not on level ground. There is road noise but not bad. Plenty of room for 6-8 people. Heater is very quite and puts out plenty of heat, same for air conditioner, works great when needed. Gas milage is about 10 mpg.
- james Hort, New Jersey

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Mar 29, 2017 2014 Forest River Forester 3011DS

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A comfortable RV to drive and to live in during short or long trips. Plenty of room to relax even with guest. Outside TV and radio is very nice for tailgating or watching the NASCAR race on Sunday afternoon. Yes the shower is small but I figured out the shower moves to clean my 6'4" 220 lb self and have hot water left over.
- Mann, Georgia

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Mar 15, 2016 2013 Forest River Forester 3011DSF

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I love the kitchen counter space, the position of the TV can be seen from the dining area or sofa. The bedroom area closes off with the bath to give large dressing area. Shower is large & the storage is awesome. Bed has over head reading lights and the new memory foam mattress is extremely comfortable. Its easy to keep clean and the outside awning was large enough for furniture and a motorcycle to be underneath it. Having an automatic leveler was such a time saver and no getting dirty setting up blocks underneath your RV!
- Cynthia , Pennsylvania

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Mar 17, 2016 2013 Forest River Forester 3011DSF

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I purchased my RV to see if we would enjoy living the RV life into retirement. I was concerned about feeling cramped or it not feeling like a home away from home. I quickly realized that it was such an enjoyable RELAXING experience after our first 2 trips. The Forester has so much storage room we have never used it all and the interior set up we chose was idea we never felt boxed in and after adding a few decorative touches it felt like home. I am looking forward to retirement in a few years so that I can have more time to spend exploring out west. We have always towed a trailer for a motorcycle and bicycles and found that with the rear view camera it was easy to make sure everything was safe and secure. The Ford E450 also made towing that extra weight no problem at all. We are considering a toy hauler because we have 2 motorcylces now.
- Cynthia, Pennsylvania

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May 17, 2016 2007 Forest River Forester 3101

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This is a great RV. This is our 4th RV. We have had several and in our 40 years of RVing this is the best one yet. It is an upgrade from the basic models we have had. It is a nice unit, fairly new, low mileage. We replaced the dining cushions, sofa, and chair so it is basically new, except for the original carpet, but it is in good condition. This unit is in very good condition, as you can tell by the low mileage. We are selling it as we are getting older and are not traveling as much.
- Bernice, Virginia

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