Quality of forest river/ rockwood pups?

Discussion in 'Camper Manufacturers & Manuals' started by Milemaker13, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Milemaker13

    Milemaker13 Active Member

    Messages:
    194
    Likes Received:
    78
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2019
    Location:
    Suburbs of Chicago
    Yes or no?
    I like the layout of the 1950 rockwood. I have not see one in person but was not super impressed by the smaller units that we saw (rental fleet units) .
     
  2. NMroamer

    NMroamer Active Member

    Messages:
    485
    Likes Received:
    235
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2016
    Location:
    Albuquerque NM
    Others will certainly have a different opinion but I have never had a problem with Forest River or Rockwood popups.
    Considering a Rockwood 1950 for me and the wife.
     
  3. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

    Messages:
    2,829
    Likes Received:
    401
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Location:
    Centerville, OH
    All of the pups today are approximately the same quality. I owned a Palomino (a forest river company) and loved it.
     
  4. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

    Messages:
    6,527
    Likes Received:
    129
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2012
    I would agree with the rest, last time I paid attention a few years ago they were very similar to my Viking/Coachman pups that’s i had. Keep in mind as a rule pups are just like TT’s, 5er’s and MH’s, they are all built largely with the same parts, just different stickers. The days of the Apache and Coleman units that had bigger differences are all gone.
     
    HappyTraveler likes this.
  5. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

    Messages:
    4,654
    Likes Received:
    1,562
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2013
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    I agree with all of the above, they are all made about the same now. Not the greatest quality and cheap parts/wood. So best to go by floor plan and if it can offer you what you like and need. Before taking ownership look the unit over carefully.
     
    theseus and RockyRoo like this.
  6. mattlreese

    mattlreese Active Member

    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    56
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2017
    I have a Coachman which is part of the Forest River line, I bought it new. I have had a lot of minor issues and repairs. For example the propane regulator had to be replaced after one season. A bolt fell out for the door which was an easy fix but kept me from getting in the popup for a few hours. The usb plug also broke after one season.

    All these things were easy to fix myself and I have not had any major issues.
     
  7. mpking

    mpking Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,198
    Likes Received:
    258
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2014
    Location:
    Raynham, MA
    Hate to be the one to tell you this, unless your talking small independants, there are only two manufacturers.

    Thor industries, and Forest River.

    Thor Industries is composed of:
    • Airstream
    • Bison Coach, horse trailers with living quarters
    • Breckenridge
    • CrossRoads RV
    • Cruiser RV (CRV)
    • DRV
    • Dutchmen RV
    • Entegra
    • Heartland RV
    • Highland Ridge
    • Hymer
    • Jayco
    • Keystone RV
    • KZ RV, founded by Daryl Zook in 1972 and acquired by Thor in 2014.
    • Livin Lite RV, founded by Scott Tuttle and acquired by Thor in 2013. KZ took over management in March 2016 and shut the division down in 2018.
    • Redwood RV
    • Starcraft RV
    • Thor Motor Coach (combined Four Winds International and Damon Motor Coach)
    • Venture RV
    Forest River
    • Coachman
    • Forest River
    • Rockwood
    • R-pod
    • Palomino
    • Prime Time
    • Shasta
    • Viking
     
    Rik Peery likes this.
  8. Lost in Space

    Lost in Space Active Member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    34
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Location:
    CT
    You forgot Aliner, and Winnebago.
     
    PointyCamper likes this.
  9. mpking

    mpking Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,198
    Likes Received:
    258
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2014
    Location:
    Raynham, MA
    I would class Aliner a small independant, so I covered that.

    But yeah... Winnebago is huge, but they don't play in the Pop Up (tent trailer) space.
     
  10. Lost in Space

    Lost in Space Active Member

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    34
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Location:
    CT
    I think of Aliner a little bigger because of the Somerset pop ups and the Ascapes are really starting to take off for them. Semantics.
    I mention Winnebago since there is "The Dark Side" section of the Portal, and the Minnie's are pretty popular.
    But, yes, you definitely covered the GM & FORD of the pop up world.
     
    PointyCamper likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.