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.
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.
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 smaller competitors. 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 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
Due to their widespread availability and undeniably competitive prices, we understand that many of today’s RV buyers may be considering a Forest River RV. With this in mind, 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), 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.
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 fifteen 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 towable 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, B+, C and Super C motorhomes and learn which one is best for you. Equally important are the critical pros and cons between gas and diesel power. And what’s the deal with DEF? Not only will we explain this critical component, but we’ll also advise 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 right manufacturer and model. Get the facts and learn the truth about today’s motorhomes.
So many readers asked for a complete “How to Buy an RV” package that we have now added Combo Packages that include everything you need to research, inspect, negotiate and buy an RV. We also offer TT&FW and Motorhome Combos for those readers who haven’t decided between a towable and a motorhome yet.
We also now offer packages that include other useful topics: “How to Buy an RV & Save”, “The Top 100 RV Dealers”, and the very popular “Extended RV Warranty Guide”. The Ultimate Packages even include 3 ea. RV Reports for the make/model/year of your choice.
Watch Our Video
Author Randall Eaton shares company history and how we gather our data for our Forest River RV Reviews.
Finally, if you would like to know more about our company and how we gather data for our ratings, watch this informative video.