I just bought a Forest River NoBo 10.6 and after getting it home and really going thru it, I have to say that it is pretty cheap in quality as well as price. Forest River gets their frames from Lippert and and mine looks to be about 14 guage, or .078 inch...pretty thin stuff. I was lead to NoBo for the "off road" design, but I'm skeptical now after having it and I'd say it's pretty limited and even some of the not so well maintained BLM roads would be a bit much for it.Forest River ,
They just released the 19.1 toyhauler though. Its only 7' wide is what caught my eye..
Its so hard finding narrow track 7' wide enclosed trailers its not funny any more..
Sorry to hear you are having issues with yours. I have had some very minor quality control issues with my 19.5, but I fixed them all myself, relatively easily. I bought my trailer with the intention of using it mostly in national parks and developed campgrounds, and I don't plan on taking it off the beaten path much.. But on the other hand, I would expect any of the NOBO trailers to do well offroad, as that is how Forest River markets the brand.I just bought a Forest River NoBo 10.6 and after getting it home and really going thru it, I have to say that it is pretty cheap in quality as well as price. Forest River gets their frames from Lippert and and mine looks to be about 14 guage, or .078 inch...pretty thin stuff. I was lead to NoBo for the "off road" design, but I'm skeptical now after having it and I'd say it's pretty limited and even some of the not so well maintained BLM roads would be a bit much for it.
I jumped on it because of the price, but now I'm regretting it. I had it 3 days and had to send it back for warranty repairs and its been at the manufacture for 3 weeks now and they still haven't gotten around to looking at it yet. The NoBos look cool, but I'd read customer complaints before purchasing one. Check out this link....I found it AFTER buying...https://forest-river.pissedconsumer.com/review.html
Sorry to hear you are having issues with yours. I have had some very minor quality control issues with my 19.5, but I fixed them all myself, relatively easily. I bought my trailer with the intention of using it mostly in national parks and developed campgrounds, and I don't plan on taking it off the beaten path much.. But on the other hand, I would expect any of the NOBO trailers to do well offroad, as that is how Forest River markets the brand.
What kind of roads have you taken it on? I have a F150 and just started my research into the trailer market. I've been looking at GeoPro/EPro, NoBo, and considering some other options. I really like the new 15TB model for GeoPro. I plan on going off the beaten path somewhat, and using it on BLM/FS roads and primarily as a home base during the hunting season. Not sure if the GeoPro would be up to it. Tough decisions. Anyone know of any other manufacturers I should be looking at it? I want something that I can bring where my truck can go (within reason).We have the Geo Pro its 12 ft with the kitchen in the back. It pulls good with the jeep and so far it has done what we want. Its not for hard core but it works!
Yeah, Forest River is funny....my water tank bows down real bad when full and there are no supports under it....Forest River solution is to tell me not to fill the water tank over half. Like Scott said earlier, he fixed most things himself and that is basically what everyone buying these units will end up doing. The interior framing is horrible and they use staples which pull apart easily, so I'll either go back with screws or fiberglass around the joints for strength. Also I use a good product from Sherwin Williams called Uniflex which has a great seal tape to use on metal buildings. A $20 roll of the seam tape will do a large trailer easily then just seal it with liquid silicone. I own several strip malls in south Louisiana and with all the rain, leaks are a big problem and I have had great results using Uniflex seam tape and going over it with liquid silicone. Would work great sealing door and window trim as well and any other problem on these campers. I just know to carry extra screws and a tube of urethane sealant...that will fix most problems until I get back home to my shop.From my experience with Forest River, their quality is far from what I would say is ready for off road or even forest roads. We never had any big issues once the initial QC items where taken care of but the overall fit and finish was just ok. I do believe an off road adventure would have rattled it to pieces.
I was reading this thread and was wondering how you have liked your Explore. We are looking at these and wanted your input. What do you like and dislike since purchasing.I looked at a 10.6 hard for a while and decided against it when I found the Intech explore
I’d love a bathroom
But with a JLU it doesn’t have the tow capacity and with 3 kids my goal was everyone sleeping under the same room
The no boundaries looks great in pictures
But the mass produced part of it makes me wonder about quality control
After having it 3 days, my NoBo went back to forest river for warranty repairs. It didn't come back much better than how it left, so I fixed stuff myself and added some things and I'm happy enough with it now. I was originally going to build my own out of 1/4 or 3/16 sheet aluminium and use Timbren axle-less wheels and after figuring costs, I was at an easy $40k plus all my labor. I decided on NoBo 10.6 for $13k and minimal labor tweeking it. I'd say the NoBo is fair for its price. Even making my own shell, I would have to buy factory made door and windows and those small doors can go for around $700+ dollars each...price just the components and the cost goes up quick.I'm looking at trailers and came across this thread. Oddly enough, the models mentioned in the 2 previous posts (Intech explore and NoBo 10.6) are 2 that interest me the most. I've also considered the Intech pursue. The Intechs appeal for me is the apparent solid construction.
Any updates on how these trailers are doing?
My wife did some of her tweaking and with the walls open like they are, I installed snaps in the walls and she made pouches that can attach via snaps. Helps a lot with organization and storage and the pouches can be unsnapped and swapped out. Put a pouch under the door windows so I can just open the door and grab stuff without climbing in. For the price, its a pretty good deal and its easy to make modifications on it.Thanks for the information. The nearest dealer to me is about 2 hours away. It sounds like a trip to check one out would be worthwhile.
The trailer frame is about 14 gauge steel with a Dexter torsion axle a plywood deck and the shell is a composite with aluminium studs and fiberglass coating exterior. What little framing is inside is up front and that is the nasty part. They used shit wood that looks like the cheap furring strips you find at Home Depot and that has basically a thin plywood like luan stapled to the strips with a vinyl wallpaper skin. The wiring is a rats nest and I had to remove some of the panels inside the slide out compartment in order to install some more 12vdc outlets and stuff. Heres a couple pics of whats inside and how shitty the joints are. But like I said earlier, it upset to see this kind of work on a brand new camper, but its not all that hard to fix to make it right. If you look at getting one, take a minute and check the roof. Its a PVC or rubber membrane and apparently they are cranking these out so fast that they dont always get enough adhesive and mine had big bubbles in it.Nice modifications. I probably missed it in here, but is the NoBo wood construction or aluminum studs? I see conflicting info on the web.