Saturday, June 3, 2023


Awesome entry-level Class A—Tour the 2022 Forest River FR3 30DS

Matt of Matt’s RV Reviews (one of our readers’ Best of RV YouTube channels) is here to give us a tour of the Forest River FR3 30DS. Matt says this makes a perfect entry-level Class A. Why?

  • It’s Forest River’s smallest Class A motorhome
  • It’s Forest River’s best-priced motorhome
  • Its size makes it accessible for state and national parks, something that larger motorhomes are often sized out of

Matt starts his tour on the outside before going inside. Most importantly he lists three things he really likes about this motorhome and three things he does not like, as well.

With two slides and a split bath, the interior is quite roomy. You can use the bed with the slide in. There’s another bunk over the cab. The huge U-shaped dinette also converts to a bed. In the living room, you’ll find two luxurious reclining theater seats, and there are privacy shades throughout.

The stylish kitchen features a large stainless steel sink, a pull-out cutting board, a Magic Chef microwave, a 3-burner stove, and a HUGE refrigerator and freezer (that has a blooper moment in the video).

There’s a split bathroom with a large shower. The toilet is porcelain; but, on the downside, it is small.

A king-sized bed takes up most of the bedroom, but there are nightstands, a wardrobe, and a good amount of storage. There’s even a combo washer/dryer, something unexpected in this level motorhome.

Three things Matt and Andrea LIKE about this motorhome

  • The HUGE comfortable dinette
  • The reclining theater seats across from the TV
  • King-sized bed

Three things Matt and Andrea do NOT like about this motorhome

  • No bedroom door except for bathroom doors
  • Cabinets with doors that open downward
  • The toilet area is too small and crowded

I would add another item to that list that they seem to have forgotten. The cargo carrying capacity at 1,231 pounds is very low for both the size of the water tanks and the amount of under-rig storage.

More about the Forest River FR3 30DS

  • Actual length: 31 feet, 8 inches
  • Ford 7.3 liter V8 engine; 350HP
  • GVWR 18,000 pounds
  • Fiberglass roof
  • Power awnings with LED lights
  • Auto leveling
  • External TV
  • Lots of under-coach storage
  • 6-gallon water heater
  • 52-gallon freshwater tank
  • 42-gallon gray water tank
  • 42-gallon black water tank
  • Propane capacity: 103 pounds
  • Cargo carrying capacity: 1,231 pounds (heads up—that is LOW)
  • Quick-connect propane connection for an outdoor grill
  • 5,000 lb. towing hitch
  • Backup camera
  • Outdoor shower
  • Yamaha 5500 generator
  • MSRP: $184,050


Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard is the author 8 published books on topics as diverse as US Citizenship to Cannabis Cooking. Cheri grew up in a circus family and has been RVing on and off her entire life.


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1 month ago

Junk. The door falls off the freezer?? What’s with all the exposed wires at the bunk over the cockpit? And all this junk can be yours for $184,000.

Last edited 1 month ago by MattD
Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

Did I mis-look or did it look like the power cord hung out of a storage area with no way to shut the door once the cord is deployed?

Bob P
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yep that’s what I saw also, makes as much sense as the class B the other day that had to leave the back door open if you were connected to campground water.

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