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2.5
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2.3
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4.4
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3.6
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Steve Shelton

Oregon, USA

Reviewed on December 19, 2023

RV reviewed 2024 Forest River Ibex 19 msb view listing

4.0
We just purchased our Ibex a few months ago, so don't have a lot of miles on it yet, but had to write a review because we just rave to everyone about this suspension: the 4 wheel independent trailing arm suspension makes an incredible difference in towing. The slightly narrower width comes in mighty handy out... read more
We just purchased our Ibex a few months ago, so don't have a lot of miles on it yet, but had to write a review because we just rave to everyone about this suspension: the 4 wheel independent trailing arm suspension makes an incredible difference in towing. The slightly narrower width comes in mighty handy out there on the roads and in RV parks, and with the slideout, you don't miss the 8" inside. We love the floorplan, true queen Murphy walk around bed is 100%. Added a 3" gel mattress topper to increase comfort, fits in the fold up no problem. Spent the night in Fallon, NV, temp dropped to 19. We ran the furnace all night to keep It 60 inside. Little noisy, but up to the task and didn't use as much propane as we feared. We were comfortable, tank heaters worked, all was well! All in all, we give our little Ibex an A+ !
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3.0
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3.0
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5.0
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5.0
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christel bighorse

Reviewed on August 23, 2023

RV reviewed 2021 Forest River Ibex 19QBS view listing

2.2
DO NOT BUY THIS TRAILER. ALMOST EVERYTHING HAS BROKE ON IT IN THE 2 YEARS SINCE I BOUGHT IT BRAND NEW. NEVER SEEN A MORE EXPENSIVE PIECE OF JUNK. LOW QUALITY!!! I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH BAD THINGS ABOUT HOW INCREDIBLY SORRY THIS TRAILER IS, IT IS A SHAME THAT I HAVE TO PAY FOR A BRAND NEW BROKEN HUNK OF JUNK. FOR... read more
DO NOT BUY THIS TRAILER. ALMOST EVERYTHING HAS BROKE ON IT IN THE 2 YEARS SINCE I BOUGHT IT BRAND NEW. NEVER SEEN A MORE EXPENSIVE PIECE OF JUNK. LOW QUALITY!!! I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH BAD THINGS ABOUT HOW INCREDIBLY SORRY THIS TRAILER IS, IT IS A SHAME THAT I HAVE TO PAY FOR A BRAND NEW BROKEN HUNK OF JUNK. FOREST RIVER SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEIRSELVES.
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1.0
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1.0
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5.0
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3.0
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Bill

Reviewed on June 26, 2023

RV reviewed 2022 Forest River Ibex 20BHS view listing

1.8
We were looking to buy one of these trailers but after visiting the dealer and looking at the quality of the trailer I backed out the fit and finish is terrible. The ceiling is stapled to the top. You can see the staple holes. They try to patch it with glue if they want to hide something on the corner. They j... read more
We were looking to buy one of these trailers but after visiting the dealer and looking at the quality of the trailer I backed out the fit and finish is terrible. The ceiling is stapled to the top. You can see the staple holes. They try to patch it with glue if they want to hide something on the corner. They just put a piece of paneling over it and screw it to the floor. I know my comments don't mean diddly to some people but just really look over the trailer before you purchase.
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1.0
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1.0
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5.0
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Tim Halterman

Iowa

Reviewed on June 17, 2022

RV reviewed 2022 Forest River Ibex 19QBS view listing

3.2
I purchased the 2022 Ibex Qbs 23ft travel trailer last August in 2021. I love the floor plan and have used it many times since I got it. It pulls easy as it has rubber semi independent suspension. I love the slide out and the walk around real 60x80 bed. I did replace the rock hard bed it came with. Now the di... read more
I purchased the 2022 Ibex Qbs 23ft travel trailer last August in 2021. I love the floor plan and have used it many times since I got it. It pulls easy as it has rubber semi independent suspension. I love the slide out and the walk around real 60x80 bed. I did replace the rock hard bed it came with. Now the disappointing part of the camper is the very poor quality of workmanship. I had the front fiberglass Crack after only 2months and I never took it off road. Since the fiberglass cap cracked 7 months has past and forest river has only recently agreed to replace the front cap however I don't know how much longer it will take to get the sheet sent out my dealer. Bish Rv has been most helpful in trying to get it fixed. I also have a warped door which has to be replaced and an power inverter which won't turn off. The waterheater had to be fixed plus the couch in the slideout tilts. I also had to caulk spots on the roof before the roof might leak, it has not leaked because I fixed it right away. Like I said I love the layout it's just the quality of the workmanship was really sloppy. Unless you are prepared to be patient you should buy a different brand. My dealership which is Bish Rv in Urbana, IA treated me so fairly and nicely it doesn't make all the issues quite so bad.
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2.0
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2.0
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5.0
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Steve

Michigan

Reviewed on June 8, 2022

RV reviewed 2021 Forest River Ibex 20BHS view listing

2.6
After 30 yrs in automotive I retired last year and we purchased our first RV a 2021 20BHS Ibex . Overall the layout is great! Head room excellent, we are a tall family and the extra space is great. Heater & Refrigerator works great. The furnace and refrigerator can be a little loud when sleeping but yo... read more
After 30 yrs in automotive I retired last year and we purchased our first RV a 2021 20BHS Ibex . Overall the layout is great! Head room excellent, we are a tall family and the extra space is great. Heater & Refrigerator works great. The furnace and refrigerator can be a little loud when sleeping but you soon get use to it. Good storage in cabinets and tows very well. Counter top space is limited but you adapt. We love the floor vacuum!. Outside canopy and lights are very nice! Assembly quality left a lot to be desired. On the day of pick up my wife lifted the door to the storage area under the bed and the panel came off in her hand. The hinges were stripped out and very cheap. I replaced with a piano hinge from home depot and no further issue. Over time some of the trim moldings became loose and fell off in several locations. The inside was dirty, lots of dust and hand prints with caulking. The table top seemed flimsy, we discovered there were several stripped bolts. The slide out has worked well but I noticed the motors labored when extending I found out that the rubber seal at the bottom were getting caught in the rollers when extending. The bathroom door margins were very tight and as the weather became humid we could no longer close the bathroom door. I had to disassemble door jam and cut away interference refit door. Now one year later I am getting a b601 error on the solar controller? I contacted FR they wont give me a schematic I am told to go to the dealer. Access to hot water heater was impossible from inside. All the trim molding prevented the bed panel from being lifted off, I had to cut clearances for access. I have had this trailer back to the dealer many times and " that's a whole story in itself" (General RV Wixom- Not impressed). I'm better off fixing issues myself. The dealer tends to make more issues not included in this write up. Ibex is a very nice design great floor plan, just poor execution! Its really too bad, a little extra effort in quality and this could be a great RV. I imagine like automotive it wont be long China or Mexico will make RVs better and cheaper. You pay as much for this trailer as some cars. I know automotive customers would not accept these defects. If I allowed my people to build cars and Trucks like this I would have been fired a long time ago.
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5.0
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Tim Halterman

Iowa

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

RV reviewed 2022 Forest River Ibex 19QBS view listing

3.6
I purchased this 2022 Ibex 19qbs 23ft camper in,last August and I really love the floor plan. It pulls really smoothly and I even camped out in really cold weather in Southern Minnesota (-15) and was warm enough. I really like the slideout as it gives you 4ft of width in the middle of the camper. The real que... read more
I purchased this 2022 Ibex 19qbs 23ft camper in,last August and I really love the floor plan. It pulls really smoothly and I even camped out in really cold weather in Southern Minnesota (-15) and was warm enough. I really like the slideout as it gives you 4ft of width in the middle of the camper. The real queen bed was immediately replaced,as it was so uncomfortable but being 60x80 was easy to replace. It is really quiet inside as the insulation is real good plus it has azdel so it won't rot under the fiberglass skin. The large fridge and air conditioner are real nice features plus the glass shower doors are nice. Now to the negatives. The quality of construction is pretty solid however parts are put together pretty sloppy. After owning the camper for less than two months two different areas of the front fiberglass skin cracked for no reason. Forest river didn't want to pay for repair, however after talking to them personally a number of times they have agreed to replace the front piece. The only problem is that was like 3 months ago! The dealer hasn't been able to get Forest River to answer their e-mails to start the repair process. The customer service at Ibex is terrible. I also have a water heater which no longer works and rust already on the frame which I will have to fix myself. Also the couch which folds down is tilting toward the floor not level so I will probably fix it myself. Lastly they only put one strut under the bed to hold it up when accessing understorage. With the fit and finish issues make sure to purchase from a good dealer like Bish RV who will stand behind the product.
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christel bighorse

Oklahoma

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

RV reviewed 2021 Forest River Ibex 19QBS view listing

2.2
Do not buy this trailer, piece of literal junk, I have a very long list of warranty issues, pieced together, and falls apart. I bought this brand new, sight unseen due to extreme circumstances. I made a huge mistake...Please do not venture in the direction of this trailer. Buyer Beware!... read more
Do not buy this trailer, piece of literal junk, I have a very long list of warranty issues, pieced together, and falls apart. I bought this brand new, sight unseen due to extreme circumstances. I made a huge mistake...Please do not venture in the direction of this trailer. Buyer Beware!
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3.0
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Brittany

Texas

Reviewed on April 14, 2022

RV reviewed 2021 Forest River Ibex 20BHS view listing

1.0
Horrible customer service with Forest River and no quality control. Would not recommend! First day off the lot brand new and had 3 major things wrong. It's been in the shop since January and we still have not received it back yet. Such a huge disappointment in a brand new trailer.... read more
Horrible customer service with Forest River and no quality control. Would not recommend! First day off the lot brand new and had 3 major things wrong. It's been in the shop since January and we still have not received it back yet. Such a huge disappointment in a brand new trailer.
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Athena Stone

Texas

Reviewed on April 12, 2022

RV reviewed 2021 Forest River IBEX 19MBH view listing

4.4
We really like this unit a lot. The bathroom is amazing and the queen bed with room on the sides is very comfortable. The layout would be perfect for two people, but the sofa doesn't fold out well for a third person. The large fridge is awesome, and the solar panel keeps the batteries topped off great, jus... read more
We really like this unit a lot. The bathroom is amazing and the queen bed with room on the sides is very comfortable. The layout would be perfect for two people, but the sofa doesn't fold out well for a third person. The large fridge is awesome, and the solar panel keeps the batteries topped off great, just giving a little peace of mind if you're not plugged in. All in all, good value for a small travel trailer.
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4.0
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4.0
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Jon

Virginia

Reviewed on June 26, 2021

RV reviewed 2021 Forest River Ibex 20BHS view listing

4.6
A great Forest River trailer with fantastic features and no surprises. My wife and I did extensive research and considered many other brands when we upgraded from a 20’ RPOD, eventually settling on the Ibex 20BHS for trips with just the two of us plus occasional friends and family. Major selling points ... read more
A great Forest River trailer with fantastic features and no surprises. My wife and I did extensive research and considered many other brands when we upgraded from a 20’ RPOD, eventually settling on the Ibex 20BHS for trips with just the two of us plus occasional friends and family. Major selling points for us were the expansive suite of features included as the standard dealer package, rugged ground clearance, off-the-grid capability, and flexible sleeping space. The trailer feels ritzy and luxurious compared to the RPOD yet rugged enough for some serious boondocking. And at 25’, you can fit the 20BHS into almost any campsite. Towing – being one of the smallest two axle trailers available gives a huge ~3000 lb carrying capacity and some flexibility for towing vehicles. I am towing with a 4.6L Tundra. The trailer towed great on this 1500-mile trip through the Appalachians, though gas mileage left something to be desired (hovered around 8mpg). Was a little tough on the steepest grades, slowing as low as 50mph. The trailer is very tall and not aerodynamic, all tradeoffs I’m willing to make for all the headroom inside. Keeping the fresh tank empty and minimizing cargo weight would presumably have helped a lot with my lowish-end tow vehicle. We haven’t taken this thing off paved roads yet but compared to the old RPOD, this suspension and ground clearance is beastly! Looks like the most rugged trailer at our KOA right now and I look forward to more adventurous trips. The trailer is prewired for a Furion rear camera and this is a huge asset on the highway and when backing, not to mention an easy 10-minute setup if you are willing to pay the premium for the camera. Sleeping space – super comfortable and flexible with the bunks and convertible dinette. I’m 6’3” and sleeping space was a major sticking point for me. I love the residential queen and could even fit in the top bunk with my feet hanging out a bit. Overall it’s comfortable for 3-4 adults (we had my parents stay for a short time) – would be cramped with more, but you could certainly do it. Especially if you spent most of your time outside. The converted dinette is only 72in long as opposed to the 74in bunks and 80in queen. The 15k AC is bigger than some of the 30 ft trailers I’ve been camping near, and as a bonus the fan negates quite a bit of noise between the bunks and queen bed. We’ve been running it in 90 heat and humidity without a hiccup while seeing some of the other folks’ units freeze up. I read remarks that suggest a curtain or divider between the queen sleeping space and the rest of the trailer – this doesn’t seem practical and I’m glad this isn’t an included feature, though I’m sure you could install something like this if you disagree. Kitchen – small, but the space is well utilized. Check it out on the floorplan and realize you sacrifice here a bit to get all the space elsewhere. We find the kitchen space to be sufficient, and love to cook outside when we can. The sink and faucet are awesome. The glass fold-over stove top provides very functional countertop space. The lack of drawers sucks but is understandable given the layout. If you are a boondocking fan, make sure you check to see if your fridge will run on propane. This is unit dependent and some will have an electric-only model. You can easily tell by looking at the trailer exterior because a propane fridge will have a big black access panel on the right side by the black range hood vent, and an electric-only model will have none at all. Bathroom – huge improvement over a wet bath! The space feels well used. At 6’3” I can stand up in the shower without issues and have plenty of leg room on the toilet. The bathroom sink feels a little small though, and the faucet is so short that it’s tough to get your hands under the running water. Storage – some pros and cons here. Outside storage is as small as our old 20’ trailer and the access doors feel undersized. We can’t fit our modestly-sized folding table in any of the doors. There is ample storage inside but the kitchen lacks any drawers. Our camper came with cabinet doors to access the dinette storage (love this, may be unit dependent), and we modified it so we could also access it from below the seat cushions. Love the storage under and around the queen bed, and when it’s just my wife and I we use the bunk beds for extra functional storage as well. Misc – There seems to be a QA problem with solar wiring - make sure you check this out at the solar controller during the walkthrough. Our dealer didn’t realize that the inverter power switch has to be off for the interior control panel to function, otherwise it will always be on. Would not recommend paying $500 for the optional grill, but it's convenient nonetheless. Double-check that the JBL speaker is present, as those apparently go missing all the time at dealerships. We are very happy with the Ibex 20BHS and would definitely recommend it to friends!
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