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Old 09-24-2010, 10:56 AM   #11
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We are digesting the about input from all of you and doing further research. We have months to do this so we get a TV that works well for us and pulls our TT safely and easily. Keep em coming!
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:36 PM   #12
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We just bought a 2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS (identical to the Rockwood and exact same stats on weights from FR). Don't believe the UVW you see on the FR website. Ours is stamped 6907 lbs from the factory. Add the battery and propane and it runs right about 7K dry. My sherline reads 1,060 lbs TW. Add the EQ hitch and you are looking at right about 1150 lbs TW. I have a F250 and would not even consider a smaller truck for this trailer.
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Old 09-29-2010, 08:44 PM   #13
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to the forum, it sounds like you have been camping for a while.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:27 AM   #14
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The factory sticker on our 831FKBSS says 6,828 pds. That's 550 pd more than the brochure. We went with free standing table and we added slide awnings along with all the power goodies.

Last time we weighed the rig, hitched up, the weight on the truck axles was 6,908 and on the trailer axles, 7128. That was near to home at the end of a dry camping weekend so there were 43 U.S. gallons of water disbursed among the holding tanks, plus the water heater.

On a different occasion, with battery and full propane, but, no water at all, the unhitched tongue weight was 1,012.

Our pickup is the strongest "half ton" you could get in January of '07 and we are very happy with how it pulled the Flagstaff over 1,500 miles this summer. Even so, you will likely tow for several thousand miles farther a year than we do. Along with several previous posters, my advice about a tow vehicle is that the 3/4 ton is a better option. Dodge, Ford, GM all make great trucks and you wouldn't go wrong with any of them.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:05 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info. First of all how do you like your Flagstaff? After reading all the input here we are looking at a 3/4 ton and will do a truck unless we can find that a HD SUV like a Suburban or Excursion will safely and adequately handle our TT and allow us comfortably have several passengers. Since the Rockwood is a lower hgt trailer and we have knee issues a lower SUV is preferred to a truck. But being safe is more important so if we must tow it with a truck we will. After one posting about hitch weight and checking specs it is clear that the Expedition is borderline in regards to tongue weight so it is off our list.,
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:11 PM   #16
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Thanks for the welcome rockwood06. Lifetime tent camper, just started RV'ing last year. Hit my fifties and got a roof. New truck this spring led to the new trailer and hopefully we are set for a while.

We love the Flagstaff. Moved (up) from a Keystone product which was also good.

I hope it didn't come across that I was knocking 1/2 tons, just meant that I personally feel more comfortable with the 3/4. I am a lot more conservative as i get older.
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:30 AM   #17
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Perhaps it is a problem with any trailer that's 34+ feet in exterior length, but, our FK is pretty jiggly when we set it up. It moves when you walk around inside it. I've also got a touchy stabilizer jack motor that blows fuses if you let it lift all the way up and bind at the top.

There are some other annoyances, but, I'm sure if we chose our RV differently we'd just have a different set of annoyances. Our experience after one season is that the FK seems to be put together pretty well and it is very well equipped. We'll figure out how to get the jigglies to go away and we'll certainly enjoy all the amenities.

The FK pulls very well behind our truck, better than the smaller and lighter unit it replaced. It backs into a camp site better too. Overall we're pretty happy with it.

lbrjet, there's no offense taken.

No question, a garden variety 1/2 ton will not tow our trailer either economically nor safely. However, our GMC with Vortec Max power train and heavy duty trailer tow package is no garden variety 1/2 ton. I did the research, learned what the actual load capacities are for our truck as equipped and I'm satisfied that we tow within the truck's engineered capabilities.
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