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Old 02-15-2016, 05:08 PM   #1
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2015 Vibe 268RKS – one year report.

I’ve been registered on this forum for a while now, so I guess it’s time to make my first post. It will be a long one and I will probably post again in another year or so. We bought our Vibe 268RKS a year ago at an RV show. We had a 26’ cabin cruiser in the late 80s and 90s that we “camped” on lakes and rivers almost every weekend in the summer and took it to the Gulf a few times. We wanted to get back into some sort of camping and the DW wasn’t too keen on spending lots of time on the water. After we brought the Vibe home, we (mostly my grandson and me) camped out in the driveway about three times in the spring to try to figure everything out and in June we took it to a local county park for a week to test it out prior to a planned July trip.

In the middle of July we caravanned with my daughter, SIL and 3 grandkids – them in a class A towing a Jeep and DW, son, grandson and me towing the trailer – for 15 days. Had to get the kids back in time to start school. (N. Alabama to KC; KC to Mt. Rushmore; Mt. Rushmore to Livingston, MT; Livingston to Yellowstone; Yellowstone to Provo; Provo to Durango; Durango to Santa Fe; and then Santa Fe home. From the time we pulled out of the driveway to leave until we got home we registered 5,038 miles on the truck. Over 4,500 of that was towing. It was one heck of a shakedown cruise but if we ever do it again, we’ll take about 3 months to do it. Some real exciting roads towing through Yellowstone, Durango to Silverton, CO, and into the Arches National Monument in MOAB, UT.

We found a lot of things to like about the Vibe and had our share of little things go wrong. Luckily, nothing major. I had been a little worried about the Chinese tires that came on the trailer, but they performed well. Any tires that can survive I-40 in Arkansas going into Memphis are OK by me. I was using a Fastway e2 WD hitch (came with the trailer) which performed well but was entirely too noisy. It has since been changed to an Andersen, but that is another post.

We thought we had tested all of the systems out before leaving, but the first morning in Yellowstone we woke up to 51 degrees inside the trailer – IN JULY. I set the thermostat and hoped for the best. Luckily it is fully automatic and we had a warm trailer in no time.

After that trip we did an 700 mile round trip to S. AL in the middle of August for a week and camped again in the fall at our local county park.

I am working on a write-up for the things we have found wrong/fixed and the enhancements we have made, hopefully with some pictures, that I will try to get posted in the next few days. We could have had some things fixed under warranty, but with the dealer 40 miles away, it's easier to fix the little stuff than haul it to them and wait to go back and get it. Overall we are pleased with the Vibe and happy we bought it. AL
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Old 02-16-2016, 10:40 AM   #2
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Thanks for the post, Al! Good to know! My husband and I are waiting on delivery of our Vibe 268rks- very excited to get it and start enjoying! Looking forward to your future posts.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:19 PM   #3
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What kind of tools did you find handy to have with you?
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Welcome to the forum and your interesting post. Later RJD
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Old 02-16-2016, 10:24 PM   #5
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Cyndi - I have a pretty extensive tool box that I carry in my truck, but the only tools a little out of the ordinary (screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc.) you might want to take are a square drive for those type screws. I don't remember the exact size but they are the most prevalent type of screws used. Also, a pair of channellock pliers for opening that stuck or cross threaded cap on the campground sewer hookup. AL
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Enhancements we have made so far.

Here are some of the enhancements we have made to our Vibe so far.

Changed out all of the incandescent light bulbs inside, in the outside cooking area and in the pass through storage to LED. Was told by a FR rep at an RV show a couple weeks ago that the 2016s are coming with LEDs but the one there did not have them. We used these LEDs, 20 for < $12 :

Robot Check

Had the dealer add a topper for the slide and bathroom vent cover.

Got the Andersen 3600 - Ultimate Trailer Gear leveling kit. Got it as part of the trailer purchase for 50% off. Put bubble levels on the trailer road side rear so when backing into a spot I put the wedges behind the appropriate tires and DW lets me know when the bubble is level, then she sets the chocks - very easy.

https://www.andersenhitches.com/Prod...uffel-bag.aspx

Built a slide drawer for the pass through storage to hold plastic bins. Used old garage door rails and rollers. Still have lots of room in front and back of the drawer to store ladder, chairs, outdoor carpets, etc. No more taking stuff out to access what I need that is in the middle.

Added a vinyl fence post cover with caps under the rear bumper to hold the sewer hoses. Used a piece of vinyl gutter to make a tray that slides into it.

Added a sound bar with built-in subs above the TV. The brochure and sales people say that the stereo is MP3/DVD/CD/FM w/Surround Sound. I don’t know how they can classify it as surround sound since it has nothing but stereo. Dual stereo to the ceiling speakers on the A channel and another to the outside speakers on the B channel. When the air conditioner was running, you could barely hear the sound from a DVD playing. It sounds OK on the radio but it does not have Blu-ray capability. So, I added a Blu-ray player and a Dish Network receiver on the shelf below the TV, ran the HDMI outputs to the TV and audio out from the TV to the sound bar. Now we just use the built-in for music.
Found a Yamaha ATS-1030 at Costco and the length fit perfectly above the TV.

Added a TV mount to the bedroom wall and to the outside above the 110 outlet. The bedroom has a backer board for installing a mount. I used a piece of plywood for a backer on the outside wall and installed the bracket with SS hardware. Have a 19” TV that can be used to move between both spots. Used this adapter kit:

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To help with the summer heat, I installed heat control window film on all of the windows and bathroom skylight. Couldn’t use it on the door window. One roll and a little I had left over from some windows I had done in my house was enough to do the entire trailer.

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DW complained that she could feel the trailer shaking when she was in bed and I would walk in the living/kitchen area. Two sets of telescopic jacks solved that problem.

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That’s about it for now. Now I’m working on a post for the stuff that broke, came loose, etc. But I will need to wait until it quits raining so I can crawl under the trailer to get some pictures. AL
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Nice job on the mods. We had a Vibe for almost a year and liked it as well.
Definitely needed the x-chocks for stability.
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Old 02-17-2016, 05:30 PM   #8
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Smile Thanks for the info.

We just got a 2016 Vibe 268rks 10 days ago and are fulltiming now. So far so good.Love the mods you have made. Want to most of those. So far we have had only small issues that we could fix easily.
Please give us all you can as you are 355days ahead of us!
Thanks, Robert & Ann.
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Hay big homey glad to hear your vibe was performing well we have had our 272 bhs for a year as well (bought in February ) like you .we love ours made several trips ,furthest to Myrtle beach with no problems. My mods have been small but useful I bought the Anderson leveling blocks (love them no more stacking blocks just drive on ) installed a batt cut off switch and installed a steady fast system ( no more trailer rocking ) as well as a Atwood winterization kit. Issues we have hade are minor ( cushion backed keep ripping where Velcro is , when we put the dinette table into a bed the one rail wasn't screwed to anything solid so it collapsed easy fix ,) I do want to add a topper for the slide like you did as well as tint the Windows . We are heading to st Augustine fla in March and yes the China bombs are always on my mind but with every fill up I check the air and give the tires a through look over. Happy camping and safe travels .


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Old 02-18-2016, 09:23 AM   #10
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My 268rks did not come with handle for manually extending stab jacks. Bought one and the access holes for the jacks were not even close! Had my dealer relocate those and plug the old holes (they screwed that up too!). My advice is manually try EVERYTHING! The manual handle that comes with the trailer is only for the front jack...TEST IT! Also make sure you have a socket & ratchet for the awning... TEST IT! My slide manual access hole was a mile off too! TEST IT! If your out in the sticks and you have ANY electrical issues with ANY components (knock on wood) you will be glad you were prepared for it. This kind if stuff can ruin your day and leave your DW with an awful taste in her mouth for camping!
You are correct about the CRAP entertainment system and your upgrades look great, but those are luxury items and take second place to the primary TT operation!
The next step on mine is to make the water system operate with less than 7 gallons! That doesn't leave much useable water for the TT (unless you hook up to city H2O) and you end up hauling around unusable weight!
Glad to hear about your tires. We did 4K this summer and didn't have any issues either. The TPMS I purchased is a different song though not related to FR!
Please don't get the wrong message in this post... We love our Vibe! It just comes with some baggage issues that need addressed.
Thanks for your post AND pictures. It gives me (and others) ideas for upgrades I/we still need to do!
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