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Old 04-07-2016, 08:43 AM   #11
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Were heading out for the first shakedown trip later today.

So far the issues that we have found (while still in the driveway)

1. hinges on the stove top were bent because someone tried to open the top glass cover with force the wrong way. ( I can fix this, but will do it after the trip)

2. Had to reattached the insanely poorly designed spring/plastic strip that goes under the slide out. I think this has been addressed in other posts about the 268rks model as well. When we pick it up, the plastic strap was hangin 1" about the wheel, one good bounce and it could have caught, broke, and wrapped around a wheel while driving!

3. OF course the unit was not winterized despite being charged for it

4. We know this because the water pump didnt' work due to loose connections and vacuum leaks. System connections have been tightened now and work.

5. Looked at the low water drain and overflow tube for the fresh tank. They are cut waayyy too low to the ground and semi solid mounted. Will need to trim up 6"-8" before any offroad boondocking so we don't rip the tank connections off.

6. The black/grey drain is way too high under the trailer. About 16" in from the side. along with the handles, the only way to reach it is to literally lay on the ground under the trailer to attach the sewage hose and pull the handles. That definately needs to be fixed somehow - just haven't figured out how yet.

Other than those little items, we will see how the next couple days go and report back then. Cheers!
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:52 AM   #12
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I would strongly recommend Not to use the rear bike rack. Speaking from a very bad experience.
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Old 04-09-2016, 02:03 PM   #13
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Back from the shakedown trip and unfortunately found a major issue.

The freshwater tank dumped over 1/2 it's volume (approx 20gal) approximately on the gentle tow up into the mountains.

It's not an indicator issue, pretty sure it came out the overflow, but could not see as we were towing to verify.

So, since the underside is sealed, still can't get an answer from Forest River or the dealer, not sure what is wrong or how to proceed.

Anyone else have this issue?

thanks
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:12 AM   #14
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Got a call back from the dealer and it is going in. The tank draining issue is probably due to an overflow hose that needs to be re- routed. It will be gone for a week and will post an update when I get it back.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:13 AM   #15
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update on the freshwater tank issue. According to the dealer (from Forest River), the overflow tube is hard plumbed and goes sideways and then straight down so there is a siphon effect that occurs. They have stated that Forest River will NOT correct and that dumping half the water when towing is ok!

Also, I was cautioned repeatedly against any fix myself so as not to void their warranty. There is a simple obvious solution, but if anyone is considering this trailer and dry camping you will need to correct the issue yourself before it is usable.

Other than that we are happy with the trailer
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:32 AM   #16
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update on the freshwater tank issue. According to the dealer (from Forest River), the overflow tube is hard plumbed and goes sideways and then straight down so there is a siphon effect that occurs. They have stated that Forest River will NOT correct and that dumping half the water when towing is ok!

Also, I was cautioned repeatedly against any fix myself so as not to void their warranty. There is a simple obvious solution, but if anyone is considering this trailer and dry camping you will need to correct the issue yourself before it is usable.

Other than that we are happy with the trailer
How is that possible? You can't siphon water from the top of a tank no matter how the hose is routed outside the tank. The hose must be extending down into the water or the inlet is positioned so that it is getting sloshed with forceful water a significant amount of the time, right?

I'm interested because I may be seeing this too! Just found the tank empty twice but haven't verified how much we started with. Next time I'll know!
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:45 PM   #17
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Why do you have two batteries ? Do you do a lot of boon docking? I have the same trailer and it only has one battery. Just wondered mine shows a hook up for two batteries. But dealer only installed one.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:10 PM   #18
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I also have a 2016 224 vibe. Have been going over it the last week to clean up the factory items that were loose or not installed very good overall the trailer is not to bad. Mine does not have the electric fridge wish it did. I do not like the 3 ways takes to long to get them cold? Pulling it with my 2015 Ford F150 ECO did OK wanted to move around a little bit but hope the E Rated tires I am installing this week will take care of it. Going to Branson in a few days wanted everything checked out real good. So FAR so GOOD.
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:49 PM   #19
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We pretty much only boondock, but are actually doing the trip to Yellowstone next week.

Had a complete tire failure on the highway last weekend due to the ridiculous stock tires. Have four new tires now.
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:30 PM   #20
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We are seriously considering the 224 RLS as well. One of my primary concerns with this trailer though is the heater not being ducted, especially with the location of the heater outlets and the solid bedroom doors. Have you had any issues with the heat not making it to both ends of the trailer?
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