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Old 03-03-2016, 03:34 AM   #1
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2016 Forest River XLR Hyperlite 27HFS

I am new to this forum and the RV lifestyle. After a lot of research the wife and I have pretty well settled on the 2016 Forest River XLR Hyperlite 27HFS.
So plain and simple I am here to lurk and learn. This RV pretty much fits what we want to do, our price range and hopefully can be pulled with my 2006 Chevy silverado 5.3L crew 1500. with tow package. Options we want are the 15000 BTU AC, Electric queen bed in back and the sofa instead of the dinette. I am planning on going with the new Honda 7000Kw FI generator which should be plenty to power this unit. So info and issues you know about this RV speak up. I am here to learn


This is a first RV, Its going to be used to carry combinations of motorcycles for track days, and trail riding. It will also be used for family camping for 3 to 4 people. Probably not any long distance stuff, maybe N. Georgia a couple of times a year. We really like the layout of the RV. Interesting how there are no reviews of this unit out there on the web like there is for vehicles and motorcycles. Where do you go to get information and real world test results?

So be patient and help me out.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:45 AM   #2
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I purchased the 29HFS back in october and at the time had a 2012 F-150 5.0 FX4. Our first RV also. We went in looking to buy the 27 but my wife and I liked the layout of the bed up front better on the other. I think the 27 is close to 1000 lbs lighter and believe the F-150 would have been a good TV for it. I loaded my 29 up with a full load of water and all the supplies for a full motocross weekend and it was working hard. Long story short, I purchased a 2016 Ram 2500 with the diesel and its a whole lot better but without knowing the numbers on your truck, im guessing yours would be fine with the 27. But i will say the numbers add up quick when you start loading up!!

We use ours for motocross and absolutely love it. Ours has the 15k AC with the bed in the back and also the sofa option. We looked at both options, dinette vs sofa, and the sofa was a better option for us. They all lay practically flat and my son uses it as a bed.

The garage is great and comes with a good layout of D-rings. My son is 7 so his motorcycles are small so Im just using some rubber chocks for the front wheels but im sure there are others on here that can chime in about good options for the front wheel stops.

Good luck and you can learn all kinds of stuff on this forum. Enough modifications to keep you busy for a long time.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:53 AM   #3
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I have a 2015 29hfs and am pulling it with a 2004 GMC 2500HD Crew (6.0L 4X4). I'm sure your 1500 can pull it but from my viewpoint, I think you need a 3/4 ton. Once loaded, any type of incline in the road will start to work your 5.3L pretty hard. Also, the tongue & GVW weights can get out of whack pretty quickly. There are plenty of threads on here talking about 1/2, 3/4, Full tons.

As for the options, we went with the couch instead of the dinette. We have the folding dinette/bed in the garage and has worked out good for the people that have used it (sis-in-law and bro-in-law). We have the 15k AC and three fantastic fans w/wall remotes. These have worked out great. The heater is another good topic you can read up on here but overall if you have an electric heater as a "helper", you should be just fine.

I HIGHLY recommend spending time reading this forum. There is a lot of good information and people here to help.

Good luck on your purchase and happy camping... :-)
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:21 AM   #4
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Without starting a gas vs diesel - 1500 vs 2500 battle... I had a 2010 Chevy 5.3 (the higher HP E85 model for that year) 6 speed auto, 4 x 4, and towing package. I pulled a 6000# (loaded) Greywolf and it was no fun. Some western grades (7% and higher) produced sub-25 mph maximum speeds in second gear and transmission temps reached 280 before I noticed and stopped to let it cool down. You are wanting to pull 8000# or more, just saying. I came an inch from buying the 27... it was the sideways bed and the 9 foot garage that stopped me. Also, the rear door is awkward. The genset you mentioned would power mine and yours all day long (or nearly) so you should be good there. 4000w would do it. If you plan to camp in very hot weather, consider a future second AC in the garage might be needed not to mention the standard furnace isn't up to the task in very cold weather. You might get away with the 15K AC unit if you don't like it that cold.

Oh, and welcome to the forum. You mentioned north GA; sounds like you might be in FL?
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Old 03-03-2016, 01:19 PM   #5
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We love our 27HFS, We looked at the 29, but it would just be too close or maybe over the tow limits of my Ex.
We have the dinette, but wish we could have gotten the couch instead. We bought it off the lot as a left over 2014 in 2015. Plus side is we saved a lot! This year I think I might just pull the table out and see how that goes using the dinette seats as a "U" shaped "couch".
I will agree with the others, you might be taxing the half ton suspension with this rig. Its heavy on the hitch weight. Even with the (pseudo) 3/4 ton suspension of the Excursion (that's another topic on its own) it squats pretty good. I have a the Roadmaster Active Suspension also, and it still squats. I was gonna get airbags, but I am hoping to upgrade to a 1 ton pick up this year, so I am just gonna get through the first half of the season as best as I can.
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:20 PM   #6
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OneSF if you have a 4L60 transmission in that truck your gonna need to beef it up or its gonna fail -- that's the weak link In the 5.3 also need 4:10 gears In back for the 5.3 to be able to pull hills
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I am new to this forum and the RV lifestyle. After a lot of research the wife and I have pretty well settled on the 2016 Forest River XLR Hyperlite 27HFS.
So plain and simple I am here to lurk and learn. This RV pretty much fits what we want to do, our price range and hopefully can be pulled with my 2006 Chevy silverado 5.3L crew 1500. with tow package. Options we want are the 15000 BTU AC, Electric queen bed in back and the sofa instead of the dinette. I am planning on going with the new Honda 7000Kw FI generator which should be plenty to power this unit. So info and issues you know about this RV speak up. I am here to learn


This is a first RV, Its going to be used to carry combinations of motorcycles for track days, and trail riding. It will also be used for family camping for 3 to 4 people. Probably not any long distance stuff, maybe N. Georgia a couple of times a year. We really like the layout of the RV. Interesting how there are no reviews of this unit out there on the web like there is for vehicles and motorcycles. Where do you go to get information and real world test results?

So be patient and help me out.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:04 PM   #8
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Wow that is such great information. That was my fear. I was afraid my truck just would not be up to the task. Again 2006, 5.3L 2WD Crew cab with tow package. Not sure of the gear ratio. Online search indicates about a 6500lb-7200lb max tow weight. I pull a 22ft Chaparral 210ssi boat that I am sure is in the 4500lb range and I know its back there. I just am not to where I can buy a new truck. So may just have to step down in RV. I'll start my search over again. I started out liking the Keystone Carbon 22. I also looked at an avenger 18th at a local dealer. Thanks again so much for bursting my bubble ( HA HA ).
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The 5.3 is capable with higher gears as long as your not going over too many steep passes and watch temp but the 4L60 trany will not when but will burn up if you don't beef it up and if you park on incline with trany holding the weight of the trailer on it for a parking brake it will blow the planetary gears out - need to change out the 4 planetary gears to 5 (what's in 4l65) and some other mods - add another transmission cooler too - - I'm using a Chevy 1/2 with 29hfs but it's a 6liiter and I have beefed the trany up a lot


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We started out with our 06' F150 4X4 HD pulling our 15' 27 HFS. I was reluctant to admit that we were pushing the limits of our TV until the first trip into northern WI. Fortunately I made due with it for 2 camping seasons because we normally don't travel very far. Last fall I upgraded to an F250 with a 6.7 diesel and I must say it is a joy to pull the rig now.

On to the rv. For the record i ordered ours thinking I knew fully what I wanted since this was going to be our 2nd unit. Wow do I still have things to learn! First off, wish now we would've gotten the sofa in place of the dinette and the pass thru dinette in the garage. We only have one bed in the back and that suits us good because we need the extra height for the golf cart when we're not hauling motorcycles. 2nd, I only got the 13.5 btu a/c and it seems to do the job but if we lived somewhere other than the Midwest I could see it struggling to cool the unit. Also I was surprised there wasn't a silverware drawer. I raised that question here on the forum and Wolfwhistle promptly made one and posted great pics that I was able use as a baseline to make ours. There isn't a great way to say this but, the front bed sucks. I did go with the extreme weather package and splurged for the onboard genny. All in all I can't complain as we never had to have any warranty work done and I am greatful for that. With all that being said and as the old saying goes.... Hindsight is 20/20, I wish I would've went with the 29HFS because after all I ended up with a bigger TV anyway. There's alway the next rig!!
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