I bought a 27 HSF in January and have had quite a few issues with it. I realize it is a relatively cheap trailer but that doesn't mean it can't be assembled properly. I must say that FR has so far been very good about sending me replacement parts (under warranty). They are items I can change out myself so I haven't had to take it to a dealer for repair. I installed an Onan generator, removed the external tray and mounted a box for 2 golf cart batteries there. I removed the junk dinette setup, rotated the table 90 degrees and put in a couple of Euro recliners to have a decent place to sit. That has made the living quarters much more comfortable.
My biggest issue was the undersized axles. I couldn't load the trailer anywhere near it's GVWR without overloading them. What was curious was the sticker in the garage warning to limit the weight to 2000#. The official weight sticker on the left front said the cargo capacity was 1650#. After weighing the trailer, I discovered there was only 1350# available for cargo to stay within the GVWR (It was empty when weighed). The unit came with 3500# axles that allows the tires to contact the inner side of the wheel wells. All four have cut through the liner of the wheel well. I'm surprised I haven't cut a tire. I have it loaded right at the limit because to boondock in the mountains to go trail riding, I have to take a full load of water and fuel. I'm only using it as it was designed-carrying an atv, fuel, water, generator, etc.
From this forum, I have learned that the 2013 models are coming with 4400# axles. The GVWR ratings have been bumped up accordingly. Make sure you get one upgraded. I was ready to unload this thing even though I've invested a lot in modifications but FR has stepped up and are going to upgrade my axles to 4400#. I take it to a local dealer this week to have that done. I will report how that goes when it's finished.
I have actually used it several times this summer and it has done what I got it for. It tows nicely behind my Toyota Tundra with a 4 way Equalizer WD hitch. I wish I had gotten a more upscale unit but it may work out for a while. I could use a bigger fresh water tank, the fuel filler could have some slope so gas wouldn't dribble on the ground while filling and I would like a slightly longer garage area. I should have gotten the cold weather package even though I won't be out much in below freezing temps. It's already cold enough at night above 10000 ft. to need dual pane windows.
All things considered, it is hard to find an alternative with the separate garage, the light weight for 1/2 ton towing and the features it has for the price. If I was to replace it for what I really want, I would probably have to go to a 5th wheel, spend more money and get a 3/4 ton truck. By the way, the biggest shortcoming of 1/2 ton TV's is the load capacity, not the towing capacity. If you will be using a 1/2 ton, spend time adjusting the WDH so the TV rear axle is not overloaded. Mine was until I readjusted it, now I have a 400# cushion.