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Old 09-12-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
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XLR Best Thing/Worst Thing/Suggestions

I have been in our 27HFS for three weeks of camping and still love it. However, nothing is perfect. So, the best thing: the slide. It's our first TT with a slide and it's great. The worst thing: the front bed is impossible to make without pulling the mattress out. Suggestions: the slide gets hot inside when the sun shines on the black outside material. I wonder if a reflective surface could be used.

This is my third FR and second toy hauler.


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Old 09-13-2015, 09:00 AM   #2
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They say the canopy over the slide keeps it cooler and also keeps it leaf free....I will probably be installing this next.... this is our first TT, the front bed can be a pain as we have found also...We purchased the 27hfs in may and is a 2016...the biggest complaint so far has to be with dealers not wanting to do the recall we got for it.... The unit was purchased in Ohio and we live near Richmond ,Va. After trying to deal with the local dealer, realizing shipping etc.added to the cost, they got very Nasty and said don't come to them for any issues. This for me includes any further TT purchases.... Any how after three calls to different dealers no one will do the recall and the first question is did you buy it here..... A recall to me should be handled different.... Yes I have emailed and called FR....no response as of yet but ill give them a chance....also will put a call in to the dealer in Ohio Monday and try that route... Besides the aggravation of the recall we love the trailer and have also spent three weeks total this summer towing around the Harleys and camping..... Heading to Fla for our last trip in November for the season and I hope to have the recall fixed by then....
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:20 AM   #3
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I have been in our 27HFS for three weeks of camping and still love it. However, nothing is perfect. So, the best thing: the slide. It's our first TT with a slide and it's great. The worst thing: the front bed is impossible to make without pulling the mattress out. Suggestions: the slide gets hot inside when the sun shines on the black outside material. I wonder if a reflective surface could be used.

This is my third FR and second toy hauler.


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BHF, if it is any consolation making the bed in a 29 isn't that much easier, easier yes, but trying to reach the head of the bed while reaching across the long "end table" over the generator box, is not good. I know of a person with such a bed and he has a good mattress protector and uses a super size sleeping bag and doesn't make the bed in a traditional way. I prefer normal.

As R, pointed out the slide cover will help a little (mine is enroute), but what you are talking about is the black sides and how much heat it transfers to the interior. I've noticed this too.

I don't really want to do it, but my thoughts are to paint it with a very light gray that closely matches the body color... or white. For me, a good spray paint in rattle cans will work. Its either HD or Lowes (or both) that sells a line claiming to be "Industrial"; it would take, maybe 6 cans; wouldn't shoot it too thick. Degrease the heck out of it with TSP... bump it with 3M pad, mask and cover (overspray goes everywhere!) and spray. JMO.

My 4th trailer and second TH. My DW said, if I get another she will leave me... have a Thunderbolt on order...
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:26 PM   #4
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WW, we all know you got the best part of the marriage deal! 😄

And the spray paint is a good idea. I'm thinking about the awning too.

We ended up putting a Coleman air mattress on the front mattress. Then we slide the Coleman off to make it with regular sheets. Can't figure out a better way.


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Old 09-14-2015, 11:19 AM   #5
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WW, we all know you got the best part of the marriage deal! 😄

And the spray paint is a good idea. I'm thinking about the awning too.

We ended up putting a Coleman air mattress on the front mattress. Then we slide the Coleman off to make it with regular sheets. Can't figure out a better way.

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Your right on the marriage thing!

When I was at Gamble Rogers, I was surprised how hot the slide interior walls got. It was 101 degrees in the shade, when I got down there without a cloud in the sky. WOW! I didn't put my temp gun on it, but it had to be nearly 100 degs.

Oh... I think the second Dometic 13.5k AC unit has bit the ole bullet... grrrr!

When no one is looking (smile) I just throw the bed spread over the bed and don't get picky. I have used a stick to push sheets and cover into place as well. WW
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:08 PM   #6
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On my Viper XLR, I ditched the factory King mattress and put in a good residential Queen mainly so that I could make the bed by sliding the mattress down to get the bottom sheet on and to have something that would give good support.
As far as the heat radiating in from the slide out, I had awnings put on both of my slides and it does help in both the summer and winter as far as keeping the outside from coming in. I also recently just started to bring the slides in for the day while I was away, and that really made a big difference when I would get back home. The slide outs barely had time to really heat up and very little heat was transferred inside. Used fans in the bedroom area along with the A/C set to 75 degrees, and ceiling fans with A/C in the main room and set to 78. This was with the 5er sitting in the sun in southwest corner of OK, where everything just bakes. Hope you get some relief.....
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:41 PM   #7
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Hey roguepra I live 20 miles from Richmond and got the same crap from the same dealer. I got a $6000 better deal and dealt with much nicer people at Tom Johnson Camping Center in Marion NC on my 2016 XLR FQLS. I had to travel almost 300 miles but my DW and I got the tt we wanted at a much better deal. I have had 8 trailers and spent a lot of money with the local dealer but never again. I had to make 1 trip back to TJ after purchase to have a few warranty issues handled and will make 1 more in spring to have a few more handled before warranty is up. Is your recall about the electrical plug issue? I just had this on mine. I explained my predicament to a FR rep about my local dealer not wanting to do it and having to drive almost 300 miles to TJ for a 30 minute repair. She was kind enough to send me the instructions and I did it myself. Took about 30 minutes and a $2 part from Home Depot. If you have a little handyman in you and a few basic tools you can probably do it also. Let me know if I can be of some help.
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.....electrical plug issue?.... She was kind enough to send me the instructions and I did it myself. Took about 30 minutes and a $2 part from Home Depot. If you have a little handyman in you and a few basic tools you can probably do it also. Let me know if I can be of some help.
Hi TG, what is the part needed? I have heard of the recall, but haven't gotten anything from the dealer or FR yet. Maybe my early 2015 isn't affected?
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We ordered our 30 FQSL with the awning over the slide because we winter in Florida and the Oak leaves get into everything and can stain if they get wet. FYI Breezyhillfarm - the dometic AC bit the dust two weeks ago, and not even a year old! Left it running to cool the dogs and returned to find 95 degree temps inside. Ditto on the bed being hard to make but otherwise like our unit a lot! DW has issues with the cabinets being too high for her, stepstool helps!
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The main gripe I have with our 30fqsl is the weight for a bumper pull. That sucker is heavy..

I too am about to install a slide cover.

As far as the mattress goes, we kept the original mattress and added a 4" memory foam topper. We slide the mattress back toward the rear and wrap the head end first with the fitted sheet. You can sort of turn the mattress just a little to reach. Or you can sit on the side and reach the top corner.

Another complaint I have is the generator keeps me up sometimes. When it runs constant it isn't as bad. When it's cool outside and the AC kicks on and off, the generator cycles up and down and for some reason gets on my last nerve, especially it being a foot from my head.

The shower/bathroom is small, I looked at it before buying and even stood in the shower/sat on the toilet and figured it would be ok. I am cramped, but I guess for the extra room everywhere else it's worth it.

The best for me are a couple of things.. The reclining couch is my favorite spot at the end of the night..

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The other is setting up the garage for a play room for our son.. Now we don't have toys scattered all over the living room.

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It really is a good overall trailer...
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