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Old 04-07-2012, 04:37 PM   #71
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We really like our 2011 we tow it with either a 08 LIncoln Navigator or a 06 F-350 with a hensley arrow hitch. Don't even know the trailer is back there with the 1 ton and with the Navigator you know it is there but thats it, it pulls amazing. Only trouble we have found is the crappy 14" rubber they put on it. Blew two of the factory tires not even 1000 KM's in.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #72
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Ok so I towed the trailer with both 2009 f150 and the 2007 expedition el. For those of you wondering which towed better I would have to say its a toss up. Both had pros and cons.

The ride is actually smoother in the expy but I could feel more body roll on the expy versus the f150. Probably due to the independent rear suspension versus the straight axle on the truck.

Gas mileage definitely better in the f150

with 3 kids (two which are in car seats the expy wins in this category plus we have the DVD player in expy.

The hitch was actually a little high on expy as the trailer was setup for the truck. Easy fix though.

It is nice to be able to throw bikes in the back of truck so the f150 wins this one.

All in all they both tow it fine.

So the question now, does anyone know anybody looking to buy a fully loaded still under factory warranty 2009 ford f150 lariat super crew 2wd. I will sell it for payoff. If so send me a message.

We need to keep the expy as family vehicle.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:42 PM   #73
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I am glad everyone is having good luck with these trailers. Weird seeing the issue on the tires. No issues on this side yet. I do not think I have heard anyone else having issues either. I will keep a lookout though.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #74
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FT W Crew,

I pull with a 2003 Expedition and I load my bikes on the roof using the luggage bars. Here is a link to what I use. I am using three racks at this time and looking to add a fourth which will be the max for the weight on the roof rack which is a total of 200 lbs. They work great and easy to load as long as you are not too short. LOL I am over 6 ft. so that helps.

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Old 04-07-2012, 11:07 PM   #75
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PBR. I have two heavy bikes one lighter bike and two small bike (twin 3.5 yr olds). The twins bike fit in back no problem but being vertically challenged (5'8") I don't know how the roof racks would work as I would be the one putting them up there. I appreciate the link.

I was thinking of having a platform welded to the back (extra welds) or maybe something on tongue. The only issue w tongue would be the extra tongue weight, bikes plus rack would be probably 200 lbs. any one have a good link or suggestion for back platform type rack?
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #76
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Shake down trip: issues found.

1 the hose connecting the shower head to faucet was cracked on both ends and was spraying water. Probably over tightened at factory, replaced w one from lowes $12 with metal ends and about a foot longer. Used outside shower hose inside to finish trip as it was the same one. Was not worth dealership trip for this.

2. The silicone used between the bathroom sink and wall underneath cabinet was not caulked to my satisfaction. I removed and put a nice bead down. Again not worth trip to dealership.

3. I found two small spots outside where the silicone was also a little skimpy. One was on the driver side where the front cap meets side wall. Looks like it was the end of a run or tube. The other spot was on the curb light ( round one on the passenger side up top toward front). I used a 50 year clear silicone to fix this. Once more, not worth trip to dealership as I already had the silicone out.

I have to say I have bought several Rv new from dealerships and by far the build quality on this one far exceeds any of my previous ones.

One thing I did notice is a little water on the floor by the back bunks. I believe this is condensation coming from the a/c vent near the bunks and I have only found it after running the a/c and then towing the trailer. None when camping only towing after camping. Anyone else have this issue?

I have added some photos of my mods so far in my album. Nothing major as of yet but more to come.

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:57 AM   #77
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Well, after returning from camping yesturday, I did a lot of preventive maintenance. I lubricated every moving part, treated the rubber seals and also washed/waxed (Turtle Wax Ice) the trailer. I even got up on the roof to inspect the sealant and to wax the top center front cap. I was very impressed how well the roof could support my weight (230lbs). Everything looked great and now I feel better knowing that the entire trailer is protected from the sun for another 3 months.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:54 PM   #78
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Second time out with the new coach and was wondering if anyone has noticed this with their coach. When backing into my campsite and having to cut the corner to get into my spot I could see the wheels actually bending. Has anyone else experienced this, is this suppose to occur with the wheels?
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:27 PM   #79
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This will always be normal especially with the wide set axles on this trailer. It does it worse the heavier it is also. I am not a fan of the wide set axles for this reason it puts alot of extra stress on your components. On the positive side your trailer shouldn't be heavy enough to cause and damage unless you are severely overloaded.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:21 AM   #80
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My husband noticed that too. He called Forest River, and they said it was normal.
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