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Old 03-23-2019, 08:33 PM   #1
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Freedom Express 248RBS

My wife and I have are purchasing a 2015 Freedom Express 248 RBS
We will be using a 2018 Chevy Silverado crew cab 4x4 with a 5.3 and 3.42 rear end as our tow vehicle.
The trailer is in immaculate condition, and everything works perfectly.
I will bring it home next weekend.
Is there anything in particular I need to be aware of with this model?
Also, it has the dual post dinette table. We'd like to replace that with a table similar to the folding one in the new model, any suggestions?

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Old 03-23-2019, 10:48 PM   #2
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Check the frame for cracks. Also look for cracks in the paint where it's starting to rust as the frame can crack there later (sand and paint over now to help prevent).

We recently bought a 2015 FE 246RKS and found serious frame cracking issues. Lippert fixed them, but I had not previously thought about crawling around under the trailer sides to inspect for cracks. I will do so yearly now. Ours was also immaculate in all other aspects. I had no idea about the cracks until well after we bought it. Not saying FE is a bad line, just that it "can" happen with any light weight trailer under the right conditions. One of the places they seem to trim weight is in the frame. We had a few places that the paint had cracked with frame flexing and road water (salt from winter roads?) crept in and as it rusted, the frame tended to crack in those areas later. There were also some areas that were clearly stress cracks, but several areas where the paint cracked and rust was forming under the crack.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:30 AM   #3
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Good suggestions. Be sure to check the roof seams also. Reseal the seams if not done.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:54 AM   #4
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A few mods I made to mine.
1. Remove the small panel on the front of the shower floor. Add 3-4 supports at various locations on the floor. I used 5" 2X6 pieces of wood cut to fit the spacing, This reinforces the flexible floor and helps prevent leaks.
2. Remove the battery from the battery box and drill a few holes in the bottom to allow water to drain. Mark the terminals before you disconnect the battery.

3. Remove the two upper vents in the inside wall behind the outside fridge. Glue small pieces of window screen over the holes cut in the wall and replace the vents. The vents can be removed by popping out the rotating section at the center point. This will keep insects out when outside kitchen door open.



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Old 03-31-2019, 09:30 AM   #5
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Thank each of you for your input. We have a small list of upgrades we plan to do. These include, a better fan in the bathroom, MorRyde steps and tool box, bed lift supports and of course a new mattress.
Thanks again!
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Old 04-07-2019, 07:37 PM   #6
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Well, it looks like this is the week we get our trailer. we have been waiting on the title to come from the bank and it arrived Friday.
The wife and I are excited to get it home and loaded for a maiden voyage, probably just a quick weekend trip to a nearby state park.
I have learned a lot about travel trailers by reading everyone's posts, comment and questions. I believe these forums are the best to learn how to shop for any RV.
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Old 04-08-2019, 09:43 PM   #7
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Try at least an overnight camping "dry run" at your house. Treat it like you are at a campground and if it's not in the trailer, you don't have it. Make notes and your first field camping trip will go much smoother. I still forget to put some items in the trailer every now and then.

You could probably run off a 12ga extension cord and a 30 amp adapter plug. It should pretty much run everything except the AC (you will be limited to 15 to 20amps total), but it gives you lights, microwave, fridge, etc... for that trial run at the house. Do the complete setup and breakdown including leveling the unit.
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Thank you for the suggestion. I have a 30 amp plug on my shop for the trailer,(from our previous trailer). We do plan to do a full set up and tear down, since this is our first rig with a power slide out, (manual before).
I need to buy a surge protector, my thought is to buy a 50 amp, then use plug adapter. I can feel the wife wanting bigger trailer in the future, so why by two?
Is there any reason not to?
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Thank you for the suggestion. I have a 30 amp plug on my shop for the trailer,(from our previous trailer). We do plan to do a full set up and tear down, since this is our first rig with a power slide out, (manual before).
I need to buy a surge protector, my thought is to buy a 50 amp, then use plug adapter. I can feel the wife wanting bigger trailer in the future, so why by two?
Is there any reason not to?
Thanks again
If you wanted to go that route, I would look at the 50 amp Progressive Dynamics hard wired model. You should be able to use one leg of the unit as that is what an adapter does anyway. I like hardwired as you can't forget it (at the house or at the last RV park you left a hour ago), and it can't grow legs while your are away from the camper in a park. Plus it's always protecting your trailer on the road or at the house or even on a extension cord with a 15amp adapter.

If you can just curl up the excess 10gauge wire and add new wire from the output side to the converter panel, you can remove it and use it in the bigger trailer later on leaving the current trailer with a stock setup. I have plenty of room right behind my converter and that's what I'm doing with the existing 120v wire (rolling up excess instead of cutting so I can pull the PD unit if I sell the trailer and decide to keep it). But for me, I'm only talking about 12" of wire to coil up. It depends on how easy your area would be to get to and how handy you are with DIY stuff like this.
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Old 04-12-2019, 08:04 PM   #10
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We got our trailer home today! Our 25 mile trip home was uneventful, thankfully! It came with an Equalizer hitch set up, may need a little adjustment to fine tune everything. They used a Tundra, I have Siverado, about an inch and quarter difference in the bottom of receiver to the ground, mine being higher.
When we looked the trailer, twice, both times, it was dusk. Today in the sun, I could see small dimples and a few ripples in the rubber roof. There are no obvious leaks in the trailer, and the previous owner stated it had been thru one hail storm here in DFW.
My question is , are these dimples likely from the hail? My intentions are to have it looked at by professional, but I have come to value the experience of you in this group.
Other then that, everything worked as it should, no cracks in frame that I could see today. Only a few spots of minor surface rust, a piece of 100 grit and epoxy primer will fix that.
Any advice is always welcome
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