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Old 08-07-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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Feedback on those that own a 33IK

I am thinking about ordering a new 2017 Silverback 33IK. Wanted to hear from those that own one, have you been happy? Many problems? Is the quality everything they say it is? Has anyone ordered one with the 200W solar panel?
I wish they had a tire upgrade option... Waiting to see if they have added any new options for 2017, Forest River does not have anything online for 2017's. Any feedback is appreciated. I am thinking about getting rid of my current Palomino Columbus I have had numerous issues with. Live the camper, hate all the issues. Thanks!


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Old 08-07-2016, 10:34 PM   #2
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If I had waited I would prefer the 35ik. Much better bathroom layout.


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Old 08-08-2016, 07:27 AM   #3
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I agree, however it's too long in length for me at just over 41ft and the hitch weight is just over 2,400lbs which I cannot do.


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Old 08-08-2016, 07:53 AM   #4
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We have had ours since April of this year. 2 small issues, no tire upgrade that I know of. We have thermopane windows, much cooler in summer and quiet also. Definitely 2 airs, and auto level up. Any questions just ask. We have the Anderson hitch, I really like it also.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:06 AM   #5
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I have a 2016 33IK. I happened to get a "lemon" so the first year we seldom went anywhere that something didn't fall off, break, or burn up. Build quality was just sad. CC was good at sending me a fresh water tank, dump valves, LED ceiling lights, decals, wood drawer fronts, wood panneling to replace compromised panneling throughout, and slide seals that were torn as my selling dealer damaged more stuff attempting initial repairs than they fixed. Once all was replaced the first year and my fiver made whole, this year has been pretty worry free each time we make a trip. We do like the layout and it has tons of storage space. It pulls well down the road. I copied the rear spare tire carrier design, made one, and installed it. The spare taking up most of the front storage compartment was just nuts. We like the peaked roofs on the slides as it seemingly makes it more roomy, but it does make rain water run right off to the entry steps getting you a bit wet upon entry during a rain. When the main level slides are pulled in, the carpet bunches up against the island. When you deploy the slides, it takes a little while for it to lay down right. The cushions on the rear couch tend to work forward while traveling. They catch on the slides when deploying just a bit. We put some velcro squares under them out of sight that cured that issue. If you're used to latching closed the microwave vent for whatever reason ... you'll need a ladder. The front A/C is noisey, but it is on all Silverback/CC models. The A/C return ducts (at least on mine) are just formed by the ceiling panels up against the rafters. Unfortunately this draws (some) hot air from the attic instead of return air from the living area making the A/C a bit innefective. Dropping down the grills and taping or calking the rafter to panel gaps pretty much cures the issue ... it just requires patience. Suck a quart or so of fluid out of your hydraulic reservoir and add the Caterpillar or Torco oil recommended by Lippert to eliminate popping by the Level Up cylinders. When I picked up the fiver at the dealer, I immediately swapped my nearly new Michelin LT tires from my Montana. I have no faith in the China Bombs they put on new units. There will be several come after my response with the cymbals and tambourines touting how little was wrong with theirs ... we each have our own experiences ... I'm just responding with mine.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:29 AM   #6
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What's the Anderson hitch you are referring to? Is that an option? I didn't see that if it is. I didn't see any kingpin option/upgrade at all, is there one?I appreciate all your feedback good and bad....Well I know we all have our problems and I am not expecting it to be perfect, I just know the overall build quality, hung wall construction, true gell coat and better underbelly material and overall insulation and having a fully enclosed underbelly unlike the nightmare underbelly material I have that has lots of gaps where water gets in when driving through rain and then I have a belly full of water, not good! I like how CC has their underbelly done, much more efficient. Not sure if I understand that front air conditioning issue or loudnesss, can't be louder than my regular bedroom AC that is not a quiet air...that thing is like a freight train. Anything has to be quieter than that. My rig itself hasn't experienced the major issues I see happening to the Columbus with walls delaminating/separating, soft floor issues which I believe they have now corrected. All of these rigs have had to go back to the factory for repairs. I love the overall interior of the Columbus better than the Silverback for the money they make a fantastic interior. Hidden hinges on all cabinets, Silverback doesn't, I have a full fiberglass shower, Silverback doesn't, those are my only two pet pieves about the Silverback. I welcome the two quiet airconditioners, hydraulic jacks/levelup as opposed to my electric and a good sealed underbelly. Also like the option of having a 200W solar panel which I would definitely order.


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The Anderson hitch is the hitch that mounts in the bed of your pickup, it is a ball atop a pyrimid stucture. It comes with a special adaptor that attaches to you fifth wheel pin to make it work. I replaced my OEM pinbox with a Fifth Airborne air ride pinbox. Works great! CC's come with the Trail Air air ride pinboxes and can be ordered on your Silverback. As for my comment on the front A/C ... although ducted both supply and return (quiet air) ... it is nearly as noisy as the previous center dump units. No fix for that as it but 6' above the bed with the roof as a pretty good resonator. If you put out a bit more money and step up to a Cedar Creek ... they have a better cabinet build with hidden hinges and more eye candy throughout. From what I hear about the solar panel ... it has a special plug or something to make it work and is not all that impressive compared to custom installs that people research and add on.
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I made a mistake on the spelling. It is the AndersEn Ultimate Fifth Wheel hitch. Easy to remove from bed of truck. The aluminum one ways 35 pounds. Loosing 3 bolts and pull a pin and you lift it right out.
I'm not trying to convince you it's the best, you have an option to use your truck bed.
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Ok thanks for the clarification. As far as the pinbox goes I have a MorRyde I am very happy with which I might transfer over to the new one if it allows. As far as all the bells and whistles on the CC compared to the Silverback, yeah I know but it also costs a lot more too, not sure the price increase outweighs the extras.. Do you think it does? Isn't the build of the rig exactly the same whether a Hathaway or Silverback? Is the front quiet air just as noisy on the Hathaway as the Silverback?
As far as the solar goes, I heard it's great to keep those batteries charged up. I know some people run their fans all the time inside keeping it much cooler. I just think it's the convience of the whole thing, go power who makes the unit that they use has a very good reputation so I would assume it's pretty decent.
The 1 1/4 inch bike hitch as an option on the back of the unit I heard is not big enough to carry two bikes, it flops around way too much causing damage the the actual bikes, someone had some kind of adapter that connected right into it that also held the bikes that I heard worked great and was very sturdy but I cannot think of the name of it. Would love some feedback on those that carry bikes. My Columbus has that 450lbs carrier on the back which I would miss a lot for carrying my bikes, they are one of the few that have that.


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I forgot to mention, when you go to where their options are for Silverback, I do not see any option for an upgraded pinbox.


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