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Old 08-09-2014, 01:15 PM   #11
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If something were to happen to ours, we would be at our dealers door to find another one. We absolutely love it.
As Golfmedic said, they are heavy so please make sure to have a proper tow vehicle. That will make the traveling much more enjoyable.
I can't comment on price as I haven't paid attention to them in a while. I try not to get caught up in prices as long as I feel ok paying it and it is what we want.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #12
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While the 7k axles are nice, they are not necessarily required. Check your weights, and check your options. I have 6k axles, I load up, I'm still under weight. The layout is great and you won't be disappointed.


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Old 08-10-2014, 09:22 AM   #13
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I don't have any special options just the second ac unit. No gen prep or anything like that. This was last month heading home from a weekend trip. Empty tanks no trash almost no food left. Just a weekends worth of clothes. Very lite on stuff and we would be over if we had 6k axles. IMO 6k axles do not belong anywhere near these units. They are large and heavy.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:50 AM   #14
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I will disagree with aquaman. The minimum axle should be 7000k. There should be an 8000k upgrade option.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:37 PM   #15
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I will disagree with aquaman. The minimum axle should be 7000k. There should be an 8000k upgrade option.

So you think these should have a 5200-5400lb cargo capacity? These aren't toy haulers. All I really said, is that I wouldn't exclude it if it has 6k axles. It will work fine for many, if not most, campers. I don't dry camp, it's usually too big to get into primitive areas around here anyway. I camp with 4-9 people and don't have a problem with weight. It's one of the top selling bunkhouses, and a few have needed the extra weight and even fewer have actually had problems. The 7k's are nice, and are needed on the fully equipped models, but a conscientious camper can be perfectly safe and content with the 6k's.


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No I don't think they should carry 5000 lbs. mine weighs 12880 dry. By the time you add battery, a little water in the tanks and hot water heater and propane you have less than 1000lbs of carrying capacity. So 165lbs in water heater and leftover in black/grey tanks, 100lbs battery, propane 80lbs total. Total 350lbs extra added to the dry weight before you add anything to go camping. So my rig is sitting at 13,230 lbs. that only leaves 800lbs which isn't much. My numbers are rounded and I was generous and subtracted 2000 pin weight which is very generous.
I have 4 bent springs parallel or bent under. I put just the normal stuff in. No heavy mods. It's sitting in the shop now waiting to get a new suspension.
I questioned the 6 k suspension since day one. Everyone I questioned Said it was fine. Because of the suspension being bent the unit is very unsafe. It tows different/unstable and pulls to the right when braking.
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No I don't think they should carry 5000 lbs. mine weighs 12880 dry. By the time you add battery, a little water in the tanks and hot water heater and propane you have less than 1000lbs of carrying capacity. So 165lbs in water heater and leftover in black/grey tanks, 100lbs battery, propane 80lbs total. Total 350lbs extra added to the dry weight before you add anything to go camping. So my rig is sitting at 13,230 lbs. that only leaves 800lbs which isn't much. My numbers are rounded and I was generous and subtracted 2000 pin weight which is very generous.
I have 4 bent springs parallel or bent under. I put just the normal stuff in. No heavy mods. It's sitting in the shop now waiting to get a new suspension.
I questioned the 6 k suspension since day one. Everyone I questioned Said it was fine. Because of the suspension being bent the unit is very unsafe. It tows different/unstable and pulls to the right when braking.
There ya go aqua man.. The above quote says it all.. There is nothing allowed in cargo carrying in 6k axles.. Over time your suspension will show you this.No question they should have 7k axles.Your fooling yourself I hate to say.Forest River changed mine out for free thankfully.



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Old 08-11-2014, 07:07 PM   #18
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Actually, I can make a single phone call and have mine changed out at any time. Do you feel any safer loading up a rig with 7k axles to 13900 than you would 6k's to 11900? It's all in weight management. I still stand by my statement that the OP should not exclude the fantastic 365saq(b), just because it may or may not have 6k axles. If he has the choice, sure go the 7k route.
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