We took delivery of our 8529IKBS on Friday!
First let me say that through the entire process of selection, ordering and delivery, our dealer, B & R Camper Sales in Butler, PA was absolutely fantastic!
They went the extra mile in all facets of getting this unit in our possession.
Secondly, I want to give kudos to Forest River!
We often read here all the bad things that can (and do) happen but in our case, we were pleasantly surprised with everything that this unit is. From the fit & finish right down to the details, FR went the extra mile to deliver a super fantastic 5th wheel.
We traded out campers on Friday and then spent the weekend in a campground about an hour north of our dealer.
During the weekend, both my DW and I went over this thing pretty close and really, we only have just a few very minor things to address.
The icing on the cake for us were the extras/upgrades we weren't expecting!
I had scoured the internet thoroughly for information on this new unit before we ordered since FR had no literature and few were available to see. (none near us) With the information we had obtained, there were just a few small things that we didn't like but enough to like, to proceed with the order anyway.
We didn't care for the small front awning we seen on some of the early models and we also didn't care for the small window near the top center.
The reasons for the awning are obvious but the reason we didn't care for the window was, there is no blind or covering for that window and when in other models of 5th wheels with the same window, it left too much light into the bedroom area during the day. Yes, I realize that is a small complaint but it was a concern for us. It may never bother anyone else.
On arrival we've discovered FR has changed the entry side exterior design to add a longer awning and eliminated the small, upper window. It is EXACTLY what we were wishing for!
We also received a second Max-Air fan & cover (with wall controls) that we hadn't ordered. Not sure how that one happened but we are thrilled none the less!
The kitchen island has a nice new metal base that really supports the island much sturdier and makes the under island illumination lights glow perfectly.
The Lazy Boy recliners are larger than earlier models.
The sofa has been redesigned (yet again) but for the better.
It pulls out and folds out to make a nice bed. It sits super nice too with bigger armrests.
The spare tire is now located up under the unit behind the rear axle.
The bumper has been extended to allow for the factory bike rack. (if so desired) Without the bike rack it looks slightly out of place but with the possibilities of using that space for other things while camping, I'm sure it will grow on us.
It tows wonderfully and is just what you'd expect from a 5th wheel perspective.
Anyway, enough for now here are a few outside pictures. I'll try to post a few interior photos when possible.
Oh... BTW... did I mention we are super happy?