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Old 09-10-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
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Any coments on Flagstaff 831RLSS

Thinking about the 831RLSS...any comments?
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to the FRF!

I have a Rockwood, which is the same as the Flagstaff with different colors and decals. Made by the same people in the same building out of the same stuff. I have had minimal quality issues with my trailer. If a big rock fell on it I'd ask for another one just like it!

As to living with that floor plan or towing that particular unit I can't help with that. But not to worry to much about the quality issue...
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I have a Flagstaff 829fkss (29 foot front kitchen super slide) and like it very well. The only dislike is the gray tank for the kitchen is under the super slide, so you have to get on your hands and knees and crawl under to get to the valve.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:48 AM   #4
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Smile Flagstaff 831rlss

I have a Flagstaff 831RLSS that I purchased in April of 2008. I have been out 20 nights so far this year. The only issues I have seen so far are that the battery runs down extremely quick, the center speaker in the surround sound system doesn't work at all, and that the queen mattress that comes with it is extremely uncomfortable. The black water tank seems to never be totally empty even when I drive up on boards to tilt it towards the dump.

Having said that, none of those are show stoppers. I really enjoy the trailer and I just need to take care of those little issues my self. I would recommend Walkabout RV if you are in Texas. They have great support and service.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:03 PM   #5
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I just joined the FR Forums and saw your post. My DW and I just purchased our first RV, a new Flagstaff Classic Ultra Lite Model 831FLSS. We looked very seriously at the 831RLSS and were then shown a V-Lite model. We realized that we liked the additional bedroom space provided by the second slide-out, but did not like the reduced capacities on the V-Lite (holding tanks, propane tanks, etc.). I went back to the Classic Ultra Lite floorplans and we decided to look at the 831FLSS. Since our TV has about 1200 lb hitch capacity, the additional hitch weight of the FL over the RL was not a concern. Both models also have the BW flush hose hook-up which was a desirable feature. With the Reese dual cam system and Tekonsha P3 brake controller the TT tows very well. The only additional items that we had them add were Fantastic Fans and MaxAir Vents. The additional interior space of the 831 vs 827 model is great and there is not much downside in backing into sites or towing that I can tell due to the added length. I think that you would be very pleased if you decide on the FR Flagstaff 831RLSS.

The TT is a dream come true for both of us! We just returned from our maiden voyage to the NC mountains (trial by fire, as they say) and met the most wonderful people, campers and campground hosts, during our stay. More on all of that in future posts, though. (The two campgrounds were Mama Gerties in Swannanoa and Campfire Lodgings just north of Asheville. Both were great, although Mama Gerties is on the side of a mountain.)

Happy RV'ing and feel free to contact me via PM if you want to discuss live!
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:38 PM   #6
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I also have the 2008 831RLSS...haven't had any major problems...had a faulty converter right from the factory...dealer replaced with new one...been great since...

Bobby57...I just today replaced the ZX600 stereo with a new once I swapped out at my dealer...as the center channel didn't work when playing 5.1 sound DVD's...the new one works great so far...now remember...the only time the center speaker will work is when you are playing a DVD that supports 5.1 digital surround sound...

But yes...I love mine...I upgraded from a 2004 Forest River Surveyor 262 and the 831RLSS has SO much more room...I use mine for business travel and am in it on an average of 7-10 nights a month...Just got back from a 3 week 4000 mile trip...and loved every minute of the time on the road!
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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We just picked up a 2009 Flagstaff 831RLBSS on Friday. Same as RLSS except with slide in bedroom. Floor plan is not even on Forest River site yet. Still smells new and has yet to be on its maiden voyage. Initial fit/finish and quality are good. Can't elaborate any more until its field tested.
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Old 10-02-2008, 04:06 PM   #8
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I have the V-lite, and we just love it! I do have issues with the grey and black holding tank size, 25 gal. each, however I am going to rig a small pump and hose set up to the other grey galley sink to have more grey water capacity. The black tank really isn't a problem with it's size, but it's mainly showers that fill the tank quickly. Other than that, a great unit- dual 20 gal. propane tanks is PLENTY, and the space is great! Also, it turns sharper than a conventional pull behind, due to the V- shaped front. Randy
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:58 PM   #9
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Hi! I have also a 2009 Flagstaff Classic Super Lite 831FLSS, bought last Oct 08, never slept in it yet, last weekend I open the cabinet door under the TV and say my water pump, but the hose attached to it for winterized is only 8 inches??? Do you know why?
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:28 PM   #10
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829fkss

We just ordered a 2010 829fkss complete w/atrium slide and power stabilizer jacks. It really looks well built, even better than our Holiday Rambler.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:57 AM   #11
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Cool, Power stabilizer jacks sound awesome. I think we might need pictures of that.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:54 AM   #12
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Flagstaff 831FKSS

I have a 2008 Flagstaff 831FKSS and have had a lot of problems with it (After the warranty ran out out of course). Maybe I was just unlucky with this one. Roof leaked and ruined countertops in kitchen, concerttone radio will not come on anymore, gray water valve is stuck in on position, welds are broke on rear bumper, have had to replace screws on most cabinet hinges, there is a short in the electrical system somewhere that i can't find, and some other problems i can't think of right now. I am trading next weekend for a 2009 Salem 30QBSS.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:44 AM   #13
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Greetings to All! The Boss and I just purchased a 2011 831RLSS as our first TT. We have been tent campers and sailboat campers for years, but needed a second home. We'll be towing to Mexico with a 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4wd and setting up on a permanent campground site. As it will primarily be the two of us, the 831RLSS floor plan was as close to perfect as we could find. The Boss loves the large living room and feels the kitchen size is adequate. We'll see, as we are taking delivery tomorrow and then going to Townsend, TN (just outside the Smokey Mtn. Park) for a two day shake-down. Stay tuned sports fans, this is liable to get interesting...
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Greetings to All! The Boss and I just purchased a 2011 831RLSS as our first TT. We have been tent campers and sailboat campers for years, but needed a second home. We'll be towing to Mexico with a 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4wd and setting up on a permanent campground site. As it will primarily be the two of us, the 831RLSS floor plan was as close to perfect as we could find. The Boss loves the large living room and feels the kitchen size is adequate. We'll see, as we are taking delivery tomorrow and then going to Townsend, TN (just outside the Smokey Mtn. Park) for a two day shake-down. Stay tuned sports fans, this is liable to get interesting...
Welcome from another 2011 831RLBSS owner.

Start a thread in the welcome section to introduce yourself though, this one is getting on 3 years old....oh yeah, post some pics too!

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Old 03-03-2011, 04:16 PM   #15
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Have had a 2009 831RLSS for a little over a year. VERY happy with it, especially how the dealer and factory have handled warranty issues. Had a roof leak that took 2 trips to the dealer to resolve. Found defective chair that the chair supplier resolved by shipping 2 new chairs since the original fabric was no longer in use - IS THAT TERRIFIC OR WHAT? Finally the slide out carpet started to fray and since the dealer I purchased the unit from was out of business, the folks at Forrest River warranty claims department sent me to the closest FR dealer. They replaced the whole carpet with no question. I am absolutely pleased with the Forest River response to the rather minor difficulties I have had. Only negatives I have observed after a year are the "shaky-ness" of the unit when someone walks around. We have the base corner jacks that do not do a very stabilizing job. The steps also could use a little improvement. I place a couple of wooden blocks under the steps when they are extended and that seems to help. We have spent over 100 nights in the unit so far and have totally enjoyed the experience.

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Only negatives I have observed after a year are the "shaky-ness" of the unit when someone walks around. We have the base corner jacks that do not do a very stabilizing job. The steps also could use a little improvement. I place a couple of wooden blocks under the steps when they are extended and that seems to help. We have spent over 100 nights in the unit so far and have totally enjoyed the experience.

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Do you use a good set of wheel "locks" such as the:
Bal X-Chocks
Amazon.com: BAL 28010 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock: Automotive
Or the Ultra-Fab (I use a set of these...)
Amazon.com: Ultra Fab Deluxe Chock & Lock - Pair: Automotive

Almost eliminates the sway while camped!

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:25 PM   #17
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Do you use a good set of wheel "locks" such as the:
Bal X-Chocks
Amazon.com: BAL 28010 X-Chock Tire Locking Chock: Automotive
Or the Ultra-Fab (I use a set of these...)
Amazon.com: Ultra Fab Deluxe Chock & Lock - Pair: Automotive

Almost eliminates the sway while camped!

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Hey John,
Appreciate the thoughts. We have not tried the X-Chock but will sure look into them. Last summer was our first in this unit and what a set up from pop-ups and a Hybrid. I did try wedging the orange plastic blocks and wood blocks between the wheels to no avail. I was figuring on trying a set of the screw jack type stabilizers on each end, but will sure try your suggestion first. Thanks again for your suggestion.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:24 PM   #18
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We have owned a 2012 831RLBSS for a couple years now and we love it.
My first TT was a used smaller Layton Lite - while it was a good trailer we needed something bigger.

Pros
1. Rear Lounge is awesome - very comfortable - we opted for the Lazy Boy leather recliners.
2. Love the dual entry doors - I can take the dog outside early in the morning and not disturb my sleeping bride!
3. Bathroom is nice - a lot more room than what we were used to in the Layton.
4. I find the bed pretty comfortable - we opted for the Serta mattress and I sleep better there than I do at home.
5. We also went with the free standing dinette - it works really well if you get a couple of extra visitors.

Cons
1. There is a squeak in the floor in the rear lounge area that drives me crazy - I have no idea if anything can be done about it.
2. The awning - the wind catches and shakes it - I bought tie out stakes with guy lines and even that didn't help very much. Just seems to be too much play in it.
3. Storage - it would be nice to have more room to store stuff, but that is the trade-off for a rear lounge I guess - we make it work.

Overall we have been very satisfied with it, mechanically we have had no major issues with it, and I noted that some of the people have had problems with some elements of the home theater system , I would just like to add that ours has worked great.
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We just bought our 2012 831 RLBSS on the 14th of Sept. and we love it. It was a step up from a Jayco 23FB. What a world of difference! The camper pulls great and the fact it is so light for a camper that size was a real plus for me. I pull it with a 2009 F150 5.4 and with no problems. We live in east TN so we have plent of mountain roads to test it on and it does great. Like some of the other post it would have been nice to have a little more storage under the camper but the room inside is worth it. Like from the post above it does seem to have a lot of shake when it is setup. I will look at the BAL XChock. All in all we are totally pleased with the camper and look forward to many years of great camping in it.

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:19 AM   #20
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We love ours also just go it in May. Started with a 27ft wildwood with no slides as for the shaking when the slides are out what I do is use the slide out locks on the outside instead of buying the slideout jacks works great
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