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Old 08-31-2007, 09:57 PM   #1
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Flagstaff 26 RLS - Comments

Hello to all. I'm obviously new to this forum but am a long time camper and presently own a 26' Conquest TT and am looking to upgrade to a unit with a slide.

I'm presently looking at the Flagstaff 26 RLS and am soliciting any comments on this unit. I have never owned anything manufactured by Forest River and would like to know if there are any known issues concerning this unit and if there might be some owners of this unit on this forum that would like to give their impression of it.

I have also never owned anything with a vinyl roof and would like any comments to this as opposed to rubber.

Thanks in advance to all that might be able to help in this matter.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:54 AM   #2
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I cant be much help to you. on the vinyl roof or on that model. Forest river has a vey good name. I have a 2006 32 SRV (toy hauler) and we love it. Hang around a while. I'm sure someone will see your post. I got lots ofinfo here.......Tim
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:12 AM   #3
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to FRF!!

I have nothing to add about vinyl roofs either. Someone else I'm sure will.


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Old 09-01-2007, 11:13 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the welcome and I will check for any replies.
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Old 09-02-2007, 05:38 AM   #5
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Hello Ray and welcome to the Forest River Forums.

We have a Flagstaff 26 RKS model which would be similar to your RLS model in its construction. Ours is a 2004 model. To date we have only had a few minor issues that either the dealer or I took care of. Those were not model specific but could happen on any trailer.

The roof so far has been easy to clean and take care of. I walk around on it all the time when cleaning it. I did discover one small leak inside at the front but it was at the front seam where the front wall attaches to the roof. I re-sealed it and have not had any more leaks. I go over the entire trailer periodically inside to check for signs of leaks and have not found any. This year, while re-sealing the leak area, I resealed everything up there as a precaution.

The trailer tows very well. Most of the time I don't know it is back there.
We really liked the RKS floor plan. At the time, the RLS floor plan had not come out.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:22 PM   #6
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Thanks Kim, that's what I was looking for, comments as to reliability and especially info about the vinyl roof. Thanks for your reply, I'll take that into consideration while making up my mind whether to go with this particular unit or not.
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Nice floor plan on the 26RLS Good luck in your decision.

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Old 09-03-2007, 09:43 AM   #8
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I am not an expert on RV Roofs (or anything else for that matter), but this website will take you to a report on how to decide which Rv's are the best , and one of the things discussed are roofs. Hope this helps.
: http://www.jrconsumer.com/freereport.pdf

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Old 09-04-2007, 12:12 PM   #9
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Thanks again to both of you, the website that you posted was very helpful Cliff, it's always good to have some things brought to your attention that one might not have thought about.

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Old 09-20-2007, 12:37 AM   #10
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Just wanted to let everyone know that I did purchase the 26 RLS and have taken it out one time already. I am pleased, so far, but can anyone tell me what Forest River was thinking when they made the water valves in the shower and bath sink, so that they turn ON clockwise and OFF, counter-clockwise? My dealer says this is not uncommon in Forest River products and inquiries that I have made seem to support this. These valves just have to go, no way I'll ever get used to that.

Anyone else have these?
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Old 09-20-2007, 04:53 AM   #11
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Mine are that way Ray. We just live with it. After about a week we get used to it. Then return home and forget how to operate the ones at home. The supplier must have had big lot of bad ones that FR bought cheap!!!
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:17 AM   #12
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Yeah mine go like that as well. Drives me nuts, but I will be replacing them in the future, so I can live with it for now.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:49 PM   #13
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Well, I guess I could say that I'm glad not to be alone in this situation but, like RetiredArmyCWO, these things will drive me nuts. I do good to remember how to get in the trailer every day and I know I couldn't get used to these valves.

Strangely enough, the kitchen sink valves work as is normal.
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Mine too......I think it's the dyslexic line workers the shower and sink manufacturer used to put them together.
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:02 AM   #15
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Outdoor shower too.....upside down and backwwards.
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Flagstaff 26 RLS comments

We purchased a 26 RLS June of this year and for the most part love it. There were several issues that should have been corrected at the factory or at the dealership. Two in particular were safety hazards which I will be contacting Forest River's Quality Assurance division about.

1. Microwave was installed in cabinet without allowing enough clearance for the power plug. The back of the microwave pushed against the plug where it was plugged into the outlet; bending the prongs of the plug sideways and causing one of the prongs to become exposed. At the very least this could result in a short circuit causing a circuit breaker to trip. Potentially hazardous electrical shock or an electrical fire could have resulted. Solution: plug should have been installed through the access hole in the cabinet after the microwave was put in place. Since it would have been impossible to insert the plug into the outlet, the problem would have been noticed and rectified.

2. One or more of the neutral wire terminals in the breaker box was evidently not tightened enough. After using the fifth wheel 5 or 6 times, on a camping trip the AC kept tripping the main breaker. After resetting the breaker several times, I noticed a smell like melting plastic and when I pulled off the cover of the breaker box, the neutral buss bar strip had started to melt the plastic breaker box. All the neutral wires had been severely burned. I replaced the neutral buss bar and reattached the neutral wires and tightened all other connections and it has been fine since then. If the breaker had not tripped, there been a potential for a fire or at least destruction of the power supply and inverter.

There were several minor things that I did to improve workability. If you are interested I can e-mail you my list.
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:45 AM   #17
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I notice that you list your unit as a 26 RLS, but then toward the end of your post, you refer to it as a fifth wheel. Which unit do you actually have?
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Backwards valves

Ray - Congratulations on your new Flagstaff. We have a Rockwood, similar to yours.

Our lavatory sink and shower knobs turned OPPOSITE directions between hot and cold. Try getting used to that!

We swapped our sink faucets in the kitchen and bathroom with Moen single levers. They bolt right in and fasten directly to the plastic lines in the trailer.

We could not, however, find anything to swap for the shower faucet. If you find one, please let us know.

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It's a 8526 RLS which is a fifth wheel.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:32 PM   #20
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It's a 8526 RLS which is a fifth wheel.
Alright then, I knew it couldn't be a 26 RLS if it was a fiver. I was concerned because I thought at first it was the same trailer that I have.

I hope you get your problems resolved, I've had my TT for 2 years now and haven't had any problems such as that. Once I got my water valves like I wanted them, that seems to be the only kick I had.
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