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Old 10-11-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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Flagstaff Brand being discontinued rumour

My wife and I are new to the travel trailer life and we are loving it. We purchased a 2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS in the spring and have camped more than 35+ nights this summer. We have made our share newbie mistakes but, with the exception of bruised ego, for the most part we have had very few problems.

You can imagine our dismay while attending the RV show this week-end in Novi, MI to pick up some campground information and trailer add ons when we overheard some very disturbing remarks from a Rockwood factory rep. The gist of the comments had to do with Rockwood being the superior brand to Flagstaff to point that the Flagstaff brand is going to be discontimued. Now we are concerned that we will be the owners of an orphaned, unsupported trailer brand and that since we didn't compare the Rockwood brand to our unit whether the superiority claim is valid. Have any other forum members heard of any substance to this rumour?
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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I may be way out of line, but I think basically the Rockwood & Flagstaff models are identical. Badge engineering comparable to GM building Chevrolet Camaros/Pontiac Firebirds, Chev Cobalts/Pontiac G5s & Chev & GMC pickups. Same vehicles w/ slightly different body panels, w/ identical underpinnings.

When I was I was looking for my TT in '08, my brother found 2 FR floorplans on the 'net that he thought I would like. Each floorplan had a Rockwood version & a Flagstaff version.

My question to those in the know is, "Are these "twins" built in the same plant or are they built separately in Rockwood & Flagstaff plants? If the trailers are built in the same plant, I wouldn't be a bit surprised that the assemblers really don't know what brand the trailer is as it's going thru the assembly process until the graphics are applied (if that's near the end).

If the the rumour is true & I'm implying a big IF, Forest River will still be around. Also, FR (like the other RV OEMs) sources most of the components from outside suppliers. You'll still be able to get parts & service for the trailer.

Friends of mine bought a new trailer a couple of years ago. Imagine their shock when they found out that the company (I don't recall the name) closed its doors about 6 months after they bought it.

The only thing I can add about Rockwood being superior to Flagstaff (and this is highly unscientific) is that some folks on here have said that there would appear to be more Rockwood dealers than Flagstaff. In my area I know of 1 dealer that carries Flagstaff, another Rockwood & a 3rd that handles Rockwood Roos.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:13 AM   #3
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Forest River is the manufacturer of both and will be around for a long time to come. I agree totally with Revrnd's comments.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:11 AM   #4
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I know the V-lites and Windjammers are built in the same plant, I have seen one behind the other coming off the line. The differences are interior color schemes and decals.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:57 AM   #5
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I would not be scared because they will drop the flagstall emblem. Both the rockwood and the flagstahh are identical except outside decals and interior fabric difference. I just traded my flagstaff for a rockwood because the flagstaff dealer was too far from my home but the trailer was basically the same. It is like dodge and plymouth from chrysler. They dropped plymouth and kept dodge but the 2 products were rhe same.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:47 AM   #6
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What else would you expect the Rockwood rep to say? He is a liar about Rockwood being superior. Even if FR dropped the Flagstaff badging, there will be no problem getting service or parts.
Besides, I kindof like having something different, as I see lots of Rockwoods, but few Flagstaff's, and the badging on the Flagstaff is more attractive.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:24 AM   #7
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Capucine, You just said yourself that they were identical, therefore obviously made by the same manufacturer, therefore the Rockwood dealer near you should have serviced the Flagstaff as well with no problems. The only differences are cosmetic. Same parts on both units, same company to get warranty authorization from. I don't see why you traded your camper for that reason, alone. Randy
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:38 PM   #8
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Hello: I hope the rumors aren't true. I have an 07 Flagstaff 5er 8528GTSS and I've had various minor and not so minor problems with it. I've taken it back to the dealer a few times so I hope FS doesn't go out of business. Might need them again. Speaking of which. Does anyone know where and how to order the plastic trim that goes around the slideout/wheel well? We just got back from a trip and the the 3 sections that make up this trip cracked and broke off????
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Hello: I hope the rumors aren't true. I have an 07 Flagstaff 5er 8528GTSS and I've had various minor and not so minor problems with it. I've taken it back to the dealer a few times so I hope FS doesn't go out of business. Might need them again. Speaking of which. Does anyone know where and how to order the plastic trim that goes around the slideout/wheel well? We just got back from a trip and the the 3 sections that make up this trip cracked and broke off????
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This is who made my trim for the 2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS.

There was a sticker on the trim piece that remained on the slide. Seems the piece is a standard piece of plastic trim made by: (and this is why I am posting it)

TRAVEL STAR PRODUCTS
Part Number: TS71164MS
Description: TANDEM FENDER

Name: Travel Star Products
Street: 64524 County Road 27
Goshen, in 46526-6982
Phone: (574) 533-0447
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You can get parts directly from Forrest River if not available from a local dealer. 574-534-3167 is their parts department.
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