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Old 08-09-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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Flagstaff RKWS fifth wheel

Anyone have a 8528 RKWS Flagstaff Fifth wheel that can tell us how you enjoy your unit? Are you pulling with a half-ton? Comments appreciated

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Old 08-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #2
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Have a 8528RLWS 2012. I pull it with a F150 ecoboost, 3:73, with trailer package.
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We have the Rockwood version and have been very pleased with the camper...virtually no issues in 4 years of camping.

I towed it the first 2 years with a '05 Ram 1500. Loaded pin weight was 1240 lbs and put the truck over the GVWR and just under it's RAWR...that's with 2 people and a large dog in the truck. I believe most 1/2 with their payload will be similar other than the F150 with the max tow or max payload options. I never felt uncomfortable with the set-up other than one day towing with 45 mph cross-wind gusts. You really need to pay attention to the payload capacity.

I tow it with an F250 V10 now...more power, more comfortable towing. As it weighs 1800 lbs more than the Ram, it doesn't get blown around.

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Anyone have a 8528 RKWS Flagstaff Fifth wheel that can tell us how you enjoy your unit? Are you pulling with a half-ton? Comments appreciated

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We have a 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS and love it. Pull it with a 2005 Silverado 1500 with a 5.3L & 3.23 rear end. Don't win drag races, but have no problem whatsoever pulling at normal highway speeds. Usually tow at 55-60, but can also maintain 65-70+ with no problems. Weight police don't believe it, but...
I really don't know what I would gain with a 3/4t other than a major lightening of my left rear pocket. "Ain't gonna happen"
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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I have been pulling this rig with my Tundra for a few years now.
Plenty of pulling power.
It's the pin weight that is the issue.
1200 lbs of pin, 200 lbs of hitch, wife, son, junk in the bed, and over my cargo capacity I go.

Where I notice it is when we hit uneven roads...the swoopty doos.
I have had this trailer pull up so hard on the hitch that it felt as though the rear tires are lifting off the pavement.
This was on a downhill curve on HWY 152 heading towards Gilroy, CA.
That was the worst feeling I ever had.
I was not in control for a second or two.
Wife screamed. Not a good situation.
I think that in their placing the kitchen in the rear it reduces the pin weight to the point that it can see-saw and create a negitive pin weight in certain situations.

I have added air bags but that didn't really help. Maybe better shocks???

I am now starting to look at 3/4 ton trucks.

As far as the trailer is concerned, very few problems.
I junked the concertone unit (replaced 3 times under warranty) with a 120V home theatre and just recently replaced the 12V TV with a 27" 120V 1080P LED flatscreen. Way better than before.

We love the layout.
It has been a pretty good rig so far.

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We have a New silverado crew cab short bed. We are going to make sure eve thing is within the towing capacity.
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We have a New silverado crew cab short bed. We are going to make sure eve thing is within the towing capacity.
The best way to find out is to weigh the truck, full fuel, passengers, gear and add hitch weight to the rear axle if you don't have one installed already. With the actual weights you can calculate the available payload capacity by GVWR or RAWR.

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I put shocks on our 8528RKWS and the ride is excellent, no dolphing/porposing/chucking, smoothest towing trailer we've had since we started towing trailers in 1975. 5 tongue trailers and 2nd 5er.
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I put shocks on our 8528RKWS and the ride is excellent, no dolphing/porposing/chucking, smoothest towing trailer we've had since we started towing trailers in 1975. 5 tongue trailers and 2nd 5er.
Can you tell me how you did that?
We have the torsion axles and I didn't know that was possible.
More info please!

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Can you tell me how you did that?
We have the torsion axles and I didn't know that was possible.
More info please!

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Look at these pics, pm me your email address and I will send you the drawings.

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Coot, I 've been following this mod... very nice job. How did you determine the size of the shock ?
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Thank you for your responses. I really like the layout. I hope we make a decision soon! I'm ready to go!!
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Coot, I 've been following this mod... very nice job. How did you determine the size of the shock ?
Calculated the total travel of the spindle and looked thru Monroe's spec list for a shock with at least 2x the spindle travel. Made the mounts to insure the shock was in the center of the travel when spindle was in the neutral position. I ended up with the SensaTrak 5989.
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Calculated the total travel of the spindle and looked thru Monroe's spec list for a shock with at least 2x the spindle travel. Made the mounts to insure the shock was in the center of the travel when spindle was in the neutral position. I ended up with the SensaTrak 5989.
Thanks for the info. MR.Coot
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Thanks for the info. MR.Coot
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We have had ours since last October. Love the floorplan. Its perfect for the two of us. Pro's: rear kitchen, dont have to look over dining area to see TV. Laztboy recliners. Plenty f storage inside and out. Good size bathroom. Have used the couch bed with air matress and its pretty comfortable. The windows in the diamond package are great looking and functional. Storage under the couch. For a 28 footer, there is still plenty of room to have company over on a rainy day without feeling too crowded. Storage near the entertainment area for games, DVD's and liquor. Laundry shoot under the bathroom sink.
Con's: The grill cooks pretty slow, but you can drink three beers while waiting for everything to cook. The 2013's dont have very much storage for towels in the bathroom.

We usually trade our camper in every 3-5 years. We may end up keeping this one a little longer.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:21 AM   #18
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Wow you have covered everything! Thanks for the great response.
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Have you seen the 8528IKWS with the island kitchen? We love our unit and there is SO much room for family and company.
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Have you seen the 8528IKWS with the island kitchen? We love our unit and there is SO much room for family and company.
We have seen just pictures. My husband does like that floor plan too. We are just concerned about not going over the tow weight for a half ton

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