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Old 04-17-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Flagstaff Super Lite 8528 IKWS 5'ver

We're looking to upgrade from our TT to a fifth wheel, saw this model in person with the "Diamond Package" and looked like a unit we would enjoy. Wanted to hear from anyone who has this model about the pro's and con's of this unit to help us determine if it'll work for us. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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This is a new floorplan for this year, so I doubt if there are many members that can give you a review of that particular model. I have the Flagstaff 8528CKWS and enjoy it immensely. I like the open floorplan with lots of space in the living area. The kitchen area can get tight in mine. The overall workmanship is comparable to any in the price range and better that many. This unit , being a light weight, is constructed that way, so don't expect heavy duty construction in materials and frame. Of particular area of concern would be the rear bumper. It is paper thin and only designed as a sewer hose carrier. I carried bikes for one trip and promptly decided against it after reading many posts on the website. Some time later the welds did crack with only the weight of the spare tire. Most Flagstaff owners on this site speak highly of their units. I had one warranty issue and teh dealer promply resolved the issue. the kitchen faucet was leaking. In fact I purchased a residential faucet, installed it myself and sent the bill to the dealer. He replied with a cheque for the cost of the faucet. I did look at the IKWS model with Diamond package at a recent RV show and liked the layout. Very roomy. Not sold on teh dark exterior colours. May look nicer at the campsite. Good luck.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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If the IKWS was available two years ago, we would have bought it!
Absolutely awesome floorplan for a 28-foot fifth.
The only concern I would have is if the sink island blocked access to the fridge with the slides in. Only a problem while travelling and looking for a snack, but still a problem.
If you buy one, get the leather recliners, as they are very nice indeed.
And the atrium windows of course. Although maybe the Diamond package includes them?
Also note the fairly heavy hitch weight, which would max out most 1/2 tons. If you have a Ford Ecoboost max-tow, or a 3/4 ton, no problem.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:24 PM   #4
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And note how short the awnings are. You get two on the passenger side, but neither provide a very big area to hide on a rainy day.
But a small price to pay for a beautiful camper!
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #5
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Only problem with Atrium windows is if you have to park with those windows facing the sun in the afternoon, they let in a lot of heat that the AC has trouble keeping up with. They do give you a fabulous view tho. We ended up making a blockoff we could put on the outside and block the the sun. The day/night shades didn't help much but the blockoff shade sure did. Was easy to remove and install. Made and installed brackets on our 12 Flagstaff 8528RKWS so we can use them on it even tho it doesn't have the Atrium windows.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #6
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The atrium windows have a very dark tint, so that helps a lot. We have never really noticed it to be a problem.
There is one issue with these campers that any potential buyer should be aware of, and is the one thing that bothers me about them. The floor is a weak spot. It seems that FR decided to save a bunch of weight by using a much too thin plywood on the floor. There have been some reports form owners of the floor actually giving way. I think one of them was a full-timer though, so they would have had a lot of traffic. So I wouldn't buy one to full-time in, nor if I had kids jumping up and down on the floor.
We are careful with ours, so not overly worried. But I sure wish FR had not done that. Another 200 lbs of plywood, or about $200 worth, would have made our Flagstaff almost perfect.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:04 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the info/tips...great information!

Another question, noticed these units come with the Reese Sidewinder hitch, I liked the idea of not having to purchase a slider hitch due to this setup, anyone out there have any issues or tips on how well these are working with your shortbed trucks?
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Thanks everyone for the info/tips...great information!

Another question, noticed these units come with the Reese Sidewinder hitch, I liked the idea of not having to purchase a slider hitch due to this setup, anyone out there have any issues or tips on how well these are working with your shortbed trucks?

I am very pleased with my sidewinder. You can set it up to use as it is intended or opt for the standard setup. It eliminates the need for a slider. I have a short bed truck and can turn over 90 degrees with no worries.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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If you use the search function, there are some previous posts on the Rockwood 8289WS which is the twin to the Flagstaff 8528 IKWS.

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I have said Rockwood twin in the 8289WS flavor! Mine is a 2013 that I ordered and picked up from the dealer on April 6th. I have spent one night in it. I LOVE the floor plan. Has more storage than I "currently" have stuff to put in. Mine is not the diamond, I wanted white exterior anyway. I will be happy to answer any specific questions you have about the unit. However, with one night in it I don't have much to say about issues. I had a couple small water leaks to fix, (filter housing was a little loose, and the fill hose on the fresh water tank was loose at the tank) and the bedroom is 10+ degrees warmer than the rest of the coach running the furnace, (installed register filters in the bedroom and hall registers. Just enouph resistance to force more heat to the back of the coach.The furnace is directly below those registers and the path of least resistance put more heat up in the nose. I also shut off the basement register, had a knob to do so)I corrected both issues with little work!.

As stated before, you CANNOT get to anything with the slides in other than the toilet. But I don't need to get into the fridge while traveling anyway as I have a fridge in my truck!!

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