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Old 04-02-2012, 09:54 PM   #51
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kamp K how do you like your Windjammer? Does it pull good? How does the quality seems to you? We are awaiting for our V-;its 30WTBS and just wondering how fellow v-nose owners like their TT.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:39 PM   #52
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kamp K how do you like your Windjammer? Does it pull good? How does the quality seems to you? We are awaiting for our V-;its 30WTBS and just wondering how fellow v-nose owners like their TT.
Absolutely love it, primarily because our floorplan is perfect for our family, and the front kitchen in the nose makes a huge difference in having plenty of living space throughout the rest of the trailer. We did 50+ nights last year, which was good for us considering the late start we got waiting to take delivery. Overall, we are pleased with the trailer, though the jury may still be out on the quality if I am being honest. We have had some issues, though mostly minor in nature. We had an awning issue mentioned in another thread here, bathroom cabinet hinges came loose, missing rubber stop on stove grate, strap on bathroom door broke, shower skylight had small crack, but enough where we could see the sunlight, and we have had an ongoing issue with the main slide pulling off the rubber seal from the top when it the slide is being extracted. I say ongoing because we have been to the dealer 3 times already to have this fixed, but I think we've fixed it ourselves this time, finally.

We haven't considered any of these to be major issues (yet) that have put a damper on our enthusiasm about our Windjammer, or Forest River products in general. Admittedly, we made more visits to our dealer (2 1/2 hours away) last year than I would have liked, but I will say our dealer has been awesome to us each and every time, which certainly makes it more tolerable when we have had to visit, and every single thing has been covered under warranty obviously. Luckily, our dealer is on the way to Va Beach where we have a membership and spend the majority of our summer, so we have been able to drop it off on the way home, and leave it for them to address our issues, then pick it up on the way back to the beach. I love my dealer, but if I have to visit them as often this year as I did last, my opinion of our WJ may change, so check back with me at the end of the camping season...

As far as towing, it pulls great though the V-nose does not make a difference in towing or gas mileage improvement as some may claim. I pulled a 22 foot Outback before the WJ, and they don't really tow any different to me. The WJ weighs a lot more than my previous TT, and I obviously know it's back there, but my TV has no problems whatsoever handling the weight/length, and it's an enjoyable experience to tow. We really like the V-nose and would buy another WJ if you ask me today, and I really hope I would say the same thing at the end of the season...I have faith.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:10 PM   #53
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kamp K thanks for getting back with the helpful info. Yes I would consider all problems pretty minor as long as they do not keep appearing. My first trailer I bought new had the same sort of issues. The slide could have been a bit more concerning if it hadn't gotten fixed and three times getting fixed could be a concern.

We absolutely love our floor plan too. Did not see another floor plan like it at any of the RV shows we went to our area dealers. With 4 kids we needed the quad bunks and with them being in the front with the v-nose it gives great storage space for clothes and the wife and I have the rear end of the trailer with slide for our bed and lots of space which I love. So many TT have the front bedroom with a wall right at the end of the bed. I am over 6 ft. tall so I need my feet to hang off a bit and those just did not work for me.

Thanks for the info and I will contact you in the fall and see how the TT held up. By then I will have had mine for a summer and can report how it went as well.

Enjoy your Florida weather. Must be nice to be able to camp all year long.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:27 PM   #54
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So many TT have the front bedroom with a wall right at the end of the bed. I am over 6 ft. tall so I need my feet to hang off a bit and those just did not work for me.
Yep, we eliminated any TT with wall at the end of the bed too when we were shopping. I am over 6' too, and hanging my feet off the end of the bed was a requirement, lol.
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We are finally picking up our new Rockwood 8281WS tomorrow after ordering it on 12/29. It has been a very long and anxious wait, but the day is finally here! There were a couple things that ended up causing the delay. The first was the fact that we didn't finance our unit and had to wait for our funds from a vested stock sale. The dealer wouldn't ship the unit from the factory until it was paid for even though they originally told us they would ship and hold it at the dealer. The second issue was the simple fact of supply and demand; when our unit finally did ship a few weeks ago, we were now in line with all the others spring purchases. I'm sure there are tons of purchases and subsequent preps and demos this spring, especially with all the nice weather!

In the end, it will end up being almost 14 weeks from down payment to demo. Three of those weeks were our fault regarding the delayed payment, so in reality it could've been an 11 week process. But then again, if we would've been three weeks earlier, the dealer would not have been as busy and that probably would've saved an additional week in the total process. So their estimate of 8-10 weeks is probably a little liberal seeing as though 10 weeks would've been our best-case scenario. And that was ordering around the first of the year! Ordering anytime after that would have to exponentially increase the processing time!

Anyways, I just wanted to share our experience with everyone. Hopefully it will help others realize how long it really does take. It was pretty hard for me especially (since I'm so impatient) to remain patient throughout the whole process. Good luck to you and your Memorial Day camping plans! I'm happy to say that our reservations will be kept and hopefully the weather will be as nice as it has in the past few weeks!
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:22 AM   #56
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Wow that's incredible! Dealers can be so different when it comes to customer service and support. I too was paying cash for my unit and my dealer only required 10% down. The unit was built and shipped withing 6 weeks and my order was placed on Feb 8th 2012. I am picking it up tomorrow with the DW.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #57
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Again I will say that it is hard to compare when they are built because the Glockfanjohns Ultra Light 2702SS was built in a different factory than the ehannessons Signature Ultra Light 8281SS.

Good luck to all, hope you can keep your Memorial Day Plans.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #58
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Dealer just called. My Rockwood 8289WS arrived at the dealer this morning!!! Pick it up Friday afternoon!!! 7 weeks to the day between when the dealer placed the order and when I will be picking it up!!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:17 PM   #59
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Excited for you!!! I should hopefully receive mine in two or three weeks. Happy camping! Hope you love it.
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TEE Happy to hear you'll be getting your 8289ws soon. Ordered one about 6 wks ago would love to hear your feedback!
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