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Old 12-21-2010, 09:22 AM   #11
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hey Bobby,
Been out camping yet.
Any issues pop up?
Any questions I can help you with?
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Haven't been "officially" camping with her yet (just in the yard).

Got a trip planned about the middle of January with some friends. Can't wait.

The only issue I had (and it was my ignorance, and not an issue) was when I couldn't get the television to come on. I had forgot about unplugging it from the shore power at my house the night before.

I did discover yesterday that the set ( 2 pairs) of keys my dealer gave me, that only one pair fits the bedroom door, and none fit the living room door.

Thanks for the encouragement, and followup. Hopefully (fingers crossed), I won't have too many issues pop up.......but I am definitely not the bashful type about asking for help if they do.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:01 PM   #12
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Congratulations on your purchase. My DW and I picked up our 2011 831 RLBSS in June and have camped over 45 nights with it during the past year. We love everyting about it, with very few problems. Ours has the atrium slide with free standing table and lazy boy recliners. Many guest have slept on the airbed coach and found it to be very comfortable, we like the privacy that the walk through bath gives us. If ordering again there is nothing we would change but, mods that we are adding this winter is extra memory foam matress to the main bed, tv mount with removable TV for the bedroom(TV can then be taken outside for under awning viewing), pullout shelves to the pantry, battery disconnect switch and storage box behind the propane tanks. Our TV is a 1500 LT half ton Suburban with Equalizer 1200 WD hitch, trailer dry weight for us is an actual 7004 lb, total GVW with 2 passengers full fuel and trailer loaded out is 14,500 lb. Our longest road trip was 700 miles to western KY and back, ave. 10 mpg. I also carry kayaks and bikes but, the inside storage of the Suburban helps with the lack of storage in the trailer. Mods we added over the summer include hanging shelves in the wardrobe and over the door shoe storage for the door between bedroom and bath. It holds all those little things like sunscreen, insect repellent, cameras binoculars. When purchased we ordered an extra create a vent fan and larger AC unit, we covered all vents with Max Air style covers so we could keep the vents open during rain. We shed a few tears when we put the trailer in winter storage, we live in Michigan, and have already booked 25 camping days for next year. My hope is you and the family will love your new trailer as much as we have loved ours.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:02 PM   #13
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Our TV is a 1500 LT half ton Suburban with Equalizer 1200 WD hitch...
Really?

Half ton?

I was worried about hauling this "monster" (I've got the atrium also) with my K2500 6.5 TD and a husky centerline WD/sway hitch.

well, if it's under your ratings and pulls fine, there ya go!

Maybe I shouldn't be quite so worried....
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It is a monster, the inside space is well worth dealing with the length. I've only pulled in the KY hills, but, I could leave it on cruise control and hold 55-60 mph most of the time. I am near the max of the GVW and tow rating but, spent years in the trucking business so have learned a few tricks of the trade from my drivers. I will take a few more testing trips before I tackle any big mountains. Get use to having the curious come and knock on the door when they view the atrium slides, they love to look inside.
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It is a monster, the inside space is well worth dealing with the length.
Yup that's why we took a loss on our first trailer to buy it. Love the light and space!

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I've only pulled in the KY hills, but, I could leave it on cruise control and hold 55-60 mph most of the time. I am near the max of the GVW and tow rating but, spent years in the trucking business so have learned a few tricks of the trade from my drivers. I will take a few more testing trips before I tackle any big mountains. Get use to having the curious come and knock on the door when they view the atrium slides, they love to look inside.
Do tell?

How's about sharing?

Gearing down, running the bottom, etc?
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Old 12-26-2010, 10:16 PM   #16
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Hi guy, we have the same unit in a 2006 model without the bedroom slide and LOVE it.
If you have not settled on weight distribution yet I highly recommend the Reese dual-cam system. No sway at all when a truck goes by or when I drop it off the pavement and bring it back on the road...there is simply no sway!
Not to mention it is easy to adjust for weight, simply move the chain up of down.
As far as outside storage...like everything else...if you have it you will fill it up!LOL
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:55 PM   #17
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I know this thread is several months old but I also have the 831rlbss. Got the 2010 in Feb 2010. I've been in it all year around Batesville,MS. I have a Ram 2011 6.7L TD and it pulls like it had nothing there - other than the 10mpg. There are just 2 things that irk me. The shower stall is CHEAP plastic. Not bashing - comparing it to the 831RLSS that I traded. I stand in the shower and my feet sink into the floor like wet sand. The sales repair shop supposedly fixed it but it's horrible. I know one day I'll go through the floor. At a trailer show I stood in all the other showers there and they were all firm, as my 831rlss was. Next is the squeek that has developed at the vent area by the rocking chairs. I've had 3 places tell me it's normal. Drives me nuts. One place said they stopped selling Flagstaff because they skimped on their floor spacing - 24 to 30 inch centers instead of 16. But I love these Lazy Boy rocker recliners, and large Toshiba tv. Bed is comfortable, fold out is comfortable, dinette is always cluttered with my junk! Storage under the bed, the fold out, overhead, under the hot water tank and closet is very nice. I think the sound is good but have read others thing it's poor. I do not like the water filter area - its too confined to change the filter and I suggest anyone have the dealer make a straight through line. Get an outside filter, easier to change and in the winter you can't forget to drain it! I suspect it is light weight because of skimping of structure as in my shower and suspected flooring. Ed H
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:20 AM   #18
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Semlohde,as for the (soft) shower floor,remove the inspection panel from the shower base. Check how much floor they removed to place the trap. If it is very large the shower supports have nothing to sit on except (AIR), thus the (SPONGY) fealing in the base of the shower! Youroo!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:16 AM   #19
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There are just 2 things that irk me. The shower stall is CHEAP plastic. Not bashing - comparing it to the 831RLSS that I traded. I stand in the shower and my feet sink into the floor like wet sand. The sales repair shop supposedly fixed it but it's horrible. I know one day I'll go through the floor. At a trailer show I stood in all the other showers there and they were all firm, as my 831rlss was. Next is the squeek that has developed at the vent area by the rocking chairs. I've had 3 places tell me it's normal. Drives me nuts. One place said they stopped selling Flagstaff because they skimped on their floor spacing - 24 to 30 inch centers instead of 16. But I love these Lazy Boy rocker recliners, and large Toshiba tv. Bed is comfortable, fold out is comfortable, dinette is always cluttered with my junk! Storage under the bed, the fold out, overhead, under the hot water tank and closet is very nice. I think the sound is good but have read others thing it's poor. I do not like the water filter area - its too confined to change the filter and I suggest anyone have the dealer make a straight through line. Get an outside filter, easier to change and in the winter you can't forget to drain it! I suspect it is light weight because of skimping of structure as in my shower and suspected flooring. Ed H
Ed, I have that same squeek, at the same place. Was thinking about going back to the dealer with it, or seeing if others here have fixed it themselves (but just haven't had the time).

Changing the filter doesn't bother me as much as the fact that you have to unscrew the "fake hinges" to open the access door. Same thing for accessing the water heater. I hadn't really thought about just bypassing/doing away with the inside water filter, but may modify mine this weekend. That would be an easy enough fix. Thanks for the tip.

I called myself checking/stepping inside the shower before buying it, but haven't yet actually used the shower.

Overall, I'm pleased with a lot of the same features you are. Trying to plan a real shakedown trip with it at the end of this month up in Arkansas. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
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Good to get replies so fast on an old thread! YOUROO (replying at 3:20 am!!) is correct on the spongy shower. I checked that out right after I was spongin' around! And yes, they cut WAY TOO MUCH out of that shower floor and the plywood is WAYYYY TOOO THIN to support anything. POOR CRAFTMANSHIP FLAGSTAFF (like they're reading this or care). I did take it back to Smallwoods in Jackson, TN and they did what they could I guess. Always had pretty good service from them, bought this and the 831rlss from them. But I didn't have this in the 831rlss or in any of the trailers I walked into at the Southaven RV show last month. Pretty disappointed in that squeek and shower though. BUT - it's a nice size, good inside storage, winterizes quickly and easily - open the inside faucets and then unscrew the low point drain covers. That also seems to drain the hot water tank as I've taken that rod out after doing this drain and nothing drains out. Gets hot as blazes in July and August in upper Mississippi. This 15,000 btu just can't cool those 3 digit days. One other thing - when I got mine the radio went out and they swapped out one for me. It works fine other than if I put a DVD in, plays fine, take the DVD out and go back to AV1 for my directtv - there is a hiss that developes in the front speakers. I have to change the input and go back to AV1 to clear that.

WMTIRE - enjoy your Arkansas trip and let us know how it did. be sure and chock both sides of your tires. I chocked just my right side and was at Enid lake, MS when that storm passed through last week. Twisted the trailer and it came off my wooden blocks at the front, raising the trailer some 3 inches in the rear. Bought those expanding breaks that squeeze between the tires - for both sides!
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