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Old 11-11-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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Input needed on Flagstaff 831RLBSS

Howdy everyone, I am currently looking to upsize my travel trailer situation from a Trailmanor.... to a Flagstaff 831RLBss (or it's clone the Rockwood 8314BSS). I was hoping to gain a little insight, to know what to expect (or look for) from those here who have experience with these trailers.

The only thing I really didn't like about the trailer, was the lack of outside storage compartments. The brochure/online diagram shows an outside compartment in the living room superslide, but these are not present in the two models I looked at today. The only one seemed to be the one that is accessable from the outside that goes under the main bed. Has anyone added any kind of outside storage to theirs? I was thinking maybe of adding some kind of rack over/behind the battery on the tongue. Any advice here is greatly appreciated.

I plan to pull this trailer with a 2001 Dodge 2500 diesel. I was already going to add a stabilizer, but would a weight distribution hitch be advised also?

Anything I should check on (or out) before I purchase this unit....especially during the pre delivery phase.?

I really like the atrium that Great White has in his, but that is not going to be on either of the two units I am looking at. They both have the free standing dinette, and lazy boy recliners (which I like).

I also see my old friends from the Trailmanor and Rvpics forums, Chap and Ed Junior, are here. Chap, if this isn't the correct forum to post these questions in, please move them to the appropriate place. I am still feeling my way around here, and may have overlooked some things in my anxiousness to find out more on these trailers.

Thanks to everyone who care to share their experiences.

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Old 11-11-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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We have been looking at the same units all summer and still have not moved yet. I agree the under storage is slim. The only place is under the bed and I told the wife if we go that way that that would have to be mine for my outside storage. There is a tone of cupboards and closets in there so no worry to put everything in. The only way to get the extra storage is the booth style dinettes.
Just remember if yoy go atrium slide you also lose all the cupboards on that side as well. If you don't need them it makes the unit look amazing. The only other thing we found as in most trailers there is no coat closet. We currently have one in our KZ and would like to get one in our next unit.
Other wise it is the almost perfect trailer. Our other one is the windjammer/V-lite.
They have the exact same layout but with the frontal area all usable closet space to which the other does not have. Everything else is pretty much the same.
My only concern with the V fronts is selling later. We know we probably will do one more trailer at retirement (10-12 years) and my gut tells me a more traditional style would resell better but we also are getting dragged by the better layout of the V front model of the same.
Now we rest and can't decide which way to go.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:43 AM   #3
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Hey Bobby, it is great seeing the username wmtire on this forum !!

I can't help much with the lack of storage on the 831RLBSS, but hopefully someone with that same trailer can help you out.

I am not exactly sure what you mean by stabilizer, unless you are referring to an anti-sway bar. Even though you have a 3/4 ton truck, I would still recommend a WDH with integrated sway control instead of a friction type sway bar. That 851 lb. listed tongue weight is probably going to be around 1000 lbs. by the time you have the trailer loaded for camping. Propane and battery on the tongue, plus it looks like most of the storage is going to be in the front part of the trailer can really add up. The rear axle on a 3/4 ton truck should be able to handle that 1000 lbs, but the problem is that the weight is sticking several feet behind the axle, magnifying the weight on the rear axle, and taking weight off of the front axle, messing up the geometry of the truck.

Even though I have a 1/2 ton truck, if the wheelbases and overhangs are similar, then these figures should carry over fairly close: Adding a 720 lb. tongue weight on the hitch of my truck added 1040 lbs. to my rear axle, and took off 320 lbs. from my front axle. Add another 300 lbs. to that equation, and you can get an idea of the weight transfer that might occur.

And we thought Trailmanors had heavy tongues weights.

I have read where friction bar antisway systems are not as effective with longer trailers. A Reese Dual Cam, Equalizer, Blue Ox or other WDHs with built in sway control should be a better option.......if you are going to use a WDH, might as well include the anti-sway system. Hensley Hitches type hitches are top of the line, but expensive.

Again, welcome to the forum, and it would be great if you decide on a Forest River product so you would stick around on this forum. Heck, you don't even need a Forest River product here.....there are no rules concerning that. But beware, we will probably be relying on your tire expertise in the future.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:09 AM   #4
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831RLBSS Storage and Hitch Issues

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Howdy everyone, I am currently looking to upsize my travel trailer situation from a Trailmanor.... to a Flagstaff 831RLBss (or it's clone the Rockwood 8314BSS). I was hoping to gain a little insight, to know what to expect (or look for) from those here who have experience with these trailers.

The only thing I really didn't like about the trailer, was the lack of outside storage compartments. The brochure/online diagram shows an outside compartment in the living room superslide, but these are not present in the two models I looked at today. The only one seemed to be the one that is accessable from the outside that goes under the main bed. Has anyone added any kind of outside storage to theirs? I was thinking maybe of adding some kind of rack over/behind the battery on the tongue. Any advice here is greatly appreciated.

I plan to pull this trailer with a 2001 Dodge 2500 diesel. I was already going to add a stabilizer, but would a weight distribution hitch be advised also?

Anything I should check on (or out) before I purchase this unit....especially during the pre delivery phase.?

I really like the atrium that Great White has in his, but that is not going to be on either of the two units I am looking at. They both have the free standing dinette, and lazy boy recliners (which I like).

I also see my old friends from the Trailmanor and Rvpics forums, Chap and Ed Junior, are here. Chap, if this isn't the correct forum to post these questions in, please move them to the appropriate place. I am still feeling my way around here, and may have overlooked some things in my anxiousness to find out more on these trailers.

Thanks to everyone who care to share their experiences.

Bobby

Hello Bobby,
We bought the Flagstaff 831RLBSS, in April this year. The storage under the bedroom slide and a small compartment under the awning that holds the BBQ are about it. However the under bedroom slide storage is of pretty good size, I carry two lounge chairs and 2 regular chairs, plus the manual wrenches that come with TT, my carpet for when we roll out the awning and one of those ramp thingies that you pull up on to change a flat w/o jacking the TT. I even placed the A/C power cords and water hoses in there also.
We opted for the boothe dining instead of the free standing table and chairs and there is storage under the booth seats as well as two easy access drawers.The inside storage is very good for us (two) and we carry a lot of stuff, computers, stationary,books, laptops, my photography stuff, wifes genealogy binders, games etc. plus clothes for all occasions.I have not added any storage so can't advise you on that.
I bought two Rubbermaid type bin boxes that I carry in the bed of my 2009 Silverado 2500HD Duromax in which I place the sewer hoses and related stuff in one, and general stuff in the other. I have a Snug top bed cover which locks so everything in the bed is protected and out of sight. Ther is plenty of room in the bed for firewood, an ice chest, hydraulic jack and the E2 Equilizer Hitch shank assembly, spring arms etc. while the TT is parked. I asked the dealer for the appropriate Equalizer/Weight Distrubution Hitch and the E2 10K unit is what I have. It tows well, we were in some heavy winds in Kansas in May this year and it handled very good.
As far as things to look for/check/pre-delivery etc, there were air gaps around the frames near the bottom of both entry doors, since repaired by dealer and the wife wishes for more electrical outlets in the kitchen area.
We like our unit, and the Duromax pulls it very well, and I'm not familar with Dodge as to power and towing capacities.
Best regards, and any additional questions please let me know, I'll do my best.
Doug aka Wanderer "All who wander are not lost."
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:57 AM   #5
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The only way to get the extra storage is the booth style dinettes.
Just remember if you go atrium slide you also lose all the cupboards on that side as well.
Now we rest and can't decide which way to go.
Thanks so much for the information Calgarygringo. The first dealer (with the Rockwood) didn't know this information the first time I went, but now we both know about why their unit doesn't have the other outside storage hatch, thanks to your post. I didn't even think about that with the atrium, though it's perfect common sense.

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Hello Bobby,
We bought the Flagstaff 831RLBSS, in April this year. The storage under the bedroom slide and a small compartment under the awning that holds the BBQ are about it. However the under bedroom slide storage is of pretty good size, I carry two lounge chairs and 2 regular chairs, plus the manual wrenches that come with TT, my carpet for when we roll out the awning and one of those ramp thingies that you pull up on to change a flat w/o jacking the TT. I even placed the A/C power cords and water hoses in there also.

I bought two Rubbermaid type bin boxes that I carry in the bed of my 2009 Silverado 2500HD Duromax in which I place the sewer hoses and related stuff in one, and general stuff in the other. I have a Snug top bed cover which locks so everything in the bed is protected and out of sight. Ther is plenty of room in the bed for firewood, an ice chest, hydraulic jack and the E2 Equilizer Hitch shank assembly, spring arms etc. while the TT is parked. I asked the dealer for the appropriate Equalizer/Weight Distrubution Hitch and the E2 10K unit is what I have. It tows well, we were in some heavy winds in Kansas in May this year and it handled very good.
Doug, those are the exact things I wanted to know..... especially if you could get some chairs, hoses, and carpet in the storage compartment underneath the bed. Now I know, thanks to you.

The whole reason I am looking at a pull-behind instead of a fifth wheeler, is I want to take my dual sport motorcycle on trips with me, and will need the bed of my truck free for this.

I am now studying up on the E2.

Chap, great to hear from you, as always. It's because of you, that I started looking at forest river trailers to start with. I was leaning heavily towards a keystone cougar. I still don't know if I can part with my trailmanor.

I really appreciate everyone's help. Are there any particular things I may need to look for in a pre-delivery inspection (besides the door and slide seals)?
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Alright, I am an "official" Forest River owner now, as I pulled her home this evening. Look for me to be pestering all of ya now on the forums.

The dealer I got her from was about 90 miles away, and there was no problem in pulling her. She is extremely lightweight, just as I wanted.

Thanks again to everyone for the advice and support.
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Alright, I am an "official" Forest River owner now, as I pulled her home this evening. Look for me to be pestering all of ya now on the forums.

The dealer I got her from was about 90 miles away, and there was no problem in pulling her. She is extremely lightweight, just as I wanted.

Thanks again to everyone for the advice and support.

Hey Bobby,
Welcome to the Forest River and any questions please let us know.
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Alright, I am an "official" Forest River owner now, as I pulled her home this evening. Look for me to be pestering all of ya now on the forums.

The dealer I got her from was about 90 miles away, and there was no problem in pulling her. She is extremely lightweight, just as I wanted.

Thanks again to everyone for the advice and support.

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Welcome to the Forest River and any questions please let us know.
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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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Welcome to the 831 RLBSS club!



I love my atrium slide, but you're right, the 831 is limited on outside storage space. But what it sacrifices in outside storage it more than makes up for in inside storage cabinets.

You just can't get things like lawn chairs in them.....

I've got a husky centerline WD hitch. You need a good wd hitch with sway control to keep all 35 odd feet of this sucker under control.

Your Cummins probably hardly notices it back there....

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