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Old 03-15-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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Investigating a possible purchase.


This is my first post and Im new to outfitting a RV unit. Although both my wife and I have families that RVd we never had much to do with the whole selection process and outfitting.

Weve been looking at and evaluating RVs for the past 2 years and have possibly settled on what would suit our goals I was hopping I could get some opinions both technical and quality wise on the following set up.

2009 Forest River Flagstaff 18FBR Micro Lite Travel Trailer

GVWR 4229 lbs
Dry Weight 2958 lbs
Dry Hitch Weight 137 lbs
Dry Axle Weight 2821 lbs
Length 20' 1"
Width 96"
Height 105" + a/c unit
Brakes Salesman says it has brakes brochure doesnt mention
them, Anyone know?

2009 Nissan Frontier SE, Crew Cab, Long Bed, 4x4,
Engine 4.0 litre V6
Horse power 261
Torque 281
Transmission 5 speed Automatic
GVWR 5815 lbs
Curb Weight 4565 lbs
Payload 1250 lbs
Tow Capacity 6100 lbs
Wheel Base 139.9"
Total Length 219.4"
Width 72.8"
Height 73.9"
Track Width 61.8"
Hitch Class III Weight Distribution

Thanks for any input your willing to provide.


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Old 03-15-2009, 02:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to FRF. Happy camping.

From the numbers that TV will have no problems with that RV. The Flagstaff line is a good line. You should have no major issues with it. An RV that size most definitely will have brakes. You'll need to add a brake controller if you don't already have one. I recommend the Prodigy (in fact I'd, insist on it if it were me). You'll want a weight distributing hitch. The listed tongue weight (TW) is very light so you'll want to make sure to load heavy to the front so as to maintain at least 10% TW. I'd shoot for 12% to 15%. It makes the RV tow much better when you have plenty of tongue weight.
Whichever WD hitch you decide on come back here and ask and we'll be glad to help you make sure it's set up correctly.

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Old 03-15-2009, 02:48 PM   #3
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What Bama said.

Great detailed information on your trailer and have apparently done your homework.


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Old 03-15-2009, 03:07 PM   #4
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My wife and I almost bought an 18 FB but were unhappy with the crawing over each other getting in and out of the we went with the 21 FB.Our dealer let us have it for $1500.00 more and we are glad we went with it.The only thing we had a problem with was the Concertone ZX75.I replaced it with a different system.Other than that trouble free.Never had to have any warrenty work.I tow with a Dodge Dakoto Quad Cab with the small V8 and have no problems.
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to FRF. You've come to the right place for any assistance you may need. As you can see these Guys and Gals know their stuff. Any questions just ask. There's some very knowledgeable and helpful people here.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:49 PM   #6
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The size is the only question. If you are out for a couple of days ok, but a week or so it will get close

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Old 03-19-2009, 11:30 PM   #7
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I highly recommend the Equalizer WDH. The way it is designed, there is no need for any add on sway controllers. I pull a Rockwood 8315SS and the Eqaulizer WDH keeps me in complete control. When those big rigs pass me on the freeway it stays straight and true, very little movement. I swear by it. I hope this helps. Here is a link to the video.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:50 PM   #8
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Hitch selection and operating temperature

Thanks for the advice on the hitch I looked at the site you suggested and it looks to be very well designed

Does anybody know how cold of a temperature the Flagstaff 18 FBR is able to operate at?



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