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Old 02-10-2016, 05:05 PM   #11
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I have a very similar model and have enjoyed it for the last six years. Do make sure you have some silicon for the shower, this model is notorious for not being sealed.

As far as the filter, I have never had a issue with a leak, and buy my replacement filters at Lowes.

Good luck and hope you enjoy it!
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:48 PM   #12
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Sound nice hope you enjoy it. We have a 2016 that we took delivery of last April. We thought we where getting a 2015 and got a 2016. So you may get a 2017. Not that it makes much difference. We have really enjoyed ours and have towed it for about 400 miles behind our f150 non Eco boost.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:45 PM   #13
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Go with the 1200# bars so this way if you ever move up to a trailer with a heavier tongue weight you won't have to worry. I'm running a Dual Cam Reese with 1200# bars even though it may not be needed as I had this set up on 2 other trailers with tongue weights of 1100#. All it took on the Flagstaff was to tilt the head to a more vertical position to allow for the lighter tongue weight but still allow the chains to ride on the snap up brackets in the same link as previous units. I also installed 5000# Air Lift rear bags because I haul a lot of wood to heat my house and run 20# in them to finesse the level of the trailer according to what I am carrying in the bed.
I notice you live on the Island. I moved to Pa. from Staten Island 20 years ago and used to run my trucks on the beaches on the Island for surf fishing. I don't envy your having to tow out of there between the traffic and the tolls on the bridges with the trailer. Kudos to you for your determination to do this.
By the way where did you purchase the trailer as I don't recall a lot of RV dealers in the Metro area though that was many years ago.
Wishing you many restful nights in your new camper and hope you meet a lot of nice people in your travels as we have always found this to be key for us.

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Old 02-11-2016, 01:05 PM   #14
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Doug I purchased the TT at Custom Campers in Southernton Connecticut (about 21/2 hours away). Seem like wonderful people, family owned business. Just ordered it so I'll let everyone know what happens when I take delivery. I don't anticipate any problems. Thanks again for all your tips and suggestions.

PS you are correct in that there is only two full service rv dealers on LI but they don't carry Forest River product I was looking for.
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Old 02-12-2016, 12:49 PM   #15
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We have had our 2014 for a couple of years now and it has treated us well...go with the 1200 lb bars and you will be set. We have had no problems pulling ours with the F150KR. You will need to go through the unit completely to make sure all screws are tight. You may even have to replace a few. Here is a list of mods I have done to make things easier..

1. Installed square fence tube under trailer near sewer line. I house my sewer line in there. You can have 2-15' to 20' lines connected together. I have yet to find the need for more than that, even though I keep another extension in a bin stored in the front storage area.

2. Installed square fence tube near rear of trailer for folding ladder.

3. Installed led lights in rear storage cabinet and water storage cabinet area.

4. Removed on-board filter housing and use separate filter housing.

5. Installed wire loom on all open wiring. This will help keep small animals from eating you exposed wiring and looks much nicer.

6. Installed Progressive Dynamics surge protection.

7. Installed new water fixtures inside for an improved appearance.

8. Mounted new shower fixture high in shower region to provide more room for water flow downward. No more bending at all. ( I am just under 6 feet tall)

9. Trailer interior has been fully decorated. Looks like a high end hotel room which is what we were going for when we bought the emerald package.

10. Added rear exterior speakers to be used when we are setup towards the rear of the trailer versus the side.

11. Installed pizza stone in oven which is a must for baking an type of bread.


I'm sure there is stuff I have missed, but that's most of it...There are many good people on this forum and all have been very helpful.

If you look up my past posts you will see a few of the pics associated with my upgrades. I learned much from others and cannot take credit for most of the stuff. The decorating is all my wife and I doubt many have gone as far as she has...

Best of luck...

Note:
I know my bottom picture is outdated. When it gets warm I will get some new pics...
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I forgot to mention that I added Air Lift ride control air bags to rear suspension. I really like them, they made my ride smoother even when not towing. I just put more air in them when I am towing. The one issue with keeping the water filter is it takes more anti freeze when winterizing. I am going to put a bypass similar to that on the water heater, or remove it.
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I forgot to mention that I added Air Lift ride control air bags to rear suspension. I really like them, they made my ride smoother even when not towing. I just put more air in them when I am towing. The one issue with keeping the water filter is it takes more anti freeze when winterizing. I am going to put a bypass similar to that on the water heater, or remove it.
Since removing my on-board filter housing it now only takes about 1 gallon of anti-freeze to winterize...
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:12 PM   #18
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jasanto,

Congrats on your purchase..I forgot to mention that earlier...You will love it.
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Old 02-27-2016, 04:44 PM   #19
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Thank you all for your advices.
Would anyone happen to know the distance between the tires? I ordered my trailer and I'm looking to order a pair of wheel stabilizers and noticed that some only expand to just over five inches?
Thanks.

Joe from Long Island.
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Old 02-27-2016, 07:38 PM   #20
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The 2015 I have has 14" tires and I purchased a double pack of BAL X Chocks that close down to 1 3/8" as the spacing was about 1 3/4". The specs on the Forest River website is showing 15" tires for 2016. Best to wait for the trailer so you can actually measure the distance. Bought mine on Amazon for just slightly more than a single one cost and got free shipping also. Unless someone has a 2016 and can measure the spacing wait and order later. Got mine within 5 days of placing order.
We also got some inexpensive screw type jackstands to put under the frame between the wheels and stairs as we found the stabilizers lacking compared to scissor jacks that we have had on all previous trailers.
These two combined to eliminate most of the shake and bounce we were feeling though not all of it.
Good Luck.

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