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Old 09-27-2015, 07:30 AM   #31
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Just bought a new Super Lite Flagstaff 8528 IKWS 5TH Wheel. DW and I are very excited. Love the high ceiling. This is the right size for ythe 2 of us. It took me 3 years to make the move. We pick it up on October 6th and are set up for 2 night stay at a local park near the dealer to make sure everything is to our liking. Any suggestions please do not hesitate to post. First time owning an RV.
Congrads on your new unit, Your smart going to CG close to your dealer. I would also ask your dealer to pencil you in for the third day incase you find some minor things that can be taken care of while you wait. Take pictures on your PDI when you walk the unit with the dealer. Try everything yourself so you understand how everything works. Ask questions on anything and everything. When your camping for two days write down any questions that come-up. Even if it warm still run the furnace and check the air flow. Run the A/C and check the air flow. Make sure you take some extra 2x6 boards with you incase you have to level. Get the second year warranty from FR. The 150.00 is well worth it. If the dealer doesn't bring it up make sure you do before signing papers. It's also best to sign your papers after the PDI, because once you sign them it's yours. There is a list of PDI information in the Library take a copy of that or atleast read it. Good Luck have fun and let us know how things went....
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Just came back from 2 weeks in Idaho (3rd trip in trailer). Another 8528IKWS pulled in to the park and we compared notes. Their trailer had one large window over table as opposed to two vertical windows like our trailer. Everything worked well - except the AM reception on the radio (not a big deal-rarely use radio). It seems that the antenna should be on the roof. Also - I will deal with the refer fan noise later. Dometic did send me a white led for the refer interior light, so that's okay now. I miss a night stand, so used a small piece of plywood with cleats that sits on top of the open drawer on right side of bed. Holds my glasses, phone, etc at night. Mounted the toilet paper holder under the sink on the shelf. Enjoy your new rig - we're enjoying ours.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:36 PM   #33
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Thanks for all the good advice. I will be ready for the PDI and have a list of questions. Spending 2 nights in the KOA down the road from the dealer will also be good. Any further recommendations would be great. Thanks and enjoy the week end.
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:36 PM   #34
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Thanks for all the good advice. I will be ready for the PDI and have a list of questions. Spending 2 nights in the KOA down the road from the dealer will also be good. Any further recommendations would be great. Thanks and enjoy the week end.
We love our 8528IKWS. Have the same issues as mentioned. Too much heat in the bath, and the mentioned Genesis radio issues. The refrigerator fan was replaced with another by the techs at Goshen and is about half as loud. Acceptable now. Ensure you check the radio during the walkthru. Check AM, FM and the weather band. Ensure the TV audio is connected and plays thru the radio. Ensure the dealer agrees to try to resolve problems with the radio. The techs at Goshen could not rectify my issues with the Genesis radio and admitted the only solution for me was to connect the radio to the TV antenna via a splitter. Did it and that works, but, have ZERO AM reception.

One mistake I made was NOT to order the 2nd A/C. Wish I did so after a few summers.

Favor please. Take three or four photos of the angled cabinet and door under the counter below the microwave. The newer models have this cabinet, mine does not and thinking of adding, if possible. Post the photos to this thread.
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Old 09-28-2015, 05:33 PM   #35
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Do you know if the 2016's have the same fan problem in frig and radio problem?
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Mine did, mfg end of April. Stay tuned, you'll find out when you get it.
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Thanks!! Just what I was looking for!!
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We love our 2015 8528IKWS. It has followed our truck for over 6000 miles in the year that we have owned it. The furnace issue is our biggest concern at the moment. I have replaced both the register at the top of the stairs and the register in the bathroom with registers that close. We still did get enough heat n the living room. I talked wit a Surburban frunce tech at the end of the FROG rally in Goshen and he said that closing thos registers could cause the furnace to hit it's high temperature limit switch and shut the furnace. This happened to us in Texas last winter. The furnace will reset and run but, not very efficient. The furnace will the first thing on our list for the 2016 Frog rally.
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Do you know if the 2016's have the same fan problem in frig and radio problem?
You might have the same fan noise, I do not think the manufacturer either Dometic or Norcole have changed that. You will probably get the IRV radio and not the Genesis model. FR has made that change. Can't tell you if it is any better or not. I have read of problems with them on here, but they are quick to takecare of the problem and send a new one out to you. That's a plus compared to the Genesis. If you think the fan is loud, just replace it with a ball bearing style computer fan much less noise. In fact you might want to add one to blow over your cooling coil in the refer section. You will get a lot more of an even temp. It will not void your warrenty on either mod.
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