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Old 04-08-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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new flagstaff 8528RKWS

close to buying a new 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS 5th wheel. Any common problems? Anything to be wary about this product? Sold our Puma bunkhouse. Want a trailer for mom and dad now.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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We absolutely love our Flagstaff, very high quality fit and finish. And we have had no real issues in 2 years.
One suggestion, get the atrium windows, as they are awesome. Everyone who walks into our camper just stands there with their mouths open!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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Our1st choice was to buy an 8528 but no outside kitchen
We went with the sabre.
The flagstaff is a great unit!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:09 AM   #4
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The only potential problem is the gas strut on the door, which after seeing the damage it has caused on some doors and seeing the brackets loose on our new 12 Flagstaff 8528 RKWS, I removed it and left the brackets which I will remove and cover with alum plates. Still debating how to hold the door open without hitting the awning support. Other than that, we really like the unit. This is our 8th camping trailer since 76 and is by far the best. Installed a Dirt Devil central vac and f1100turbo's awning mod with the great help of RJHuser. We are snow birds and live in our campers 3 months a yr in FL.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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We looked at the Sabres with the outside kitchen, but the added weight, added cost, and wasted space just didn't make sense for us. Everyone has different priorities. I guess that is why FR offers so many different units!
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:13 PM   #6
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We've had our Rockwood 8280WS (twin to the Flagstaff 8528RKWS) for two camping seasons and haven't had any issues. The fit and finish on this camper much better than our previous Rockwood.

We haven't had any issues with the gas strut on the door...perhaps it's a lower rated strut (13lbs) than on other newer campers.

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:35 PM   #7
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Our other problem with the strut on the door was it prevents it from opening over 90 degrees and makes the door harder to close.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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thanks for the replies. picking up my new flagstaff next week.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:41 AM   #9
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We just got our 2011 8528 RKWS back from FR for service. Our floors seperated and became spongy and sagged some.

We contacted FR and they picked up our unit, repaired the problem areas, then went through the entire RV an made any repairs or updates that they thought should be made. We are entirely pleased with the service, the repairs, and the fact that they went way beyond what they HAD to do. My respect went up several notches for FR and their customer service! Oh yeah, they then returned out RV back 924 miles to us all at no charge!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:59 PM   #10
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We enjoy our 2011 Flagstaff 8528RKWS !! We love the floor plan and the counter space in the rear kitchen. We have not had any large issues just some small stuff that I could have fixed myself but had the dealer do it as it was still covered.
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