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Old 03-26-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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new v lite trailers

Hi! Just wondering if anyone else has the new V front trailer made by Flagstaff. It has double slide outs, front closet in V area, Front bedroom w/queen bed and a heated mattress, a power awning, power tongue jack, super slide in rear, 12 volt 22" digital tuner tv, concertone 600 am/fm/dvd w/surround sound in living room area and a sub, 200 watts, the couch has a built in airbed w/a 120v. pump for inflating or deflating very quickly, and a manual inlet fur an additional 12 volt pump, if needed. Also 2 swivel rockers in back, day/nite shades, and the fantastic fan in the bathroom. All appliances are automatic ignition on gas when needed, and gas is auto switch over, too.
Flagstaff thought of almost everything on this unit, and with the V nose, it should be easier to pull, and get increased fuel mileage. Randy
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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I bought a 30' V-Lite version and took it home, thats when things went downhill fast.
Found out the furnace ducting for the front bedroom was only fed by a 2" line, Also the thermostat is located in the front bedroom by the door. The long & short of the story is the living area {supplied by 2 4" heat ducts} was a sauna & the bedroom a meat cooler & the furnace never would shut off{remember the thermostat location}. Then it started to rain while My family & I were watching TV, water started leaking from the antenna, dripping onto the TV screen.
Returned unit to dealer I purchased from the day before.
I had already determined that there was no fix for the furnace ducting because it routes inside the trailer & not below through registers. There was no room to upgrade the 2" duct pipe to a 4" {space issue}.
The dealer looked at & also determined no way to fix. Dealer took trailer back & I ordered a Sabre 30BHDS.
The leaking antenna was due to a oring being omitted at the factory when built according to Forest River Rep. I spoke to on the phone.
The other V-lite sizes also have the same furnace ducting I'm told.
Unless you plan on not using the furnace I would suggest looking at a Sabre.
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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We got our ordered 30WRLS Vlite on 4/3. We took it to Natchez State Park in West Tn. I had problem with sway but I think I still do not have my Equal-i-zer hitch set up correctly. I got 11 mpg going averageing 63 mph. It was cold Friday night but did not have a problem with the furnance. I did redirect the bedroom vent up towards the thermosat. It was blowing down on the floor. We love the trailer and are very glad with our chose.

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Old 04-18-2008, 09:39 AM   #4
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Just order our 30 ft. from the factory thorough a wholesaler. We are in Texas and hardly use the heater plus we have cermanic heaters. We have a 26 ft Areolite so this will be our first Forest river.........i am excited...
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:00 PM   #5
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We have used ours "dry" camping on the other side of Orlando, and didn't need any heat, but we used all of the battery and gas features, as well as the water holding tank and pump system. It all seemed to work very well, but the grey holding tank for the shower filled up quick, and the bath sink barely had any water pressure. (shower pressure was fine). Came home and took the screen off of the faucet, it was clogged with white plastic shavings-(installation debris,I suppose),and now it works great. Also the awning puddles in the center when it rains, and you can not tilt it like other non-powered awnings. I also found out why you need deodorizers of some sort in your black water tank! When we got home, we emptied our tanks at the local campground near our house, came home and opened the door, and WHOA !!
Nuff said about that!!! Swaying even at 72 mph was no problem, but I could tell my tanks had stuff in them- it felt heavier or different when pulling.
Anyway, we love our V-lite, and can't wait to camp again! Randy
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:21 PM   #6
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just got ours and love it. WE spend the night in Elkhart to make sure it worked okay. Hubby loved pulling it .. and even with the extra weight the V made up for it. It is huge and i loved the bedroom and i could go on and on ...lol
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:24 PM   #7
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Just camped in ours this weekend at Ft. Clinch, Fernandina beach,Fla. We had a great time- kids didn't want to go, so it was just the 2 of us and the dachschunds, 2 of them.
We had a problem with the refridgerator not working on electric, but it works on gas. I will check into that tomorrow. No other issues, however. We love our V lite! Ours has a little different upholstery color on the couch and table/chairs set up, but otherwise the same. Randy
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We have had ours for about 6 weeks now. We love it. We had a couple of stereo troubles but got that fixed up. I'm new to this site so hello to all. I will keep an eye on this site and reply to anything I can help with.
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:17 PM   #9
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only problem is our DVD player does not work. we get sound but no picture. Any ideas?
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It may be a dump question to fix your video problem, but did change you TV input to AV? There are buttons on the bottom of the TV remote for TV, AV, and something else.

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:41 PM   #11
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Yes, on the bottom of the TV remote, you must push A/V, then if you still don't get a pic, try moving the yellow jack to a different hole under the TV. There are several choices! (Mine works, now!!!) Randy
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Smile Buying a V-Lite...Perhaps.

Hello all, my Wife and I are going to look at a 26WRB tomorrow and may make the big purchase, our first rv! We are intrigued by the V design and I like the idea of hidden lp tanks and battery which I understand are in compartments which is nice. I will report back tomorrow if we decide to buy. Thank you all for your input here and wish us luck!
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #13
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Best of luck icefireguy! We absolutely love ours, and the V front helps cut the wind pretty good. On our unit, the entire V area is a front closet, and ours is a front bedroom slide out, and a rear living room superslide. LOTS of room! Lots of power options included with the V lite's also!! I added a second battery on mine inside the enclosed area. Randy
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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We had an interest in the V-Cross by Forestriver. We saw it at the Hershey PA RV show in the Fall, but when we went to the RV show this weekend in Timonium MD, there were none there. Is the V-lite the same as the V-Cross but more lite weight and offer the same floor plan? I have the brochure from last years models on the V-Cross.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:51 PM   #15
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Well, we did it. We signed on the dotted line today, and ended up getting a 28WFK instead of the 26 WRB, due to a price out the door we just couldn't refuse ($21,471.00) All we added is a power jack, primarily because I am lazy, otherwise it was loaded. Now I have to hustle and install oil & transmission coolers on my Tacoma so i don't kill the poor thing in the FL heat. Thanks for the encouragement and I'll be back soon.

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By the way, does anyone have suggestions on the tranny/oil coolers. Looks like there a couple major brands and will both work ok I assume.
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Most any of the coolers will be fine. The bigger the better of course.

I just went and looked at the unit you're getting. It lists a GVWR of 6815 lbs and a dry weight of 5186 lbs. Since you say you have to add a transmission cooler I assume you don't have the tow package on your Tacoma. If that's the case it's rated for 5000 lbs towing. Even with the tow package it's only rated to tow 6500 lbs. If I were you I'd go to the dealer and see what it would take to jack that thing up and stick a Tundra under it. . Seriously, Check and see what it'd take to add the "tow package" to your vehicle. I personally would go ahead and trade for a 250/2500 and be ready for that big 5th wheel you're gonna buy next.
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I don't know any other ones than Transcool, available through Jeg's or Summit racing. They are pretty good. Be sure to get a good sway controlling hitch set up, as you'll need it! Mine came with the proper hitch, but they sent me out new with a "friction sway controller", basically a bar with a disc brake type pad that you tighten up, and it's connected with a small ball mount to the side of the main hitch. NOT ENOUGH!! After pulling mine home a whopping 5 miles- (some interstate)I promptly called them to see what else was available to control swaying. I got the Reese dual cam sway controller bars, and they work exceptionally well! There are other brands that are good, too- Equalizer is one. Anyway, GOOD LUCK with your new unit! The front kitchen is a neat looking design! Did yours come with the power awning? I love all the power features of the V-lites, I use a cordless drill to lower the stabilizer jacks as well, so set up is ALL power- No manual labor involved! My only complaint with the V-lite's is the holding tanks are small. We camp with no power or water or sewer hookups a lot, and we have to bring extra water (40 gal. tank). Also the stabilizers are not too stable! A wheel brake between the 2 tires on both sides helps a lot, however. Randy
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I just went and looked at the unit you're getting. It lists a GVWR of 6815 lbs and a dry weight of 5186 lbs. Since you say you have to add a transmission cooler I assume you don't have the tow package on your Tacoma. If that's the case it's rated for 5000 lbs towing. Even with the tow package it's only rated to tow 6500 lbs. If I were you I'd go to the dealer and see what it would take to jack that thing up and stick a Tundra under it. . Seriously, Check and see what it'd take to add the "tow package" to your vehicle. I personally would go ahead and trade for a 250/2500 and be ready for that big 5th wheel you're gonna buy next.
icefireguy, I don't want to be referred to the weight & length police, but Bama Rambler has made some good points here.....that is a lot of trailer for a Taco. Depending on the cab & bed combination, your wheel base could be anywhere from 109" to 140", with the most popular models being in the 127" range. Check out the towing "suggestions" at: http://www.rvtowingtips.com/how-long.htm

At a minimum, get a really good WDH/sway control, and be careful out there.
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Thank you guys for all the help. I have added the largest tranny cooler that will physically fit and an oil cooler to the truck today. I am having the Reese Dual Cam and a Prodigy brake controller added at the dealer on Saturday when I pick up the trailer and he's doing those both for $399.00 total which amazed me since both dealers here in Fort Myers wanted over $1000.00 for the same equipment. We don't plan to leave Florida for the time being so I won't be doing any hills and I am content to drive slowly and see the sights so I think I'll be ok. I do quite a bit of driving for my business and would hate to spend the $$ on gas all the time just to have a V8 for my occasional towing, but if I have to I will switch to a Tundra (or maybe one of those Fords if they are giving them away .
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