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Old 11-03-2009, 08:36 PM   #11
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Before you think 5th wheel, you have to think tow vehicle. Got a truck, what kind of hitch, and what kind of 5th wheel can the truck tow? pin (weight of a 5th wheel vs tongue weight of a trailer). 5th wheels generally hook up easier. They may of may not give more room. Most require climbing steps to get to the bedroom. 5th wheels are generally taller and may not go under some bridges and gas station canopies. Just a few thoughts, there are others.

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Old 11-04-2009, 06:52 AM   #12
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We have a Flagstaff 5th Wheel 8526RLWS and rented an Ultra-Lite 26 foot TT for a year before we bought our camper. IMO, the 5th wheel has WAY more room per foot of length towed.

No matter how much you love your husband, there is gonna come a time on a rainy day when your gonna want to be at one end and he on the other! LOL

The extra living space and "basement storage" just can't be beat. I also think the 5th wheel is easier to tow, especially in winds and heavy traffic. Just be aware that a 5th wheel tracks "inside" of the tow vehicle and the TT tracks "mostly" behind it. Thus if you miss something with the truck, you will most likely miss it with the TT.
If you miss it while towing a 5th wheel you need to be aware the 5th wheel camper is up to several feet (depending on turn angle) inside the turn and can strike what the truck missed.

I also think its easier to back, but your experience might differ. IMO, it IS slightly different than a TT but you will quickly pick it up.

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Old 11-04-2009, 06:56 AM   #13
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Yea, DITTO on the height too. Its MUCH taller than the TT and the driver MUST keep the height in mind (including trees at campgrounds) at all times. While leaves etc might not cause a problem, a hidden branch could wipe your AC right off the roof!
My 8526RLWS 5'er is 12 foot high including the AC. Not a big problem normally, but I always look out for low drooping wires and tree branches.

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Old 12-05-2009, 10:20 AM   #14
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My wife and I purchased an831FLSS a few weks ago and LOVE it. The only downside is it is somewhat limited on outside storage, but I was amazed how much that can be stored under the bed from the outside with a little trial and error. We only got to camp once before winterizing it, but it was great.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:30 PM   #15
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My wife and I are looking at trading in our old RV for a 2009 Flagstaff 831FLSS. We had also looked at Cougar, but feel the Flagstaff is better quality. Can anyone tell me what they think of Flagstaff and our model if they have one. Any information would be wonderful.


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Old 06-10-2010, 09:07 PM   #16
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We purchased a 2010 831FLSS in November and only got it out May 15th...We're former Motorhome owners so we find the "outside" storage very small....however our tow vehicle is a 2010 F150 4X4 witha 6.5 box and a cap. This seems to more than makes up for any concerns about hauling and storage. We're very pleased after three local trips (all 3 - 5 day weekenders). No longer trips until July and August of several hunfdred miles and for at least a week at at time...This trailer ahs much more interior room than a 32 ft motorhome with 2 slides. Not sure about the comment by mrstang as ours has satellite radio???
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:16 PM   #17
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We actually had a deposit on a Cougar and stopped in @ the Flagstaff dlr on our way home just to compare....whereupon we got our deposit back because we ordered a new Flagstaff 831KDSS (2011). Had it out 2x so far and LOVE it...the quality stands out for sure, especially when we compared it to the Cougar.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:43 PM   #18
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I just bought a new Flagstaff 5th with bunks, have taken it out on 4 trips already and have had zero problems!! My only complaint was that wobbly dinette table but we switch the fold down legs for pedestal and that solved that problem
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We own a flagstaff 829 fkss and absolutely love it. Our previous tr was a 29' Holiday Rambler Savoy and this Flagstaff is far and away a mush better camper. We have logged about 80 nights and 5000 miles on it with only a few minor problems which were corrected quickly by our dealer, FamilyRV in Palmyra/Newark, NY.. I would rate it right up there with the Sunline Solera we had several years ago. Great trailer...

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