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Old 09-29-2015, 03:06 PM   #11
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Newbie here. What is a slide awning and where do you get them?
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:21 PM   #12
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You will get differing opinions on slide awnings. They are small awnings that go over the slide outs. IMO, they are NOT a must have.
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Old 09-29-2015, 03:36 PM   #13
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Ours came with the slide toppers already on.
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Old 09-29-2015, 04:44 PM   #14
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Congrats, OswegoLion!

Aug 2013 DW and I got the 2014 Rockwood-branded 8289WS - the "corporate twin" - basically same configuration except for Rockwood decals. Really enjoy ours. We ordered the "diamond" package with 50amp service and 2nd A/C in bedroom. Would now prefer the "platinum" package with metal awning covers.

The factory original tires were Cheapo brand load range C - barely up the the task. VERY VERY strongly recommend (urge, really) installing decent set of ST tires load range D or even better E, on your new 5er.

Aug 2013 we sold our house in Ft Worth TX and lived comfortably full time for 2 years in RV roaming from TX eastwards until we bought little house in Cocoa FL.

We pull with 2012 Ram 1500 Hemi ST quad cab, short bed. Installed the Firestone "Ride-Rite" supplemental air bag suspension to rear axle. No problems towing nearly 20K miles.
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:15 PM   #15
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Our 5th wheel does have the toppers on all 3 slide outs.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:27 PM   #16
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Slide awnings are a auto retractable awning over your slides. They will help to prevent leaks at the top of your slides and also keep the debris off the top of the slide. They are an option on some but are already installed on upper end campers. We have had them on every camper we ever had. We have family in the RV industry and he recommends them highly.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:06 PM   #17
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Thanks James. I'm glad we have them along with the 2 ac's. The 2 ac's were on when we looked at the unit. Salesman wanted us to be comfortable. It was 90 out but really cool inside.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:45 PM   #18
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Would never have another trailer with out slide toppers. Keeps the slide clean, rain off it and it cuts down on the heat in the slides a huge amount.
Congrats on the new unit
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:04 AM   #19
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The only horror story I have heard is about tires. I hope Forest River puts on good ones with the proper load. I never questioned this when I bought it.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:40 AM   #20
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Yes, there are lots of sad tales about blowouts. Of course there is no guarantee any tire will not fail, but decent tires with load range D or E are much more suited to this RV. Forest River installed cheap load range C tires on our RV with 65 mph max speed rating. I always drove about 60 mph, always maintained proper tire pressure, covered the tires when parked, never ran into curbs, but after 3 seasons had a blowout.
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