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Old 11-21-2015, 09:02 PM   #1
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Super lite thoughts

My wife and I are fixing to pull trigger on our first RV the Flagstaff super lite 85281kws any suggestions comments good or bad?
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:24 AM   #2
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We just purchased the similar floorplan 2016 8529IKBS 5th wheel in October. (our bed slides instead of the wardrobe)
We only put three trips on it before having to winterize.
No problems during that time.

We really like the rear recliners and spacious kitchen/living area.
We ordered ours with the minimal carpeting and it is super easy to keep clean.
Lots of windows and a great view to the tv from anywhere!

I've read about complaints on the two rearmost furnace vents and I'll agree they don't blow as much as the bath/bedroom but it really wasn't a problem as we have always supplemented with small electric heaters since you already pay for the electricity at most campgrounds. I have not had a chance to investigate the ducting but will do so.

We opted not to get the fireplace and really like the storage it provides without.
I've read where others say they couldn't live without it. To each his own.

Do your homework and make sure your dealer is all it needs to be just in case you do have a problem. Rock bottom price isn't everything and it isn't anything 8-10 months down the road when you need them.
Ours did a super job during the ordering and delivery process and took all the time necessary during the PDI.

You really didn't specify if you were buying new but if you do, be sure to get the 2nd year extended warranty. Can't go wrong for $150.

We have been very pleased so far.
Enjoy your purchase!
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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Super lite thoughts

We don't have that exact model, ours is the 8528 RKWS (rear kitchen). We picked it because of the lower pin weight. Basically, they're the same, just different floor plans.

The super-lites tow well and the revolution hitch performs as advertised. I think it would tow even better if the axles were about 18" further back, but then that would increase my pin weight.

The fit and finish is good, although my roof membrane had to be replaced after a few months. It was pulling back from the front seam. Replaced under warranty without issue, other than one small leak that I fixed myself.

When picking the unit up, we found that the ducting for one side of the AC was not completely bored through the roofing styrofoam. The dealer chiseled it out to make it deliver air to both duct banks.

The freezer door on the Dometic refrigerator had to be replaced as it was warped when molded, so it wouldn't seal well, causing it to frost over along the top front.

The other quality issue I've had directly related to FR happened during assembly where a screw partially penetrated the power wiring that feeds the lighting in the slide out. It was ok for a while, but eventually shorted the positive and negative wires, causing fuses to blow. It was past the one-year warranty, but I had purchased an extended 3rd party warranty which was described as a bumper to bumper when I bought it, but as you could guess, it didn't cover it. Be very leery of the 3rd party warranties. FR ended up saying they would pay for half.

So, I say all of those things to encourage you to buy FR's extended factory warranty. It may sound like I should be disappointed in the unit, but I'm actually not. We've made 11 trips in 17 months since we've bought it, pulled 6400 miles, as we tend to get away from the local area quite a bit.




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Old 11-24-2015, 03:44 PM   #4
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On our maiden voyage with Rockwood sister unit 8289. Love it so far. Agree that not a lot of heat in living room area but fireplace does a good job. We also have a small electric ceramic heater which we put on bathroom vanity last night. 29 degrees was comfortable.

Reese revolution hitch is somewhat noisy at slow speed turns like backing into spot. Bought spray lithium grease in town today.
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Old 11-25-2015, 08:46 PM   #5
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Trigger pulled waiting for PDI appt
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:03 AM   #6
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What kind of hitch do I buy

The Flagstaff we are purchasing comes with Reese revolution pivot box what can I buy to match this up that is best and affordable?
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Old 11-26-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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Really nice floorplan. Congrats!
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:22 PM   #8
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We put a Curt Q16 with the custom wedge from Reese in the new f150. I've nothing to compare it to but the hitch itself is quiet and easy to hook. Some noise from the Revolution on sharp turns.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:04 PM   #9
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So maiden voyage will be over New Years weekend at loyd park in Grand Prairie Texas after we get back from our trip in our 80 million dollar Rv


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Old 12-09-2015, 07:19 PM   #10
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Lite is light

I wish now we'd taken more time and investigated the meaning and results of having a Lite. No bicycle rack or anything allowed. Frame rails only 3/16 inch thick and seem to come bent from Lippert.

Decided what you can do without before you buy!

"AND" I found my VLite rims are rated load range c (2150) which is correct for the axles etc. but came with load range D tires and those are next to impossible to find in Texas when on the road. Discount Tire only handles load range E (in stock) and that would cause 80 psi applied to a 50 psi rim.

No one has gotten an answer from wheel/tire supplier about what the rims are rated to take ref. psi.
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