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Old 04-17-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
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thinking of new Flagstaff

Went to the dealer today and saw a Flagstaff 831RLSS on the lot. It seems to have just about everything we're looking for, including some extras DH loves (elec awning among them). I noticed a thread on problems with bolts shearing off on the slideout motors - this could be a concern, and if it's fairly common, might cause us to think again. Is this a fairly common problem? Haven't had that happen (so far) with our 3-year-old Starcraft.

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Old 04-17-2008, 08:33 PM   #2
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The one that I have, a 30 foot V-lite, has 2 slide outs, and so far I haven't had any issues with that. I am pleased with the quality, the electric awning is great, however it has no provision on it to tilt to the side for draining in a rainstorm. Their answer to the problem is to simply roll it back in when a storm comes ! Also the Concertone sound system in all Forest River campers is problematic, to say the least. But overall, it is a very well built camper.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:01 AM   #3
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I had mine shear off. I just replaced them with some hardened bolts. i`ve had no problem since.This was a recommended by the dealer.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:03 AM   #4
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I Was Told That The Problem With The Bolts Initially Was
That They Had To Big A Shoulder So When They Were Bottomed
At The Factory It Stretched The Bolts Causing Them To Fail.
My Dealer Walked Me Through The Whole Thing Cause I Had The
Same Concernes.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:31 PM   #5
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Anyone had their dealer make the repairs?
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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Dealer repairs

We bought our Flagstaff 8528gtss in 07. Had a couple of small problems. The first time I took it back to the dealer which is 80 miles aways. The fixed the problem. Since then I found an RV Sales/service close to me that works on Forest river products. We purchased the extended warrantee. The first problem we had was that the front cap of the unit started separating from the side walls exterior. I took it back to the dealer and was told that when they built the unit, they don't screw the two together very well. The dealer added more screws and fixed the problem although, of course That wasn't covered by the extended warrantee. After that I noticed that the brake controller (prodigy) didn't seem to stop the trailer very well. We've had a smaller TT for about 15 years before and when ever I applied the brakes you could feel the trailer stopping a bit sooner which is what it's suppose to do. Anyhow, took it back and they told me that the trailer brakes were never adjusted so they weren't engaging. Even though I complained about this from the get-go and was told that this was normal. After that the water pump blew out. Had it fixed. Covered. Oh. Last year the bolt that secures the Landing gear to the motor fell off. Took awhile to figure out the problem cuz I couldn't raise the trailer to get it off my truck. I put Bolt lock on it and it's been fine since then. Two weeks ago the water pump went out again. Had it fixed AGAIN. Also the TV stopped working. I couldn't get any power to the monitor, Had sound etc but nothing to the TV it self? Had the dealer check it out but they couldn't find anything wrong,it started working again when I took it back? Go figure ! We're planning our summer trips and I'm hoping that everything keeps on working.

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Old 04-11-2010, 04:00 PM   #7
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As for the electric awning arm, you canget it replaced for free from Forest River plus the cost of installation (if its new enough).

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Old 04-11-2010, 05:47 PM   #8
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we got the free kit from our dealer that goes on the awning to correct the tilting problem works pretty wel so far
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:48 PM   #9
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We bought a 2010 831RLSS last October, and even though we've only camped in it twice, we really like it. The only problem so far is that the microwave makes a loud buzz after about a minute of use. I'm taking it back to the dealer to be checked out after our next trip at the end of April. So far, so good. JT
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:47 PM   #10
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829fkss flagstaff

We traded our H/R Savoy in on a Flagstaff. Great improvement. We camped a lot with it last year and had only 2 very minor problems. Both were ixed by the dealer.

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