Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-20-2015, 10:12 PM   #1
Member
 
guitardoc64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 65
2010 Forest River Rockwood 8313S New to us

If all goes according to plan, I and my family will be the owners of a gently used 8313s I assume I will have a ton of questions as this will be my first TT.
Thanks in advance for putting up with my noob quedtions,lol.
__________________

__________________
2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost known as Lightning
Palomino Puma 31DBSS
guitardoc64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2015, 09:09 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
nomad297's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,241
Welcome!

Don't ever be afraid to ask a question here. However, just about every question you will have has probably already been asked and answered and can be found using the search function. Still, it never hurts to ask again.

Bruce
__________________

__________________
2016 Rockwood Windjammer 3029W Diamond
2015 Chevy 3500HD LTZ 6.0 Crew Cab 4x4 Long Bed 4.10:1 SRW
nomad297 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2015, 10:39 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 9,512
Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your soon to be 2010 Forest River Rockwood 8313S. Lots of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people here willing to assist you with questions.
__________________
Wiscampsin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2015, 11:08 AM   #4
Member
 
guitardoc64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by nomad297 View Post
Welcome!

Don't ever be afraid to ask a question here. However, just about every question you will have has probably already been asked and answered and can be found using the search function. Still, it never hurts to ask again.

Bruce
Thanks. I'm new to the RV scene but not to forums, I'll search first and ask for help if I don't find something.
__________________
2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost known as Lightning
Palomino Puma 31DBSS
guitardoc64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2015, 01:40 PM   #5
Richard
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Troy, OH
Posts: 10
Tow Vehicle Caution - 8313SS

Hello Guitardoc,

My wife and I in September purchased a 2009 Rockwood 8313SS which I assume is the same model as yours but a year older. We love the camper as it has a lot of floor space for the grandkids to play in. My concern with your situation is the tow vehicle you plan to use. We first used our 2000 Ford Expedition with the 5.4 L engine and heavy duty towing package, etc. This camper proved to be too much for this TV. It was truly a white knuckle experience towing this camper even at speeds no more than 60 mph. We had the camper weighed on a CAT scale and it's dry weight was 7,100 lbs, 600 lbs. more than the Rockwood label on the front corner of the camper.

We decided to upgrade to an F250 and located a very low mileage 2013 low-bed, crew cab version of the F250 with a 6.2 L gas engine. We have taken one fall camping trip so far and have towed this camper about 110 miles and what a difference in towing capability this truck makes. We now feel much safer and self-confident.

Welcome to the group.

Richard Pittenger
Troy, Ohio
__________________
RPittenger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2015, 08:21 PM   #6
Member
 
guitardoc64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by RPittenger View Post
Hello Guitardoc,

My wife and I in September purchased a 2009 Rockwood 8313SS which I assume is the same model as yours but a year older. We love the camper as it has a lot of floor space for the grandkids to play in. My concern with your situation is the tow vehicle you plan to use. We first used our 2000 Ford Expedition with the 5.4 L engine and heavy duty towing package, etc. This camper proved to be too much for this TV. It was truly a white knuckle experience towing this camper even at speeds no more than 60 mph. We had the camper weighed on a CAT scale and it's dry weight was 7,100 lbs, 600 lbs. more than the Rockwood label on the front corner of the camper.

We decided to upgrade to an F250 and located a very low mileage 2013 low-bed, crew cab version of the F250 with a 6.2 L gas engine. We have taken one fall camping trip so far and have towed this camper about 110 miles and what a difference in towing capability this truck makes. We now feel much safer and self-confident.

Welcome to the group.

Richard Pittenger
Troy, Ohio
Thanks for the concern. My EB has plenty of power to pull and is a long wheelbase 4X4. I guess I'll know on the maiden voyage home from the dealer if it's up to the job but I'm confident that it will be ok.
__________________
2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost known as Lightning
Palomino Puma 31DBSS
guitardoc64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2015, 09:11 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,702
Don't let the dealer sell you a cheap hitch and sway bar.


2010 F250 5.4L 3.73
2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
Equal-i-zer 4pt 12K
__________________

2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
2010 F250 4X4 5.4L 3.73 LS
EQUALIZER E4 1200/12000
lbrjet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2015, 03:52 PM   #8
Member
 
guitardoc64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 65
Would you have any recommendations?
__________________
2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost known as Lightning
Palomino Puma 31DBSS
guitardoc64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2015, 05:37 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,702
Something with integrated sway control such as the Equal-i-zer 4 point, the Reese Dual Cam or the Blue Ox Sway Pro. There are many people on this forum with these hitches and they seem to perform very well. I have 5 1/2 years and 21,000 miles on my Equal-i-zer 4 point and wouldn't use anything else. Then there are the high end sway eliminating hitches, the Hensley and Propride. People who have those swear by them as well.


2010 F250 5.4L 3.73
2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
Equal-i-zer 4pt 12K
__________________

2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
2010 F250 4X4 5.4L 3.73 LS
EQUALIZER E4 1200/12000
lbrjet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
Member
 
guitardoc64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 65
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately the 8313s I was going to buy Monday got sold Saturday and I'm back to searching. Note to self, drop a deposit.
__________________

__________________
2013 Ford F150 Ecoboost known as Lightning
Palomino Puma 31DBSS
guitardoc64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
forest river, rockwood

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 PM.