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Old 11-09-2012, 04:17 AM   #11
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Just got home after picking up our new 8280 Diamond back east at RV Direct, Just love the trailer only problem after 3600 miles was the switch control panel poped off the wall, easy fix. pulled it home with out 04 dodge 1500 no power problems but the dodge was like rideing a brick. went out three days after getting home and pickup a like new f-250, much nicer ride.
looked at the 8280's for two years before buying and after 15 nights in it we ask why did we wait so long.

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:57 AM   #12
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We looked at both Rockwood and Flagstaff....the diamond package is a must and imo is best 4k ever spent.....big a/c and it cycles on and off during 100+ and 100% humidity days while parked on gravel with no shade. Yes DW does pop a breaker rarely...we have the smallest one with DR slide and WR slide with table and chairs....so much storage we can t fill it all.....got swivel chairs in the rear instead of bayonet couch....it also has garden shower and sink in bed room with means no tight area for dressing and plenty of room to make the bed....toilet in room to itself.....
The weight loaded to camp is just under 8k which give you 1k cushion....
so the tires are only support 80% of the posted weight.....pin wt never over 1400 lbs.....I like a heavy pin but so far no problems of any kind....
But folks that pull with 1/2 T do get some chucking and 18 wheelers give a little trouble....but the trailer goes coast to coast and north to south..
with a 1/2 ton.....but with the problems I mentioned...the counter tops are worth the 4k.....for the diamond package....it is a two person unit...
Grandkids and kids have to bring tents if they want to camp with us....
We do have a blowup bed if needed though......good luck with your shopping.....for us this unit is the bomb....and everyone in CG always wants a tour and loves it......if you are near our dealer make the trip, if not make the trip anyway......
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:18 AM   #13
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We looked at both Rockwood and Flagstaff....the diamond package is a must and imo is best 4k ever spent.....big a/c and it cycles on and off during 100+ and 100% humidity days while parked on gravel with no shade. Yes DW does pop a breaker rarely...we have the smallest one with DR slide and WR slide with table and chairs....so much storage we can t fill it all.....got swivel chairs in the rear instead of bayonet couch....it also has garden shower and sink in bed room with means no tight area for dressing and plenty of room to make the bed....toilet in room to itself.....
The weight loaded to camp is just under 8k which give you 1k cushion....
so the tires are only support 80% of the posted weight.....pin wt never over 1400 lbs.....I like a heavy pin but so far no problems of any kind....
But folks that pull with 1/2 T do get some chucking and 18 wheelers give a little trouble....but the trailer goes coast to coast and north to south..
with a 1/2 ton.....but with the problems I mentioned...the counter tops are worth the 4k.....for the diamond package....it is a two person unit...
Grandkids and kids have to bring tents if they want to camp with us....
We do have a blowup bed if needed though......good luck with your shopping.....for us this unit is the bomb....and everyone in CG always wants a tour and loves it......if you are near our dealer make the trip, if not make the trip anyway......
Same here. Just got ours and love the storage space. Its perfect for the two of us. We selected this unit for its size and amenities, as we are planning many cross country trips and, fingers crossed, heading to Alaska.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:40 AM   #14
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But folks that pull with 1/2 T do get some chucking and 18 wheelers give a little trouble....but the trailer goes coast to coast and north to south..
with a 1/2 ton.
That hasn't been my experience. I've pulled our 8280WS with a '05 Ram 1500 for 2 years before the F250 in my sig. With a pin weight around 1250 lbs and air bags @ 25 psi, I didn't ever have an issue with chucking...it's definitely prone to chucking with the F250 even though the pin weight is now closer to 1350 lbs. Go figure...

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:36 PM   #15
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Rookey, I just purchased a 2013 Rockwood 8289WS w/ Diamond Package. I did look at both the Flagstaff and the Wildcat prior to purchase. The Flagstaff and the Rockwood were essentially identical, and little things ruled out the Wildcat (like smaller 74" master bed) If you have narrowed down to Flagstaff and Rockwood, I would obtain a sales offer on both and then evaluate. Also consider which dealer is closer to where you live, closer is better. The frameless windows are a nice addition with the Diamond Pkg as well as the Corian countertops, but the Diamond Pkg will cost you another 3K to 3.5K. Also, the colored fiberglass exterior is not a "painted" exterior, but supposed to help hide the white streaking. Interiors fabrics were different between the Flagstaff and the Rockwood also, not a biggie, but we liked the darker leather and window coverings.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:43 PM   #16
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Thanks for the feedback and congratulations on your new 5ers. Talked with three different dealers and it sounds like these units are selling as fast as they come in. Good to hear. We are going for the Rockwood. 8280. Our dealer that sold us the Sabre is going to consign our Sabre (did this with him on our last unit - Jayco and it was gone fast). He also gave us a price that beat RV Wholesalers. If I lived back East I'd definitely use them though. They've been very nice to me.). Anyway, we will pull the trigger after our planned trip to Bodega Bay over President's holiday in Feb.
On another note: Pretty excited about the Reese Revolution. I have the Pullrite Superslide that we've been very happy with. I have been looking at different options for a hitch. Not sure if I can use the existing brackets and bars for the superslide and buy a fixed Pullrite hitch or if I should just go to a Reese hitch? I need to call Pullrite. Has anyone gone through a similar choice?
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