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Old 12-24-2013, 03:38 PM   #51
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They are lying dogs.. My Vcross is listed at 1100 lbs pin weight, and weighed in at 2200. And I sure didn't put 1000 lbs of stuff in the front.

Maybe someone here can give you a sense of the REAL pin weight on your unit, from real weights.
Wow. Hope its a change in the hitch or frame and not a misprint for the previous models. I know mine is lighter than the 1450# wildcat previous rig.
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:50 PM   #52
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Don't think it's a misprint. They also changed the rated pin weight on the Flagstaff cousin. I believe this floor plan is the only one that had a change in pin weight as I studied them prior to purchase.







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Old 12-24-2013, 04:59 PM   #53
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pin weight increase

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Well that 8282 pin weight increase is incredibly disappointing if confirmed. We had pretty much settled on the 8282 but that pin weight is getting to be too much. I am surprised that Forest river has SEVERAL models they claim as half ton towable with dry pin weights 1475 and above. Actual weight is going to be 300+ more -What half ton can take that and be within specs? certainly not mine.
The new (just released) model 8285IKS (I believe) with the island sink was about 1180 lb so maybe we look at that one.
We may have to stay with the 2 slide 8280 rear kitchen.
if anyone gets this confirmed I would be very interested in the explanation from FR. I wonder if the existing 2014 stock out in the field has a pin weight change also or they altered design going forward??
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:57 AM   #54
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Looks like fresh tank is a little larger. That's a good thing.
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Thanks for the info. Just picked ours up last week. Looking forward to first trip.
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:57 AM   #56
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Thanks for the info. Just picked ours up last week. Looking forward to first trip.
Enjoy it. We do.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #57
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Looks like fresh tank is a little larger. That's a good thing.
I don't think a larger freshwater tank can explain the extra pin weight. The freshwater tank on the 8282 is all the way in the rear of the unit.

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Old 12-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #58
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I don't think a larger freshwater tank can explain the extra pin weight. The freshwater tank on the 8282 is all the way in the rear of the unit.

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Yeah, I just noticed it was larger than mine. Definitely nothing to do with the pin increase.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #59
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pin weight Fivers as per 2014
Almost every unit has changed the heaviest pin now 1492 it was 1600 last year!
Model 8244
was 1288
now 1181
change -107
-8.31%
Model 8265
was 1159
now 1287
change 128
11.04%
Model 8280
was 1046
now 1089
change 43
4.11%
Model 8281
was 1600
now 1428
change -172
-10.75%
Model 8282
was 1184
now 1324
change 140
11.82%
Model 8285
was 1146
now 1146
change 0
0.00%
Model8286
was 1411
now 1447
change 36
2.55%
Model8288
was 1487
now 1492
change 5
0.34%
Model 8289
was 1524
now 1337
change -187
-12.27%
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Are ANY of these actual down the road loaded pin weights? My earlier point is that the published pin weights are frequently NOT accurate; The REAL down the road weights are heavier (usually) or lighter (rarely).

It would be nice if some folks out here with your candidate camper could verify what their pin weights really are.

In my case (with a totally differ camper) my pin weight is SO radically different, that I am not sure how the heck FR determined it. They sure did not weigh the pin weight like they do the overall unit to make the yellow sticker. I have begun to compensate by taking stuff out of the front of the camper and putting it in the back on the rack that has a 250lb capacity. I even removed the spare tire from that rack and put it under the unit on a BAL under frame mount. Prior to the start of the season, I will weigh things again to see what I accomplished.

Caveat Emptor.
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