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Old 08-12-2017, 06:11 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I'm looking at upgrading my current travel trailer (2001 Fleetwood Wilderness 27H) to a 2018 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8328BS. I'm hoping/looking to get feedback from anyone who owns/owned one before I pull the trigger on it.

I'm pretty confident that I have enough truck to pull it, but in case I don't hopefully someone can point that out. My truck is a 2002 Ford F250 4x4 crew cab, 8' bed, manual transmission and the 7.3 Power Stroke diesel.

Looking for pros, cons, and overall opinions of both Forest River and the Rockwood 8328BS.

Thanks

Mark
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:43 PM   #2
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Greetings,

I'm looking at upgrading my current travel trailer (2001 Fleetwood Wilderness 27H) to a 2018 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8328BS. I'm hoping/looking to get feedback from anyone who owns/owned one before I pull the trigger on it.

I'm pretty confident that I have enough truck to pull it, but in case I don't hopefully someone can point that out. My truck is a 2002 Ford F250 4x4 crew cab, 8' bed, manual transmission and the 7.3 Power Stroke diesel.

Looking for pros, cons, and overall opinions of both Forest River and the Rockwood 8328BS.

Thanks

Mark


Hi Mark,

I picked up our "fresh from the factory" 2018 8328BS on 6/23/17 from RVWholesalers.com located in Lakeview, OH. I purchased our first camper from them in 2001. In both instances, we've been very pleased with the whole purchasing process and incredible pricing. They saved me over $18K compared to the local dealer for our 8328BS.

As far as the 8328BS, we've used it for 3-one week trips. The kitchen island is great. My DW and I can easily work together to prepare meals. The island extension has been a nice asset as well providing additional counter top space.

We upgraded to the 50 amp service with 2 ACs. The one in the bedroom is a 13.5K with heat as well. The main living area AC is a 15K. We got the theater seating across from the TV and really like it. Last week, we found the fireplace (electric heat) a great benefit when the morning temperature dropped in the Virginia mountains. The fireplace took the chill out of the camper in no time and we didn't need to use the LP furnace at all. The living area has a 43" Toshiba LED TV, the bedroom has a 32" Toshiba. The Serta mattress turns out to be better than expected. Really like the wardrobe too. Tons of storage for clothing.

We also upgraded to the 9cf fridge and it makes a really big difference. Plus, we have the fridge in the outside kitchen as well (electric only).

It has a 45 gallon black tank with a flush connection outside, a 45 gallon grey tank for the bath, a 45 gallon grey tank for the kitchen (galley), and a 18 gallon grey tank for the outside kitchen. I had to contact FR to find out the holding tanks' capacities as it wasn't documented in the generic owners manual.

I really like that I can use my iPhone to control many of the features too. Slides, awnings, water heater and mode, and selected lights.

We chose the wood-look flooring, which provides a rustic feel. We like the Winston decor as well. In addition, we upgraded to the maple cabinetry.

I was worried about having enough storage space for all my stuff, but was pleasantly surprised to end up having plenty and more.

The outside kitchen is really cool. We're finding that we now do most of the cooking outside.

So far I like the overall quality of this FR TT. It seems that they put a lot of attention to detail in our unit.

I tow ours with a 2015 RAM 3500 long bed 4x4 with a Cummings diesel. I use an Equalizer WD/sway control hitch and find the combination perfect for this camper. She tows straight and true with no draft affect from passing 18's.

Feel free to ask anything that I missed and good luck with your decision.

Dan
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:21 PM   #3
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I am sure glad to read that Dan loves this model, the wife and I currently have this model on order. We added the 4.0 leveling system and slider toppers on ours,probably about ten weeks out before delivery.
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I am sure glad to read that Dan loves this model, the wife and I currently have this model on order. We added the 4.0 leveling system and slider toppers on ours,probably about ten weeks out before delivery.


We have the factory installed slider toppers as well. I elected to stay "old school" with scissor jacks for stabilizing and lynx levelers as they don't fail. I saw a fellow camper recently cussing at his 4.0 leveling jacks as the front starboard one failed. I hope they work for you.
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Greetings,

I'm looking at upgrading my current travel trailer (2001 Fleetwood Wilderness 27H) to a 2018 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8328BS. I'm hoping/looking to get feedback from anyone who owns/owned one before I pull the trigger on it.

I'm pretty confident that I have enough truck to pull it, but in case I don't hopefully someone can point that out. My truck is a 2002 Ford F250 4x4 crew cab, 8' bed, manual transmission and the 7.3 Power Stroke diesel.

Looking for pros, cons, and overall opinions of both Forest River and the Rockwood 8328BS.

Thanks

Mark
As you can see from my signature, I own a Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite but not the 8328BS. The Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite line is an above average quality unit with luxury features not found in many ultra lites. Just be aware that because it's an ultra lite, it will not be as solid as non-ultra lite trailers. Something needs to be compromised for the lighter weight. Still, as I said, they make a great unit.

Because we bought both our Rockwoods used, I don't have experience as a buyer of a new trailer but FR was very fair with us as the 2nd owner of our Roo hybrid when the bunk doors delaminated. They shipped us new doors for free and we had to pay a local dealer to install them. So I consider FR and Rockwood in particular to have good customer service. If your local Rockwood dealer doesn't have a great reputation for after-sales service, don't hesitate to buy from a wholesaler or another dealer further away to get the best price. FR can find you a dealer who will do warranty work if needed if the local dealer refuses to do it because you didn't buy it from them.

As for the 8328BS floorplan, it's a popular floorplan that several manufacturers are producing now, but it wouldn't be one we'd choose because we prefer to be able to see out and view our campsite from inside the living area. It's a personal preference obviously, but to me it's a negative against the 8328BS's layout. Something to consider if it's of any importance to you.

By the way, Rockwood and Flagstaff are sister brands and manufacture the same trailer on the same line so you can consider Flagstaff dealers for the same trailer. The only difference is interior fabric choices and exterior decals.

Good luck.
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We to just ordered the 8328BS, 50 Amp, second AC, 9 cubic fridge. Just wish it had the nice aluminum stairs.
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We to just ordered the 8328BS, 50 Amp, second AC, 9 cubic fridge. Just wish it had the nice aluminum stairs.
From what we was told the MorRyde stairs come as standard equipment on the 2018's.
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Nice, will let ya know when it arrives.
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Hi Mark,

I picked up our "fresh from the factory" 2018 8328BS on 6/23/17 from RVWholesalers.com located in Lakeview, OH. I purchased our first camper from them in 2001. In both instances, we've been very pleased with the whole purchasing process and incredible pricing. They saved me over $18K compared to the local dealer for our 8328BS.

As far as the 8328BS, we've used it for 3-one week trips. The kitchen island is great. My DW and I can easily work together to prepare meals. The island extension has been a nice asset as well providing additional counter top space.

We upgraded to the 50 amp service with 2 ACs. The one in the bedroom is a 13.5K with heat as well. The main living area AC is a 15K. We got the theater seating across from the TV and really like it. Last week, we found the fireplace (electric heat) a great benefit when the morning temperature dropped in the Virginia mountains. The fireplace took the chill out of the camper in no time and we didn't need to use the LP furnace at all. The living area has a 43" Toshiba LED TV, the bedroom has a 32" Toshiba. The Serta mattress turns out to be better than expected. Really like the wardrobe too. Tons of storage for clothing.

We also upgraded to the 9cf fridge and it makes a really big difference. Plus, we have the fridge in the outside kitchen as well (electric only).

It has a 45 gallon black tank with a flush connection outside, a 45 gallon grey tank for the bath, a 45 gallon grey tank for the kitchen (galley), and a 18 gallon grey tank for the outside kitchen. I had to contact FR to find out the holding tanks' capacities as it wasn't documented in the generic owners manual.

I really like that I can use my iPhone to control many of the features too. Slides, awnings, water heater and mode, and selected lights.

We chose the wood-look flooring, which provides a rustic feel. We like the Winston decor as well. In addition, we upgraded to the maple cabinetry.

I was worried about having enough storage space for all my stuff, but was pleasantly surprised to end up having plenty and more.

The outside kitchen is really cool. We're finding that we now do most of the cooking outside.

So far I like the overall quality of this FR TT. It seems that they put a lot of attention to detail in our unit.

I tow ours with a 2015 RAM 3500 long bed 4x4 with a Cummings diesel. I use an Equalizer WD/sway control hitch and find the combination perfect for this camper. She tows straight and true with no draft affect from passing 18's.

Feel free to ask anything that I missed and good luck with your decision.

Dan
Dan,

Thanks for the info. I was puzzled about the listed size of the grey tank. Makes sense now that you explained that there are actually three tanks.

One of the things that is playing into my decision is the overall length. If I pull the trigger on this one, I will be adding 6 feet to what I currently have. In your experience, do you find the length of this tt to be average length and easy to find camping locations or on the longer side and more difficult to find locations?

I got a quote from Rv Wholesalers and it sounded pretty good. My only concern with them is that I would need to have it shipped to California which will add over $4,000 to the cost. That puts them right in the ball park with places out here. I need to do a bit more research on that option.

Mark
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I am sure glad to read that Dan loves this model, the wife and I currently have this model on order. We added the 4.0 leveling system and slider toppers on ours,probably about ten weeks out before delivery.
The one I'm looking at has the 4.0 leveling system. Sounds like it will speed up the setup and take town and I'm all for that.

I was thinking that I wanted to get the slider toppers (still researching). The one the dealer has doesn't have them. He said they typically don't include them because when they are out, there is no support for the fabric if the winds pick up. I like the idea of having the top of the slider protected but don't want it to get damaged by the wind. Still need to get more input from others on that.
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