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Old 01-03-2014, 08:19 PM   #11
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2014 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8289WS Fifth Wheel by Rockwood_8_5th Stock# 852742 Inventory - The Original RVWholesalers
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:54 PM   #12
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We currently have an 8289 on order...the pantry at the entrance was done away with part way through 2014...in fact when we finalizing our order in Oct many dealers didn't even know about the change yet...in fact you can still find some on dealer lots with the pantry. They also moved the toilet so now you have a full linen in bathroom as opposed to the previous that had it above the toilet. There is also now a pocket door from the bedroom to the bathroom.
What they did do is install cabinet doors in the island from the trlr entrance door side so you have more accessible storage in the island now as opposed to the previous doors that were by the fridge and stove.
By having the stairs at the entry door as opposed to partway into the trailer, after the pantry, seems like the stairs are wider now, but I can't confirm that as I never measured it.
We were questioning the removal of the pantry as well, but my wife says there is more storage there than we know what to do with...hey no sense questioning the DW when she says , believe me there is lots of storage.

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:34 AM   #13
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The link posted still has the same floor plan my 2013 has. People often have different needs. We looked at a Silver Back 29RL i believe and my wife didn't think it would have enough storage in the kitchen.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:16 PM   #14
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Lack of pantry

We have been looking at the Rockwood 8289WS but a few things are holding us back. The lack of pantry is number one on that list. The only place in the kitchen for food storage is on top of the microwave oven which is very high. They should have the microwave on top of the stove and do away with the window and have cupboards on the full side wall where the microwave is now located as they do in their 8282WS model. It's nice to have most of your food in one location. Also, lots of companies are putting all water hook up, tank flush handle and bypass in one compartment which would be nice if Rockwood would do so also. One more concern we have is the lack of insulation
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:58 PM   #15
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I wonder if there are any 2013 units still around? Might be worth the effort to do a search.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:01 PM   #16
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Here is a new 2013 that appears to still be available:

#R201331980 - 2013 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8289WS for sale in Bridgeview IL - House of Camping
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:40 PM   #17
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The no pantry thing was a deal killer for us on the 8289. BW determined that all by itself a7s a non-starter so did not look any further at them. I too was shocked at lack of storage overall on the 2014 model.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:53 PM   #18
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We have the 8528IKWS (see sig for pics) which I believe is the twin to the Rockwood.

The pantry space can be deceiving. That cabinet on the side bar of ours is TALL and DEEP. I'm able to keep everything in that one cabinet except bread, chips, etc. which I just store in one of the overhead cabinets. And since that one pantry is located low to the floor, you can load it up with canned goods, etc.

I keep dry goods; paper plates, tinfoil, ziplock bags, etc. in the left side cabinet above the stove. "Adult liquids" are kept in the drawer under the sofa, wrapped in towels.

YMMV, as it's only DH and myself in ours.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #19
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We have a 2013 8289WS and are OK with it. Lots of storage. My complaint is the small bath and the lack of insulation.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:23 AM   #20
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Rockwood ultralite. 8285ws. No paperwork came in the package. Where is the heater (not hot water). Is is electric and gas? Please help. Thanks
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