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Old 12-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Has anybody seen the 8285IKWS? Opinions?

Just lost our beloved 83166SS TT in a freak accident at storage facility (roof caved in from ice storm 2 weeks ago) Insurance has not looked at yet but it will be totaled, was kind of bummed out for the first week but now I am excited at the possibilities of a new camper! We want a 5th wheel (well, at least I do , Me Wife is still in shock)
Loved our Rockwood and will most likely go with another, they really seem to be one of the best bang for the buck campers going.

The 8285IKWS is a new model and I really like it, as does me Wife.

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I also like the 8289WS.

Also saw a V-Cross Platinum, 315VRL that we really liked as well, tho it is quite a bit heavier than the Rockwoods but still in the FR family.

http://www.forestriverinc.com/FifthW...pe=fifthwheels

Any opinions on the new model from anybody yet?
Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:12 AM   #2
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We love our 2013 8289WS. Love the opposing slides, really opens up the living area. Get many comments on the awning coming off the slide out as Rockwood only one we found with this and gives us 17' of awning vs just 9'. Put our picnic table there and sit under the other. Make sure you get the Platinum or Diamond edition as the interiors are much nicer.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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I do not have an opinion, but can tell you what we have had in the past and did not like... having to look over the kitchen counter to see TV. The Rockwood has the TV on the other end of the kitchen from the seating. Anything left on the island is in the line of view, plus it is uncomfortable to see from the sofa. The V-Nose has a much better set-up for keeping the TV in view from all seating areas. Additionally, the 38 foot length will provide you a huge living area in general.

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Not sure about the 8285 but with the 8289 the tv is located across from the couch and in perfect view of the lazyboys so the island does not come into play at all....beautiful floor plan...you can get the exact same floor plan in a Flagstaff but the model # escaped me right now, its not 8289.

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Old 01-02-2014, 11:17 PM   #5
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Well, ended up ordering a Heritage Glen 327 RES, really liked the layout. We looked at most all of the Rockwood models, did like the 8285IKWS and the 8282WS, but the Heritage Glen won out. Did look at the 8289 as it was recommended and listed as the dealers most popular seller, curious tho, to those who have an 8289, what the heck do you do for a pantry? It seemed like it had very little storage. Did like the layout, just seemed like no storage.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:21 PM   #6
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I use the cupboards by the door and the one up in the hall by the bath for my pantry. I find it has plenty of storage.

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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Never thought about the lack of a pantry. We still have not put much of anthing in any of the cabinets over the chairs at the back of ours.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:16 PM   #8
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The 8289WS has a new floor plan for 2014. The stairs up are now along the side of the unit, where the panty had been. There appears to be more room under the microwave, but I cannot tell if the large panty that was in the pre-2014's is still there. We have the 2013 and have almost more storage than we need.

We love the unit and highly recommend this floorplan, and Rockwood, to everyone.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:28 PM   #9
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We just bought the (somewhat) twin to this 5er, the 8528IKWS, Platinum Package, Regency Interior.
Picking it up in the morning...yeeeeehaw!

There are many new features to the 2014...split awnings, one over the dinette slide (which also has it's own slide topper) and one over the entry door. The awnings now have metal shields that cover the roll when the awning is rolled up.
With the platinum package, of course, comes quite a few upgrades; bonded, frameless windows, etc.
We looked at the Diamond package but we're in the South where it gets HOT, and that tan exterior 1. absorbs more heat 2. isn't worth the added 1K.

Oh, and we traded in our 2014 V-Lite, still listed in my signature line.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:15 PM   #10
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The 8289WS has a new floor plan for 2014. The stairs up are now along the side of the unit, where the panty had been. There appears to be more room under the microwave, but I cannot tell if the large panty that was in the pre-2014's is still there. We have the 2013 and have almost more storage than we need.

We love the unit and highly recommend this floorplan, and Rockwood, to everyone.
I can assure you there is zero pantry in the 8289 we looked at, my wife just kept walking around it mumbling over and over "there must be storage here somewhere" LOL. I had been telling her it was the best seller, most recommended etc. and after that I have lost a little credibility... Must have been a 2014 thing as all the units we saw were 2014's.
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