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Old 11-15-2015, 09:47 PM   #31
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This is how we rec'd our 8289WS from our dealer. Looks sloppy, no dents until I took it for our first outing.
Did you dealer patch it? Local to Waterloo Region?
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:52 PM   #32
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Good news, looks like Forest River approved to have my dealer replace my defective front cap.
Yes I'm in Waterloo Region however my dealer is not.
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:58 PM   #33
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I am really getting uncomfortable with the tire issue. The RV dealer is not able to help much as they are not a tire dealership. They did get a tire dealer they work with to take the c rated OEM tires and put d rated Hi Run tires on for $100 per tire. I don't want Hi Run tires though. Discount Tire will give me $25 per tire towards replacement tires. No one else I have spoken to will give me anything for the Hi Run C's. Can't say I blame them frankly. The $25 deal seems better to me than messing with CraigsList though.

They have:
Carlisle Sport Trail LRD1 ($79)
Hartland ST radial LRE1 ($89)

I like the E rated tire and seems like a good $10 extra per tire to spend. However it is supposed to be aired to 80 psi. I have read the wheels are rated at 60 psi. Should I stick to D rated tires? They are still recommended to be at 65 psi.

This is very disappointing to me that Forest River are selling tires on these expensive fifth wheelers that frankly seem unsafe. I know this is all rv companies. I am not happy that I am contemplating picking up my new 5er Friday and taking it to a tire dealer to buy tires on Saturday.

Thanks again for all your experienced help. I would have not known this issue until I experienced a blow out in probably the most remote area possible. I am planning to go from NC to CA this spring. No way on C tires though.

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Old 11-16-2015, 10:13 PM   #34
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Maxis or GY Marathons preferred.

Third choice is Carlisle.

I bought GY Marathons $525.00 mounted, balanced no trade. FR gave me a cheque for $300 after taking pictures of the defective tire beads.
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We went with the Goodyear Marathons...D rated.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:18 AM   #36
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I bought GY Marathons $525.00 mounted, balanced no trade. FR gave me a cheque for $300 after taking pictures of the defective tire beads.
How do you get the $300 B and B? Do you have to prove the tire defective to get FR to cover that? I would love for them to keep the new tires and give me $300.

As a reminder, I am picking up my new 8289WS Friday. I haven't made final payment yet.
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Not sure how long ago your model was actually built but we've been told by the factory that the 8289WS now come with load range D tires. We pick up ours this weekend and will let you all know.

Also the company is changing the island to something similar to the new 8299 model. Doors are on the fridge side. It was the one item my wife didn't like in the 8289.
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:53 AM   #38
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Yes, the beads were crumbled and when removed just fell apart. My dealer helped with the process, we have a good guy on getting warranty approval. Others sold them on Kijji there is no way I could sell defective tires.

Funny I never hear any griping from them about Forest River, coverage or money allocated for repairs.
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Not sure how long ago your model was actually built but we've been told by the factory that the 8289WS now come with load range D tires. We pick up ours this weekend and will let you all know.

Also the company is changing the island to something similar to the new 8299 model. Doors are on the fridge side. It was the one item my wife didn't like in the 8289.
Ours is a 2013 and the doors are on the fridge but small ones at the bottom. Hope they are larger ones making access easier for storage.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:47 AM   #40
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Not sure how long ago your model was actually built but we've been told by the factory that the 8289WS now come with load range D tires. We pick up ours this weekend and will let you all know.

Also the company is changing the island to something similar to the new 8299 model. Doors are on the fridge side. It was the one item my wife didn't like in the 8289.
We are purchasing a 2015 (got a great deal I think at $13K under retail). It has the doors on the island facing away from the kitchen which I did find a bit awkward but not too big a deal. I was not smart enough to inspect the tires when we saw the trailer and said "we'll take it". I called our sales guy (whom I really like) and he said it came with C LR tires.

I am still concerned about the E tire pressure on these rims. Anyone have any expertise (experience) at running E rated tires at 65 pounds or higher pressure on the OEM rims? The E LR tires are recommended at 80 psi. Would I be better off sticking to D LR tires? I see a lot of folks are running E LR tires but I have not seen any discussion about that exceeding the rim psi spec's.
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