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Old 05-04-2015, 04:00 PM   #11
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We bought our 2014 8289WS July 5, 2013 from Wana RV in Shipshewana, Indiana. Took a factory tour when we were back there. Now have 14,000 miles and 180 nights on/in it. We were also concerned about the original tires and kept a close eye on them. Bought a Tire Tacker system to monitor them. After about 11,500 miles found cracking on three of the tires. All on the inside and about an inch from the rim. Replaced them with Hercules "D" range tires. Forest River did the right thing and provided a partial imbursement even though we were out of warranty. Other small issues but nothing unreasonable. Hope you enjoy your new rig as much as we have enjoyed ours!
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:11 PM   #12
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After about 11,500 miles found cracking on three of the tires. All on the inside and about an inch from the rim. Replaced them with Hercules "D" range tires.
Hello, I am getting ready to order some new tires for my 8289 and am still undecided. How are the Hercules holding out? Did you buy them online?
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:19 PM   #13
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I purchased my tires from a dealer here in Elk Grove, Ca. About $400 including mounting and balancing. Only have a couple thousand miles on them but most noticeable difference is that they hold air much better than the originals. As I recall, Hercules is a company that markets tires manufactured by someone else. Ultimately I trusted our local dealer and his recommendation and so far, so good.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:26 PM   #14
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Keep an eye on the front cap. They have a tendency to collapse if in cycles of sun and cold. They have supposedly fixed the problem as of this year by putting in a piece of reinforcing foam.Other wise its lever the cap off and stuff Styrofoam sheets in or replace the cap. Not v elegant.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:30 PM   #15
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Hello, I am getting ready to order some new tires for my 8289 and am still undecided. How are the Hercules holding out? Did you buy them online?
We have Goodyear Marathons - Load Range D and love them!
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:17 PM   #16
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What a beautiful 5'er! I'm officially jealous. We had one ordered last summer, but backed out at the last minute. Are there any noticeable differences between the '15's & 16's?
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:49 PM   #17
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I have had very little problems with mine and it is a 2012 model, Changed tires to Marathon "D" rated at 6000, miles. Been across the USA from Virginia to Oregon and back, No major thing at all. It seems that the dark color caps are having the problem not the white. I also think they made a cap change in 2013 when all the problems started to pop up then with the dents. We love our trailer it has great and comfortable lay out. One thing to watch for are the recliners. The handle rubbed against the wall paper, caught it in time. Now we put a pad between the wall and chair on the one that the handle is against the wall when we travel.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:47 PM   #18
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My wife and I purchased our 8289ws signature ultra lite diamond package in 2013. We have now made three trips to Florida. We both love it. One thing that we have that you don't have is as you walk into the unit directly to right we have a pantry and across from the bathroom door we have a linen closet. You have a entrance from the bedroom directly to the bathroom as well as storage doors on the door side of the island. We don't have that and wish we did. For whatever reason that year they changed the bedroom entry into the bathroom and then changed it back. We want to wish you the best and happy camping.
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What a beautiful 5'er! I'm officially jealous. We had one ordered last summer, but backed out at the last minute. Are there any noticeable differences between the '15's & 16's?
A few of the things we liked about the 16 was the addition of angled cabinets in the kitchen just to the left of the stairs, an exterior storage compartment that is behind the fireplace, the sofa is leather and the AC's are a new combined duct system that is supposed to be more effective.
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A few of the things we liked about the 16 was the addition of angled cabinets in the kitchen just to the left of the stairs, an exterior storage compartment that is behind the fireplace, the sofa is leather and the AC's are a new combined duct system that is supposed to be more effective.
Very nice! Sounds like some well, thought out changes for the better. I'm hoping some variation of this plan is still available when my wife and I decide to take the plunge in a few years.
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