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Old 03-16-2013, 08:31 PM   #11
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I towed our 8280WS for 2 years with a '05 Ram 1500 and a scaled pin weight of 1240 lb. I was over the truck's GVWR and just under it's RAWR which made me uncomfortable. Having said that, it towed quite nice including in the mountains of WV. The only time I felt uncomfortable towing was once in some 45 mph cross winds.

There's no question that the F250 is a more capable tow vehicle and easily handles the pin weight.

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #12
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I towed our 8280WS for 2 years with a '05 Ram 1500 and a scaled pin weight of 1240 lb. I was over the truck's GVWR and just under it's RAWR which made me uncomfortable. Having said that, it towed quite nice including in the mountains of WV. The only time I felt uncomfortable towing was once in some 45 mph cross winds.

There's no question that the F250 is a more capable tow vehicle and easily handles the pin weight.

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Question, why would the 45 mph cross wind be less of a concern with the F250 than the Ram 1500? I'm confused (usually am)
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:20 PM   #13
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Question, why would the 45 mph cross wind be less of a concern with the F250 than the Ram 1500? I'm confused (usually am)
The F250 weighs 1800 lb more...pretty hard for the cross winds on the camper to push the truck around. I've towed in similar cross winds with the F250 with no drama.

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Old 03-16-2013, 11:01 PM   #14
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We just got our 8289WS Diamond Edition on Monday. Took it out for a 3 day adventure and had a wonderful time. Only problem we had was with the interior step louvers are easy to catch your heel on and they break pretty easily. Already broke one and have to order a replacement.

Towing with a Tundra and works well for a gas engine. We love the Tundra but if we were gonna be full timers would definitely go with a diesel truck, Ford F250.

Otherwise very happy with the purchase and the attention to the detail in our special order requests. Took a little longer to receive the camper, some 9 weeks. But otherwise very happy.

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Old 03-16-2013, 11:05 PM   #15
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Laughing at your comment about the louvers on the step breaking. During our PDI on Friday, the service tech caught his heel on the louver and broke it. Replacement has been ordered.

I am thinking that should "I" break one, I'll be looking for metal louvers to replace the composite wood ones.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:57 PM   #16
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We to have broken a slat in the step vent. (First few days of ownership) I am trying to figure a solution maybe a heavy mesh backing would help. If anyone has found a solution please share.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:51 PM   #17
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I just did a quick search, and found a metal return grille that will cover the opening.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_65148-34146-...lle&facetInfo=

Could only find white, but that can be changed. And at $8.08, I'll get several, paint them all, and carry a spare.

While the OEM Grille is 7-1/2 X 19, the cutout on mine is much smaller.

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Are you at all concerned with cutting the heel of a person with a metal louver if they get their heel hung on the grille with no shoe on?
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Are you at all concerned with cutting the heel of a person with a metal louver if they get their heel hung on the grille with no shoe on?
Might be able to mount the metal grill behind the original wood one to keep slats from breaking.
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The OEM Grille is made from a composite material, and the slats break easily. I'm not sure that something behind the OEM Grille will help, as it is the downward pressure that normally breaks them.

As to catching a heel on the metal grille, if the louvers are pointed downward, it would be very difficult to catch your heel.

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