We picked up our 8289 last August. First 5th wheel for us, and in fact the first trailer of any kind. We are retired and looked at lots of units until we saw this one. We took it to Madison WI last Sept for a shake out and to test everything. We were pleased with the unit overall. The bed (for us) was great and it tows very well. We have a 2015 gas GMC 2500 HD.
I'd say that I was surprised that there wasn't more Q & A within the first 30 days with the dealer. If you haven't had one before, I can't imagine how you could possible think of all the different things yourself. I had watched plenty of videos about the hitch (Reese Revolution) and all facets of trailer use and maintenence both on the FR site and Utube. I also talked to a couple of neighbors who have one. Like I said, everything worked fine and we put it in storage for the winter.
This year we took a trip in April to Michigan and Indiana. When I checked the trailer tires two were low and so I went to Camping World in Belleville MI and filled them. BUT they didn't have nitogen, which seems silly since the tires came with it.
A couple of other things we discovered is that the hitch started shrieking. Turned out to the be pin box. Called Reese and they said that debris in the pin box/wedge could be the cause. They recommended taking it apart and greeseing it. So when I took it to Camping world for some other work I mentioned it to the techs and they are supposed to take care of it.
I'm going to have to get in shape to lift a full 40 gal LP tank into the unit. Also I'd recommend tire monitors for the trailer.
Since for us the unit pivots where the pin box attaches to the unit, so the hitch is just the attachment point, not a pivot.
Bottom line is I really like the unit and the guys at Camping world. We're planning to take it south this winter. Most of the stuff I needed I figured out and I read the materials that came with it over and over. The hot water is gas only.
I use a king pin tripod and between that and the rear supports I don't have much if any wiggle.
Dan and Deb
2015 Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite 8289 ws
2015 GMC Crew Cab 2500HD Gas: