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Old 08-28-2016, 11:05 PM   #81
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We bought ours in May this year. Just got back from 16 days in Colorado with it, we are from Atlanta. Covered 4300 miles. The only issues were the thermo fuse for the frig went bad in CO. Was able to get it fixed in a day.
The bottom front side skirt on the bedroom slide started flapping. I found that the aluminum support bracket had broken off. I will design my own replacement.
I did not care for the "bouce" too much and will be looking at options for installing a couple of jacks in front of the wheels.
Has anyone heard that they are now coming out with an auto level setup for the TTs? I wonder how long it will take for a retrofit kit. I am thinking that would be the best answer. Just wondering if it is possible and how much it would cost.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:00 PM   #82
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Update on mods

After our late spring / early summer trip, I made a few mods. We are currently on our late summer trip and I wanted to pass on the results.

The new Husky stabilizing jacks are working very well. I mounted the driver side jack just in front of the tires and the passenger side jack just in front of the steps. Mounting went smoothly as I bolted them to the frame. I was able to slightly move the propane line on the steps side just enough to mount the jack securely.

The Pathway X2 satellite dish and Wally receiver with DISH service have been excellent. All of the coax cables were correctly connected inside the trailer (to my surprise) and I tested the Pathway and downloaded the program updates for the Wally before leaving home. Upon arrival at the campground the dish setup was smooth and after about 20 minutes on the phone with DISH we were up and running. The picture has been much better than I expected. We do not have DISH service at home so we are using their pay-as-you-go plan.

I routed the DISH signal through the iRV66 so that I could use the trailer's speakers if desired. I was disappointed during our initial trip that the iRV66 does not play Blu-Ray discs so I also installed an external Blu-Ray player while I had the iRV66 pulled out. You can see in the picture below that I drilled through the sidewall of the compartment under the television, pulled two HDMI cables through and installed a black cover plate that somewhat matches the existing plates over the hole. The HDMI cables plugged in to the back of the iRV66 and it is easy to switch back and forth between the DISH signal and the external DVD player on the iRV66.

Our one glitch this trip is that upon arrival when I plugged in to shore power, there was no power. After testing in numerous places, including the pedestal, the cord, and the connections in the circuit breaker box with my meter, I decided to begin taking things apart to see where the problem was. Fortunately, early in the search I removed the connection on the outside of the trailer where the cord plugs in to see if the wires were securely fastened inside the connector. I discovered that the neutral wire was NOT screwed in tight. When I attempted to tighten the screw it just kept turning. Apparently the screw or the bit it screws in to was stripped, probably during assembly by someone in to much of a hurry with a powered screw driver. How it even worked to begin with was surprising, but apparently on the trip to the campground it was jostled enough to lose contact. The two RV supply places I went to did not have one that matched the OEM part, so I bought a Marinco connector. I am not thrilled that it is white, but both places assured me that the Marinco component is better quality that the POS part installed at the factory. The plan is to paint the Marinco connector black when I get home.

Overall, we are still thrilled with our Rockwood, and having a great time.

Safe Travels
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:31 AM   #83
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16" Rims

Has anyone upgraded their 8329ss from 15" rims to 16" rims witness LT tires? I am considering doing so.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:21 PM   #84
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Do the new jacks help with the rocking ? What size did you get
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:54 PM   #85
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Husky Stabilizing Jacks

I purchased a set of Husky Stabilizing Jacks.

https://www.amazon.com/Husky-76862-S...bilizing+jacks

They are heavy duty and of much stronger construction than the jacks that were on my previous trailer (34' Automate). The new jacks have helped with eliminating the bouncing issue, however it is still not as stable as my previous trailer. I am assuming it has something to do with the light weight frames that come on the 8329ss.

The only thing I would do differently is get a set of the 28" jacks as you can see from the picture in the previous post that the current jack is close to being fully extended.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:46 PM   #86
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Thanks for the info
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:16 AM   #87
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I was told/sold slideout stabilizers would cure our problem of bouncing when people walk around in the trailer. Would these huskey jacks do a better job stopping the bouncing.

Also, does anyone besides me tow their 8329ss with a 1/2 ton truck.
I tow my 2015 8829ss with my 2015 GMC sierra 1500.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:19 AM   #88
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I would not put any type of stabilizers under the slide outs. The slide outs are not the problem. If you put your power stabilizers down and keep slides in you still feel the bounce.
There are several people towing these with 1/2 tons. I did for a while, but glad I went to 3/4 ton. The TT literally weight twice as much as 1/2 T and it would push it around. I have towed with 3/4 T for 4K miles this season and not a single white knuckles event.
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"I was told/sold slideout stabilizers would cure our problem of bouncing when people walk around in the trailer. Would these huskey jacks do a better job stopping the bouncing.

Also, does anyone besides me tow their 8329ss with a 1/2 ton truck.
I tow my 2015 8829ss with my 2015 GMC sierra 1500."

mrmjbenn:
Not all 1/2 ton's are created equal. Have you looked at the stat's for your Sierra? My 2009 Silverado owners manual listed 99 permutations (engine size, rear gearing, cab style, box size, towing package, etc), that ran from 4,000 lbs to 12,000 towing capacity. So someone telling you they tow your trailer with their 1/2 ton may or may not be applicable to your 1/2 ton.

For example, my Silverado was rated at 7,500 lbs towing and 1500 lbs payload. I see your TT is about 8500 lbs GVWR and over 900 lbs tongue weight (loaded). I would be over my towing capacity with your TT. I'd be OK on tongue weight, but it's just me and the DW. Add a kid or two and I'd be over.
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First weekend out and have a couple of observation/questionds.

We just returned form our first weekend with our new 8329ss and I have a couple of questions and/or observations. First, the bounce! We had a 2009 Rockwood Signature Ultralight 8317ss that we traded in for our new 8329 and the new one "bounces" much more than the old one did. Differences? the 8317 SS had manual stabilizing jacks on the four corners, our new 8329SS has the electric stabilizing jacks. I'm think there is a whole lot more give in the electric jacks than there was in the manual scissors jacks. I did have four CAMCO stabilizing jacks with me but the trailer frame is too high for the range on the jacks and I didn't have enough blocks or anything with me to raise them up so I was out of luck

I'm thinking of installing some Husky manual scissors jacks just forward of the door and at a similar location on the opposite side as has been mentioned in this thread. Or, as a more expensive option, installing a JT Strong Arm or Steadyfast stabilizer system. I'd like to hear anyone's opinion of any of these options, or any other ideas you might have.

I have a question regarding the TV/cable setup. My setup has a single gray coaxial cable coming from a hole behind the TV. Once I turned on the antenna power I was able to scan for channels and pick up half a dozen (no bad as we were deep in the Hocking Hills in Ohio) where you don't have cell signals or anything!). The antenna plate is in the shelf below the TV, but it doesn't have any led light or anything to tell you so you have to "learn that when the switch is "in" or down, you are in the powered mode. There are little, teeny letters on the plate that say this, but you can't see them very well. In addition there is a plate that has two coaxial connections available, one that says "sat/aux" and one that says "TV". What are these for? I didn't hook up to a cable feed, but I assume that if to hook up a cable feed I simply turn off the antenna switch and reset the TV to the "cable" mode before scanning for channels. If that is correct, what is the other panel, the one with "sat/aux" and "TV", for?

Next question, when watching the TV the sound comes through the TV speakers, when watching a DVD the sound comes through the surround sound system. The CD/DVD system has "ARC", or auto return channel, function. I think that goes through the HDMI cable connection between the TV and the CD/DVD system, but how do I turn it on so that when I watch the TV I get the sound through the surround sound speakers? Or is that even possible?

I was interested to see how the unit pulled with our 2106 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 but it was no problem, even up and down big hills on small, winding roads and at 70 MPH on the interstate. Our truck is rated at 9100lbs and the dry weight on the trailer is right at 7500 so I'm pulling a pretty good load, but seemed to have no problem.

Everything else was great, we loved the room in this new Rockwood over our ole one. We no longer have kids at home so we basically swapped all the sleeping capability of the 8317 for more living space and love it.

It didn't rain at all so I have no idea if we have any leaks anywhere, but will be looking for them when we do get in any weather.

We do have an "oxygenator" shower head we put in and had not hot water problems at all so I cant comment on the Atwood vs. Suburban debate.

Instead of using the towel bar we put towel hooks on the back to the bathroom door from the "hallway" and another set of smaller hooks on the sliding door from the "bedroom". Seemed to work well for two of us for our towels and hanging other other assorted things. For toilet paper we have a holder that sits on the floor and holds three rolls that tucks nicely slightly behind the toilet. Problem solved.

Overall, a great first long weekend! I'd appreciate any comments on my questions above.
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