So I just picked up our new baby, a 2015 Rockwood 8281ws. I'm not going to say I wasn't nervous about my tow vehicles (2011 Silverado 5.5 Short Bed) clearance but everything worked out as advertised by Forest River. The new Reese Revolution Hitch saved me from purchasing a slider and a new tow vehicle.
I can sympathize with you. The place I have had problems so far is backing into a sight where your jackknifed slightly with the front corner of trailer very close to the back window and the back tire of your TV drops in a hole. Just be careful. Have fun!
I have a 5.0 with the tow package. Cool weather towing has been great but this weekend the heat index was above a 100. My tranny got a little warm towing to Orange Beach AL from MS. I am officially looking for a 3/4 ton.
I am towing the 8280ws with a 2014 Ford Supercrew 5.0 with a short bed and have not had any issues yet. Was at a site this past weekend that was uphill. The RV got close to the cab but never touched. As far as towing, the 1/2 ton does better than I expected. The tranny gets to 204 on the bigger hills but typically runs around 201. Normally runs at 197 when not towing. We stay in Michigan so I have no plans for upgrading the TV.
Congrats on the new rig, I know the feeling, just bought a 8280ss and am pulling with a 2012 Tundra Crewmax 5-1/2 ft bed also. I was nervous also and wondered about tight turns. I have a Venture Extended box on 5th wheel and a 16K Drawtite hitch. No problems so far and have not used the slider at all. Good luck and safe travels
I towed with a F 150 Crew and still use the Revolution with the new F 250 with a 6 3/4 ft
box. Works for me
B and B
2013 Rockwood 8289 Diamond Edition
GY D's/2.5 inch lift kit/Powerhouse 4 KW EFI Generator
2016 Ford F 350 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab FX4
2008 Golden Falcon 380PA Park Model Model "Oh Canada,True North Strong and Free!"