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Old 06-23-2015, 06:45 PM   #1
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Shopping the Surveyor

Hi. My wife and I are in the process of getting into trailering. We have been looking at a 2015 Surveyor West (201RBS). Are there any Surveyor owners out there who can give me some feedback about what they like/dislike about them?

We really like the floor plan and have heard good things about the Surveyor. I also understand that Forest River sells the most RVs by a long shot. I will be towing with a Nissan Frontier, rated at 63k lbs. (I'm in CO so need to reduce that towing by 10-20%.

Any advice/thoughts are appreciated.


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Old 06-24-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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We bought our Surveyor 226rbds in April of this year and absolutely love it. We've hauled it to the coast and way up in the mountains and it has been great. I highly recommend.

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Old 06-24-2015, 10:08 PM   #3
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We have a 2013 sport and have been very happy with the quality of the trailer. We have had small quality issues, nothing that we considered major other than water intrusion on the pass through doors. Our dealer caulked the locks which fixed that problem.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:07 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome from northern Arizona
We have a 2013 Surveyor Sport 220 and absolutely love it; perfect for us. It weighs 5000lbs loaded and tows great behind our 2012 Ram 1500. Lots of good info and mods on this forum and the quality has been great, not one problem so far that I didn't cause.
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Old 06-27-2015, 03:14 PM   #5
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2012 SP220 and couldn't be happier. Tows beautifully, great interiors and a decent amount of storage space.

Going in I knew there were some immediate mods/replacements I would do. Ie., the stock mattress bites, the showerhead and faucets are a little cheap, replacing the little noise maker vent fan, etc.

Nothing major you can't get by with keeping is "stock", but just a few little touches here and there make it much more enjoyable.

One thing I would note on the unit your looking at. It has a fairly light frame and suspension. That was one thing that I really liked about the 220. It's the lightest and shortest of the larger series that has the heavier frame and suspension. It's around 300lbs heavier (dry) than the one you're looking at, but load capacities jump from around 1300lbs to 3200lbs and gives a much sturdier ride if you plan to do much camping off the beaten path.

3 years full time in my rig and wouldn't hesitate to buy it all over again.

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Old 06-30-2015, 05:26 AM   #6
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My wife and I recently bought our first TT a rarely used 2010 Surveyor 302RL ! It was a bit bigger than we planned on, but we loved the floor plan, and the price was right ! 33ft. 6400 dry. It tows great behind my 2010 Ford F -150 XLT Suppercab rated at 9400lbs towing cap.
Weve been on 3 weekend trips about an hour from home, one on a very winding mountain Rd and we've had no problems! We love it, we're hooked !
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:02 AM   #7
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We have a 2011 23 Sport. Wish it had the polar pkg. and a slide, but overall it's been a good camper. We had a problem with one of axels shifting 3/4 in. and had to replace a tire, so now I try and check those Axel bolts. But it's fine for 2 old campers.

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