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Old 08-19-2016, 06:10 PM   #81
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You won't have any problems with engine power. We just returned from a 7k mile trip through the Rockies and not once felt like we needed more engine. Stability wise, cross winds got a little concerning, but I'm not moving up in truck for the 1% of the time that I'd want more.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:28 PM   #82
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That should work just fine. I do recommend an active sway controller. For your setup not so much for the weight distribution but for the sway controller. Your setup should pull just fine. I recommend the Reese Straight Line.
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Old 08-19-2016, 10:50 PM   #83
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I agree with the suggestion for the "sway" bars. Also watch the transmission temperatures; maybe even add a gauge.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:37 PM   #84
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Thanks for the input. My truck has a transmission temperature gauge and it only runs, on average, 5 hotter. I did notice that I need to be careful when going up real steep or long passes and manually downshift it to 5th gear and maintain around 2,000 RPM's.
I put on weight distribution bars and the truck has electron sway control, do you still think I should add sway bars? I didn't have any issues towing it from Oregon to Colorado (felt the wind going across the NV desert but didn't have any sway).

Thanks again for your knowledge and expertise.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:45 PM   #85
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Naw. I say your good
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:45 PM   #86
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Thanks for the input. My truck has a transmission temperature gauge and it only runs, on average, 5 hotter. I did notice that I need to be careful when going up real steep or long passes and manually downshift it to 5th gear and maintain around 2,000 RPM's.
I put on weight distribution bars and the truck has electron sway control, do you still think I should add sway bars? I didn't have any issues towing it from Oregon to Colorado (felt the wind going across the NV desert but didn't have any sway).

Thanks again for your knowledge and expertise.
I did notice that the transmission liked to keep the rpm's lower than I like. I mean, I bought the engine for low rpm torque, but sometimes it stays too low. It will hold about 1800 or less rpm's and I prefer to manually bring it down a gear and up to about 2100 rpm or more.

I monitored closely doing this and noticed it would keep the transmission a few degrees cooler. Not much, but a bit.
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:05 AM   #87
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Hey guys

Just completed our first 14 nights in the new trailer. Our family loves everything about it. After visiting with a few other families and going through there trailers we have come to realize this is truly one of the best floor plans out there for our family of 4. Can't beat the space, storage, features, etc...Forest River got this one right. All features appear to be working perfectly. My only concern is some of the craftmenship. The amount of cabinets and doors that came with scratches on them, or Knicks and dents in them was really surprising. This includes one of the sliding doors in the bedroom coming with a huge 12 inch long gash in it. I don't understand how a quality control person decides these were all OK and let's it leave the factory. Up here in western Canada these trailers are Msrp at $38000 Canadian plus depending on the added features. At first glance we just decided to live with most of the defects besides 2 doors that we did get reordered through our dealer. Upon returning from our trip we popped back into the dealer as we noticed when the slide is closed it wasn't sealing properly. there was a lot of light coming in from the bottom closest to the pantry. This is the outside seal that would be above the tires. Dealership was awesome and brought a tech out to work on it right there in the lot. After an hour of trying to get the seal to close all the way he could not fix it perfectly. Got the opening a little smaller but it needs to be sealed tight to make sure no rodents or other bugs/ animals can get in. It was decided they would need to keep it and deal with the factory on getting a new seal sent out. No problem for us as we don't camp again till late September. Also had the service people walk through our unit and they took pictures of all the dents and scratches and are going to send in requests for replacements on anything they can't touch up. We were ready to just live with it as you always hear these things always come a little roughed up. The dealership has been awesome as they believe for the money we pay for these things they need to be in mint condition. They know that the reality is with the quick assembly line production that is never the case. Oh, and the sliding bedroom door they sent to replace the current damaged one, it came bubble wrapped with some tape holding the wrap to the door. When they peeled it off the tape took the finish off the door in 2 very visible spots. Once again, how does this leave the factory? I'm hoping all the cosmetic stuff is patched up and that all the really important stuff like water system, furnace, AC, electrical was put together with a little more thought and care. This floor plan is perfect for us and I want this trailer to last us at least 10 more years.
We tow it with the 2012 ram 1500 5.7 hemi crew cab. 3.92 axle. We travelled approx 800km total that included the coquihala hwy. it is a hwy through the mountains with fairly long climbs and declines. It towed it just fine. Sure drank a lot of gas during the climbs but all in all it handled it well
I'll give feedback after the trip in September and once we get her back all cleaned up.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:30 PM   #88
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Love the 245bhs

In reply to the Blair's post we experienced a few craftsmanship flaws as well. I think this is mainly due to the current demand for these trailers, the factory is probably trying to get them out as quickly as possible. Our dealership can't keep them in stock! We also had a couple things that needed to be replaced (awning fabric had a hole & bathroom mirror had a large scratch in it) Both things were handled by our dealer ordering and installing replacements from the factory. We have done 2 separate week long trips this year without any issues. Hope that you guys can also easily get the replacements you need!
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:26 PM   #89
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I pulled mine up the coquihalla with my older dodge and had to pull off halfway up the steep hill through the tunnel so she didn't blow up! Couldn't get over 30km either so I just upgraded to a 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummings diesel no messing around? Just curious you probably got yours at Fraserway like I did I agree the craftsmanship left something to be desired I had mine back at the shop twice the room doors broke off the cabinet latches broken front room plugs did not work at all...now I'm happy after that is done!


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