Originally Posted by dmonroe67
I am looking to get a Surveyor, and am liking the 235rs. Our tow vehicle is a 2004 Dodge Sprinter which has a GCWR of 13,550, and a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. With the dry weight of 3,700, and figuring for approx. 600 lbs. for options/accessories, will an occasional trip of 500 RT miles be too much for the Sprinter? The wheelbase is 140". Any recommendations on the 235, or other Surveyor is appreciated. Thanks.
I have a 2009 235 rks. The sticker in the door says 4650lbs. I believe that this is WITHOUT the battery and tanks... I did weigh my trailer last year... it was approx. 5200lbs without food and clothing. We had everything else in the trailer.
the 235 has some advantages/disadvantages;
the good stuff;
almost a 30' trailer when the slide is out
travels like a 25' trailer with the slide in (25'-10" to be exact)
low riding, very stable (torsion suspension) great towing trailer
side door and fold up bed is great for bikes and stuff
a full featured trailer (a/c, 3 burner stove, oven etc.)
a dinnette and couch that are 74" long (can sleep adults)
bunks that are 48" wide (can sleep two adults)
huge cargo carrying capacity (2900lbs. ++, not sure what someone would carry to exceed this!)
great size awning (the bigger the better for those rainy days)
an electric and gas water heater
the fridge is more than adequately sized for a family of 4
no chip board used in the trailer
double 30# tanks
a/c and furnace sized appropriately down to 0 degrees celsius and up to 35 degrees celsius
disadvantages (my opinion only...)
rear slide bed is not the easiest to access (vs. a walk around bed) and can seem confining
bathroom is quite small (try getting dressed with the door closed...)
storage space could have been better executed (wasted space, no full length wardrobe at the front of the trailer)
floor ducts that are ALWAYS dirty
a/c fan runs all the time when on
no ladder (easy enough to fix but still an annoyance)
some side slide windows (no good in the rain)
furnace seems quite noisy to me (a small electric heater is more than adequate most of the time and since you are paying for electricity anyway it is more economical)
the bed is terrible (IMO), the bunk foam is a little light
Now the concerning stuff...
questionable build quality (forest river may be the better than the industry average but it is still not great), a thorough inspection IS necessary. It's like having all the right parts and not being overly concerned with the final assembly
the slide setup seems quite mickey mouse (sorry mickey). I know there is members that have had problems already. The tracks on the roof seem to be attached to nothing substantial. I see this causing me grief in the future
my slide is/has been rusting since I brought it home. It looks like the steel was painted before the metal was cleaned and the paint is peeling off
the formaldehyde smell hangs on for a LONG time (newer f.r. products might have addressed this)
I have come to these conclusions after 2 years of camping with two children and a wife. We don't stay at any campground too long and are always moving around. We spent two weeks and drove 5000 km last year during our summer trip.
hope this helps... any questions don't be afraid to ask.