We took delivery of our 2010 27DFWP about a month ago. Did a lot of research before we ordered it so here is what I know.
Each axle can carry 3500 lbs of weight X 2 axles plus some on the tongue. So the 3500 lbs axles will give you a GVRW (Gross Vehicle Rated Weight) of 8,011 lbs. The 5200 lbs axles increase that to around a GVRW of 11171. The 3500 lbs axles are standard. The 5200 lbs axels are a option and were a must for me. If you are carrying a few ATV's you may need them too.
Personally I don’t know why they even offer the 3500 lbs axels. The specs say UVW is right at 6000 add 883 lbs for water, 200 lbs for gas, 1000 lbs for gear, clothes, and food your at 8000 lbs. Very little room for any options let alone an ATV or two.
Off the dealers lot, towing mine home, it weighed right at 7100 lbs. So this is my actual UVW (unloaded Vehicle Weight) with options. Fully loaded (water, gasoline, food, tools, camping gear, bikes, ect) it weighs over 10,600 lbs. I just weighed my camper during this weekends trip (with everything but the ATV’s) and it weighed just over 9000 lbs. I had the following options added: 4000 Watt generator, electric stabilizing jacks, second bed over the dinette, 10 Gal. water heater, residential mattress, and some other small ones.
I did not know extra scare lights were available. Mine has the standard two, one on the side, forward of the door and one over the ramp. They put out a little less light than your house porch light.
The “Generator Direct” is nothing more than a fuel line from the fuel station and a compartment. And the compartment needs modified because it’s sealed. My factory Gen is not loud at all.
I tried to get a Rhino Kit for mine but could not. I had two dealers giving me quotes, one said I could get it the other said no. I pushed them both to get the right answer. They both called the factory and they came back saying no. The 27DFWP is not tall enough for two beds to be up there. I said I did not care if I had to duck to walk under them. That didn’t work either.
It would be worth it to me. You could get two of full size ATV’s side by side if it were not for the dinette. That would help a lot with the tongue weight. (more on that later) You may have read my other post about the Rhino Kit.
The awning is not checkered on the 2010. The DW likes the new one better. I didn't mind the checkered
Tongue weight is VERY HEAVY. On my three weighs, the tongue was, 1200Lbs Unloaded , 1500Lbs without bikes, and 1800 Lbs full load with bikes. I carry 3 ATV’s and one dirt bike.