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Old 10-31-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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Wolfpack 285wp - Who else has one?

I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has a Wolf Pack 285wp. We have put a few miles of pulling our 285 through Arizona, New Mexico, California, but never came across another 285.

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Old 05-29-2016, 12:36 AM   #2
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285WP Toyhauler

Yes, there are other 285WP toyhaulers out here. We are in Washington and have owned ours since September 2007. We bought it used, by the manufacturers definition only, as the first owner bought it and had it delivered. He didn't realize it was as long and wide as it is. He drove it about 5 miles and brought it back home to sell.

We have modified / changed the:
1. WFCO panel with a 50 amp Xantrex;
2. Replaced the shower enclosure with a 39" square enclosure;
3. Replaced the kitchen and bathroom faucets with single handle fixtures;
4. Replaced the so called bunks in the garage with two twin extra long mattress bunks that can be raised to the ceiling; and
5. Completely rebuilt the wall, cabinet, television and entertainment system between the toilet and living area.

Why did we purchase it? Reasonable price and side entry for the garage.

What did / do we really dislike? Poor workmanship and staples everywhere.

We will both be retired soon and then the truck, trailer and motorcycle will hit the road.

Happy travels,

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:58 AM   #3
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We ordered our 285 from the factory in Feb. of 2008, and over the years made a few mods ourselves. We were told at the time when we ordered this unit, if we had waited another week, we would not have been able to get it...word had already came down from the office that the 'WP" floor plan was to be discontinued. So, we have the last one ever built, and the only one with a 2009 VIN number.

The major mods that we have done to our 285;
1. We also rebuilt the same wall between the toilet an living room, a lot more space
now in front of the toilet and creating a book shelf on the living room side. Did add
a flat screen TV in the living room, but beefed up the back side of the cabinet where
the toilet is located for the TV mount.
2. Did add a wall between the bathroom and bedroom. Made a big difference for
privacy (ordered the matching wall panels and trim from a factory rep here in town
at that time).
3. Had the slide out reconfigured with a dinette set and a jack-knife couch from the
factory at the time of ordering this unit.
4. Spare tire under the chassis, in front of the front axle.
5. Added a 2" lift.
6. Built removable steps from garage to living room, living room to bathroom, fixed
step from bathroom to bedroom.
7. Did add another floor vent in the bedroom for heat because of the wall install.
8. Did order this without decals. Just have the decal in the front.

Next possible mod, taking the exterior door that is in between the living room and garage and installing it as an exterior door where the window is located in the garage, which is the same width. Then replacing the interior opening with the same type of sliding door (similar to the door that is in between the living room and bathroom).

Safe travels - E & L
Ed & Laureen
2005 F-250 4X4 SD 6.0 Powerstroke
2009 Cherokee Wolf Pack 285wp (the side door ramp toy hauler)
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:41 PM   #4
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285WP Toyhauler

E & L,

Here is the latest on our trailer. We went to Southern California, Desert Hot Springs area, in February then spent five days in Death Valley and cruised up US-395 to Washington. Just as we were returning home a leaf spring broke on the right side front trailer axle and we did a field repair with the help of a couple of WSDOT trouble shooters. They helped us get off the freeway to a safe location where we left the trailer to go purchase a new spring pack and did a field replacement. When we got home we purchased three more leaf springs and replaced the rest of them. We also replaced the equalizers between the leaf springs as the pivot hole was a slot due to excessive wear with Dexter E-Z Flex Heavy Duty Rubber Suspension System equalizers and the manual adjusting brakes with auto adjusting brakes.

We left on a trip to Alaska in late June with high hopes for a good trip but alas that was not to be. While in Canada we found two studs had broken on one wheel so we went to replace them and found that the brake had auto adjusted itself to be metal on metal so that required a new brake and drum. We had the hub next to this one looked at and it had significant wear with less than 2,000 miles on it. We had the three remaining brakes replaced in Kamloops about an hour up the road. When we got into the campground that evening the slideout jammed due to the rack jumping a tooth on the pinion gear then breaking two teeth on that gear. Do a web search for Lippert LIP-0065. While under the trailer looking at this issue I noticed the I-beam was cracked just behind the rear leaf spring hanger on both sides of the trailer. This was the straw that broke the camels back. We returned home the next day.

We have had the I-beam welded, sistered and added gussets to strengthen the area of the cracks. As an engineer by training and profession I am absolutely appalled at the use of such a light I-beam. This is another example of the lack of quality in the Forest River product.

We are looking to sell our 285WP and replace it with another higher quality product.

We wish you the very best with yours.
Craig & Mary
2007 Cherokee Wolf Pack 285WP Toyhauler
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 6.7 w/ Edge Evolution CTS
2005 Yamaha FJR
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