well, i didn't say i was sold on them and i do think that the addition of outside flaps would be helpful, especially if the install had some missed attachment spots. only trying to show that it's a better system than i had been led to believe. remember, i have the old-style bungee system which has lots of places for bugs and water to get in. so this new system is way more secure and tighter than mine, in comparison.
based on some of the complaints i'd read, i found it to be a way better system than had been reported.
i think the main issue is quality control at the factory, than faulty design.
the 400lbs. difference between "dry" and actual is pretty standard for hybrids. my 23SS was almost exactly 400lbs. over the "dry" also. don't forget that it also doesn't include the battery.
that's why many of us are so insistent on not using fictional "dry" weights to go by.
it's even a bigger factor in the smaller trailers, like 17' and smaller, since they have very low cargo capacities that don't factor in the "400lbs." or so extra weight of so-called "options" that nearly every trailer has.
this is especially true with trailers that are targeted for those with minivans or SUV's with the standard 3500lbs. tow capacity. nearly all of these trailers have poor cargo capacities that get even lower after adding the weight of the "options". some end up with an actual cargo capacity of 100lbs.
the Vibe 6503 and 6504 come to mind, since both have CCC of around 500lbs.
subtract 400lbs. of "options" and you'll have 100lbs. of cargo capacity.
glad you got some good surprises, especially the LED's. i think the disconnect switch has been standard for awhile.
you never know when they will make these changes. there's no way of knowing which part of the production year that manufacturers will do this type of upgrade or change. they could even stop making a particular floorplan, mid-year.