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Old 11-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #11
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Looking at the smallest FW Rockwood from 2011 to 2012 Model 8244S is now 8244WS. A major part of the weight change is a wardrobe slide. The GVWR went from 8188 to 8050, dry from 5880 to 6786, hitch from 997 to 1342.

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #12
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Below are the differences between the old and new floor plans.

1) The new (2012) floor plan has a wardrobe slide-out that the 2011 did not have (major change).
2) There are three steps now instead of one step on the 2011 model (major change).
3) The 2012 has a garden shower instead of a garden tub (minor change).
4) The linen/wardrobe for the bedroom are different (minor change).
I believe some of these changes happened in 2010...the higher profile (three steps), larger basement. Our 2010 8280WS had these changes...early 2010 production did not.

The weight numbers do cause me some concern. They list a dry weight of 6786, GVWR of 8050 and CCC of 1264. My experience is that the dry weight is understated by a few hundred lbs but with that GVWR you won't have very much cargo carrying capacity...maybe 800 to 900 lbs.

On our 8280WS advertised dry weight 6800, yellow sticker 7250, actual scaled weight 7400.

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:19 PM   #13
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Another thing I added to the 2011, was the third step to the bedroom as my wife complained every time she went up or down the two steps. Wayne
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:55 AM   #14
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I am now more confused. We looked at a (supposebly) 2012 model of the Rockwood 8244 and it has the same floor plan as the older models. What exactly is the floor plan that is being shown on Forest River's website? There is an additional letter behind the number on the website. The model I looked at is the 8244S and the model on the website is 8244WS.

I liked the old model, but am afraid that it may disappear before I am actually ready to buy (6 months to a year).
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:13 AM   #15
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Is not unusual for changes (some times major) to occur halfway into a model year. RV's are contantly changing. When you are ready to buy, find the right unit and buy it. A year from now there will even be new models to choose from that are still on the drawing board.

My 2011 Flagstaff had a major change halfway into the model year. Had we not purchased the early model year version I would have something else, because I didn't care for the change. My unit has a rear bedroom with a large window on the back wall. That is something I wanted. Now the back wall is all closet.
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Rockwood changes were made in Sept at the factory, which is when they also introduced the Diamond pkg. The unit you are looking at on the website is marked "new" with the added wardrobe slide which is denoted with the "W" in the model number. Even if you are not ready to buy there will probably still be 8244S units around on dealer lots. You may have to travel a bit to find them. Six months to a year is a long time though and you may see something else you like. We changed our minds on floorplans 3 times before making a final decision. Take the opportunity to visit some RV shows and keep looking online.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:58 AM   #17
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I have already planned on going to the Dallas RV show which will be in February.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:11 PM   #18
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It appears that several more brands have made changes that added weight to the models. The V-Cross brand changed their website today which added several hundred pounds to some models. Wildcat and Palomino have also made changes which added weight to their models.

I guess the lightweight models are being phased out!!!!
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Is not unusual for changes (some times major) to occur halfway into a model year. RV's are contantly changing. When you are ready to buy, find the right unit and buy it. A year from now there will even be new models to choose from that are still on the drawing board.

My 2011 Flagstaff had a major change halfway into the model year. Had we not purchased the early model year version I would have something else, because I didn't care for the change. My unit has a rear bedroom with a large window on the back wall. That is something I wanted. Now the back wall is all closet.
Kind of off OP topic, but...
I waited for my 2011 Flagstaff TO get the rear closet.

To the OP, if you are 6-12 months from purchase, you might want to wait and see what is available then.

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Kind of off OP topic, but...
I waited for my 2011 Flagstaff TO get the rear closet.

To the OP, if you are 6-12 months from purchase, you might want to wait and see what is available then.

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No two trailer owners tastes are exactly the same. We had many deal breakers that excluded lots of units. Sliding doors, tub instead of shower, not being able to easily see the TV from the couch and so on.
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