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Old 11-01-2011, 09:31 AM   #1
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2012 Rockwood/Flagstaff Changes

I have been looking for the smallest model FW of these brands for a while now and finally found one to look at. Then I checked the specs and boy have they changed. The dry weight jumped up over 700 pounds and the dry weight pin weight went up over 300 pounds from the 2011 model year.

While other brands are coming out with more lightweight models Forest River is going backwards!!!!!
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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Maybe the numbers are just a little more accurate. I bought my 2011 Flagstaff TT a little over a year ago and the 'brochure' dry weight was listed at 6,250. The actual weight on the sticker? 6,907.

This did not surprise me because I had checked the brochure weights with the real sticker weights on several models, and all the real weights were significantly higher.

Don't go by brochure weights only. Find an actual trailer on some dealers lot to get the actual weight from the sticker before deciding.

Maybe FR is finally getting realistic with their published weights which would be a good thing. Or maybe they made design changes to that model.
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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I seriously doubt that the weight of a similar model would change very much from one year to the next. Are you comparing the actual weight of the camper you looked at vs the 2011 brochure dry weight? If so, you are comparing apples to oranges.
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
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Being I have not been able to find this particular model to look at I am comparing the 2011 brochure to the 2012 brochure.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:04 PM   #5
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Where are you finding 2011 and 2012 Flagstaff brochures? I went to forestriver.com, clicked on "lite weight travel trailers" and then the Flagstaff brochure link. All I find is a "Flagstaff and V-Lite Brochure" that lists 2010 standards and options (pages 14 and 15). I can't find anything on the website that shows the new floor plans and interior colors that I saw at the Hershey RV show in September.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:09 PM   #6
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It is actually the website that shows the new weights. Below is the Flagstaff model. I have the old books that show the old weights. It does appear to be some changes inside also. The brochure does show the old weights.

http://forestriverinc.com/nd/default...ries=ClassicFW

Here is the old info/weights.

http://www.rvguide.com/specs/forest-...e/8524rls.html
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:15 PM   #7
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There's your problem, Reuben. The RV Guide numbers are simply WRONG. Use the Forest River numbers.
I didn't think the weight would change much, unless of course you trust some stupid "guide".
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:04 PM   #8
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There's your problem, Reuben. The RV Guide numbers are simply WRONG. Use the Forest River numbers.
I didn't think the weight would change much, unless of course you trust some stupid "guide".
The weights shown on the RV guide are the exact numbers that was shown on the 2011 model. I have the old brochure. I used the RV Guide just to show the differences being I cannot find the old layout and weight shown.

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).

Look at the different floor plans!!!
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:23 PM   #9
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I have the 2011 8524 rlws. I was told the difference between brochure weight and sticker weight was the options installed. Don't have the brochures with me right now, but it seem like it was around 5900 lbs. and the sticker on the trailer is 6400 something lbs. The external picture on the 2011 brochure is not the 8524 rlws. Wayne
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:38 PM   #10
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Yes, Wayne, 'options' like the A/C unit, the awning and some other heavy items. They are actually listed as 'mandatory options'. If it's mandatory then it's really not an option is it. FR doesn't post the true wieghts online or in brochures so it is buyer beware if you are concerned about the weight.
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