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Old 04-16-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Flagstaff vs Rockwood

What are the differences between the Flagstaff and Rockwood fifth wheelers? I am mainly looking at the Flagstaff 8528RLWS which is very similar to the Rockwood 8285WS.

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Old 04-16-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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nothing other than outside graphics and interior decor.
they are made at the same factory.

many RV manufacturers do this so that two dealers can sell the same floorplan, without infringing on the other's brand.
Forest River isn't unique in this.
Thor has Kodiak/Aerolite, Jayco has Jayfeather/Starcraft and so on.

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Old 04-16-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
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That's it.

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Old 04-16-2011, 01:31 PM   #4
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I agree with the previous post other than now being a new owner and spending our first night in a Grey Wolf, forest river's lower line/brand, we've noticed a few things that we didn't pay attention to...

Small things - on our camper a manual light propane only water tank is standard, and a small one at that.
The only light switches are on the lights themselves - on the ceiling - so our kids can't reach them.
"Missing" drawers- there could be a silverware drawer but it's just blanked off. There could be doors or drawers under the dinette for access instead of pulling off the cushions, the overhead cabinet doors could stay open by themselves.

Things we did notice were cheaper/thinner mattresses, narrow slideout (vs a deep one), cheaper counter surface, cheaper/plainer vinyl floor, no large grab handle by the door - things we can / will upgrade or can add or don't care about.
Construction seemed about the same on all the brands and we were after lightweight so 'real wood' cabinets and solid surface countertops weren't in the cards anyway.
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Nights camped 2011: 11 2012: 18 2013: 12 2014: 12 2015: 13 2016: 56 2017: 8+
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:05 PM   #5
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prof fate, there is no twin sister brand to the Grey Wolf, like there are with the Rockwood/Flagstaff brands.

and there are other twin sister brands in the FR model lines.
if you look at a lot of the floorplans, on the website, for all types of FR RVs, you find the same floorplan under different brands.
and some have different model numbers, even though they are the same exact floorplan.

but, for the Rockwood Roo/Flagstaff Shamrock hybrids, they share the same model numbers.
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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They are the same except for interiour colours and outside graffics. The thing to watch is we heard that Forest Rivers was supposed to drop the flagstaff name from the catalog but so far the name still exist. Also I think the dealers under the Rockwoodbrand name are much more numerous than the flagfstaff brand.

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