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Old 09-06-2010, 06:57 PM   #31
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Lori Allen, if the Rockwood colors don't suit you, check out the Flagstaff. It is the same trailer. We got the cherry cabinets with Sedona interior, and it is really gorgeous. Just had a friend and his mrs drop by to check it out (Jayco owners), and she really liked the combo.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:46 PM   #32
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We ordered a 8280WS with the Sidewinder option a few days ago. Will pick it up in Elkhart. Our tow vehicle is a 2010 Toyota Tundra DC/standard bed. Does anyone have any experience with this setup. We haven't installed a fifth wheel hitch yet or brake controller. Any recommendations.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #33
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Just finished a 5K mile trip with my new 8280WS (picked it up Aug 27th in Lakeview, OH) towed by an 07 Tundra DC 6 1/2 ft bed (Pullrite 15K Superglide). The truck performed amazingly. We drove from Tucson, AZ and back thru most of the eastern states including hilly West Virginia and the Tundra was outstanding. Before leaving I installed the Superglide hitch, airbags, Bilstein shocks, P3 brake controller and ten ply LT tires. Hope you have the tow package with tow mode. It makes a difference. Make sure you have upgraded shocks for the very poor roads like the turnpikes of Ohio and West Virginia where you have a lot of up and down warped cement roadways. Allways had power to spare. Just got home today. The Tundra and the 8280WS are a great combination.
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:18 AM   #34
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Thanks for your Update!

Planning on a trip to LakeView in the near feature for a 8285WS. What upgrades did you get for you RV? Thanks for your info on your TV.
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:23 AM   #35
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I ordered the "convenience package" which has tinted glass, microwave, power awning, spare tire carrier and cover, aluminum wheels, outside speakers, power stabilizer jacks, gel coat ext finish, etc. I also ordered 12volt deep cycle battery, cherry wood cabinets, 32in LCD TV, "minimum" carpet, storm windows, ceiling fan, hide-a-bed air mattress (in sofa), raised panel refrigerator front, 15K AC, rear ladder, outside grill, king-u-shaped dinette, lazy boy recliners, countertop extension, heated IPO Serta mattress upgrade, water purifier and create-a-breeze bath roof vent. Some of the above was standard but gave you the entire list as delivered. I also had the dealer install awnings for the two slide outs. MSRP was listed as $40,274.64 with sales price at $26831.00 with an additional $920.00 for the two slide awnings. RVW will negotiate if you hold out longer than I did. Have them throw in the LP gas fill for both tanks. Best upgrades: Lazy boy recliners, 15K AC and king-u-dinette upgrade. Worst upgrade for me was the storm windows and serta mattress upgrade. I wound up taking the storm window coverings off and storing them so that I could open the windows. Not needed in my opinion. The serta mattress upgrade was a joke. I received an unheated brick for an "upgrade". Save your money and either buy another quality mattress or get a good memory foam mattress topper for the crap that FR puts in this RV.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:41 PM   #36
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We picked up our 8280WS today, the 5vr is everything we had hoped for.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:17 PM   #37
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We picked up our 8280WS today, the 5vr is everything we had hoped for.
Congrats! I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as we've enjoyed ours. Post some pictures when you have a chance.

How did the bed clearance work out for you?

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Old 10-01-2010, 09:17 PM   #38
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:39 PM   #39
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Price?

We're thinking of the same trailer and was wondering what the best price was that you found? 14K off MSRP is great!

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I ordered a new 2011 8280WS and will pick it up the 27th of this month in Lakeview, Oh. I went though RVWholesalers.com and received almost 14K off MSRP. By ordering the RV I was able to get everything I wanted at a great price. Although I live in Tucson, AZ I do not mind driving to Ohio to pick it up. It took about 9 weeks to build. I have relatives in Ohio and my son is graduating from Army boot camp Sept 16th in Ft Jackson, SC, so I am going to make a grand tour of the east coast (obviously I'm retired). The 8280WS was one of the few 30 ft 5th wheels I could pull with my 2007 Tundra. The Tundra has tons of towing capacity (10600 lbs), GCWR of 16000 lbs, 381 horses (401 fp of torque) but only 1755 payload. It is important for you to know all this before purchasing any 5th wheel. It does not take much to exceed your truck payload rating (people, hitch, gas, 5er hitch, RV pin weight, etc.) unless you have a 1 ton or something. The 8280WS represented a compromise for me because I originally wanted a rear lounge 5th wheel but could not find anything in the 30ft range with a low hitch weight. I ordered (must have) the leather Lazy-boy recliners (thanks to Dave_Monica). I also ordered minimum carpet, large U dinette, cherry wood, slide awnings, and most important, the upgraded Serta mattress which I finally found out is the Serta Fairview line (has memory foam topper). The standard mattress, Serta Alameda, is pretty firm. I apologize in advance for the TMI but I’ve been researching 5ers for about a year and after all things considered, I chose this model. Great quality with few compromises…
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:05 PM   #40
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Imago. figure out what you want (options) and then play RVdirect.com against RVWholesalers.com for the best price. Do not accept either deal right away. Wait a week or two because sometimes they will change their mind and counter offer later. After you have think you have made the best deal, tell them you will go with them if they throw in full propane tanks and an RV starter kit (levels, hose, etc.).. Between the two you should get the best deal. Just my .02 cents.... Be prepared to buy a mattress topper for FR's supplied mattress (even the "upgrade" Serta)...
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