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Old 08-14-2010, 03:01 PM   #1
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Rockwood 5th wheel 8280WS

Where does the Rockwood 5th wheel fit into the Forrest River Family, is a mid range? We are looking at a 8280WS any comments about the unit and its quality of construction? thank you
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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We have a 2010 8280WS that we like very much...camped 29 nights in it so far. We find that the fit and finish on the camper is very good...haven't had any issues with it at all. I would say that it would be considered mid range in Forest River's family...it's not lacking any features that we would want. You won't find a 30 ft 5er with lower pin weight than this one, 1240lbs loaded...an important consideration regarding the tow vehicle.

As with most rear kitchen layouts, the fridge isn't accessible with the slide in as it needs to be out at least a foot. We find it a minor inconvenience for the great layout and counter-space. Go for the optional lazyboy leather recliners...they're well worth it!

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Old 08-15-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply, our dealer is trying to locate a 2010 model for us,as we like the interior colors better on the 2010 than the 2011. We had been looking at 5ers for some time, have a 24RL Wildcat now, and until we saw the 8280WS. However, it was sold and wouldn't you know that is the one my dear wife liked, so here is hoping the dealer locates one!
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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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 08-15-2010, 02:37 PM   #5
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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…
WOW! Thanks for all the info! I cant wait to see the pics once you get it!
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:52 PM   #6
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Well, we ordered a 8280WS today, they told us later part of Sept. There is still till to camp in the Midwest in Sept and Oct. Will let you know when we get her. Thank you for the info.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:58 PM   #7
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Great! Welcome to the Rockwood world! They originally told me (RVWholesalers in Lakeview, Ohio) that it would be 11 weeks but it came in 9 weeks.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:27 PM   #8
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I do have another question for someone who has a 8280WS, what is the measurement from the rear axle center to the rear bumper? Also the height of the bumper at that point? I am concerned that the rear of the 5ver may not backup my drive, we have a Wildcat 24RL now. The salesman said that I could mount a roller or wheel at the rear if it was to low, but that would put pressure on the frame correct and I do not want frame problems.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:46 PM   #9
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Just measured out in the driveway: centerline of rear most axle to the bumper centerline is 10' 3". The height from ground to camper underside when level is 22 1/2". The height from the ground to the bottom of the bumper is 25 1/2"
Hope this helps.

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Old 09-02-2010, 06:31 PM   #10
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"wheelies on the rear"

I have used rear "ASSIST" wheels on my last three TT. I tore both grey & black dump valves off on my first TT, After that, I did not take any chances
ever dragging the rear again.

They do work!

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