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Old 06-08-2012, 01:11 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Dave_Monica View Post
Good point.

No issues with the construction of the 2 Rockwoods we've had.

Thanks Dave, this our third year with our Flagstaff 8528RLWS with no problems. We hauled it from Victoria BC to Charolottetown PEI and back to Calgary AB through the northern US in 2010. In 2011 numerous weekends in southern Alberta and two or three trips to the west coast. So far this year, one weekend at Bow Valley Park west of Calgary and now back on Vancouver Island for a month before going to Washington state and back to Calgary. Have been over lots of bad roads with no trouble. We love the solid wood cabinets. This is called a 'classic super lite' fifth wheel and weighs in at just over 9000 lbs. loaded. Light maybe, but tows like a dream.

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Old 06-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #12
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I have a Rockwood 2011 8285 WS-----------

I am satisfied with my Rockwood 100%. I would purchase again. I have owned both Flagstaff & Rockwood, got good service out of both. hard to understand some people comments about the Rockwood or Flagstaff units.
For the $$$$ and quality a good buy.

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Old 06-08-2012, 06:09 AM   #13
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looks like if I want solid and luxury, I might be better getting a conventionally built TT?
I like the idea of having a larger TT but I would then need a larger TV which I'm not in the market for....we'll see how this first RV summer goes
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:29 AM   #14
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From what I have been told and have seen in the past, the best built TT is an Airstream. However, it certainly doesn't fit my bank account.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:33 AM   #15
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boubou, there are always trade-offs. When we were shopping for a new camper, we wanted the largest one in a floor plan we liked, but in a lightweight package. That turned out to be the Flagstaff/Rockwood line. We would have bought a Cougar if they had the same floor plan, as they are built a bit sturdier. But the Flagstaff/Rockwoods were a close second, and they had the exact floor plan we wanted.
Actually, Sabre also makes a very nice unit, and is built quite strong. You might want to check them out.
It all depends on your price point. I saw an awesome fifth wheel at the dealer where we bought ours, but it was $75,000!
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:39 AM   #16
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If you want the best built unit, don't buy a Rockwood/Flagstaff lightweight. Everything is lightweight, the walls, floor, frame, axles, tires, EVERYTHING!
As Quick Draw McGraw used to say "Hooooold on thar, them's fightin'

I donno where you got your information but I'm happy with MY
Rockwood Ultralite. Had it 4 years with no more than "normal" issues
of minor plumbing leak here and there. No frame, tires, axle issues and
no weather related water leaks.

And my loaded with gear, half tank of water, full LP and food ready to
go camping weight is 4800 at the truck scales. (That's gross including
tongue weight.)
I haul a 450 LB motorcycle and pull the trailer with a little gas V8.

Check my "states visited" map. We don't leave it just sitting in the
drive way, it get's used!
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:44 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Hob View Post
From what I have been told and have seen in the past, the best built TT is an Airstream. However, it certainly doesn't fit my bank account.
While camping near the north rim of Grand Canyon 2 years ago a little
single axle air stream pulled in and parked across from us.
After he got set up I moseyed over there and chatted.
I noticed his wheel well trim was all torn up.

I asked and he said he'd had blow outs on both sides. Apparently it came
from the factory with under size tires. He'd had to buy higher load capacity
tires while on the road.
Not how I want to spend a day of MY vacation!

I'm thinking Airstream are nice trailers but they used to have issues
with leaks and are a bit on the heavy side for their size.
I'm not saying I wouldn't have one but as you say, they are a bit on the
pricey side.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:00 AM   #18
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KyDan, the OP asked what were the best built, and while the fit and finish on the Rockwood/Flagstaffs is excellent, they are not built as strong as one that weighs more.
The frames are not real I-beams, but manufactured out of three pieces of light metal. They are only as strong as the welds, and simply cannot be as strong as a real I-beam. And they aren't very big either.
The walls are only 1 inch thick, which is pretty thin when you compare it to many at twice the thickness. That means less structural strength and less insulation, which means it is harder to keep cool on those hot days.
There are no roof rafters, and the strength is totally dependant on the glued laminate structure. If the foam was cracked from someone not being careful on the roof, the strength of the roof would be compromised.
The lack of real plywood on the floor has resulted in some reports of "soft" floors, as the foam underneath the very thin "plywood" gets crushed over time.
These are all facts that no one can deny, but are also part of buying a very lightweight camper.
And we own one, so I have the right to comment.
We also really like our Flagstaff, and get many compliments on it. But I also know the drawbacks.
Sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings by being honest.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:17 AM   #19
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:25 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by boubou View Post
what is the difference between the rockwood and flagstaff?
You get better gas mileage with the Flagstaff , as it pulls easier.

(Nah, just kiddin' - they're identical twins, just dressed differently)

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