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Old 10-19-2010, 07:28 AM   #1
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Hi all
we have recently taken delivery of our new 2011 flagstaff 8528BHSS 5th wheeler all the way over here in the uk.

Its brilliant and all of my family love it, we have / had a few issues with the company who imported it for us with parts missing, bike rake, ladder faulty gas detector but apart from that alls good.

We tow it with a Dodge Ram 2500 HD Diesel quad cab short bed and enjoy the stability of the whole rig. We do have a right old job getting into the campsites here and along some of the roads as they perhaps are not designed for such Large RV's

The biggest problem is finding info out about it and how things work, such as the tank heaters and how big are all the tanks etc. The owners manuals seam to be so generic and cover every type of RV every built that they are best used for fire wood

Looking forward to reading the posts and learning from you all
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Welcome Coupey, Congratulations on your new rig. Looking forward to seeing some pictures of camping in the UK.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:38 AM   #3
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Congrats on the new machine and welcome to the forums. Having lived in Germany for 4 years I just can imagine trying to manouver that truck and trailer over there. You must get some serious looks though.

wishing you many happy and safe miles.
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Welcome from Ontario Canada. Can hardly wait to see those pictures and here your stories of your travels. Old Guys
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The biggest problem is finding info out about it and how things work, such as the tank heaters and how big are all the tanks etc.

Welcome to the forums!

Here's a link to Forest River's site with specs for your camper.

http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...series=8WideFW

Looks like a 43 g fresh, 2 x 38 g grey/galley and 2 x 38 g black tanks.

The tank heaters are stick on pads on the bottom (valve end) of the tank and at the neck area. They're 12V and provide heat at temperatures under 40F (I believe that's the number).

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Old 10-20-2010, 04:31 AM   #9
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Thank you all for a warm welcome and for the tank info, i knew there where 2 tanks for grey nd black but had no idea they where equal. Looks like the tank heaters will be getting used this weekend as the temps here have dropped dramatically 
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:36 PM   #10
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Coupey:

On my Class A Georgetown, the spec sheet for the heaters (called an "Arctic Pak") says they come when the tank contents get down to 40F and go off again when the tank contents reach 64F. There's an ALL CAPS warning not to swich the system on if the tanks are empty.

Depending on the specific pad part number they draw 4.5 to 6.5 amps at 12VDC. As you remarked, the Forest River Owner's Manual is best used as fire starter.

According to the guy we bought the MH from, the fresh water tank is 60 gallons and the two waste tanks are 40 gallons each. The fuel tank is 83 gallons, and it makes your eyes water a bit when you fill it to the top and you see how much is going on you debit card! Note the above are all US gallons, 3.78 litres.

I'm glad I don't have to put 83 gallons in at UK prices. Ours are hovering just below $3 a US gallon, which works out to about 50p/litre.
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