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Old 02-24-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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New to PUP Camping - Flagstaff 228D 2013

Hey Everyone! Super excited to be here with our new FR Flagstaff 22D. We brought it home Friday from the dealer and can't wait to get it out. I have been loading and preparing it and notice a few quarks about it. I am hoping that I can get some tips and tricks here.
1. The fresh water tank is bowed beneath the drain valve. This means that I will never get all the water out, leaving about 2 inches (2-3 gallons) in it all the time. Any ideas here or is this really not an issue?
2. There are no DC outlets. Anyone know of a contraption to help?
3. Last, I am wondering about external cargo holders. The dealer told me anything on the bumper would void the warranty. What about the roof mounted racks like on a car? Has anyone done this to their unit and can provide some tips and pics?

Thanks all for the help. I am glad to see there is a community dedicate to FR products. Talk to you all later.

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Old 02-24-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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DC outlets are not a normal standard thing, in many RV's.
you'd have to install one.
many pup owners install a roof rack to theirs, for bikes.
i'd have the dealer look to install another tank and put in a support, if that's not a normal bulge. i don't see why it should be.

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Old 02-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your Flagstaff 22D.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:36 PM   #4
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Welcome!!! We have a HW29SC and I just put a whole yakima system on top (against all reviews & my wife's advice). I put 4 bars on top (I know..excessive). I purchased the 86" bars from yakima (ORS racks direct) with the #6 landing pads. All went far. Gonna try them out fully loaded this weekend (2 bikes, I tandem kayak, 1 standup paddleboard). I'll take some pics this weekend.

My guess is, if you are gonna void a warrantee by putting something on the bumper, poking holes in the roof will put you in the same boat.

They do make a tongue mounted bike rack where the rear bike tire rests on the shell of the camper.

Good luck!

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:48 PM   #5
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Welcome to the FR family! And congrats on your new Flagstaff too.

Good luck and take care!
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:33 AM   #6
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Congrats on the new camper. I can hear you when it comes to the water tank sagging, had the same issue. Took it to dealer, they put on a new tank and looked great until I filled it up with water, sagged big time. I called the factory and they said because of weight issues, trying to make everything lighter, the tanks are not as thick as they used to be in the wall thickness.
After looking at differant ways that I thought would help relieve the sagging, I came up with measuring a piece of exterior treated 1/2 inch plywood 2 inches wider and longer than the water tank. Used a floor jack to push the plywood up tight against the bottom of the tank to flatten out sag and used three pieces of plumbers strapping with 3/4 inch self tapping screws across the the ends and center of the tank screwed into the frame that holds the tank in place. After installing, removed jack and filled tank with water, no sagging. Drained the tank and darn near got it all out except where drain valve meets water level, tilted the camper on the drain valve side and got most all the water out. This might be worth a try, cost me less than $20.00 and about an hour of my time. You could take it to dealer and see if they would do it under warrenty. Good Luck.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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As far as the DC outlet thing goes. Look for what appears to be a 1/4" audio jack in a white cone shaped device on the ceiling, about 2-1/2" dia x 2" tall. My Flagstaff 270BH has one on the ceiling near the beds for a fan. I've also seen them in other pup manufactures units. You can also add DC jacks if there aren't any. CW sells the kind that are like cigarette lighter type. I hate them as I've always had trouble with them. You can find the 1/4" jacks at Radio Shack or at an audio repair shop. Guitar cords with two 1/4" male jacks makes for good extension cords.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:53 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for your comments. It has been most helpful. I will keep the conversation alive on the water tank if I hear back from the manufacture.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:48 PM   #9
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We are looking at a 2012 228D that the dealer wants to move...did you look at any other popups before chosing this one.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #10
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Great Purchase

Congrats on the new purchase. I actually have a 2010 Flagstaff 228D that I am trying to sell as we just purchased a Vibe 6504. That model is really great and we loved camping in ours.

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