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Old 12-04-2020, 06:40 PM   #1
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New to all of this, just ordered a MiniLite 2511S

Glad I found this forum. We (wife and I) ordered a Minilite 2511S which should arrive around mid February. Hoping to learn the do's and don'ts about RVs, and Forest River trailers. TV is a 2021 Chevy Colorado 4X4 with the factory tow package.
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Old 12-04-2020, 09:43 PM   #2
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Congratulations and Welcome from New Jersey, We have the 2019 2511s and Really
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Old 12-04-2020, 10:44 PM   #3
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Which motor do you have in your Colorado and what is its tow weight and cargo weight?
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Old 12-04-2020, 10:57 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum, there is a lot of wise help here.
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Which motor do you have in your Colorado and what is its tow weight and cargo weight?

3.6L V6, tow is 7,000#, cargo is 1,550#. Opted for a Husky hitch to control sway and weight distribution.
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Old 12-05-2020, 11:13 AM   #6
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your order. Lots of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people here to assist you in learn the do's and don'ts.
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Old 12-05-2020, 02:10 PM   #7
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Congratulations and welcome to living the dream - with some sleepless nights. Those Colorado's are a comfortable rig on most any length trip. Have fun! :-)
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Welcome best suggestion I can give is buy books on RV equipment repair and check out youtube channels. Happy Camping.
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Old 12-05-2020, 02:35 PM   #9
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congrats on the 2511

we've had the 2511ws for a couple years. I'm overall very happy with it. Like all RV's, you may have a few fit and finish issues with it, but i think Forest River quality is a little better than most, truly.

Issues to check for (I'm not trying to "snipe" or change your decision; just trying to make your life easier):

1. When i got mine i thought the fresh water tank was not feeding. Since i took delivery in the winter (like you); the dealer had left the water feed switch to "winterize", or the anti-freeze input. Make you sure you check that.

2. The water pump is in a little cabinet low on the floor next to the toilet (on mine...all these notes refer to the 2018 floorplan of the WS) that doesn't have a latch necessarily. Mine had hinges on both sides and you have to unscrew one side.

3. The valves in there (para 2) aren't particularly easy to get to, but they're there and mine worked.

4. I had two trim items.

a. The long piece of trim over the dinette fell off. It was cut a little long so it bowed in hot weather and wasn't well secured. A little contact cement and wire brads took care of it.

b. The TV mount was not very secure. The big hinged frame that holds that TV in came unsecured and was only really stapled. I put a couple Kreg (pocket) screws in the front trim top and bottom from the back and it's rock solid, so look at that. A small "L" bracket and screws would work too, just not as pretty. (I have pics if you need.)

c. The heater bypass valves are under the stove, accessed by pulling the drawers under the sink....or...I'm not sure...you might be able to access it easier via the drawer in the bedroom/kitchen dividing wall; i went through the kitchen this year.

d. Winterizing, I had difficulty sucking up anti-freeze, use a really good hose fitting with good thick rubber washers at the outdoor port to help get a good seal.

We like just about everything about that floor plan. The dividing door between the bedroom and kitchen are really nice for folks on different sleep schedules. I'm kind of beefy and I thought the dinette table was tight , so i ordered 2" (vice 4") back cushions for the dinette; but not the best if you use it for a bed; you'd want the thicker cushions for that.

My brochure did not fully document the Gray water cap, I had 40/40/30 according the brochure. But it neglected the second gray water tank so i have more like 40/56/30. The new brochure has 52/60/30 for yours so you have more FW than I do. Check to see if the gray water tanks are broken into two tanks and two empties. That is, I have like 26 gal for the kitchen and 26 gal for the bathroom sink / shower. But they're not connected. I bought a macerator pump (for black or grey) and an end cap with hose fitting. I can hook it to the full (kitchen) GW tank and transfer to the bathroom GW tank (we use the park facilities 90% of the time) to max the GW usage. If yours are connected that's be cool but they are probably on either side of the axles.

I've got about 3,000 miles on mine with a trip from Indianapolis to Long Island NY and back, and stops in the Adirondacks and Catskills and it towed well behind my stock F150 5.0L V8.

Good Luck and enjoy.

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Old 12-05-2020, 03:03 PM   #11
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Welcome and congads.on the camper We bought are in mar 19 a 26 rbws flagstaff superlite we love it.Hope you get to use it next yr with this covid going around.Have fun
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Old 12-05-2020, 03:12 PM   #12
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Welcome from Cape Cod Massachusetts. You are gonna love the friends here on forum. I learned a lot. However lost my hubby in September. Just sold his
F-350 diesel/dually Platinum. And now need to sell my 2015 41’ Forest River Cedar Creek CK38 traveled less less than 25,000 miles. Just put new tires, new valves on tanks plus regular maintence that we do every year. So please enjoy everyday in your RV and with your family. You will have many many beautiful memories
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Old 12-05-2020, 04:08 PM   #14
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We enjoy our 2018 Mini Lite 2511S

Congratulations on your choice. We love our floor plan and the quality is better than most travel trailers. We tow with a 2018 Nissan Titan and have no problem at all. This forum is great for question and "how to".
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3.6L V6, tow is 7,000#, cargo is 1,550#. Opted for a Husky hitch to control sway and weight distribution.
Is the 1550# payload off of the yellow driver's door jamb sticker, or from a table from Chevy? At 13% of GVWR on that trailer, you are going to have about 900# tongue weight. Subtract that from your door sticker payload and that's what is left for people, pets, coolers, ...etc.
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Thanks. My vision is failing an I literally did not see that last sentence. New glasses due next week.
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Thanks. My vision is failing an I literally did not see that last sentence. New glasses due next week.
I posted my ďSee post #1Ē twice. Had to delete one. Ha!
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