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Old 01-22-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Ordered A New 831FKBSS & Joined The FRFs!

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We went to the RV Show and ordered a new 2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS to replace our 2006 Rockwood 8315SS. This will be our 3rd camper, #1 was a 1996 Starcraft Pop-up. The Flagstaff should be ready in 6-8 weeks. With some help from the Forest River Factory Rep, we were able to order an interior trim combination supposedly not available! After the show, wanting to do some research on the new TT, I found the FRFs, and joined. What a great resource! Hope I can help others as much as I have learned in these few short days.

Since I haven't gotten the new trailer yet, here's a pic of the TV & the old TT.

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Old 01-22-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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to the forum !!

Congrats on the new camper !!
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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We got our 831FKBSS about labor day and absolutely love it. We are sure you will too.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

lbrjet,
have you taken your 831 to the scales? I am curious how far over the printed spec the actual weight is. (I will be weighing mine on it's maiden trip, once it's fully loaded.)

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:35 AM   #5
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Welcome. We found this forum the other day as well. Congrats on the purchase.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:21 AM   #6
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Haven't scaled it yet, however, the trailer was stamped 6,907 lbs. 'factory weighed'. Add battery and propane about 7,000 lbs.

Forest River actual weights are always much higher than the brochures.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
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lbrjet,
Thanks for the info!

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Old 01-27-2011, 08:18 PM   #8
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I should add that after we moved our stuff into the trailer the tongue weight was 1,065 lbs according to my Sherline scale. That is with the fresh water tank empty and since it is on the very back end of the trailer adding water will lighten the TW somewhat.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:46 PM   #9
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Just picked up our 2011 831FKBSS Flagstaff

We picked up our 831FKBSS last week. A good friend has the same layout in a Jayco and I always liked it. After buying a new camper last year we just weren't satisfied with it so we traded one year later. Going to install an Equalizer hitch tomorrow as our current setup doesn't seem to be all that stable. Can't wait to get on the road and enjoy all the room this camper has.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:17 AM   #10
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I'm new to the forum and look forward to participating with everyone. I am also getting a 831FKBSS next week. Being RVing for about 26 years. This will be the 3rd trailer and the largest I've owned. Look forward sharing info' especially fellow 831FKBSS owners.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:09 PM   #11
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Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!
I was beginning to wonder if we were the only people interested in the 831FKBSS!
(It's the same trailer as our 2006 Rockwood, but with the bedroom slide!)

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Old 02-03-2011, 08:37 PM   #12
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We shopped for 6 months looking at many different front kitchen models, from several manufactures, and after touring the 831FBKSS we both said, this is IT. Bought it the same day. It had just come off the line two weeks prior and dealer had just got it in that week.
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We shopped for 6 months looking at many different front kitchen models, from several manufactures, and after touring the 831FBKSS we both said, this is IT. Bought it the same day. It had just come off the line two weeks prior and dealer had just got it in that week.
We did pretty much the same thing when we were looking back in 2006. We found the 8315SS Rockwood floorplan online. A local dealer had one, we went and took a look at it and put our name on it that day. Now, 4 years later, we are getting the same thing again, but with more bedroom space. (And, with it being the late 2011 model, the rear walk-in closet!)
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Had an Equalizer Hitch added to the TT and TV this week and what a difference it made. I feel very comfortable towing our new TT down the interstate now. Never had a problem with the old set up on any of my other campers but none were this large. Had the Grandkids in this weekend and we slept in the camper beside the house and loved every minute of it.
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Well everyone my wife and I have gone back to the first trailer we looked at. It's still a Flagstaff but a 5th wheel-852RKWS. Now we will have to upgrade our truck.After much reading and discussion I felt my beloved 2005 Ford F150 Lariat Super crew 51/2 bed was not up to the abuse of cross country and high mountain pulling of 34 foot trailer. After talking with the nice folks at Pulrite-Super glide they did not recommend their hitch for my truck. So Ill be looking for a F250 with a longer bed. So I'm happy and more important the wife is happy.Oh, we have a friend that will tow the trailer home for us. I know it is out of the ordinary to get a trailer before tow vehicle but that's the way it work out. Of course the kids inheritance will probably be the truck and trailer.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:14 PM   #16
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Just spent the first weekend in our 831FKBSS and we loved it. The room is great, had some friends visit with us and they were really impressed. Everything is so well laid out. We are so much happier with this TT then the one we purchased last year, the difference between the Classic and the Ultralite is amazing. Of course the price was more but now that we experienced both we are satisfied we made the right decision to trade. Found that the hose for the grill is too short but the dealer had inadvertantly given us two hoses that coupled together and allowed us to use the grill. That was the only snafu we encountered and worked out for us.

The new Equalizer Hitch preformed perfectly. Can't wait for this coming weekend when we go camping with the Grandkids at Stone Mountain.
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Just spent the first weekend in our 831FKBSS and we loved it. The room is great, had some friends visit with us and they were really impressed. Everything is so well laid out. We are so much happier with this TT then the one we purchased last year, the difference between the Classic and the Ultralite is amazing. Of course the price was more but now that we experienced both we are satisfied we made the right decision to trade. Found that the hose for the grill is too short but the dealer had inadvertantly given us two hoses that coupled together and allowed us to use the grill. That was the only snafu we encountered and worked out for us.

The new Equalizer Hitch preformed perfectly. Can't wait for this coming weekend when we go camping with the Grandkids at Stone Mountain.
Hey Buckisland 1950:
We are new members and soon to be owners.
Our 831FLSS is on order, due in April. You mention your equalizer hitch. Did you shop around or have one custom fit? We were 5ers but are now TTers and need to brush up on TT's. Any suggestions?
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Just spent the first weekend in our 831FKBSS and we loved it. The room is great, had some friends visit with us and they were really impressed. Everything is so well laid out. We are so much happier with this TT then the one we purchased last year, the difference between the Classic and the Ultralite is amazing. Of course the price was more but now that we experienced both we are satisfied we made the right decision to trade. Found that the hose for the grill is too short but the dealer had inadvertantly given us two hoses that coupled together and allowed us to use the grill. That was the only snafu we encountered and worked out for us.

The new Equalizer Hitch preformed perfectly. Can't wait for this coming weekend when we go camping with the Grandkids at Stone Mountain.
Glad to hear things are going well with the new TT! .

The dealer is supposed to remove/reinstall the Reese Dual Cam from the 2006 TT to the 2011 TT, so nothing new to buy!

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