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RE: Does anyone own a 16 Forest Riv. Flagstaff Super Lite 26FKWS

^Including the "Super Lite" models? In the new ones yes. Don't know about the 2016 models though. Look under the sink where the drain goes through the floor, and you can see the foam. I assumed mine was plywood/osb, but it’s foam.
wowens79 01/25/22 09:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Does anyone own a 16 Forest Riv. Flagstaff Super Lite 26FKWS

I've got a different model 2016 Forest River, and I'll give you a heads up on the floor system. Most of these have a sandwich floor, made with 2 pieces of 1/4" luan, and foam between them. These floors get spongy with normal daily use. It is not suitable for daily living. My daughter lived in ours for 8 months of college, and the floor got very soft over that time.
wowens79 01/25/22 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: towing with gm 6.6 gas

The new 6.6 gas I'm pretty sure only has 3.73 gearing, not option for the 4.10. I was waiting on the 6.6gas to come out, but after reading about it, I held off. The towing reviews have not been great, and it seems they have alot of torque management on it. I've decided to go with a Ford, their new 7.3gas seems to be a beast, and it has a 10 speed. TFL did a tow test with both trucks, and the Ford blew the Chevy away. On the same road the Chevy got down to 40mph with 14k lbs, and the Ford held the speed limit of 60mph with 16k lbs, and still had pedal left. I've been driving a Chevy for 20 years, and was really disappointed with what I've seen of the 6.6 gas. I think if they had put an 8-10spd trans that could handle the power and not have to limit the power, and offered 4.10's it would be a great truck, but GM messed up.
wowens79 01/25/22 11:22am Towing
RE: What causes soft floors

I've got one with the sandwich floors and it is awful. I've got soft spots in all the high traffic areas. I had no clue about this when we bought the camper. I would avoid it at all costs. I'm wanting to go to a 5th wheel, but really dread trying to sell this one. I've looked at repairing, but it looks like it will be a huge undertaking.
wowens79 01/04/22 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: How to see grand canyon

We just got back 2 weeks ago, but could not take the RV. We were on the south rim, and December was a great time to go. It was not crowded at all. If you are able take a hike down into the canyon, even if just a little ways, the views and perspectives are totally different. We hiked to Ooh Ahh Point, and it deserves that name. Also check out the different overlooks, they are all different, and are different at different times of day due to the sun angles. Also stock up on food before getting there, the little stores in the town outside the park are nice but pricey, and the restaurants were not very good. It is an incredible site, but look at all the other things to see in the area if you have time. Zion, Bryce, Arches etc.
wowens79 12/29/21 09:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Puck system & hitch questions

Finding the Puck system to install may be the hard part if you are in a hurry. A lack of the puck system is delaying Ford truck builds. I heard they are only being allowed on custom ordered trucks, and dealers can't order trucks with Pucks for stock, and is for the duration on 2022 trucks.
wowens79 12/21/21 12:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: back to gas v diesel

The both have their place, for me I only drive about 12k a year, and only about 2k towing a 8k TT, and possibly upgrading to a 12k 5ver in the next year or two. For my use diesel doesn't make sense.
wowens79 12/21/21 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

Tend to agree with you Wowens, but fanboys will demand everyone have what they do , because anything else is garbage. You are so right. I try to research and use logic. Currently I'm towing a 8000lb TT with a 2002 Chevy 6.0, and it has been great, but it does struggle on some hills, and I would not want to go any heavier with it. I'm thinking we will got to a 35ish foot 5er in the next couple of years, and I think the 7.3 with 10spd will be perfect for it. My Chevy has been as they say Like a Rock, but I'm honest with myself, and I don't think Chevy's 6.6 gas with a 6spd can compete, so Ford here I come. I see no need for Diesel for my use.
wowens79 12/20/21 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: LED awning strip lights

They always do this. Just go to Amazon and buy a roll of replacement aftermarket LED lights A LOT CHEAPER than the awning brand. Doug What Doug said. I did end up going with a set with 3m adhesive. The cheap set I had, came loose from the camper on the second trip. It may have been my installation, but the 3m has held on for 2 years now.
wowens79 12/20/21 12:30pm Tech Issues
RE: back to gas v diesel

I watched that awhile back, and actually was good info, especially since I live in GA, and tow in the same areas he does, and currently with a similar size camper. I'm probably buying, or atleast ordering a 7.3 in the spring. Before the 7.3, once you hit 10-12k lbs, you were really in diesel territory to have a decent tow experience. Now, I think you can tow with a gasser up to the 14-15k range. It isn't gonna compare with a diesel's torque, but for a midsize 5th wheel for the weekend warrior, it fits that need well. The payload different between the 7.3 and 6.7 seems to be 800-900lbs from the sticker I've seen. While the engine weights are not that big, I think the DEF, and other **** they have to put on the 6.7 adds a couple of hundred pounds. I like the fact you can see things under the hood. I still do lots of my own repairs/maintenance, and with the 7.3, I should be able to easily do alternators, water pumps etc. The 6.7, I'm always hearing about having to take the cab off to replace parts, I've never worked on one, so I may be wrong. I don't think the 7.3 is a replacement for the 6.7 in all cases, but for someone with a 12-14k lb camper that dailys it, and tows 10-15 trips a year, it really is a great fit. I think with it being a simple pushrod engine, that it hopefully will be a 300k engine, I think that is the duty cycle Ford is expecting from it.
wowens79 12/20/21 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

For us fridge access for loading is more important. We don't keep our camper at the house, so we will park on the street if we are doing a quick load or unload and can unload the fridge without extending the slide. Our driveway is sloped, so if we back in, we have to unhook and level to put the slide out. Most of the time traveling you can park at a place level enough to put the slide part way out.
wowens79 12/10/21 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The RV market December 2021

We are wanting to upgrade truck and move to a 5th wheel, and we have thought about selling the TT now while prices are high, and being camperless for 6 months to a year until prices come down. I just can't decide if it is worth it to be camperless for that long.
wowens79 12/09/21 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: towing a popup with 2008 Odyssey - assorted questions

She might want to price renting a class C, it might work out better if this is a one time trip with the van.
wowens79 12/07/21 06:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing a popup with 2008 Odyssey - assorted questions

We towed a popup with a Pilot, which is the same engine and trans as an odyssey, but I think it does have a stiffer suspension. It did do pretty good with it, but it did lighten the front end some. Our Pilot was all wheel drive, and when starting going uphill in the rain, you could feel the front tires start to spin, and then the rear drive would kick in, so not sure how much spinning the odyssey would do. It does not have wiring for a brake controller, but you can wire one in. I did that on our Pilot, it is not to bad, but you have to run wires the length of the car underneath it, so that is a bit of a pain. Etrailer.com had a kit for it with all the wiring you need, and even had a video on how to install it.
wowens79 12/06/21 09:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Greystone Fireplace - Replacement Circuit Board

Is it that EC5 capacitor?? If so, if you can find the numbers on it, you can order one and replace it for almost nothing. The soldering iron was like $15, and the capacitors were like $2 I had a Samsung TV that I did that with, and it worked for another 5-6 years. Nothing really to lose trying it.
wowens79 12/03/21 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Ford Gas 6.2 vs 7.3

I’d go with the 7.3. After the first year they seem to have worked the kinks out, and from reports I’ve read, the fuel mileage actually seems better with the 7.3. 7.3 is a simpler pushrod design, and it’s torque curve is much better. It hits 400lbs or torque at 1500 rpms.
wowens79 11/23/21 02:51am Tow Vehicles
Camera/tire monitoring combo??

Has anyone seen a combo tire monitor/rv camera system? There are hundreds of individual systems, but it seems like a combo would be nice to only have the one screen in the cab, and would be easy to do.
wowens79 11/20/21 05:13am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Park Wi-Fi Issues

There are so many things that can cause WiFi issues. Not only does the number of users affect it, but there are lots of other things that interfere. Microwaves, and cordless phones cause interference. Also any wall, camper etc between your device and the router. The new mesh networks really help with coverage, but most campgrounds aren’t going to spend the money on that.
wowens79 11/18/21 08:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Ram 2500/Cummins

Yup got the truck - beautiful and love it. Reading here from you guys just thinking it won’t do the job. $70 grand is a hard hit if it won’t do the job!. Speaking with the dealer they tell me the pin weight of a 13,000 lb 5th wheel should be around 1800 lbs; but the specs on the trailer say 3300. Pin weight is normally 20-25% of trailer weight, so I doubt it will be 1800lbs. The way trucks are right now, you might come out ok selling it and buying again. 3500's are not more. Might be able to do an almost even swap.
wowens79 11/18/21 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire recommendations for pick up truck for towing

I’m on my second set of Cooper AT3, and they have been great, and will buy a 3rd set when the time comes. Plus they are American made!! My daughter has a set of Falken WildPeaks on a 2dr Wrangler that have been great, but it’s really light, so not a great test.
wowens79 11/06/21 06:10am Tow Vehicles
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